Tag Archives: Rick Riordan

Bookshelf: Helen & Troy’s Epic Road Quest

Helen & Troy’s Epic Road Quest is Percy Jackson written for adults with ironic senses of humor. Helen is a minotauress, with the usual challenges: she’s big, she’s awkward, she breaks things, she sheds. Troy is her annoyingly perfect (although, … Continue reading

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Bookshelf: Mythos and Cosmos

John Lundwall’s Mythos and Cosmos stands in a line of brilliant and essential books that pierce through the fog of modernity to ask the question: what were our ancestors thinking? In particular, Lundwall examines the connections among mythology, liturgy, and … Continue reading

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What Is Steampunk? (The Clockwork Dark)

I’m reading The Nine Pound Hammer by John Claude Bemis, and finding it noteworthy.  Here’s my note. This is the first book in a middle reader series that markets itself as steampunk (the series title is The Clockwork Dark, “clockwork” … Continue reading

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The Lure of the Secret World

I think one of the things I find most attractive in any novel is the feeling that it is telling me secrets about the world I live in.  You see this simply and pretty clearly in a lot of middle … Continue reading

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