The saga continues with Sea of Monsters, the tree that has protected the camp is now dying, so Percy and his friends must brave the Sea of Monsters to retrieve the Golden Fleece, an item that could resurrect the tree.
However, their troubles follow them as Luke is also after the fleece, intending to resurrect Kronos, who in turn intends on destroying the world. Battles and fights ensue each intent on possessing the fabulous fleece.
In the end, things work out a little too well, and now a new situation evolves…
Many of the same actors from the first film reappear along with a few new faces, including Hermes, Dionysus, and Chiron. I’m guessing that the second movie was contingent on the success of the first, so the actors were not contracted for more than one movie. It appears that there will not be a third movie at this time.
I do enjoy mythology and am glad that someone took the time to build on those myths and I enjoyed the series because of the mythology. The plot was somewhat similar to what was found in the original myths, gods playing up on one another with mortals as their pawns. I enjoyed the film, and do wish there were more.
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I am well versed in Ancient Greek Mythology, the stories are some of my favorites. So it isn’t that far fetched for me to be interested in these new stories from Rick Riordan. I have the first book series, but yet to read them.
Pierce Brosnan is Chiron, Sean Bean (LotR) is Zeus, Uma Thurman is Medusa, and many other actors and actresses portray the other gods and demigods. This is a large cast for a single film and one that only had one sequel.
This is not another mythological story as to the beginning of the worlds or why nature is the way it is, this is a story about the War of the Gods, well their children actually. The demigods seem almost as powerful as the gods themselves (which doesn’t make sense), but the plot was semi-intriguing.
As an introduction to the series it works as an introduction to most of the characters, but as an introduction to plots it’s very limited. I’ll have to see what the movie sequel brings.
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Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable / The Legends of Charlemagne / The Age of Chivalry by Thomas Bulfinch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book is a very good introduction into mythology. I’ve had a long interest in mythology, Greek particularly, which had led me to already know many of the stories contained in this novel. I will admit that some of the myths were told in a new way to me, which made them new to me.
I’ve not had much experience with Norse mythology or the legends of Charlemagne, so both of those were quite fun to read as they were new to me. I’ve read the free little Amazon ebook on King Arthur and his Knights, so many of those myths were familiar, but I enjoyed rereading them again anyway.
However, I wasn’t impressed by the lengthy discussions on The Illiad, The Odyssey, Beowulf, and other epic poems. Granted, they are important pieces of mythology, but I feel that they should be studied on their own, not in collection with other mythological stories.
Overall, it’s a good introduction into mythology, and a good resource.
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My birthday is the summer, the summer just past. I received a very belated birthday present last September (I think?). I am just now getting a post up about it. Wow, I procrastinated a lot.
Anyway, if you haven’t figured it out, I received the boxed set of Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. I’ve always had a healthy interest in Greek Mythology so wanting to read these books was instant after I heard of them.
I also have the two movies that are out (but haven’t watched them).
I am aware that there is a sequel(?) set to this set but do not know anything about that, but if this series is as good as it’s made out to be I’ll be looking for that set next.
The Odyssey was something that was introduced to me in high school. It was read and discussed in class and then I promptly forgot it.
A few years ago (about 4) I dug up my interest in Greek Mythology and found numerous references to Homer’s Odyssey. Amazon has it as a free Kindle classic and so it found it’s way into my Goodread’s To-Read list. It is now the oldest unread ebook/book in my To-Read list.
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