Currently Reading: The Lost Hero

Having finished now In Search of Paul just today, I turn attention back to fiction, YA fiction to be exact, and the first book of a five book series The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan of Percy Jackson fame.

This is a series immediately following the Percy Jackson series and immediately preceding Riordan’s The Trials of Apollo. I’ve only read two other Young Adult Fiction series before. Last year I read both The Hunger Games Trilogy and the four book set of the Divergent Series.

If I’m lucky, they will be The Heroes of Olympus series will be as good as Hunger Games and better than its knock-off Divergent. The Wife ™ and I saw the Percy Jackson movie and generally liked it, although it was awhile ago. I’m about 95pgs in so far and both the writing and the world building has me hooked. I just wish I had time to go back and read the Jackson ‘Pentology’ that came before. I’m hoping it doesn’t hoble the storyline too badly not having done so and that this book and series is somewhat ‘stand alone’ enough to enjoy.

I have the first two books that I picked up at Goodwill but havent decided yet whether to get the other three. It may well be decided by how these two work out.

I’m game if the books are Good enough for this old guy. Good reading.

-mike

Currently Reading: Crossan and Goldberg

Having finished Melville’s classic “big fish” tale, I steer back to starboard and continue my tour thru ancient Mesopotamia, Greece and Palestine both historically and archaeologically, as well as biblically as John Dominic Crossan reviews the evidence and historicity for Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles.

As I said in a post before, I have a similar volume by said author and scholar on The Historicity of Jesus that I read last year, but I also have an examination by Crossan on The Birth of Christianity on my shelf that I plan to read later on. Most probably not until the first part of 2020.

The other book I just started is Jonah Goldberg’s fascinating march thru the history of American Progressivism and what he considers Liberal Fascism as the “daughter” of not only earlier WW1 and WW2 era Leftist/Socialist fascism but also a Grand Daughter of the totalitarian and philosophical French Revolution of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. I do tend to lean more politically Libertarian and conservative, what most historians and students of American history would call “classical liberalism”. From the first few pages in the book, having already and only so far read the introduction, it would seem both “liberal” and “conservative” labels have been given a bad rap and misapplied definitions over the decades and even the centuries.

I’m excited to get into the real meat of Goldberg’s book once I’ve finished with Crossan’s In Search of Paul. Why not tell me what you’re reading… what’s next on your TBR list? What have you recently finished? Down in the bucket… you know what to do. And thanks for reading.

-mike