The Demigod Files is a collection alternating random and not very interesting fluff, like crossword puzzles, with three very enjoyable short stories set before The Last Olympian. I recommend it for the short stories, which you will certainly like if you like the novels.

In “Percy Jackson and the Stolen Chariot," Percy helps out Clarisse and some aquarium fish help out Percy. The ending is surprisingly sweet.

In "Percy Jackson and the Bronze Dragon," we get the story of how Silena and Beckendorf got together. The last line is great.

In "Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades," the longest and strongest of the three, Percy, Thalia, and Nico have a quest in the underworld. Percy spends the first half carrying a wilting potted carnation, and the second half being carried by his teammates. It cracked me up.

The Demigod Files (A Percy Jackson and the Olympians Guide)

Lulu in Hollywood, recommended ages ago by [personal profile] rushthatspeaks, is a collection of autobiographical essays by Louise Brooks, the silent film actress. She was extraordinarily beautiful, and the character she presents in the book is remarkably congruent with the one in the photos of her in her iconic role as Lulu: compellingly attractive, thoroughly aware of the effect of her carefully constructed persona, but icy and remote; I got the sense that she genuinely didn’t care what anyone thought about her, which is quite unusual for an actor.

The book is more like a series of well-written, ironic short stories and character sketches than a standard memoir. She’s very frank about sexuality, though apparently not as much as she could have been, if the rumors on Wikipedia are true. When I put down the book I thought of that famous line from Raphael Carter's The Fortunate Fall, the one that concludes: [When you finish reading my book] you will know a little less about me than you did before.

Louise Brooks as Lulu.

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Lulu in Hollywood: Expanded Edition Note: Link goes to an edition which I didn’t read, which includes additional essays.


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