Given that the working title of my novel is Olympus Gate, it should come as no surprise that I enjoy reading about Greek and Roman mythology. The Percy Jackson series came to my attention last year, and pretty quickly made its way onto my bookshelf. The books are a great read, so when I saw The Red Pyramid in the library I didn't hesitate to pick it up.
I haven't finished yet (blame the fact that I got my hands on Clockwork Angel and the temptation to start reading it was just too great), but so far it's a really fun story.
But reading The Red Pyramid is such a different experience for me than reading Percy Jackson. The Olympian pantheon is so familiar—from Latin class, from books, from my research—but the Egyptian gods are still very foreign. Yes, they were mentioned once or twice in school, and they've popped up a few times in books (Otherland comes to mind), but I don't have nearly the same instant recognition. Give me a brief description of an Olympian and I'll have a good guess as to which deity you're describing and what role he or she will have in the book. With the Egyptian gods I haven't a clue what to expect.
Which isn't altogether a bad thing. I'm really loving being surprised. I'm loving the discovery. In just about every chapter some new detail skips off the page singing, “Betcha wanna know more about me, don't ya? don't ya?” And I nod an enthusiastic yes! There's so much fascinating information to learn.
And Egyptian mythology is just one of many rich mythologies to delve into. When I was in Hawaii a few years ago I remember hearing about the volcanic goddess Pele. (And my cat is named after the Hawaiian moon goddess.) I've read my Edith Hamilton and know a smattering of Norse mythology from her.
And one of the great things about these mythologies is that they come from cultures that are so different from our own. They can give us exciting ideas for new stories because they are so diverse.
So I guess that's all to say I'm very glad I picked up The Red Pyramid. Thank you, Rick Riordan, for such a fun and informative book!
And what about all of you? Any particular mythology holding your interest right now?