Rick Riordan… Again, Plus More

I don’t know about you, but I get my best ideas just before sleep.

I’m brimming with ideas today. I might have mentioned before that, in Isaac Phael’s story, I made one of the main characters almost omnipotent. As you can guess, this takes you nowhere. So I tried to rectify my mistake, not by backing out, but by taking away the guy’s gift and making him go through all sorts of episodes to get it back. Well let me tell you, friends: don’t do that. I burnt out with that idea a while ago, and haven’t gone on with it since.

But now is the time to change that. I got an idea last night– as I said, just before sleep– that changed it all, and sparked many more new ideas today. I’m not going to tell you all my idea– I’m still just as paranoid– but I’m going to use it to turn the story around. I’ll have to rewrite the beginning, of course, but that can come later.

In other news, I 1) read Wonkenstein, Obert Skye’s latest book about a Willy Wonka/Frankenstein’s monster hybrid last night, 2) then started The Son of Neptune, and 3) played in my youth orchestra concert. Quite good fun, all around. It’s funny; my conductor was telling the orchestra last night in regard to our horrible pre-concert practice “It’s like you guys are playing without imagination.” Internally, I laughed. I thought, “You think this is no imagination, Mr. G—–? It’s nothing close!” See this post to see why not.

Going back to the first and second topics, Wonkenstein was great, though a bit young for me (it’s written in a sort of half-prose, half-doodle style unlike Obert Skye’s normal practice. But still, it was good, if slightly childish. But, when writing for children, you’ve got to think like one.

Second topic: The Son of Neptune. This book is absolutely amazing. The story is great, the twists are delightful, and the style is marvelous. As I read Riordan’s work, I am always struck by how much different my style is from his; I, who tries to emulate his style so much (the entire reason for writing Isaac’s story). This is what I spoke of in this post. He’s just so funny, without being silly. When you start a chapter out with weed whackers and chickens, it’s hard not to be silly, but he pulled it off. I love it!

Huge announcement time: I have oafishly (sorry, that’s officially) decided that Rick Riordan is a better author than Obert Skye, though I like both almost the same amount. Thus, my top three authors are Rick Riordan, Obert Skye, John Flanagan; in that order. All three of these are funny writers, though they all write with excellence. What I said in that past post about Riordan still stands: Kane Chronicles I like best, then PJ+O, then Heroes of Olympus. It’s very close between all three, but I managed to decide. What will truly tell is when KC 3 comes out (May 1st). I’m already saving up. Hopefully by then I’ll have enough to get KC 3 and both existing books of Heroes of Olympus. They’ve earned a place on my crowded bookshelf.

One thing I feel I must address, however, is the time period of all Riordan’s books. If you notice, they are all set in the “present”, or the year in which they were written/published. But through all of his books, Riordan never includes a year, unless part is set in the past. This will come to be a problem as the years pass and kids read these books later. They’ll think that it’s set in their time until something comes into mention that has been out of style for years.

This problem has been avoided by writers like Dumas, or Robert Louis Stevenson: Dumas sets his stories in a time a few years behind his own (smart); Stevenson dates his with an 18–, specifying the general time, though not exactly (extremely smart). If Riordan had done either of these things, he would be extra-extremely smart. Of course, he likes to tie current fads and technology into his stories, so this is a bit harder to manage. But nevertheless, I would prefer that to having kids in further decades disappointed that they can’t relate to the stories or even find out what time period they are.

I rambled again.

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  1. I love The Son of Neptune! Cinnamon good for harpies! My family says ‘something good/bad for harpies’ about random stuff a lot now.
    I’m slogging through Les Mis right now, so I haven’t gotten to the second Leven Thumps yet. 😦 I hope to get to it eventually.
    What you said about time period is really interesting. I hadn’t thought about that before.

    • Cinnamon very good for harpies. 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 C ground pecans: The Phil’s Cookbook: The Cookbook for Phils who will never cook anything in their lives, and especially not cinnamon stuff, by Mail, Deah Liph, published at a nonexistent time frequently used by Rick Riordan as the setting for his books.
      How’s Les Mis?

      • LOL!
        Les Mis is okay. The author spent the first 57 pages talking about the priest who gives Jean Valjean the candlesticks. It was kinda boring. But I just met Jean (though his name hasn’t been mentioned yet; he’s just a scary looking stranger in the town) so hopefully things should pick up a bit.

      • Ah, yes, Hugo is notorious for going into the stories of characters who only appear once. I read the first fifteen chapters of the Hunchback, and he’s just talking about a playwright who eventually meets Esmerelda. Exciting? Not really. I prefer Dumas for my classical French writer.

      • Agreed. I enjoyed The Count of Monte Cristo much quicker than Les Mis.

      • I just read it again this winter break, in about a week, and was amazed. You’ve got to be a genius to write that well, with that many characters who do that much stuff. Astounding.

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