Sun Apr 21, 2013, 3:27 PM
- Mood: Excited
HOLY MOTHER OF GODS UNCLE RICK ANNOUNCED THAT HE IS WRITING A NEW PERCY JACKSON SERIES!!!! OMG I THINK I JUST DIED
An excerpt: And I will announce this here for the first time, right now I'm working on a new book of the Greek myths, told from Percy Jackson's point of view. My hope is to offer the original stories, but told in a modern perspective that appeals to our kids today. I decided to set aside the earlier anthologies, as much as I love them Hamilton, D'Aulaires, Evslin, Greene because the writing is a little dated. Instead, I've leapfrogged straight back to the primary sources. I'm using Ovid, Hesiod, Homer and many others, and trying to cast the entire scope of Greek mythology afresh. John Rocco, who does my covers, is illustrating, and we're hoping to create something that's going to be useful in your libraries and classrooms.
Anyway, one of my goals is to include lesser-known myths along with the ones kids often hear. Most anthologies only offer a taste of what's available in the primary sources. While researching for the book, I came across one particular myth I'd never heard before, the story of Erisikhthon and Demeter's sacred grove. Erisikhthon tries to cut down Demeter's sacred trees and is cursed with eternal hunger.
As I was writing down this story, and it struck me: this is a myth about addiction. It perfectly captures the obsession and heartbreak of someone who devotes his life to chasing a need that can't be satisfied. Erisikhthon loses his possessions, his pride, his house just to buy food that can never fill him. Finally he's even willing to sell his own daughter to serve his need. It's absolutely tragic, and it's absolutely timely. Why are we not reading this myth with our middle school and high school kids? The story certainly struck me in a very personal way. Addiction is something I have seen in my friends, my family, and certainly in the lives of my students. And here it is, captured in a myth that is three thousand years old.
read the entry here: rickriordan.blogspot.com/
my tumblr: istolethelightning.tumblr.com/
actually it was just released in August! It is called "percy jackson's greek gods"
Really? Huh I was so obsessed with The Blood Of Olympus(my precious) that I guess I didn't realize it. Thanks!
yeah for sure! It's a really cool book!
I JUSTREAD IT AND I HAVE TO SAY OHMYFREAKNGODIAMINLOVELIKETHISISSOAWESOMEICANTEVENEXPLIANNOWIMEVENMOREEXCITEDFORTHEBLODOFOLYMPUSANDALITTLESCAREDBUTWHATEVESIAMINLOVE!!!!!
Why do you call him uncle rick is he your uncle couse that would be cool
no, it's just a fandom term. Someone on Twitter messaged Rick and asked if we could call him uncle rick and he said yes, so now everyone calls him that
*OMG Fangirling moment* gasp!gasp! DD
I've read that myth it scared me then and it scares me now. *shivers*
FANGRLING SINCE I HEARD IT THE FIRST TIME. STILL FANGIRLING
ASDSFGHKLJFSKJAKJKLSAJSK !! *dies*
I literally just fell off my bed when I saw this!