Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods

Today, Rick Riordan released the cover to a companion novel to the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series.

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From Rick Riordan’s Website:

Who could tell the origin stories of the gods of Olympus better than a modern-day demigod? Percy Jackson provides an insider’s view with plenty of ‘tude in this illustrated collection.

A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don’t need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week. 

So begins Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic–and sarcastic asides–to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who’s who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. “If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that.”

Dramatic full-color illustrations throughout by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco make this volume–a must for home, library, and classroom shelves–as stunning as it is entertaining.

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‘Sea of Monsters’ Concept Art

Alfonso De La Torre and Joshua Min, concept artists for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, have released some concept art from the film including Polyphemus, a hippocampus, Tyson, Kronos, and the Colchis Bull.

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Read the First Chapter of House of Hades

Rick Riordan has released the first chapter of House of Hades, which is in Hazel’s point of view.

Read it here.

House of Hades Tour Dates

Rick Riordan announced the upcoming dates for his House of Hades tour starting in October.

Wednesday, October 9:

Symphony Space, New York, NY

2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025
Stay tuned for full details, including times.
 

Thursday, October 10
Barnes&Noble  Fairless Hills, PA 

The Court @ Oxford Valley
210 Commerce Blvd.
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
215-269-0442

 Actual event will be at a local school, exact location to be announced soon. Stay tuned for full details!

Friday, October 11
Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington, DC with Wilson High School, 7:00 PM

Host:
Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 2008
202-364-1919

Saturday, October 12, 7PM
St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, MO 

Host and event location:
St. Louis County Library
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131
314-994-3300

Sunday, October 13, 4PM
Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN
This event is first-come, first seated. No tickets required, but plan to arrive early!

Books provided by:
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215
615-953-2243

Monday, October 14, 5PM
Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX, at Morton Ranch High School

Host:
Blue Willow Bookshop
14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
281-497-8675

Tuesday, October 15, 7PM — this event is SOLD OUT!
Minnesota Public Radio’s Fitzgerald Theater,  St. Paul, MN 

Books provided by:
Micawber’s Books
2238 Carter Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-646-5506

Check out the full announcement on Rick Riordan’s blog.

A Demigod’s Guide to Fanfiction

With the movie coming out TOMORROW, demigods alike may want a couple of things to get them hyped up for the release. You’ve already seen fantastic fanart and brilliant polls up on the site, but check out this list of the top five best and highly reviewed/rated Percy Jackson fan fiction:

Perfect Chemistry by  biancadiangelo0703 on Fanfiction.net

Type: AU; Romance/Drama

Annabeth strives for perfect grades and a “perfect” life. Percy is lucky enough to get a C and all he sees in his future is his gang. Once they’re paired up for a project, Percy is given a bet that seems almost impossible: get Annabeth to fall in love with him. But how can he do that without opening himself up too much?

Friends, Lovers, or Nothing by  The Yellow Rubber Ducky on Fanfiction.net

Type: Friendship/Romance

Future fic. Percy and Annabeth go to college, and haven’t talked in six years. What will happen after fate ties their strings back together again? Rachel is not the Oracle. Percy/Annabeth

The Future in the Past: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Starlight Silvernight on Fanfiction.net

Type: Family/Friendship

Percy, Thalia, and Nico are sent back in time to read The Battle of the Labyrinth with the Olympian Gods.

Of Death and Glory by storm-brain on Fanfiction.net

Type: Angst/Tragedy

No matter how many monsters you kill, and kill, and kill again, how many enemy half-bloods fall to your knife, you cannot always save those closest to you. A half blood realizes that with glory comes death. One-shot.

The Life and Times of Percy & Annabeth by dancechick307 on Fanfiction.net

Type: Romance/Friendship

A series of oneshots all about our favorite couple sprinkled with fluff and topped with humor. Need I say more?

What are some of your favorite fanfics? Comment below to let us know!

Thor Freudenthal Talks Sea of Monsters

The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Thor Freudenthal, director of the Sea of Monsters movie, about the film and its loyalty to the books:

THR: The first film got a bit of heat for not being completely faithful to the book. How aware were you of that issue?

Freudenthal: I was aware. I read through some of the issues hardcore fans of the book had with the movie. While I sort of saw the issues here and there, I also felt that the movie has to restructure and re-think a lot of things in order to work as a movie, as opposed to a book, which is a sprawling, maybe at times episodic, adventure. The book can obviously afford the luxury to do that, whereas a movie has one straight through-line you have to follow. What was important to me in making it was there’s some central elements in the mythology of Percy Jackson that our story wouldn’t work without. It’s all a big part of the first book in the series. I thought this story we’re telling gave us the opportunity to bring those elements that were missing the first time around into this movie.

THR: In the books, the characters are younger, about 11 or 12 years old. Are you glad that the film has older characters?

Freudenthal: That was a decision that [Lightning Thief director] Chris [Columbus] made, and, think of it what you will, I fully understand it because I’ve done a couple films with young actors, with kids, and as much as it’s really gratifying to work with young performers, there’s limitations to the physical abilities, to what you can do with action. I find it fully understandable that Chris wanted to go with older actors and I’m thrilled that he picked the actors he did. To me, it’s definitely different from the book, but I felt it helped me in my day-to-day work in trying to create action with young people. Even though the actors are older, I think they embody the youthful spirit that the characters have.

THR: Have you had any talks about directing the next film in the series? Are you interested in that?

Freudenthal: I have not talked to people about it, but generally, yes, sure, I’d be interested. I think it’s a fun world to visit. I think that the books series continues to explore different worlds. In the movie alone we went from Camp Half-Blood to the open ocean to surrealistic environments such as Hermes’ house. It feels like you were in so many different places exploring so many different worlds. I’d be attracted to continuing down that road to explore different worlds. Obviously it depends on how people like this movie and how well it does.

Read the rest of article, go here.

NEW STILL: Young Luke, Annabeth, and Grover

Via the official Percy Jackson Twitter, a new still featuring a young Luke, Annabeth, and Grover has been released.

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