Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, by Rick Riordan – This oversize volume summarizes the classical Greek myths, starting with the creation of the universe and continuing on through the major gods. It’s all narrated by Percy Jackson, who has a rather smart-alecky tone, and includes some personal asides. One recurring gag is the use of “don’t try this at home” disclaimers, which are funny but also have valid points to make. I’d read most of these stories in some form or other before, but there were some I didn’t find so familiar. I don’t recall coming across the tale about Athena giving birth to a child by means of a handkerchief, for instance. Of course, a lot of the myths were already covered in the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series, sometimes slightly differently than how Percy tells them here, but it’s still worth reading. I can see it being a good introduction to mythology for young readers. The book is lavishly illustrated by John Rocco, and includes a lot of cool pictures of monsters.
To give credit where credit is due, the title of my post is actually a reference to a series of posts on SamuraiFrog’s blog. So far, he’s done summaries of the Bible, Twilight, and 50 Shades of Grey. Hmm, all books that take weird attitudes toward sex.