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The Road The Road by Cormac McCarthy


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
To say I enjoyed this book would seem inappropriate. I found it intriguing and gripping but one would have to be in a very dark place to "enjoy" this work of literature. I particularly found the grammatical negligence an interesting literary technique. Why bother with capitalization and punctuation if it is the end of the world? Unfortunately, the library copy I read had been "edited" by a previous patron and had many of "mistakes" circled in pencil.

This book isn't to be read lightly. It's disturbing, sad and harsh. Still, I'm glad I read it. In particular, I felt I could relate to the dad and the love/protectiveness he felt for his son.

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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan


My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
Percy Jackson is a misfit kid who can never seem to behave in school. He has both dyslexia and ADHD and trouble seems to follow him no matter where he goes. Turns out the reason he is always getting in trouble is because he is half god (Roman or Greek, it's the same in the book) and half human. As a half-blood god, monsters are constantly seeking him out to challenge him to battle or to try and destroy him at the bidding of another god. Life is very exciting for the child of a god!



This book is an easy read and I flew right through it. I liked learning more about Greek/Roman mythology. It's always enjoyable to find a unique story and this is very unique. I also like that the hero, indeed all the heroes, have ADHD and dyslexia due to their god-like characteristics. It's refreshing to see these two disabilities portrayed as a good thing.



Book one, the Lightening Thief, is mainly about Percy discovering that he is the child of a god, coming to terms with it and completing his first quest. It's very fast paced. I plan to read it to my kids and I think they'll really like it.


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