{ARC} Book Review: Demigods and Monsters by Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

July 7, 2013 Review 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

{ARC} Book Review: Demigods and Monsters by Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians SeriesDemigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan, Paul Collins, Hilary Wagner, Sophie Masson, Carolyn MacCullough, Jenny Han, Sarah Beth Durst, Cameron Dokey, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Leah Wilson, Kathy Appelt, Elizabeth Wein, Elizabeth M. Rees, Nigel Rodgers
Series: Standalone
Published by Borders on 2008 January 1
Genres: Essay
Pages: 190
Format: E-book {ARC}
Source: Netgalley
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Which Greek god makes the best parent?
Would you want to be one of Artemis’ Hunters?
Why do so many monsters go into retail?

Spend a little more time in Percy Jackson’s world—a place where the gods bike among us, monsters man snack bars, and each of us has the potential to become a hero.

Find out:
Why Dionysus might actually be the best director Camp Half-Blood could have
How to recognize a monster when you see one
Why even if we aren’t facing manticores and minotaurs, reading myth can still help us deal with the scary things in our own lives

Plus, consult our glossary of people, places, and things from Greek myth: how Medusa got her snake hair extensions, why Chiron isn’t into partying and paintball like the rest of his centaur family, and the whole story on Percy’s mythical namesake.

This book totally rocked my world! 😀 I know… I know… I’ve been a Percy Jackson fan since 2010 and right now, I’m desperately waiting for the House of Hades to come out to see more of Percy and the gang. My head is now swimming with a lot of scenes from PJ’s world with the constant re-reading of the previous books that I finally felt that I have to move on. So I head on to Netgalley, an excellent site to get advanced copies of soon-to-be published books, to check whether there’s something special for me. It was lucky that I did. I found this book and requested it. At first, I thought I wasn’t going to be approved since I’m a new blogger but surprise, surprise.

Demigods and Monsters is a compilation of comprehensive essays about anything related to the world Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It features the insights of eight famous authors (Rosemary Moore, Cameron Dokey, Paul Collins, Carolyn MacCullough, Ellen Steiber, The Gods Among Us, J&P Voelkel, Jenny Han, Sarah Beth Durst, Hilary Wagner, Hilari Bell, Elizabeth E. Wein, Kathi Appelt, Sophie Masson, Nigel Rodgers) regarding the series. And guess what? Rick Riordan himself wrote the introduction. That was just WOW.My Review

I really appreciated what Rick wrote in the Intro that it served as my fire of inspiration to read through the whole book. Mind you, I’m not a sucker for overly technical papers that you’d just die of boredom. But this has totally changed my whole perspective of reading essays and of looking at books on a general note. I just couldn’t believe that these authors could come up with a lot of impressions with a supposed-to-be straightforward series. You know what, the book actually gave me this feeling of being with a wizened man and he is telling me, “ You are only seeing the outside… Look closer…read closer.” I hope you get what I mean.

From now on, I am most certain that I will look at books at a different level. It’s like stepping outside of your comfort zone and just absorb the most extraordinary things that could happen. And then finally, putting it into writing. The essays that have been featured in this book cover the following:

  • Newbie guide to recognizing a monster
  • Monster in the retail world- Why should one take caution even when buying a donut?
  • Fulfilling a heroic destiny even when one is suffering from a handicap
  • Choosing between a life of being forever young and immortal; or being old and wrinkly
  • Valid reasons of choosing an almost mad god to run a kid’s summer camp
  • How gods and goddesses affect our daily lives?
  • How would Percy Jackson fare when faced with other mythological monsters
  • Do you really want a god or a goddess to become one of your parents?
  • Evaluation of the parental skills of the gods and goddesses
  • Just because one rules the World of the Dead doesn’t mean he is wholly bad
  • A comparative study between the heroes of the past and of today
  • Having a handicap could very well mean that one is destined to fulfill extraordinary things
  • The dangers of foreseeing the future- Do you really want to be a seer?
  • Stories of the past would always be alive if we continue to believe in it… influenced by it
  • Comprehensive glossary of ancient greek myth

How good is that? And the good thing is that the essays did not give any lifeless accounts of the author’s views. Instead, I was treated to amusing reminisces of the PJ scenes that I love and provided me with equally hilarious new stuff to think about. My favorite essays from this compilation would that be of MacCollough about being a hunter for Artemis and that of Wagner’s take on Hades’s and Nico’s side of heroic goodness.

Would I recommend this book? ABSOLUTELY! This book is a perfect enlightenment for those who want to look closer, to imagine beyond the realms of what was written in the pages. If you are an aspiring book analyst, book reviewer, or a student cramming to get his/her books essays right, then this book is a must.

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