[Small Chirp] Nathan Fillion is a Greek God

Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle) has been cast as Hermes in the upcoming Percy Jackson sequel, The Sea of Monsters. For someone who is already worshiped as a Geek God, it’s only appropriate that he should land the role of a Greek god.

Hermes is a key supporting player in the Percy Jackson series written by Rick Riordan, as well as being the pivotal point for the main source of conflict in the books. Herme’s demigod son, Luke, becomes the main villain of the series, and the father-son dynamic between Luke and Hermes is the big reason why Luke goes over to the Dark Side in the first place. (Ha, I never realized how very Star Wars that is).

Depending on how the part is written, it may actually turn into a more melancholy role than we are used to seeing from Fillion of late. After all, absentee parenting is a central theme of the books; the gods are often absent from the lives of their demigod children, when they aren’t simply negligent. No god feels that harder than Hermes as he watches his son fight for the other side. Continue reading

[ Book Review ] The Son of Neptune is questing once again

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

(Book #2 of  The Heroes of Olympus)

This review will contain spoilers for The Lost Hero.

I’m pretty pissed at Rick Riordan right now.

But why, Meg? you ask. Riordan is your favorite.

I ended up listening to the last hundred-or-so pages via audiobook when I discovered that the reader for The Son of Neptune was actually palatable. Around the 30-minutes-left mark, I started to get anxious.

The narrative wasn’t as far as I wanted it to be. This whole book, I’ve been waiting for the characters from The Lost Hero to show up, but there just wasn’t time to do it justice. The minutes ticked away, and I started to verbally cuss at iTunes. By the time the Audible tag played at the end, I was positively fuming.

Yes, I’m mad. Now I have to wait a full year before I find out what happens with that delightful, torturous cliffhanger.

Let me lay it out for you: Continue reading

[ Small Chirp ] Has Riordan worked himself into a corner?

Warning: This article will contain major spoilers for The Lost Hero.

At midnight on Monday, I will get the email alert I’ve been waiting for all year: the PDF of The Son of Neptune will be ready to download to my nook. I expect the squeal of joy I make at the alert will be well into the octaves that only dogs can hear. It’s not just the fact that Percy Jackson is back. The book should answer a burning question I’ve had ever since finishing The Lost Hero: Does Rick Riordan actually expect that he’ll be able to pull this plotline off?

In The Lost Hero, the first book of the sequel series to the wildly popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, we were introduced to Jason, a teenage demigod whose memories had been stolen. He find himself at Camp Half-Blood, the safe haven for the children of the Greek gods. He makes friends, defends the camp, fully integrates himself into the culture before he learns the truth about his birth.

He is not the son of a Greek god.

He is the son of a Roman god. Continue reading