My family and I visited Galveston this past weekend, our first sojourn there after Hurricane Ike hit them and us in September. Our plans were to visit the Strand for some shopping, dine at Gaido’s, and see the lights at Moody Gardens.
We were unprepared for the level of damage still remaining. Since we’ve repaired most of what Ike did to our home and our neighborhood is pretty much back to what it was before the hurricane, it’s easy to forget. (more…)
Of the three main young adult series I have read (Twilight and Potter being the other two), Riordan’s is faster paced, funnier and brings out more history/mythology than the other two. Very enjoyable and highly recommended to adults and kids alike. As with the other two series, the Percy Jackson series should be read in order. (Lightning Thief, Sea of Monsters, Titan’s Curse)
With Thalia (daughter of Zeus) joining Artemis and the Hunters at the end of book #3, Percy (son of Poseidon) has a new concern with the discovery at the end of book #3 that Nico is the son of Hades. Though he was apparently born before the agreement between the ‘big three’ (Zeus, Poseidon, Hades) to have no more offspring, he and his now dead sister Bianca’s past is vague and unknown to them.
The campers/heroes of Camp Half-Blood know that Kronos’ army (led by Luke, son of Hermes and ex-camper) will attack, probably through the Labyrinth, created thousands of years ago by Daedalus. During a camp game of capture the flag, Percy and Annabeth stumble upon an unknown entrance to the Labyrinth that is inside the Camp’s protective barrier. Since Annabeth, as a daughter of Athena, has studied the architecture and the architect, she is chosen by the Oracle to lead the quest to find Daedalus and enlist his aid against the impending invasion. (more…)
In this third book in the series, Thalia, daughter of Zeus, brought back to health by the Golden Fleece (her essence was put into a tree after she saved Luke and Annabeth, two other half-bloods, battling monsters getting to Camp Half-Blood), is the latest complication in Percy’s life. A prophecy says that a son or daughter of one of the big three (Zeus, Poseidon, Hades) could bring down Olympus on their 16th birthday. With Thalia back on the scene, either she or Percy (son of Poseidon) could fulfill that destiny.
With the battle with the Titans looming, the search for allies and more heroes expands. Grover (the satyr) finds two half-bloods, Nico and Bianca di Angelo, at a school, being stalked by a monster. Percy, Annabeth and Thalia launch a rescue, and are then themselves rescued by the goddess Artemis and her Hunters. During this final battle, Annabeth is apparently killed by the monster they were fighting, and the goddess Artemis goes hunting one of the monsters (as she is the goddess of the hunt) and is also lost. (more…)
In this second of the series, Percy Jackson (son of Poseidon and a mortal mother) continues to learn what it means to be a half-blood, and finds that the Titans, whom the Greek Gods overthrew thousands of years ago, are awakening to take back Olympus.
Percy and Annabeth (daughter of Athena) must rescue their friend Grover (the satyr) from a large cyclops on the Sea of Monsters (which just happens to be in the Bermuda Triangle). Grover was searching for the god Pan, but instead found the Golden Fleece, which makes the land healthy just like Pan would. Camp Half-Blood (where all the half-blood’s go in the summer to be trained and educated in the ways of heroes and gods) selects Clarisse, daughter of Ares, to lead the quest to get the Golden Fleece, in hopes that it will restore to health the magical tree that protects the borders of the Camp; the tree was poisoned by Luke, a half-blood who now supports Kronos of the Titans. The tree was created out of the essence of Thalia, daughter of Zeus, who was killed trying to reach the camp. (more…)
Since it is a British web site, it was undoubtedly one of the five and a half readers of my novel in the UK, but someone nominated my novel for the AmazonClicks.com Reader’s Choice Award. So thanks to either Mark, Marty, Hugh, Margaret, Margaret’s dad or Margaret’s Dad’s dog. I appreciate it.
It could have been some of my extended Italian family cause they buy from Amazon.co.uk. I tell them to get the book from Amazon.fr, but even though shipping is less, they tell me they’d rather not buy from the French. But we won’t start any international incidents here, will we??
The awards are based on reader votes, so if you are so inclined, go and vote. Here is how from their web site:
Your Vote !
Simply send an email to vote@AmazonClicks.com to support one of the listed entries opposite. Enter the full book name as shown under each icon without the authors name in the subject bar of your email and press ‘send’.
A confluence (or is it a convergence or a singularity or one of those other large impressive words) of events in the wireless world point toward yet another technological inflection point. While most people in the US have cell phones, according to NPD the group they classify as “consumers” purchased smartphones 19% of the time from January to July of this year; we can easily assume that the group classified as “business” purchasers had a much higher average. See worldwide smart phone market chart from Canalys by way of computerworld.com for comparable worldwide trends.
The convergence happens as people move ‘up’ from candy-bar phones and ‘down’ from laptops to smartphones for most of their needs. It is looking more and more that smart phones will begin to take the majority of functionality of laptops in the very near future, similar to how laptops supplanted many of the jobs desktops were required for. The main features that have been lacking have been battery life (with GPS, bluetooth, WiFi and all other functions always on), application availability and general acceptance of smart phones (which makes many things easier, including IT support, development, etc.). Several factors point to solutions to these shortcomings: (more…)
John Ottinger is updating his list of blogs with book reviews. Click on Grasping for the Wind in the list below if you have a site that you think is missing from his list Here is his list so far:
A Dribble Of Ink
The Book Swede
Dark Wolf Fantasy Reviews
Dusk Before the Dawn
The Galaxy Express
Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review
Grasping for the Wind
Fantasy Book Critic
Fantasy and Sci-fi Lovin’ Blog
Jumpdrives and Cantrips
OF Blog of the Fallen
Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
Realms of Speculative Fiction
Rob’s Blog o’ Stuff
Severian’s Fantastic Worlds
Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic
Walker of Worlds
WJ Fantasy Reviews
The World in a Satin Bag