The Reading List hasn’t changed. I’ve been pooped out and busy for the last two weeks. ^_^
What I’m Currently Reading
The Rites of Odin by Ed Fitch
Icelandic Magic by Stephen Flowers
The Complete Book of Chakra Healing by Cyndi Dale
The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturloson
In the Waiting Wings
The Age of Aztec by James Lovegrove
Runelore by Edred Thorsson
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Sagas of the Icelanders
Itching to Get My Hands On
Hans Christiansen’s Fairy Tales
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Celtic Myths and Legends
There are others I’m itching to get my hands on as well – I love to read! – but that will be as time and finances allow. One book I will definitely go after is Loki by Mike Vasich. As time and money allows. Again.
Anyway, onwards! I have writing to do and a fandom blog to breathe some life back into today.
The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle
I will be the first to admit. I loved this story. It’s a continuation of the Percy Jackson series, this time from the point of view of one the Gods, Apollo himself. I’m of the opinion that, if Percy Jackson is going to be the lure to read something, it might as well be Percy Jackson. Books similar to, that attempt to parrot what Percy Jackson has done, just can’t capture the same magic. It’s that simple for me. Either find a way to make it your own or don’t bother, and that’s what I expected from Rick when The Sword of Summer hit bookstores last October.
The Trials of Apollo is a different case. This is connected to the first two Percy Jackson series so it will not be a letdown. At least for most readers.
One thing to understand here about Apollo – he’s bisexual. In fact, so was Hercules, according to the stories. For those expecting a very Christianized story here, you’re going to be disappointed, and you’re going to possibly believe Rick is pushing a “gay” agenda here. The Greeks are very much a Pagan culture, and the rules of Christianity do not apply. I say this based on reviews I’ve read on Amazon from people who gave the story a low rating.
I know it isn’t something some people want to hear when it comes to what they’re deeming to be “popular” fiction, but there would actually be more people upset and raging that Rick hadn’t done his research into the myths surrounding the Greek Gods if Apollo had adopted an “anti-Gay” stance. There’s no real winning here, but I’m glad Rick chose to be more faithful to what the Greeks were like than trying to “Christianize” them in anyway.
So the story starts out with Apollo waking up in an alley and about to be mugged. He has none of his former strength, and, much to his horror, he’s not gorgeous like he used to be, either. In this case, Zeus is acting like Odin. He’s reduced one of his children to that of mortality in order to teach a lesson in humility (something Zeus needs to learn himself), and it does run deeper than that.
Apollo ends up rescued by a demi goddess, a young girl named Meg, who is a daughter of Demeter. In the usual course of events, the two make their way to Camp Half-Blood after connecting with Percy and have a trying time along the way. I won’t completely spoil the story, but Apollo has an Oracle he has long since forgotten about that he needs to find and to protect, an Oracle long thought to be destroyed. There were five, according to the story, and it’s up to him to remember them.
It doesn’t help his enemy is one of his descendants, a feared name in Greek and Roman history.
For those who want Percy Jackson, The Trials of Apollo will truly not disappoint. Written in first person from Apollo’s point of view, the story contains all the charm and humor the previous two series displayed. Of course, we’re only one book into it. We’ll see what the next book brings us.
And now for some more fandom.
Yesterday, I posted that, at conventions, all Loki cosplayers will receive a free copy of my books (of their choosing) should they find me at conventions or should I see them. These books will be signed. Thor and other Norse-inspired cosplayers will receive a discount.
I also have something going on for the Star Ocean cosplayers as well. Here’s the deal.
For all Loki and Star Ocean cosplayers, if you send me pictures of your most recent cosplays from the last nine months, you will receive a free copy of one of my books. For the Loki cosplayers, it will be Sigyn’s Flowers. For the Star Ocean cosplayers, it will be Portal to Gaming. The rules are as follows
1 – It has to be from within the last nine months.
2 – Limit one book per person
3 – Have fun
4 – Star Ocean cosplayers, it must be from one of the five games available
The pictures do not need to be from conventions. I’m going to make that clear right now. You can get dressed up in your costume today, tomorrow, or sometime in the next week, month, whenever, take the picture, and share it with me on facebook at the following links
https://www.facebook.com/arcoffantasy/ (Star Ocean fans only)
There is no time limit on this, either.
Stay tuned for more giveaways and when I’ll be appearing at conventions. I’m getting my circuit for 2017 planned, AND I’m planning on doing some cosplaying myself. I’m a geeky, nerdy Pagan who loves the wonders of science-fiction and fantasy. Truly, this should be no surpise to anyone. ^_^ And, yes, I will eventually have something for the Hetalia and Final Fantasy cosplayers as well. ^_^
Have a good Tuesday!