Tonight we attended a special virtual event for Eva’s Birthday. We bought tickets earlier this week to see Rick Riordan speak about this most recently released book. The Trials of Apollo: The Tower of Nero. This is the 5th and final book in the series and is the 15th book in the Percy Jackson world. Fifteen years of this story coming together in this last book. Eva is so excited to finally read it. she has read everything that Rick Riordan, or Uncle Rick as fans call him, has written. The funny thing is, she had no interest whatsoever in this series when I attempted to introduce her to it a few years ago. Then we went to the Lightning Thief musical in Boston and she came out of that a huge fan. She read all the books and has re-read them and listened to each one on Audible. We have not only the entire Percy Jackson series on Audible but also Rick’s two other series which he also wrote in that 15 year span since the release of The Lightning Thief.
We had a nice time watching the zoom session. It made Eva even more excited to get to read the book. Unfortunately I did not pre-order the physical book but instead pre-ordered the audible book. Eva prefers to read the books in her own voice first. We will receive a copy of the book with this event but I don’t know if she can wait that long to read it.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Max Brallier this morning as part of my Read to Me, Dad Reviews! series on YouTube. This is a series where I talk to authors or review books that would be great for other dads to share with their kids. I’ve been wanting to chat with Max for a while now and we were finally able to nail down a date and time. We spoke this morning after work and then I went to bed, got up and edited the video.
Max Brallier is the author of the series, The Last Kids on Earth. This is a fun series about four kids in the Monster Apocalypse. The first two books have been turned into a series on Netflix with the first book as a longer full length special and the second book as a 10 episode season. I cannot wait for more seasons to drop and also for Max’s next book, The Last Kids on Earth and the Skeleton Road. I’ve read through the six books that have been published. We discussed how June’s Wild Flight, the most recent book started as a shorter book but ended up being full length but still counts as 5 1/2 or so, I am a bit confused about that as the book is not numbered as #6 in the series. You can learn all about that and more in the video below.
And if things went smoothly all the time I wouldn’t be me. Normally I record using Skype but for some reason Skype was not pulling in Max’s feed. So we used Zoom. I’ve never recorded an interview using Zoom before and so I forgot that I should pin Max’s video for that to be the only thing recorded. So there are lots of cuts and edits to the video above. I hope that it all looks smooth.
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