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Dude Review: The Lost Hero

by Richard

The ancient gods of Western civilization have withdrawn from the world following the epic events detailed in the Camp Half-Blood books, starring Percy Jackson (son of Poseidon), by author Rick Riordan.

Of course, just because the gods say they’ve withdrawn from their interactions with mortals, well, that doesn’t make it true. Knowing those gods as we do, through myth, legend and a great series of books, we can be pretty sure there’s still some godly meddling going on.

And there is.

In The Lost Hero, the first book of a new series called The Heroes of Olympus, we’re introduced to a whole bunch of new main characters, most notably Jason, a half-blood demi-god with little to no memory of his past, a strange tattoo on his arm, and a metaphorical target plastered on his back.

For now, let’s all get down on our knees and thank those self-same gods that Rick Riordan is back with another book set in the same universe as the magnificently wonderful Percy Jackson and the Olympians books. This truly is a cause for celebration. To me, the Percy Jackson books are what Harry Potter would have liked to have been if he had any ambition at all. They’re full of fantastically complex characters, fast plotting, tight action scenes and genuine emotional heft. These are books that all young dudes would love to read or have read to them.

Both my oldest (Sarcasmo) and youngest (Hyper Lad) young dudes loved these books. Zippy the Monkey Boy, who’s of the opinion that a book without pictures is a waste of paper, preferred to read the graphic novel version and leave it at that. His loss.

Anyway. Back to the book.

Riordan takes a bit of a chance with this book, consigning as he does, Percy Jackson to, if not limbo, then at least the literary equivalent thereof. That is, Percy Jackson does NOT star in these books. He’s talked about and missed, but he’s not actually on stage. The main player here is Jason, who’s memory begins on the back of a school bus on his way to a class trip with two people who may or may not be his girlfriend and best friend.

The action here is fast and furious, starting early and pausing only to let the reader catch his breath before barreling headlong into another adventure.

Jason, you see, isn’t like the other children of the gods who inhabit Camp Half Blood. In fact, his appearance at the summer camp for the children of the gods causes quite a bit of consternation among the staff there, and not a little bit of fear. But what is it about Jason’s very existence and attendance at the camp that’s causing this level of panic?

That, dudes, is the question. And it’s got a great answer. (Of course I had it figured out, but, then again, this is written with the younger dudes in mind. The fact that I and most other older dudes can enjoy it is just a happy bit of synchronicity.)

The Lost Hero is a fantastic read. If you’ve got a young dude or dudette who is even the tiniest bit interested in Greek and Roman mythology, likes fantastic adventure and well-developed characters, then you must get this book. Without question, this rates five (5) dudes out of five.

Buy it. Read it. Enjoy it. Then suffer along with me until the next book in the series comes out.

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Freaky Friday: New Gods For Old

by Richard

Today is the day. I’m taking Speed Racer and George of the Jungle out of school and we’re going to have a dudes’ day off at the movies. We’re headed to see Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. We have been looking forward to this movie for so very long. We can’t wait.

You might have noticed a name missing from up there. Yeah, I’m planning on leaving Zippy the Monkey Boy in school. See, he didn’t even read the five-book series. At all. Speed Racer, George of the Jungle and I devoured those books. In fact, we all almost came to blows to see who got the final book to read first before I came up with a solution. I cheated. (I won. I didn’t tell them it was out and read it before they even knew I had it. Basically I read it in one night.)

Now, I’ve gone on at length before about how awesome these books are (and they are), but what I wanted to say here today is, well, I’m rather scared about this movie.

See, I love, love, love and absolutely adore this series of books. I think it’s an amazing adventure, full of fantastic characters, amazing situations, great humor and touching emotional scenes. To my mind, they leave the Harry Potter books so far back in the dust, that old Harry wouldn’t even get dirty. He’s that far back.

My concern is that this movie will suck. And suck hard. If that happens, we won’t get any more movies and that would be a shame. Because, no matter how good a book is, you can be sure that more people will see the movie than ever bought the book. I really want the rest of the world to discover Percy Jackson (son of Poseidon), Annabeth Chase (daughter of Athena) and Grover the goat-man (satyr). These characters are such great role models, they’ll be great for kids to emulate.

The problem is that the studio is releasing this movie in February, a traditional dumping ground for movies in which it doesn’t have much faith. Here’s hoping that lack of faith isn’t so very disturbing.

I’ll let you know what we thought of the movie soon.

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