Monday, June 16, 2008

Demigods and Monsters

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Riordan, Rick, editor. 2008. Demigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series. (Read an excerpt here.)

Demigods and Monsters is a fun book and the result of the creative endeavors of some really outstanding YA authors who collaborated in celebration of the release of the fourth Percy Jackson novel, The Battle of the Labyrinth. This collection of essays will only be of interest to those familiar with the series. (It is a series of fantasy novels which I feel everyone (all ages) should read.) The series includes The Lightning Thief, Sea of Monsters, and The Titan's Curse. Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors. His Percy Jackson novels in a way illustrate the ultimate when it comes to the can't-put-downability experience. Once you start, you really can't stop. They're just that good, that suspenseful, that magical.

Participating authors include: Rosemary Clement-Moore, Cameron Dokey, Paul Collins, Carolyn MacCullough, Ellen Steiber, Elizabeth M. Rees, Jenny Han, Sarah Beth Durst, Elizabeth E. Wein, Kathi Appelt, and Sophie Masson. And a special glossary by Nigel Rodgers.

I enjoyed most (if not all) the essays. It'd be hard to choose an absolute favorite. But if I *had* to choose just one, I'd probably go with "Frozen Eyeballs" by Kathi Appelt. But as I said, I enjoyed them all.

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