I just made a paper airplane out of my math homework paper. You can do these things in homeschooling.
This post is in fact for my book review on Rick Riordan’s The Son of Neptune. Now, I realize that I have posted much on Riordan in the last week, but bear with me; I won’t have anything more of his to read until May. For the purpose of protecting unwary readers from spoilers that might (as spoilers commonly do) spoil the book for them, I shall refer to all characters by clever nicknames, using the first few letters of the character’s name or just the character’s name hidden in the pseudonym or even just the initials. So saying, I shall commence.
I loved this book. It was well written, hilarious, and altogether a great book. PJ was, as always, my favorite character, but coming in close second to him was, believe it or not, that character whom I shall call Octagon. He’s a jerk through the whole book, I know, but he’s great on the speaking platform and with crowd control. I like characters like that. If only he was on the good side in Camp Juniper (not the real name, but close), he would be a powerful character, toga or no toga.
I must say that The Mark of Athena, the continuation of the Heroes of Olympus series that this book is part of, will be amazing. Mark what I say: It’s going to start in Camp Juniper with JG and PJ, just after the Festus ship touches down. I don’t know who the three lucky fellows will be who narrate this one, but I know it will have either JG or PJ. Probably JG, Pied Piper and Repairman again. The Pied Piper and Praetor Rain will be competing for JG, while Fai will be working to get Hazelnut back from Repairman, whatever his first name is. Annie Oakley will be there for PJ at last, and General Peanut Butter and Chicken-girl will be hitting on each other again. Then the whole story of this book will be going along any road (they all lead there anyway) to the old(er) city, where of course Annie Oakley will come along (architecture, remember?) with PJ, along with JG, Repairman, Pied Piper, Fai and Hazelnut, all looking for Nicky Angel. Most likely Pony-boy will come along on Festus ship to say hi to Praetor Rain, but of course Argyle will stay home to keep an “eye” on Camp Help Bud. Those three will probably stay at Juniper with Octagon while PJ and co. run off on Festus to save Nicky Angel. Then they’ll chose the seven for the prophecy and whatnot, most likely with the main characters of book 1 and the main characters of book 2, plus one more: Annie Oakley? Nicky Angel? Not Rain… Probably someone unexpected who pops up in book 3.
Someone will get captured somewhere in there, and someone else will die, Gabby will pull someone else into the ground halfway and spit them out, and someone else will come out with a joke that cracks everyone up at the end. We’ll see PJ do more water stunts, and JG with more sky stuff. Hazelnut will have the Gold Horse to prance around on, Fai will do more changing tricks. They’ll kill things that look like two different animals joined at birth, and probably will meet some near-immortal beings with strange personalities, who give advice to the heroes as they try and find Nicky Angel. They’ll see some new facet of an immortal they thought was unchangeable (in book one it was Afrodatey and in 2 it was the Mars Bar). It always happens like that. This is the template Riordan follows.
If you could follow what I said in here with all the strange names and stuff, please tell me what you think. I know there wasn’t much of a review for SoN, but that’s okay, isn’t it? I just predicted the next book. I kinda hope I’m wrong, though; it would be nice to see Riordan break out of the mold for a while.