Successful series often release spin-off series and companion works created by the authors. Whether the purpose of these creative works is to introduce new stories in the same world (e.g. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead) or to give readers a more comprehensive view to the world created by the authors (e.g. The Shadowhunter Codex by Cassandra Clare), readers certainly do love to add these works into their collections. However not all spin-off works are worth the money and space.
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan has a purpose of the latter group, meaning that it serves as a guide to the world created by Rick Riordan. As the world of Percy Jackson is based on Greek mythologies, one can imagine that Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods is based on the gods and goddesses that appear in Greek mythologies, namely Zeus, Poseidon and Hades etc. It is safe to say that it is definitely worth adding to your collection as the stories in this title are really true mythologies, as in adapted from Hesiod’s Works and Days and Theogony, not stories made up by Rick Riordan. Moreover, it is absolutely hilarious.
One of the things that people love the most about Percy Jackson is definitely the writing style. Rick Riordan is very strong with his words such that he always creates a strong narration that is packed with witty comments and hilarious references. While this book is not the usual Percy Jackson novel about Percy’s own quests and adventures, the hilarious tone that readers love is not lost at all. Rick Riordan has definitely retained his writing style while basing his stories on Greek classics literature and through that, everything just becomes lively and vivid.
Another wonderful thing about Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods is that the stories are based on real mythologies as written by Hesiod from Ancient Greece. (more on that next week on NOP) Readers are sometimes hesitant to buy these spin-off works just because they are not necessary for the enjoyment of the series, nor are they ‘real’ fiction books. However, there are definitely people who want to know more about Greek gods and goddesses and this book is clearly the ultimate guide for those who are interested. It serves as a wonderful alternative to the original classics which can be quite difficult to read if your translated version is from quite some time ago. As a result, readers definitely don’t need to feel bad for ‘wasting money’ on something that is not a book nor just some ‘made-up’ facts.
I would certainly recommend this title to anyone – not just to fans of Percy Jackson (seriously though, if you are a fan of this series, why haven’t you picked this one up yet?), but also to another who adores Greek mythologies and just general fun times.
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