The Lydian Drakon You Never Got to See on the PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Movie

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Check out this video that shows the making of the Lydian Drakon for the film Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  He actually never made it in the film, but according to what is stated below, that was probably a good thing for purists of the book.

Here’s look at the development of the Lydian Drakon character for the film PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS. The concept started as a scary 6’5″ frilled lizard man and became a 4’6″ comedic sidekick. The character continued to shrink until it wasn’t in the movie at all. That doesn’t negate the precise sculpture ADI’s Aki Ikeda, the paint scheme of Mike Larrabee and the application by Bill Terazakis’ talented Canadian makeup crew featuring Maiko Gomyo, who herself is no bigger than your thumb.

Thanks to Hypable for the tip!

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PERCY JACKSON’S GREEK GODS Set for August 2014 Release

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Sure, for those that are caught up on The Heroes of Olympus series, we’ll still have to wait until October 2014 for the final book of the series to be released.  But lo and behold, a couple of months before that, Rick Riordan’s PJ-related side project, Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, will be available in August 2014.

A quick update on Percy Jackson\’s Greek Gods, my collection of original Greek myths told from Percy Jackson\’s point of view. The US release date has been set for Tuesday, August 19, the day after Percy\’s birthday! Book releases are always slated for Tuesdays, for sales and marketing reasons I do not pretend to understand, so that\’s the closest date we could make it. No word on release dates in other countries yet. I don\’t usually get that information, but if I do, I will let you know.

via Myth & Mystery.

VIDEO: Rick Riordan Talks About the Focus of HOUSE OF HADES, Norse Mythology, and Attracting Young Readers

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During an interview with Publisher’s Weekly, Rick Riordan talks about the points of view we’ll be expecting from The House of Hades, his follow-up series after The Heroes of Olympus series, which will be on Norse mythology, on attracting young readers to mythological stories, and more.  Check out the video below!

HOUSE OF HADES Exclusives At Your Local Stores

Where will you be getting your House of Hades novel next week?  Well, here’s some options for you, which will include exclusive items for each of the listed sellers.

Sam’s Club and Walmart Exclusive:

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Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter bumper stickers

Target Exclusive:

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Door hanger, one side saying “Welcome to Mt. Olympus” and the other side saying “Do Not Enter or All Hades Will Break Loose!”

Barnes & Noble Exclusive:

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Full color Tartarus map (image shown is only non-spoilery top portion)

Where will you be purchasing your book?  Essentially, it’s the story that matters, so enjoy the book, wherever you purchase it!

via Myth & Mystery.

Author Rick Riordan Takes a Break from Torturing, er, Writing PERCY JACKSON To Update Fans

Rick_RiordanRick Riordan (last named pronounced like “fireman” but with ‘R’ and ‘d’ replacing ‘f’ and ‘m’) took time out of his uber-busy schedule to update his readers on the upcoming release of House of Hades, the fourth book out of a planned five books in The Heroes of Olympus series, and his 2013 book tour.  Read the highlights below:

On the House of Hades release:

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The House of Hades will be released in the UK, US, and Canada on Tuesday, October 8! I have confirmation it will also be released in Brazil this day. I believe the English language edition will also be available that day (or soon after) in most countries that usually get English editions, meaning Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, and the Philippines, but I have no direct confirmation about that. As always, you should check with booksellers in your area to ask them when the book will be available.

So please, if you happen to get an early copy of The House of Hades, don’t spoil the story for everyone else.

When the book does come out on Oct. 8, I hope you guys enjoy it. There will be some eye-popping surprises. I promise you that. But after you’ve read the book, I think those surprises will make total sense to you.

On the book tour:

I’ll be visiting eight cities in the US this time. All the events are sold out except for the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville. The only reason that one isn’t sold out is because they aren’t selling tickets in advance. You just have to show up and hope you get a seat. If you’re planning on seeing me in Nashville, my advice is GET THERE EARLY.

Due to the size of the crowd, there won’t be a signing line, so leave your books at home. There will still be signed copies of The House of Hades available, but I won’t be able to personalize your books and meet each of you individually. As much as I’d like to, when you’ve got an intimate crowd of one thousand or more, it just can’t be done in the time that we have.

On other projects:

I’ve finished work on Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, which is a collection of the original Greek myths told in Percy Jackson’s point of view. Our favorite Seaweed Brain will tell you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the major gods – the good stuff, the bad stuff, and especially the embarrassing stuff – all in his trademark snarky sarcastic way (which of course bears no resemblance to the waythis author thinks.) Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods will be released August 2014.

The title of the fifth book will be revealed at the end of The House of Hades, the same way I’ve revealed all the other titles. Book five is next on my writing schedule, which is why I have to make the tour short so I can get back home and get to work!

After book five of Heroes is complete, I will at long last launch into my Norse mythology series. The first volume in that series is scheduled for 2015.

A PERCY JACKSON Fan Edit Using Fan Art

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Check out this awesome Percy Jackson fan edit tribute by Sam the Great, in which he used equally awesome fan art by the artist Viria, and the song “How Far We’ve Come” by Matchbox Twenty.

Thanks to Aimee for the tip!

 

 

Rundown of Hermes Takeover at PERCY JACKSON Twitter Page

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Looks like Hermes took over the Percy Jackson twitter account for the day on July 10th, and here’s the rundown of what he had to say: