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Standard Riordan schtick
on November 7, 2012
Riordan is a good author. Not amazingly inventive. Not a complete dullard. His books are, for the most part, written in an advanced fugue most likely induced by too much sugar intake coupled with overactive ADD/ADHD. As such, they read great if you're like me: A 27 year old who hasn't matured at all since the age of 15. That being said, I love these series. I prefer the Percy Jackson and Olympians series a little more, but the Kane Chronicles is an entertaining set. It has cohesion without being overly stuffy and will appeal to the average, easily distracted teens/preteens that it is both targeted to and features as characters.
If you are said average/easily distracted teen: Stop wasting time being offended by what I just said, accept it, embrace it, and use it to make yourself rich by marketing yourself and your product to the everyman. That's what this author has done, and he no doubt has done pretty well for himself.
If you are a parent of said spastic offspring, and would like to have them read more, no matter what the subject matter, pick up the first in this or the Percy Jackson series and give it to them during one of the upcoming holidays. When they are bored they might just crack the spine. Or they'll be like I was at 13-14 and read it when they're supposed to be doing maths homework.