ANNOUNCEMENT
After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

41. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

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Title: The Last Olympian
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5
Author: Rick Riordan
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 400
Twitter: @camphalfblood
Format: Audiobook
Rating: 4/5 stars
Finished: 7-7-09

The final book in the first installment of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Last Olympian is where everything that has been building in the previous 4 books comes together at last. I really feel that this is my favorite book of the series. I feel like Riordan finally has a grasp of all of his characters and who they are. There was death and destruction, and the deaths really meant something this time. That was one thing that I feel he has handled poorly throughout most of the series thus far, that the deaths of some of the characters have been handled much too lightly. In fact, one of the major deaths in the second or third book was so matter of fact, that I really didn't think the character was actually dead.

Kronos finally brings his army to NYC and the Empire State Building, which is the current location of Olympus. The Gods have been drawn off in a battle with Typhon, so it is up to Percy and the other demigods to protect Olympus and the Gods' seats of power. Something else that I liked about this book is that most of the book contained the battle. So often, you have a huge buildup to a battle that is subsequently handled in one chapter. Not so here. I think the book is perfectly paced out (even if it is a little heavy on the nonstop action sometimes) and the characters all deal with their situations in very real terms. The story, obviously given the circumstances of the story, has become much darker in tone by this book, but there are still moments of levity and wit that Riordan has continually sprinkled throughout the series.

The book is quite predictable, as most of these hero-journey-type books are, but I still wasn't distracted from the story knowing I knew what was going to happen. These aren't books to think too hard about. They are to be read as is and enjoyed. It comes as no surprise that Percy and friends will have further adventures and I'm looking forward to them!

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