SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books #5-6

Book #5 was "The Son of Neptune" (#2 in The Heroes of Olympus series) by Rick Riordan as a book on CD. I really am loving this series as much, if not more, than the original Percy Jackson series. I like the diverse characters and viewpoints a great deal. Another thing I love: the novel, while jam-packed with action, also contains lots of laugh-out-loud funny moments. This book has Percy Jackson showing up at the camp for the Roman demi-gods, with near-complete amnesia.[Spoiler (click to open)]He joins forces with two Roman demi-gods to stop an evil giant and prepare the Roman camp to accept the Greek demi-gods as allies in the war against Gaea and her minions. I'm really looking forward to the rest of this series.

Book #6 was "The Poe Shadow" by Matthew Pearl. This novel, based on historical events, tells the story of Quentin Clark, a lawyer who is a big admirer of Edgar Allan Poe. When Poe dies under mysterious circumstances and is buried in an unmarked grave, Clark decides that this is unjust and sets about unraveling the mystery of Poe's last days. He travels to France to find the detective on whom Clark believes Poe modeled his super-slueth, C. Auguste Dupin, and the two get mixed up with many criminal characters bent on stopping them from their investigations. This book is chock full of original research on Poe but it's also just a really fun romp as a mystery. I really liked this book a great deal and recommend it highly to mystery lovers and/or anyone who really likes Poe.

1. The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood [non-fiction]- James Gleick
2. Stones from the River [fiction]- Ursula Hegi
3. The Penelopiad [fiction]- Margaret Atwood
4. Woman Warrior [non-fiction/memoir]- Maxine Hong Kingston

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