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Thursday, 8 August 2013

Author Update : Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan have recently made a blog post revealing the release of house of Hades here is what he wrote

An Update for August


A busy summer for the Riordans! We are still settling into our new house in Boston, waiting for the last load of our stuff to arrive from Texas. On top of that, I’ve been writing furiously. So what have I been working on?
The House of Hades is ready to go. My portion of the work is done. Now it’s being typeset, proofed, printed, etc. -- still a long process to get it ready for the release date, but the book will be out on time as promised, October 8, and I can’t wait to share the story with you! The first chapter was made available with The Son of Sobek ebook, but we will be releasing another sneak peek, free, later in the summer, along with some character art reveals. Stay tuned for more on that!
I’ve just finished work on the rough draft manuscript for Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods. For many years, I’ve wanted to retell the Greek myths. As a teacher, I always had trouble finding a good anthology of myths to use in my classroom. As much as I love Hamilton, D’Aulaires, Evslin, Graves and Greene, all these collections are a bit dated. I decided to try recasting the original stories by telling them in Percy Jackson’s voice. Rather than relying on the earlier anthologies listed above, I set them aside and went straight back to the sources – Homer, Hesiod, Nonnus, Apollodorus, Ovid et al. I let Percy do the talking in his usual snarky way, with chapters covering the creation of the world, the war with the Titans, and all the major Olympian gods. The result is a full-length book that I hope is the most readable modern take on Greek mythology, and also the most complete version available for young readers. I’ve covered the ‘greatest hits’ but I’ve also provided deeper cuts from the myths, many of which are not typically included in mythology books. Even better, the book will be illustrated by John Rocco, the genius who does the American cover art for all my books. That’s going to be awesome! I don’t have an exact release date for Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods yet, but you can expect to see it in 2014.
I’ve just finished work on the rough draft manuscript for Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods. For many years, I’ve wanted to retell the Greek myths. As a teacher, I always had trouble finding a good anthology of myths to use in my classroom. As much as I love Hamilton, D’Aulaires, Evslin, Graves and Greene, all these collections are a bit dated. I decided to try recasting the original stories by telling them in Percy Jackson’s voice. Rather than relying on the earlier anthologies listed above, I set them aside and went straight back to the sources – Homer, Hesiod, Nonnus, Apollodorus, Ovid et al. I let Percy do the talking in his usual snarky way, with chapters covering the creation of the world, the war with the Titans, and all the major Olympian gods. The result is a full-length book that I hope is the most readable modern take on Greek mythology, and also the most complete version available for young readers. I’ve covered the ‘greatest hits’ but I’ve also provided deeper cuts from the myths, many of which are not typically included in mythology books. Even better, the book will be illustrated by John Rocco, the genius who does the American cover art for all my books. That’s going to be awesome! I don’t have an exact release date for Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods yet, but you can expect to see it in 2014.

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