Saturday, June 6, 2009

Sad & Happy

My ereader has died. I'm going to have to get a new one, but it's just not in the budget right now. So I'm going to be limited to reading on my laptop right now. Bummer.

I finished my book I was reading. It's not an ebook or a romance but it was excellent. My students got me hooked on Percy Jackson books a couple of years ago and I just fnished the last book. Percy Jackson is a young boy whose life is not exactly normal. The series begins when he's eleven years old and ends when he is sixteen. Percy has spent his young life being kicked out of school after school. It's not bad enough he suffers from ADHD and Dyslexia, but he has a crappy step-father, doesn't know who his real dad is and, to top it off, strange things always seem to happen when he's around.

Percy discovers that he is actually the son of Poseidon who has taken an oath with Zeus and Hades not to have anymore half-blood (demigod) children. Needless to say this does not endear Percy to the other Olympians. From being accused of being a Lightening Thief, to battling a Sea of Monsters, to trying to defeat the Titan's Curse, which leads him to the Battle of the Labrynth, Percy finds himself protecting The Last Olympian and trying to turn back an army of Titans bend on destroying Olympus and Western Civilization.

Now I knew that Disney had purchased Hyperion and was starting to get involved with this story, I didn't realize the movie for the first book has been cast and is underway. In addition to the kids, who are played by basically unknowns, there is quite a cast of characters playing the gods. Pierce Bronsnan is playing Chiron the hero training centaur. Kevin McKidd, Sean Bean, Rosario Dawson, Steven Coogan, and others are playing the gods. Uma Thurman is playing Medusa. It sounds like they are giving this the budget it deserves and with Chris Columbus directing it should be amazing.


Molly Daniels said...

K and I LOVE the Percy Jackson series:)

Sandra Cox said...

Okay, if Pierce Bronsan is in it. I'm there:)

Anny Cook said...

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing!