The Titan's Curse: 07/30/10
I will forever associate The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan with Fort Bragg. My husband read aloud to us as I drove. As it turns out, the climax of the book takes place on Mt. Tamalpais. We drove by it twice on our day trip. That physical connection makes the memory of reading the book all the more vivid.
Artemis and Annabeth have gone missing. Percy and Thalia and the Hunters go on a cross country quest to rescue both. The quest takes them to the edge of the world (currently located in and about the San Francisco Bay Area). I liked the local connection, seeing how San Francisco and points north map to Greek mythological geography. It gave us talking points as we were driving by spots mentioned in the novel.
Thrown into the mix are the di Angelos: Bianca and Nico, who don't quite fit in at Camp Halfblood. Ian especially likes Nico for his geeky gamer qualities. While I can appreciate the need to add new characters and mix up the dynamic that had been settled upon in the first two books, I missed Annabeth and Tyson.
Comment #1: Saturday, July, 31, 2010 at 03:35:55
Yup, the book doesn't feel the same without Annabeth and Tyson.
Comment #2: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 20:08:33
Tyson and Annabeth are my two favorite characters in the series. Although I loved the location for this adventure I missed having them in it except for minor appearances.
Comment #3: Saturday, July, 31, 2010 at 07:54:07
My students at school love Rick Riordan. It's so nice to hear that you were able to enjoy this book while taking a trip. Sounds like more fun than watching a DVD while traveling and like you said, memorable.
Comment #4: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 20:10:57
We don't have a DVD player in our car. Nor do we want one. We rely instead on listening to music or reading books aloud.
Comment #5: Saturday, July, 31, 2010 at 10:01:18
I'm about half way through the audio book of this. Thanks for sharing your review!
Comment #6: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 20:13:01
You're welcome. Happy listening.
Comment #7: Thursday, August, 5, 2010 at 18:44:56
Cool to have read (or heard) this while passing through part of the book's climactic setting.
I agree with you that I really missed Annabeth and Tyson. I'm only partway into the fourth book now but it looks like they'll be playing more of a role this time...though it also looks like Nico will be heavily involved.
Comment #8: Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 13:48:48
I've read the entire series. I won't spoil anything for you. Happy reading.