It’s All Greek to Me (#LightningThief)

“I am dragged along by a strange new force.  Desire and reason are pulling in different directions.  I see the right way and approve it, but follow the wrong.”

— Ovid, Metamorphoses


Richard Russell Riordan, Jr., aka Rick Riordan, put out his first book Big Red Tequila in 1997.  He attended the University of North Texas (Denton), where I have taken some exams.  How then should we evaluate The Lightning Thief?

Besides attacking Math Teachers, chapter one is “I Accidentally Vaporize My Maths Teacher,” I have concerns regarding stealers of lightning.  Consider how the story starts:


Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.  If you’re reading this because you think you might be one, my advice is: close this book right now.  Believe whatever lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life.  Being a half-blood is dangerous.  It’s scary.  Most of the time, it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.  If you’re a normal kid, reading this because you think it’s fiction, great.  Read on.  I envy you for being able to believe that none of this ever happened.  But if you recognize yourself in these pages – if you feel something stirring inside – stop reading immediately.  You might be one of us.  And once you know that, it’s only a matter of time before they sense it too, and they’ll come for you.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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By bioessman

Jay Hall is a "ten-yeared" Mathematics Professor at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas. He has a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma. Hall has 53 credit hours of Science courses in various disciplines. He has taught at the High School, Technical School and Community College levels. He also has experience in the actuarial field for a number of insurance and consulting organizations. Hall has previously published Fantastic Polygon Constructions and a paper on MathWorld (“One-Seventh Ellipse,” In addition he is the author of Calculus is Easy ( There is also a video on YouTube (search: Calc is EZ, look for the hammer). Hall is a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He was a journalist for a year and had the privilege of interviewing Maya Angelou. You may contact Jay Hall at or

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