Book Log – The Last Olympian

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5) by Rick Riordan

This is the last of this “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series, though the same characters can be found in his new series, “The Heroes of Olympus”.

This is a fine bunch of books, neatly weaving the mythology into modern day. My only complaint is that they felt like books that were written to be made into movies, like treatments rather than novels.

I was wondering why I didn’t feel the same attachment to Camp Half-Blood as to, say, pick a random example, Hogwart’s, and I guess because not much really happens at the Camp. There’s some off-stage training and a chariot race or two, but other than that, the stories take place in the big, wide world, which is fine.

I’ll place these on my kids’ shelf, and wait for them to grow into them.

Book Log – Slam

Slam by Nick Hornby

This is Hornby’s first Young Adult novel, and it’s good. It tackles teenage pregnancy, and there’s some honest truths there but it doesn’t come across as an after-school special.

This is the story of a young skater (not skateboarder, that’s not what the cool kids call it) who knocks up a girl. The story is funny, and realistic, and it’s full of the stuff you’d want your teenager to know about having a kid.

Or an adult having a kid. Either one.