Yesterday, Rick Riordan, author of the best selling Percy Jackson/Lightning Thief series, released THE RED PYRAMID, the first book in his new series about Egyptian gods. All my favorite bad-guy monsters show up in this fun, fast-paced adventure. I particularly enjoyed the monster Shezmu, He who Squeezes your Head in a Wine Press until it Explodes (but only if you’ve been bad).
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Just one quibble: my favorite queen, Cleopatra VII, came out looking kind of crazy and harsh. Why, I ask again, does the Last Pharaoh of Egypt always end up with some sort of bad rep?
Rick is on a whirlwind book tour and will be in Atlanta this Friday, May 7. Guess who has the honor of guiding him through the Egyptian galleries at Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum? Yup, yours truly. The Museum is raffling off a private tour of its galleries with Rick before his presentation at 7:00 pm. If you’re in Atlanta, it’s not too late to sign up. Just go to the Carlos Museum website: www.carlos.emory.edu.