Nathan (vovat) wrote,
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I taught you how to Cyclops Rock

Are you interested in what I've been reading recently? If so, this post is for you! If not, wait until tomorrow, when I plan to cover albums I've been listening to.

The Castle of Llyr, by Lloyd Alexander - The third book in the Chronicles of Prydain was pretty fun. It had a giant cat, and was a good way to take up time while waiting around at jury duty. {g} I think the next one in the series is Taran Wanderer, which I know rockinlibrarian has said was pretty boring. I might as well give it a shot next time I get a chance to go to the library, though.

The Sea of Monsters, by Rick Riordan - The second Percy Jackson book is very much in the same vein as the first, and that's a good thing. Mythological creatures appearing in this volume include Circe, Polyphemus, and a bunch of wild Floridian centaurs. Percy also meets his half-brother, who's another cyclops. I know Polyphemus was the son of Poseidon, which I think is why the sea god decided to make life hell for Odysseus after he blinded the monster, but weren't some of the cyclopes also children of Gaia and Ouranos? I've already started on the third one, The Titan's Curse. I believe there are five books currently out, so it might not take me long to catch up.

Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones - Ms. Jones is an author who tends to get a lot of mentions from people whose taste in books I respect, and I'd been meaning to check out her work for years, but only just got around to it. This was an enjoyable book, and I'm sure I'll want to read some of her other stuff in the future. I wish there had been more about how Howl and Suliman had arrived in Ingary from Wales, but maybe that's covered in the sequel (which I didn't know existed until I looked up the book on Wikipedia). I suppose I should also watch the movie at some point, right?
Tags: books, mythology, percy jackson
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