There probably won’t be a very great variation in these greetings. ‘Hello’ is quite easy to spot in most languages, though I’ll probably start with a phrase next time.
But, hello! How are you doing? No, honestly, how are you doing? I might not be able to hear you, but you can hear ‘you’ and ‘you’ is the person that needs to know how you’re doing right now. I really hope you’re fine though.
Me? I’m doing quite well. After reading two books that I practically promised myself I wouldn’t touch until after finals, I am rather unshaken. It would seem that reading has its own reward that far outweighs the morality of preparing for Math exams. Who knew? But hey, at least I have my words. And hopefully good grades, fingers crossed.
The two books I managed to evade not reading are Rick Riordan’s The Hidden Oracle (which is the first book in the Trials of Apollo series), and Brandon Sanderson’s Edgedancer (a novella occurring right after Words of Radiance in the Stormlight Archive). And as much as I do have words for both books, I’m afraid I can’t write full reviews on them. At least not yet. But I do have a couple of words I can share.
The Hidden Oracle
Apollo is quite unmistakably the most self-centered and most obnoxious of the Greek gods. Okay, maybe not the most, but definitely in the top two. Every paragraph in the book testifies to that. He couldn’t be bothered with humans going on glorious (death-trap) quests for his sake, actual fighting and sacrificing to win or subjects doing their very best to protect him. The funny thing is, it all makes sense. It’s pretty easy to imagine how a child born to the king of the gods with practically unlimited power and worshipers would turn out. There’s no surprise when said child sees human life as fleeting, something created for his benefit and amusement. So when Zeus sends him to earth without most of his “auto-win” powers as he himself mentioned, it’s also not that big of a surprise (This is after-all, the third time it’s happened).
Apollo already understands the usuals of his sentence. Most of his powers are gone, he has to work for a certain amount of time under whichever demigod claims his service, and until Zeus deems fit, he can’t return to Olympus.
This time is no different. Except it’s completely different. Things aren’t as Apollo expect them to be. His service is claimed by a random demigod passing through the trash he fell in, rather than our prestigious son of Poseidon. The Oracles – and the most useful of his powers – aren’t working, and worst of all, the only giant statue at Camp Half-Blood isn’t his. Okay, maybe I went a little too far on that last one, but I’m pretty sure he considered it at some point.
Now, Apollo has to befriend his minions (err… children) and go on a suicide mission (glorious quest, dammit!) to recover the oracles before one of his children destroys all he’s ever swatted his hands for.
Admittedly, that wasn’t much of a review, more like my take on Apollo and the book, but at least I kept the spoilers out!
I have half a mind to think that Brandon and Rick were in cahoots when both books were written because of the subtle, but noticeable similarities. Lift may not be as self-centered as Apollo, but gods can she be obnoxious. Though she isn’t by any means my least favourite favourite character. Driven by nothing but her own wiles and of course, her stomach, she ‘escapes’ the chocking Azir kingdom where she has all she needs in pursuit of the one known as Darkness. Darkness was spotted in Yeddaw and she knows there’s only one reason he’s heading there – to find someone else like her, someone who’s also awesome, and to kill them. She won’t let that happen. Especially when the people of Yeddaw don’t have their own hero. Of course, she’s not without her very own Voidbringer who never shuts up and does his best to protect her. Really, what could go wrong?
As you can tell, this has all the tools required for Brandon to spin a beautiful tale on us. And he doesn’t do anything less. It’s an amazing tale, with some unexpected characters that gave the story that extra vibe and much welcome spookiness. An intriguing read, as expected.
See! Only a couple of words. Not a review. Reviews (for other books, because of the voices on my shelf) coming after finals. Granted, I got my copy of Sarah J. Maas’ Soulstealer for the DC Origins series, the only way there’s going to be a review is if I read it post finals. Fingers crossed. If you have – or do – read it (weird how that’s not wrong), let me know how you liked it in the comments. Do not, for the love of all things bright and beautiful, leave spoilers. Those things are terrible.
Anyways, just in case you’re into other not-totally-book-related stuff, I also (sometimes, when the sun hits just so) post on Medium, and I have a post sitting fresh and fly on there about learning and human evolution. You can check it out here, and maybe leave like a couple (thousand) claps, and a follow or sumn 😉 😉 (that’s graphic for ‘wink wink’).
In conclusion to another seemingly unprecedented notably episode, I should tell you when I plan to upload next. I would. If I knew. Granted, the sun might shine just so +1 and have me scrambling to get the words out of my head, and in that case, you guys would definitely be the first ones to know whatever that is. There might also be more Notably episodes or writing prompts before the month runs out. Or medium posts. All three are highly probable, and I wouldn’t cross any out. At least not yet.
Just sit tight my friends, and in a couple of weeks, we’ll be laughing about how we didn’t expect some character to do some silly thing. Or, oh! the banter that Oathbringer brings (see what I did there?). Or the sleep that Soulstealer will … Never mind. Those books are plenty alluring. But until then, we will happily bask in that medium post that’s still right here, or other posts on the blog. Until next time my friends, and as always, have fun reading!