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The odd world of Mangus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. A review

Mangus Chase by Rick Riordan (Ebook)

This is book one in a Norse god contemporary spec novel.

15724396This was a book-club pic that surprised me from the first page. I really enjoyed the pace and the voice in this novel. I really felt like I was sitting down with Mangus as he told me his story. That being said… He story did fall into the ridiculous at times.

Part of me wondered if I was reading middle grade, but I guess you need to be a little ridiculous when you are dealing with mythology. I’m considering giving this book to my reluctant middle grade reader to see what he thinks. (note: he actually is enjoying it)  This book was very good, but with jumping from place to place so much, and the almost silliness of some of the situations as the book unfolded, my original enthusiasm began to wane. And at one point, our hero kills two people – er… things—that I don’t think really needed to be killed, and I think this was out of character.

So, overall, I’m going to give this book three stars. I did enjoy it. It was totally readable, with great writing and a great voice… but some of it seemed a little too middle grade for my reading tastes. If I loved talking inanimate objects and talking animals I probably would have given the book four stars, subtracting one for the unnecessary deaths.



Review of The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan – by the Monomaniacle Middle Grade Reviewer

The Monomaniacle Middle Grade Reviewer talks up the Last Percy Jackson Novel (What Ever will he read now?) The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

“Total Awesomeness” — even if he can’t spell it… and you can watch Chloe trying to catch the fish in the tank behind him just for grins ans giggles, too.

How to Write a Really Great Novel: The FUNNIEST EVER (And Maybe Best) Review

Yes, he is reviewing a novel, but WHO CARES!

The Monomaniacal Middle Grade Reviewer goes off on a tangent starting at about 1:05 on how to write a great novel, and then goes in-depth around 1:59 about what makes a good action scene, and then again at 3:35 on how to write a great action scene.

This is probably his best interview EVER.

If you care about a kid’s opinion, this is a great interview to take a look at.  I am bookmarking this just to come back and take a look at it once in a while.

I think this kid has a future in reviews.  Oh, yeah.  The actual novel is Rick Riordan’s Battle of the Labyrinth

Take it away, Dude!

Review Of Percy Jackson #3 — Titan’s Curse

The Monomaniacle Middle Grade Reviewer Takes on Percy Jackson #3 TITAN”S CURSE — in the middle of the night.

Yes, he woke me up.  That’s why I sound like that.

At 2:35 No, I didn’t drop the camera.  He kicked me.

At 4:02 — The dog wanted to go back to bed, too.

Monomaniacle Middle Grade Reviewer Talks Up Sea of Monsters

The Monomaniacal Middle Grade Reviewer talks about Sea of Monsters.

(I have no idea where the dumb Canadian accents came from.  It was the kid’s idea, I swear!)

I love the part at 1:50.  He’s not too enthusiastic, is he?

4:17 funny descriptions of explosions.  The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.  🙂


The Monomaniacle Middle Grade Reviewer Jumps into Percy Jackson

Sorry, he has been such a big hit I couldn’t resist giving him his own logo.

So, without further ado, I give you the Monomaniacal Middle Grade Reviewer with his take on Lightening Thief

Take it away Dude!