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2021.12.04 12:58 Louwuly I can’t buy a copy of Endwalker with any Brazilian credit card??

It has been weeks trying to buy the preorder and every time I place the order I’m denied! 😨
I used 3 different credit cards already! I even tried PayPal 😣
It might or might not be related to the country I live in, which is Brazil 🇧🇷🙄
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2021.12.04 12:58 Skill4Hire Do you think animals have aphantasia?

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2021.12.04 12:58 DarkSouls2BestSouls Why is Shadow of the Colossus so beloved?

I recently completed my first and only playthrough of the game and I would definitely consider it to be below average. The gameplay is very slow and tedious, with basically zero skill required other than the ability to hold the grip button for minutes at a time, which is the pinnacle of the game's engagement.
Even the most outstanding of the Colossi were only fine, most of them were just straight up bad and some were among the worst boss fights I have ever played in a video game.
I just don't understand why people seem to enjoy a game so much where you spend most of the experience holding one button and waiting for your character to stop shaking.
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2021.12.04 12:58 ArthurDrakoni Riordan Retrospective: The Lightning Thief and The Sea of Monsters

So, recently on my blog I completed my retrospective of the works of Rick Riordan. That means Percy Jackson, its spin-offs, and its sequels. It’s less of a formal review and more of a casual look back. So, I thought I’d share the first two retrospectives here. My retrospective of The Lightning Thief , I’m not ashamed of it or anything, but I feel I hadn’t quite found my footing yet. My retrospective of The Sea of Monsters was where I finally figured things out, and so I’ve released them together here. So, all that being said, let us begin with a synopsis.
Percy Jackson is a down on his luck sixth grader. He tries his best to be a good kid, but for one reason or another, he always gets kicked out of school at the end of the year. On a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art his math teacher Mrs. Dodds turns into a monster and tries to kill him. Thankfully, Percy is saved by using a magic pen/sword, given to him by his supercool Latin teacher Mr. Brunner. Before long, Percy learns that his best friend Grover Underwood is a satyr, Mr. Brunner is the mythical centaur Chiron, and Percy himself is a demigod. The Greek gods are real and they're currently living in America.
Chiron and Grover take Percy to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods. A few misadventures later, Percy discovers that his father is Poseidon and that his mother is being held prisoner in the underworld. Worse still, Zeus' master lightning bolt has gone missing, and Poseidon is the prime suspect. Percy and Grover, along with a daughter of Athena named Annabeth Chase, must travel across America on a quest to save Percy's mom and stop the impending Olympian civil war.
As I'm sure you can guess by the name of this blog, I am a lover of audiobooks, and I'm forever grateful to for helping provide me with audiobooks. When I first start my great adventure with Audible, there were two series that really stick out in mind. The first is Robert J. Sawyer's Neanderthal Parallax series. The other, of course, is Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
No matter what else happens, I hope that I never lose sight of the fact that it all started with an email. Back in 2009 I got an email from Barnes and Noble informing me the release of The Last Olympian, the final book in the Percy Jackson series. At the time, I was on a bit of a Greek Mythology kick, having recently finished Mythology from the Ologies Series. Intrigued by the title and the cover image, I decided to research Percy Jackson series. Impress with what I found, and with a spare Audible credit to share, I decided to give the first book a try.
I finished The Lightning Thief with lightning speed. No matter how much I listened to it, I could never get enough. It completely revolutionized my view of fantasy books. Prior to encountering Percy Jackson, I had this image that fantasy could only take place in a far-off magical land, or England. Then again, from my point of view, England might as well have been a far-off fantasy land. Now, however, it was like "Hey, that could actually happen!"
Well, I wasn't under any delusions that Greek Mythology was real, or that I might turn out to be a demigod. What I mean is, the book spoke to my American sensibilities, and I was better able to relate to it than, say, Harry Potter. One of the most charming things about the Percy Jackson series is the way it seamlessly blends Greek Mythology and modern American culture and geography. One of my biggest complaints about Harry Potter is that Harry has a very bland and forgettable personality, compared with the more colorful side characters. That's not case with Percy; he's like a young streetwise Hercules who can fight the rising odds. I adore the snappy dialogue and Percy's observations of the world. Even in the face of impending doom, he finds ways to wisecrack.
Another aspect that helped was how the demigods have dyslexia. The in-universe explanation is that their brains' are wired to read Ancient Greek. Similarly, they all have ADHD, because that's useful when you're in the middle of a battle.
I don't know if I've ever brought this up, but I myself am somewhat dyslexic. I have what is known as Pervasive Developmental Disorder, or PDD for short. It is an autism spectrum disorder that combines aspects of Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Asperger's, Anxiety, Autism and serval other such disorders without being full-blown cases of any of them...its a bit complicated.
Growing up, one series I always enjoyed was Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver's Hank Zipzer book series. It's about a dyslexic boy, named Hank Zipzer, and all the misadventure he gets into at school and with his friends and family. It's a great series, and I always related to Hank's struggles with his dyslexia. As such, I did appreciate how Percy and his fellow demigods were dyslexic as well.
I think I also ought to tell you a bit about how it is that Percy Jackson came to be. The series first began life as a series of bedtimes stories Rick Riordan told his son Haley, who had recently been diagnosed with ADHD and Dyslexia. At the time, Haley was really into Greek Mythology, but Rick had run out of myths to tell him. To solve this, Rick created a story about a modern day demigod named Percy Jackson going on adventures across America. At the same time Rick, then a middle school English and Social Studies teacher, was looking for a way to get his students excited about reading. At Haley's encouragement, he wrote the stories into a cohesive book. He then shared it with his student, many of whom would loan their names to various minor characters, and got feedback on it.
After polishing it up, Riordan sent it to some publishers, and was rejected multiple times before the manuscript was finally accepted. Before long, it was snatched up by Disney-Hyperion. And the rest, as they say, is history.
I should take a moment to talk about how absolutely top-notch the mythological research is. I suppose it is to be expected. Prior to writing the Percy Jackson series, Riordan helped edit several books about mythology. You get well-known monsters such as the Minotaur and Medusa, but you also get lesser known characters like Procrustes. It was also a smart move to make Percy a son of Poseidon. Most other people might have made him a son of Zeus, but that would be way too obvious. Plus, all things considered, Poseidon is probably a lot more sympathetic as a father than Zeus.
One aspect in particular I really enjoyed was the reveal about the villain. It's set up to make it look like Hades is the one who stole the masterbolt, but it wasn't him. He's got his hands full with all the dead in the underworld as it is; the last thing he needs is a war. Instead, the true villain is Ares, the god of war. Hades might have been a bit creepy, but he certainly wasn't evil. Ares makes much more sense as a villain, and even then, there's someone else manipulating thing behind the scene.
Let's take a moment to talk about the audiobook and the cover art. I can't imagine anyone other than Jesse Bernstein narrating the original trilogy. Until Christ McCarrell stared as Percy in the musical adaptation of The Lightning Thief, Jesse was, in many way, the voice of Percy to me. He just does such a spectacular job narrating the books.
They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but we all do it anyway. After all, a book cover can be the first thing that hooks someone's interest about a book. The first cover, and I mean the very first cover, from before Disney-Hyperion picked up The Lightning Thief, is pretty decent. Grey background, various monsters from the book, lighting bolt outline. Not exactly a showstopper, but it gets the job done, and I have a soft spot for it. Then we have the second cover. It shows Percy, clutching a Minotaur horn, in the sea standing before the Manhattan skyline while lighting strikes the top of the Empire State Building. I admit, it's probably nostalgia at work, but I still think it's pretty awesome. It's kind of mysterious, and it seems like something awesome is about to happen, and the spine is colored sea-green.
So that brings us to the current cover of The Lightning Thief. Speaking objectively, it does a much better job of giving and idea of what the book is about. Percy is standing on a statue of Poseidon, submerged in water, next to the New York skyline. At first, I wasn't sure about it and the other new covers, but I warmed up to them as time went on. It helps that they're the banner over on the Percy Jackson subreddit. So yeah, I do think the new covers are a step in the right direction, but the old covers have their charms as well.
I realize I haven't really been talking much about the plot. The Lightning Thief, owning to its status as the first book, has received the most adaptions. So I figured it might be a bit redundant to talk about it here. Trust me, when I review the movie "adaption" I'll be talking a lot about the plot. Speaking of adaptions, besides the terrible movie adaption, The Lightning Thief has been adapted into an excellent musical , a pretty decent graphic novel and even a coloring book.
Now let us move on to The Sea of Monsters.
It's been one years since Percy Jackson found out that he's the demigod son of the Greek god Poseidon. Life has been relatively peaceful at his new school, but then he gets attacked by cannibal giants on the last day before summer. Thankfully, he's got his new friend Tyson, who turns out to be his cyclops half-brother. Percy and Tyson catch a ride with Annabeth to Camp Half-Blood, but all is not well. Thalia's Pine, the magical three that protects the camp, has been poisoned, and Chiron's the prime suspect. The only thing that can heal the pine is the Golden Fleece
Worse yet, Grover is being held hostage by the cyclops Polyphemus. To find Grover and the fleece, Percy, Annabeth and Tyson are going to have to venture into the Sea of Monsters; which is currently located in the Bermuda Triangle.
Before we go any further, I must emphasize that this is a sequel. I know that this is kind of obvious, but that does mean there will be spoilers for The Lightning Thief. For that matter, there's probably going to be some spoilers for this book as well. Just figured I ought to get that out of the way now.
Now that we've got that out the way, let's get on to the main event. One of the recurring themes of the Percy Jackson series is of history/mythology repeating itself. As Battlestar Galactica put it, all of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again. In The Lightning Thief we got a few shades of Orpheus with Percy and the gang's trip to the underworld; and echoes of Perseus with the encounter with Medusa. This time around, we've got shades of Odysseus, with a bit of Jason and the Argonauts thrown in. Most of the major monsters and antagonists come out of The Odyssey. We got Scylla and Charybdis, Circe, the Sirens and of course Polyphemus. We get a few monsters from elsewhere, but for the most part it's all straight out of Homer.
As I've stated before, one of the many charms of the Percy Jackson series is the way it recycles and reinterprets Greek Mythology in modern day America. For example, Circe's island is portrayed as a spa, and she turns men into guinea pigs rather than actual pigs. Now that my family actually owns guinea pigs, that particular scene is entertaining on a whole new level. The part where it's mentioned that a new chain restaurant opens every time a hydra gets decapitated was also clever.
That the beginning of the book Annabeth makes a dismissive comment about Canada; saying there's nothing but Laestrygonians and a few forges of Hephaestus. In hindsight, this is somewhat humorous in light of The Heroes of Olympus. Come that series, we have Frank Zhang, a Canadian demigod, as a main character. Obviously, he's not too pleased with this assessment of his home country.
For the most part, the books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series are relatively timeless. There aren't that many references to pop culture or current events. That being said, there one minor aspect of this book that does date it just a smidge. At one point, Percy is talking about how smart and brainy Annabeth is and mentions that she watches documentaries on the History Channel. So yeah, if she were watching historical documentaries today, it would definitely not be on the channel that has degenerate to the point of Ancient Aliens and Swamp People.
I do also love the little off-hand comments about several famous people who were demigods. For example, we learn that Harriet Tubman was a daughter of Hermes, and in the previous book, we learned that George Washington was a son of Athena. It really gives a sense that there's more to this world than just what we read in the pages of these books. Granted, it is a little depressing to think that almost everyone who did anything of note was a demigod, and that us mere mortals can never hope to compare with them, but still kind of cool at the same time.
So, let's talk about Tyson. In hindsight, I really appreciate how Riordan handled his character. Tyson is mentally handicapped, yes, but that's not the be all end all of his character. He's skilled at forging weapons and armor, he's super-strong, naturally fireproof and more durable. He does actively contribute to the plot rather than just being a token. I bring this up because it contrasts rather positively compared to some of Riordan's later characters. Ah, but I'm getting ahead of myself. Rest assured, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard received a well deserved ass-beating.
Also, there's something about Tyson that's become somewhat humorous in hindsight. Tyson is, physically speaking, a teenage boy who is into ponies. Also, his favorite hippocampus is named Rainbow. That's right, Tyson was a brony before it was cool.
In other characters, let's talk about Clarisse La Rue. When we first meet her in The Lightning Thief, she's a pretty typical bully character, it seems to be a genetic trait of Ares Cabin campers. This time, however, we see a few chinks in her armor. Technically, she's the one who is officially tasked with retrieving the fleece. We see that she has self-doubts and fear disappointing her father, Ares. There are some bullies who are just asshole for no reason, and who just want to watch the world burn. Believe me, I dealt with enough of those kinds of people in high school, but maybe there's more to Clarisse and the other Ares campers than just that.
Okay, so with Chiron indisposed, who's watching the campers? Why, Tantalus, of course! You know, the guy famous for killing and cooking his own children. Looking back now, I can kind of see how Luke had a point about the gods not caring about the campers. Technically, Chiron is only the camp activities directors, but given how apathetic Mr. D tends to be, Chiron basically runs the camp.
That brings me to another interesting point: just why did Zeus put Dionysus in charge of Camp Half-Blood? Officially, it's punishment for chasing after Zeus' favorite wood nymph. However, I think there's more to it than just that. Before becoming a god, Dionysus was himself a demigod. If you know anything about the myths relating to Dionysus, you'll know he went through some serious shit back in the day. So, who would understand the struggles demigods face more than a former demigod?
Also, consider what I mentioned earlier about Chiron, even that could have been part of the plan. If Dionysus wasn't up to the task, he'd still be punished, but there would still be someone around to ensure that the camp didn't get driven into the ground. Perhaps, just perhaps, Zeus isn't as clueless as he seems. Though, I concede, this is all purely speculation on my part.
One part of the book I really loved, and that I wished had favorited more into the later books, was the chariots races. Apparently, they used to be more common, but got banned after a race gone wrong killed three campers and injured twenty-six more. Naturally, Tantalus is more than happily to revive them, and they're presumably banned again after Chiron returns. Still, I've always loved the thrill of a good race. I love racing video games, and while I don't really watch motor racing, but it has always fascinated me. Quite a shame that it never really appeared in the later books.
You could argue that campers could potentially get killed during capture the flag, or sword fighting practice, but I kind of get where Chiron was coming from. Those are to train demigods for fighting monsters in the real world, where they won't have the protections the camp offers. Monsters aren't going to pull any punches, and the demigods need to learn how to fight like their lives depend on it. By contrast, they most likely won't need to know how to race/battle on a chariot. Still, it does seem like a wasted story potential, in my humble opinion.
On a personal note, I listened to the audiobook version of The Sea of Monsters while I was taking a school-sponsored trip to Italy the summer before my junior year of high school. It was so cool that I got to travel around a country steeped in Classical Mythology while listening to Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I'd tell you all about it, but that, perhaps, is a story best saved for a separate blog post.
As you're probably aware, the movie adaption of The Lightning Thief made just enough money so that Sea of Monsters was also adapted. I do have plans to review The Lightning Thief movie, eventually, but not the Sea of Monsters movie. This is mostly due to the fact that I have not seen the Sea of Monsters movie. I was thoroughly unimpressed by the first movie, and so I steered clear of the sequel. I might review it, if my readers would like, though that's a considerable maybe.
Right, now that we've got that out of the way, let's compare the book covers. As you can see, the original cover is very orange, and Polyphemus' eye is front and center. You've got the Queen Anne's Revenge down below. Side note, I loved how an actual pirate ship factored into the plot. Percy really should raise sunken ships more often, but I digress. We've also got a rope bridge with three shadowed figured, presumably Percy, Annabeth and Tyson.
Moving onto the new cover, we see the CSS Birmingham, with Percy standing on top, nearing Scylla and Charybdis. In the background, Polyphemus looking a menacingly. Oh, and what's this? A bit of wing on the edge? You see, when you place in of the new covers together, in order, they form on continuous picture. It looks really cool when it's all together.
So here an interesting tied bit about Rick Riordan that I didn't mention last time. You probably know that he used to be a middle school English and Social Studies teacher. However, did you also know that he used to work at an Episcopalian summer camp? Specifically, he played the guitar and led singalongs. He learned to play the guitar during h college days, when he played in a folk-rock band. I guess that explains why there's a campfire singalong in almost every book of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Rick has stated the working at the camp was a big inspiration for how Camp Half-Blood turned out.
Though, one assumes, the camp he worked at presumably didn't hand out actual swords and spears to its camper. We can also probably assume that none of the campers were ever eaten by monsters. But their climbing wall definitely had lava on it like Camp Half-Blood...nah, I'm just being facetious.
Links to the original retrospectives on my blog are here:
The Lightning Thief:
The Sea of Monsters:
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