I went to a
book signing last night; it was cool. I saw Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman
live in a bookstore, and it was fun to listen to them for a half hour or so.
Listening to writers is actually one of my favorite things, because you can
just hear that they love what they do in their voice. It’s not like that all
days, I know, but writers are people who seriously have to love their job to do
it. Otherwise, they would not do it.
I got Tesla’s Attic signed, and I look forward
to start reading it soon. I LOVE the Unwind
Dystology, and I know that this is going to be awesome too.
I was a
little guilty before going, though. I haven’t read Unsouled yet, even though I got it for my birthday and that was
months ago. I want to reread Unwholly
before I get started. So far I haven’t even tried picking it up.
I loved Unwholly the last time. It was
terrifying, in some ways, and it tore my brain to shreds just to think about it
(which makes sense, since I learned that Mr. Shusterman majored in psychology,
so he knows how to do that). It’s the only book I can ever remember feeling a
deep seated, passionate need to kill someone while reading it. I almost saw
red, and suddenly it was as if my hands weren’t my own. I couldn’t keep going;
the emotion bubbled through my brain and I couldn’t even decide what to do with
wanted something dead.
I had to take
a shower and a computer break before I could go back in. It was excellent, but
no other book has seared my blood like that before.
I guess I
haven’t started again because I’m scared.
What if it
isn’t like that the next time? What if it’s a boring book, or I don’t care
because I know what happens?
I should be
brave. I’ll pick the book up soon. I’m going to have to.
to need to.
I hope Neal
Shusterman knows that he’s messing with my mind. It should give him some
satisfaction, I should think.
Here is to
not being scared.
What about you? Have you ever failed to
reread a book the same reasons as me? Share below!
There is one
reason I do not hate Zeus, and that is George O’Connor. His Olympians graphic novels are
the best thing that ever happened to me in terms of Greek Mythology. I’m kind
of holding out on buying them because the series isn’t done yet and I would be
so excited to have a box set when it’s all said and done.
waiting for that one.
I met Zeus
in Kate McMullen’s Myth-o-mania
series. The overweight god was not only irrational, but very annoying. First
impressions stick. I worked through other mythology books, continuing with the
mindset that Zeus was the most wormlike creature anyone could ever have the
misfortune to meet. He sucked.
chance I came across Mr. O’Connor’s Zeus,
and I was hooked. I peered into a legacy which I had refused to see in any
other light and saw something new.
an interesting thing about the Greek gods: they’re flawed. Sometimes they do
good things, and sometimes they do terrible things—just like real people. When
it came to Zeus, I refused to see anything but flaw, after flaw, after flaw.
first time, I read about Zeus and found he was not the villain I had always
boxed him to be… He was a good guy, too. Zeus’s character in my books depended
on the author, I realized, not on the actual identity of Zeus. Now I saw the
King of the Gods through George O’Connor’s eyes. It changed me, as Mr. O’Connor’s
books invariably do. I’ve valued Zeus’s character ever since.
talk about him.
Zeus was the
only of Cronus and Rhea’s children who was not swallowed at birth. Somehow the
Titaness Rhea fooled her husband into believing that a great big rock was their
baby, which he swallowed instead.
(I will stop for a moment to just ask the
question: How on earth could Cronus possibly let this happen? I have seen
babies; they are not like rocks. I know that the idea is that Cronus was too
eager to get rid of the baby to stop and look at his son, but all the same,
what if Rhea had been slipping him a mortal child? Wouldn’t he have wanted to
double check, just to make sure? Considering all the things that happen in
Greek Mythology, it very well might have been some other Titan’s baby. I do not
know what Cronus was thinking. Of all the crazy stories in Greek mythology, I’m
pretty sure this is the most ludicrous event I’ve ever heard of.)
delightful fairy goats raised Zeus until he reached an age when he could combat
his father. With Rhea’s help, he cooked up a mustard-wine relish which caused Cronus
to vomit Zeus’s five older brothers and sisters. Together Zeus and his siblings
teamed up and fought a war against the Titans, won, and then divided the earth
amongst themselves. The three sons of Cronus drew lots to see who would get
what. Zeus won the skies, Poseidon the seas, and Hades the underworld—they’d
share the Earth.
fill a book with all the things that Zeus did next. In fact, they have. Suffice
it to say that he had something close to 114 children, and significantly more
mistresses. However, he did marry his sister Hera and make her his queen,
fathered several more of the Olympians, and did many godly actions. Wars,
decrees, adventures, advice… All that good stuff.
(Read a book
to learn more, seriously. Zeus seriously got around, and in more ways than
Zeus is not
only the King of the Gods, but the lord of the skies and god of justice and humans.
His main symbol is the eagle, but he is also recognized by his lightning bolts,
made for him by the Cyclopes.
I used to
hate Zeus because he was characterized to me as complete and utter scum. Now
that I’ve learned a little more, I appreciate his sense of justice. He was in
charge, and being in charge means making tough decisions and punishing both men
and gods for their deeds. It’s hard to put justice above your own will, but
that’s something Zeus has done many times throughout the stories.
(Then again, there is also the debate as to
whether Zeus’s version of his will and justice were separate, but that is another
On top of
that, Zeus kept an eye out. He was an active person, he participated in wars
and occasionally walked among men. He stayed on top of his kingdom and didn’t
let it rule him, even when the other gods mutinied. I respect that.
good at giving honor where honor was due, avoiding crises and making
compromises. In other words, he was a good leader, and that made all the
What I Dislike About Him
personal life gets a little more convoluted. Faithfulness was not his strong
suit, which is perhaps one of the reasons he was most frustrating—if he had
just kept it in his pants then half of the problems in Greek mythology might
never have been.
what on earth would we read about?
difficult topic to touch on. Regardless, his marriage with Hera was tough, and
that turbulence shook the world miles around.
Zeus is a
tricky character as well, and on occasion did cheat the rules and make things
hard for men and mortals out of selfish cause. He wasn’t the kindest or the
wisest of gods, nor did he always make the right decisions.
I think I
mostly hated him because he cheated in poker in Myth-o-mania, and that shredded my patience with him. Zeus,
regardless of the story, has always been a bit too flexible and unpredictable
for my taste.
of Zeus’s shortcomings, he’s always been an integral character, and perhaps an
idea I’ve mistreated many times over the years. He’s never going to be my
favorite god, but I know I can appreciate his role now and forever—Greek Mythology
wouldn’t be the same without him.
What do you think of Zeus? Yea? Nay? Share
in the comments!
I have this
notebook where I write down things I like in books or movies. I think I have
probably half of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium transcribed in that thing. I
thought I could find ten tidbits worth sharing, and here they are! :)
“It was very
sad to see my father cry, but I understood it, because sometimes a man has to
cry. Even if he is a man.”
Márez, Bless me Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya
leader is someone who knows what he’s bad at, and hires someone who’s good at
it to take care of it for him.”
–Halt, The Battle for Skandia, John Flanagan
powerful weapon you have is the one inside your skull.”
–Jackson, Earthfall, Mark Walden
bed and early to rise makes a man stupid and blind in the eyes.”
Rackham, Ender’s Game, Orson Scott
led by an idiot with a crayon.”
Julius Root, The Arctic Incident,
tasering Raven! This is not being a clever thing to do!”
Argentblum, Aftershock, Mark Walden
“Don’t be so
hasty. There is always time for babbling.”
–Victor, Airman, Eoin Colfer
rock is not the kind of enemy you can fight with a magic sword.”
Jackson, The Sea of Monsters, Rick
trust that what you do will have its reward. Perhaps not when you want it, but
when you least expect it.”
–Osiris, Pandora Gets Vain, Carolyn Hennesy
look on the bright side: we’re having an adventure, Fezzik, and most people
live and die without being as lucky as we are.”
Montoya, The Princess Bride, William
only two passengers unaccounted for, Skipper.”
number I can live with.”
and Skipper, Madagascar 2
What are you favorite book quotes? Share
everyone’s really excited that Bloody Mary would be 498 years old today.
semester for a history report I read Mary
Tudor: Courageous Queen or Bloody Mary?, a Wicked Histories book which gave
me some more insight on the infamous queen. For one thing, she was the daughter
of the first queen, Catharine of Aragon. She was the only of her mother’s
children to survive, and when King Henry VIII split with the Catholic church to
divorce Catharine she was declared illegitimate.She spent her childhood being shunted around
and falling in and out of her father’s favor while her country fell further
away from Catholicism—one of the few things which gave her any pleasure. She
married a good Catholic, a Spanish king, but rather than bringing a happy
alliance, she gained the contempt of her subjects and a few miscarriages. She
lost Calais to the French, her people starved, three hundred or so Protestants
were executed at her hand, and though her reign lasted only four years she is
one of the most loathed characters in history.
I feel bad
thing about Mary is that the entire time during her rule, she was trying so hard to do the right thing.
that she had to bring Catholicism back to England, and restore her people back
to the true faith. Unfortunately for her, King Henry VIII had taken all the
land from the Catholics and given it to Protestants, and when it came down to
it the Protestants didn’t really want to give it back.
Elizabeth I, Mary’s half-sister who took the throne after her, executed way
more people than Mary did, but that didn’t matter. People were being terrorized
for their faith; they were scared. Mary’s popularity dived.
to be a good wife, so send Englishmen to die on behalf of her husband, Phillip
II, because he asked her to. She didn’t just lose Calais, but she lost her
people as well.
wasn’t really easy, nor did she ever have an idyllic “happily ever after.” Even
her legacy was cut short, as Elizabeth ruled the country as a Protestant
monarch. Sort of a bummer for Mary, although for the most part Elizabeth was a
well-liked monarch. (I mean, they kept her around for forty-five years.)
is that her best efforts to do the right thing essentially ruined her. That is
probably one of the worst feelings in the world.