Review: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods (PJO Companion Books #1)
Series: PJO Companion books #1
Also in this series: Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes
Released by Puffin on 6 August 2014
Who could tell the true stories of the gods and goddesses of Olympus better than modern-day demigod?
In this action-packed tour of Greek mythology, Percy gives his hilarious personal views on the feuds, fights and love affairs of the Olympians.
Want to know how Zeus came to be top god? How many times Kronos ate one of his own kids? How Athena literally burst out of another god's head?
It's all here in black and white.
I first heard about the illustrated edition of this book a couple of months ago, and I was really interested. The story of the Greek gods told according to Percy? With images? Count me in! But the book was quite big and thus expensive – which I had anticipated – so I stalled my purchase. Later on I made peace with the fact that I had to borrow it from my friend (as soon as she’d finished it), but then a couple of days ago I saw the book at a local bookstore. It was the same size as my Heroes of Olympus books (unlike the one my friend owns) and so I decided to buy it.
Like I said, Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods is basically the original mythology stories, told according to Percy. With lots more humour, a bit less gore (because those myths are gory af) and just so so so much humour, gods. That is one of the reasons I love Riordan’s books so much, he manages to make me laugh (out loud) with his book and mostly his chapter titles every damned time.
First, Percy explains about how this whole mythology started; with Ouranus and Gaia, and their twelve Titan children. How Kronos killed his father to become the ‘king’ of the world and how eventually Kronos would have something similar to him happen by the hands of his own children. Karma’s a bitch. Then, Percy picks fifteen Gods and Goddesses to
gossip talk about, and honestly I loved it so much.
I knew most of these stories already, so it wasn’t that exciting to me, but the way Percy/Rick told them were so nice and so hilarious. There were a lot of references to modern things – like cellphones and facebook and Justin Bieber – and it was just so strange and amazing to see those mixed in with those old mythology stories. I really think that choosing to write this book like this was the best idea Rick ever had.
If you want to know more about Greek mythology, but you don’t want to read those ‘boring’ books, I definitely recommend you pick up Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods. But only pick up the edition I have, okay? I’d be insanely jealous if you’d picked up the beautiful illustrated edition (which I might still do soon. I think. I don’t know). I’ll certainly be picking up the other book ‘Percy’ has written, named Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes – talking about all those demigod and mortal heroes like Hercules, Perseus and so on.
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