February Favorite #13: Lore Olympus

I recently came upon a WebToon titled Lore Olympus. Some of my friends have been raving about it for awhile, thanks to a snow day, I gave in and quickly caught up in one day. I should have known that I would love the series. I’ve always been a fan of Greek mythology and Persephone’s story is one of my favorites. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Lore Olympus is, specifically, the story of how Persephone and Hades came to be married. It shows how all of the various gods, goddesses, nymphs, and other beings, both mythological and mortal, interact with each other. Even though Persephone and Hades are the main characters, you will also see Artemis, Apollo, Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, and many others. Rachel Smythe tells the story in a slightly different manner from what we are used to. Many of the gods aren’t related in order to avoid all of the incest goings-on. Also, Hades doesn’t outright kidnap Persephone. It’s a more romantic plot. Think of it as a sort of soap opera, which is appropriate for Greek mythology.

Currently, there are 49 episodes in the series. New episodes are uploaded every Sunday. It won’t take you very long to catch up to the current episode and the story is extremely intriguing. I can almost guarantee that you will love the story just as much as I do. It’s a MUST read.

Movie review: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson thinks he is a normal kid with normal deficiencies. Much to his surprise, he finds out that he is anything but normal. He is a demigod - the son of a god. To be specific, he is the son of Poseidon, god of the sea. He soon finds out that there are problems in Olympus. Zeus believes that Percy stole his lightning bolt, the source of his powers. If the bolt is not returned within 14 days, war will be declared among the gods.

In case you couldn't tell, I'm a bit of a Greek mythology freak. (For the record, Cassandra is a woman that Apollo fell in love with. He gave her the gift of prophecy. When she did not return his love, he placed a curse on her. No one would believe her predictions.) Needless to say, I was intrigued when I was the commercials for the movie. Unfortunately, I hadn't heard of the books so I wasn't able to read them ahead of time. I went in with an almost-clean slate.

I absolutely loved the movie. The graphics were awesome. My favorite was when Percy and his friends were fighting the hydra. The writers didn't mess with the gods to make them more politically correct or fashionable. For the first time in a long time, I've seen a movie that actually makes me want to read the original source material. Luckily, my local library has copies of the series. I haven't heard anything about the next book - The Sea of Monsters - being made into a movie, but I'll be crossing my fingers!

Game review: Greek Goddesses of Solitaire

Hades has kidnapped all of the Greek Goddesses. In order to save them, you must beat the God of the Underworld in various games of solitaire. I have to say that the game pretty much delivers what you would expect. Each goddess has a different variation of solitaire that you need to beat in order to rescue her from Hades. In between some of the levels, Hades tries to trick you with a card game. He shows you a card, mixes up all the cards and you need to pick the correct card. It's not particularly difficult.

Overall, the game is dull. It's fairly easy to beat Hades in each card game and when you do save the goddesses, you don't receive any sort of reward. This might be a nice change of pace if you play a lot of solitaire games but it's not something you'll be playing very often.