The 30 Day Book Challenge – Day 18

Day 18: A Book That Disappointed You

Aarrgh!! I don’t like the days when I have to write about books that I didn’t like, that were underrated, that disappointed me. I guess I just have a selective memory as I can never remember books like that! As I’ve state before, I don’t generally continue reading books that I’m not happy with from the get-go. True, there have been some books where I’ve gone, “Wha?” upon finishing them, wondering why I’d bothered. But those don’t stick in my memory for very long. I just simply pick up the next book that looks promising and begin reading that, soon immersing myself in the new story.

But in the spirit of this challenge I need to choose something so I’ll write a bit about Rick Riordan’s The Last Olympian. This was the last installment of his Percy Jackson & The Olympians series but the first I’d read. It wasn’t a bad book, mind you, but it was the first fantasy novel that I’d read since completing the Harry Potter series several months before. It had a lot to live up to, not only as I wanted to read another series as much as I enjoyed the J. K. Rowling books but I’d read a number of reviews raving about these books. I liked the whole mythology aspect I thought Riordan should have explained the significance of some of the gods and demi-gods a bit better. Also, I thought many of the “witty asides” left something to be desired. While I could see them being funny for others, I just wasn’t feeling it. The action sequences were quite good, particularly the concluding battle in New York, but it just wasn’t the page-turner that I’d expected. So, yes, I was disappointed but not so much to try the first in the series, The Lightning Thief. A bit better — more explanation seeing as it was the debut but I still found myself craving more information on the mythological creatures. However, I do suspect that I’ll read the remaining three books eventually (and perhaps even delve into the next set if I can get my hands on them).

Daily Writing Totals:
This Article – 354 words
Total Today — 1513 words


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