Thursday, 7 October 2010

Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse, Rick Riordan: He's Greek-American

Yep, he's riding a Pegasus in a t-shirt.
His mum will be worried if she sees him.
Percy Jackson and the Titan's curse is the third book in the Percy Jackson series. It chronicles the adventures of Percy who is the son of Poseidon the Greek god of the sea (brother of Zeus), and a mortal woman (she worries about him having enough ambrosia and drops him off to fight monsters).

Now it was a little bit tricky to get into the story at first but this is understandable given that I haven't read the first two book. By the end of the second chapter I was feeling up to speed with the whole premise that naughty Greek gods are still trundling about the Earth, seducing mortals and siring heroic offspring. Though it does seem a bit cruel that in these modern times the kids are sent out to fight monsters before they have even dealt with their acne. But then if Percy was eighteen it would be a different story.

Yet again (I'm guessing) Percy is thrown into an exciting adventure, trying to foil the evil plans of Kronos and the Titans along with their demi-god minion and Percy's nemesis Luke. A quest is set and Percy is going to be included in it one way or the other. Various Greek monsters, Titans and Gods make appearances usually in a decidedly American fashion. Rick, what the hell have you done to Apollo?! I suppose you at least gave him a decent car and not some GM junk.

And I should make this clear, it appears, from this book at least, that the Greek Gods all emigrated to the US at some point. They are now Greek-American. And mostly American, very little Greek. This grated on me. Zeus is in a pin stripe suit. Poseidon in shorts and a Hawaiian shirt. I prefer my gods fickle, angry and horny. Not awkwardly readjusting to modern times as they seem to be. The only one that really stayed true to her self is Artemis.

But if you can ignore the heavy US influence you've got an enjoyable story which seems to advance the series on a little bit closer to its finally. Some times it's funny, sometimes scary and sometimes a bit formulaic. But there's a big scrap at the end to keep you happy.

So, overall I'd say if you can put up with the Yankification of everything Percy Jackson is pretty good. Just not as good as Skulduggery Pleasant.

All Percy Jackson's books can be found here.

Cheers,

Mark