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Rick’s Recent Reads for August

I’m not sure what compelled me to pick up this book, but that’s true of many books I read. I simply felt like it was something I needed to read at that moment, and I’m very glad I did. Between the World and Me is written as a letter/essay from Coates to his fifteen-year-old son,…

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London Blogging

Becky and I just returned from a lightning-fast trip to London to see Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican. As a proud card-carrying cumberbro, how could I not? More on the play anon . . . We used our limited time to good effect — seeing many things and getting in some research. (Always…

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Rick’s Recent Reads for July

 Looking for a good read for the remainder of the summer? Here are my latest recommendations. All these are adult titles, though many of them would be perfectly good for YA readers. As I’ve mentioned before, I only blog about the books I enjoy. You might not like each one, but maybe some will catch…

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A Weekend with the President(s)

It was an unusual weekend. We went to New York to kick back, see some shows, hang out with Percy, visit Mount Olympus, etc.  You know, the usual tourist stuff. Saturday we had miraculously scored tickets to the matinee performance of Hamilton, which we’d heard was THE SHOW to see on Broadway. I taught American…

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The Sword of Summer Tour!

I’m very excited to share with you the tour dates for Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer! The book will be published October 6, 2015, and below is a list of the places I’ll be visiting. If I’m coming to your area, I hope to see you at an event!…

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The Demigods of Olympus

If you missed the interactive stories in the Demigods of Olympus app, never fear! The Demigods of Olympus: An Interactive Adventure, will be released as an e-book, on-sale at all e-retailers on July 14. You are the demigod, and your quest begins! Use your skills in this interactive and customizable e-book. Combining four short stories,…

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A Summer Visit to the MFA

I always have a good time at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. Becky and I took a stroll through the ancient Greek and Roman collection yesterday and found some unexpected surprises. Now first . . . this Assyrian demigod. According to the description, he is holding two animals “who are urinating on him…

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Sword of Summer cover revealed!

I’m delighted to share with you the final cover for The Sword of Summer, the first book in the series Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard. If you missed the reveal, with a sneak peek of chapter two, you can check it out on USA Today’s site. The book will be published on October…

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The Riordans go to the Ancient Lands

We have just returned from a family vacation to the Mediterranean, where we caught up with old friends like Poseidon, Athena, and many others. The Riordans had not visited the region since I finished The Last Olympian. I supposed it’s becoming a tradition that every time I finish a Greek-Roman series, we visit Greece and…

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Some Good Reads for Summer

I’ve been reading a lot the past few months — as usual an assortment of adult and children’s books, fiction and nonfiction. If you’re looking for some reading suggestions for kids this summer, here are a few great ones I’ve come across: The Iron Trial, by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. Middle grade fantasy. Callum…

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