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In volume 5 of Olympians, author/artist George O'Connor turns the spotlight on that most mysterious and misunderstood of the Greek gods, Poseidon: Earth Shaker. Thrill to such famous stories as Theseus and the Minotaur, Odysseus and Polyphemos, and the founding of Athens—and learn how the tempestuous Poseidon became the King of the Seas.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by First Second
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Apr 05, 2013 First Second Books marked it as first-second-publications
We're always thrilled when our books hit the New York Times Best-Seller list, but we're particularly thrilled to have this happen for George O'Connor's Poseidon.

George's Olympians series are really wonderful books about the Greek myths, and they really only get better (as demonstrated by the NYTimes Best-Seller list)! This story of Poseidon is similar in structure to the third book, Hera, in that it focuses on the Greek heroes as well as the gods themselves.

Also: there are lots of monsters! Inc
I thought that George O'Connor's version of Poseidon is quite interesting. I have never pictured him as such a angry person, but it is explained throughout the book. I can see how he could be since he was raised alongside Hades in the darkness of Kronos's body.

This book was a bit different than the rest of the series. Poseidon narrates his own story, so it is told in first person. Poseidon shapes his story starting with the creation of the realms then goes into his struggle for power and finall
Volume 5 in the Olympians series is told in Poseidon's voice. This is a good choice as Poseidon is a difficult god to understand. His moods are forever changing as unpredictable as the tides of the sea. He is angry and powerful and makes for a compelling read.

Poseidon takes readers through the process that granted him reign over the sea and explains his hatred of Odysseus. There is a refrain that appears many times in the book the reads "And my children have always tended to be monstrous" which
I still don't know how I feel about Poseidon. Or the fact that he seems to have a crazy Fu Manchu mustache going on in this books. He kind of comes across as a bitter guy here, which may have something to do with the fact that he seems to be constantly losing to the other gods and all his kids turn out to be monsters. Which would probably get frustrating after a while.

A few of his monstrous kids get listed in a couple panels and Polyphemus and Theseus each get their own story. I actually don't t
Mike Fiore
George O'Connor's series "Olympians" tells the stories of the different major gods and goddesses of Olympus and the stories of their children and blessed. In the fifth edition, "Poseidon: Earth Shaker", O'Connor delves into the stories of the Sea God himself. Readers learn of his quarrel with Odysseus, his monstrous children including the cyclops Polyphemus and Pegasus, and his son Theseus (Slayer of the Minotaur), as well as his grudge against Athena and their attempt to overthrow Zeus with Her ...more
Becky B
This is a retelling of myths about Poseidon, his origins, how he played a part in Odysseus' adventure with Polyphemos, Theseus' adventures, and Poseidon's battle over Athens with Athena.

Poseidon isn't the cheeriest of gods, so this is a more vengeful set of myths. It is also the bloodiest of the Olympians graphic novels so far. The others have all had battles, but this one involves more mortals than any of the others previously. Still, if you want a good true to the original graphic novel mytho

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“The sea boils fiercely. The trembling waves obey me. They gallop and thunder like stallions upon the shore of grandmother Earth. I am Poseidon, earth shaker, ruler of the boundless sea, creator of storms, and swallower of ships.”
After the war with the Titans, Zeus and his brothers Poseidon and Hades divided the ruling of the cosmos. They drew lots; Zeus got the sky, Hades got the Underworld, and Poseidon the sea. In Zeus
Jake Zatorski
Poseidon: Earth Shaker was interesting but also difficult to grasp. It was really confusing, and the author admits that "Whew, this was a rough one." He discusses afterword how difficult it is to get to know Poseidon. With sudden acts of violence in vast lengths of serenity, Poseidon is "a lot like the sea, which makes a lot of sense." So, if you're wondering, Poseidon is often conjuring water into the shape and velocity of horses because he was one once, and was a mate to a wild mare... or so h ...more
Liz B
I started off thinking this was ehhh, maybe ok. It's the 5th book in a series, and I hadn't read any of the others, and I was reading it just to finish the Nerdy Book Club 2013 nominee list. I read a lot (a LOT) of mythology as a kid...enough that I'd say that I burned myself out. For thirty years. So I wasn't all that enthusiastic about this one, and graphic novels (for me) are harder to read than regular books. Add to that--this book weaves together a lot of myths related to Poseidon, and I wa ...more
Mary Lee
When I finished this book, I said to myself, "Poseidon is a really hard character to understand." And then I read George O'Connor's author's notes, and he said pretty much the same thing. The author's notes really helped me to understand the book better, and they sent me back into the book to re-read some parts.

The sequence when Theseus, Poseidon's son, goes into the labyrinth to kill the minotaur is absolutely brilliant.
Ouhadry Oumaima
Reading Log #1

So in this new book we will be talking about Poseidon and his beautiful adventure. Poseidon is a very interesting god. He can do so many things. Of course he had many affairs and many kids. He is mostly known for The Earth Shaker. He is known for his mostly known symbol which is the trident. Most famous animals that he is known for are the dolphin, horse, and bull. He had a really terrible father and a terrible childhood.

In the begging of the book they only talk about Poseidon spe
This series is a real enjoyment to me and I love sharing them with my senior English classes in our mythology unit. I appreciate that George O'Connor hasn't made comics for kids, but graphic novels for young adults and as such, they contain some of the risky business that gods were always engaging in. What I had hoped from this book, it did not really a deliver. I had hoped this would be Poseidon, starring in a myth where we see him in action. Instead, we get many bits and pieces of things he wa ...more
Aaron Gibson
Eh-- this was okay. It was a little too "fast and dirty" for my taste. I suppose as an introduction to mythology this could work. However, the text and story lines are a bit jumpy. Though I applaud O'Connor for his pursuit of accessibility to these difficult tales and older texts, he does so a BIT carelessly. He does, however, appear to accomplish his truest goal. He attests that the OLYMPIANS series was created in an effort to "human[ize] the gods." Poseidon was definitely good enough to make m ...more
A great series overall. I like that this one is in first person, unlike the first 4. Definitely one to recommend.
The fifth book in O'Connor's series is his best so far, and probably the one with the most depth (pun fully intended, as the author would want it to be). O'Connor gives Poseidon a soul, no easy task, and he touches on a handful of Poseidon's myths, including the strange rebellion of the Olympians, for which no motive is ever really found, and the alternate tradition of Poseidon's birth and marriage to Demeter. His origin for the horse myths connected to Poseidon is touching and poetic, and bring ...more
Nicola Mansfield
The most stunning feature of this volume is the art. Of course, every book in this series contains great artwork but O'Connor really outdid himself with Poseidon and probably because story was lacking here. Not O'Connor's fault, since Poseidon does not have many stories in which he features as the main character but rather appears very often in tales concerning other popular heroes and gods. For this reason O'Connor changes tune with this volume and has Poseidon telling us his story in the first ...more
Poseidon by George O'Connor
First Second, 2013
Graphic Novel: Greek Mythology
78 pages
Recommended for grades 7+

O'Connor's Olympians series is truly amazing. The way he delves into the background and personality of each different god provides so much information for readers to soak up. In this volume we begin with the three brothers Hades, Poseidon and Zeus drawing sticks to divide the cosmos. Each brother draws what he seemed meant to, with Poseidon returning to the sea. Now, I've read the Percy Ja
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

Heh, as I was reading this, I was also half-watching the Percy Jackson movie...can you say mythology junkie? LOL!

I loved this book! It was awesome! It talked a little bit about Odysseus and his encounter with Polyphemus...gods, I love that story! It just makes me laugh with the whole "no-man" trick. Ha!

It also talked about Theseus and King Minos and The Minotaur (whose birth name I did not know was Asterion!) How the Minotaur was imprisoned in the Labyrinth Daedalu
This graphic novel tells the story of the mighty Poseidon, the Earth Shaker. It goes through all the bits about how Poseidon and Hades and Zeus figured out what places they would be in charge of. It also goes through a lot of different stories (Odysseus and The Minotaur) to try to explain why Poseidon is the way that he is—or why he feels the way that he does.

Like the other graphic novel by George O Connor that I read (the one about Hades), this book has quite a bit of detail about Greek mythol

After defeating their father and sending him down into a crater that reaches far below the Earth's crust, Poseidon and his brothers are faced with the decision of who will rule which realm.

Hades gets the Underworld. Zeus claims the Heavens. And Poseidon is left with the Sea.

It seems like a good fit. As God of the Sea, Poseidon has quite a bit of power over man without having to be bothered with him much, except when a female catches his eye.

Sadly, despite
Aug 26, 2014 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who enjoy reading graphic novels
This is the fifth book in the Olympians series of graphic novels by George O'Connor. It's an entertaining and dramatically illustrated version of the classic Greek mythology. It features the story of Poseidon, with stories of Odysseus and Theseus, as well as the contest between Athena and Poseidon, and the attempt by Athena, Hera, and Poseidon to overthrow Zeus. It also offers some insight into Poseidon from the time of his birth.

Our girls love Greek Mythology and we've read a lot of books that
Andy Shuping
ARC provided by FirstSecond

The Earth-Shaker. Father of Horses. Lord of the Ocean. One of three powerful sons of Kronos, Poseidon, along with his brothers Hades and Zeus (and their siblings) have freed the mortal world of the rule of the Titans. They take over their realms and usher in an age of peace...such as it is. Poseidon is deep and dark, calm and chaotic, just like the ocean that he dwells in. His children, like the cyclops, the pegasus, and his mortal children are often monstrous and dest
May 04, 2014 Olive added it
In this book it told me how Poseidon got to be god of the sea and one of the most important gods there is. Also, the book told me how Poseidon got saved from his father, Kronos, and Poseidon's duties and jobs. It also told me about the children he had and how they were monstrous and scary. I thought the Aphrodite book was better than this one. I liked this book because it was a graphic novel and because it was told from Poseidon's perspective.
Poseidon has never been one of my favorites, but this book was entertaining nonetheless. I enjoyed how it had a first person point of view compared to the others, but in this story Poseidon seemed very ill-natured, that's not something I'm used to reading about him. Was it bad? No. Just different, and since he isn't one of my favorites I've never looked into he personality as much as some of the other Gods. I did very much enjoy the book though, and I look forward to the next installments in Oly ...more
O'Connor's Olympians series turns Greek myths into graphic novels. Poseidon is the first one I've read but I'll read more; it's a quick, fun way to brush up on myths that've turned fuzzy in my brain.

I kept cracking up with the vague references to characters "being with" mortals/animals/gods, but it is meant for a younger audience, after all.

Next time I'll probably read any author notes first -- I liked the one at the end of Poseidon and I think I might have gotten more out of the story if I unde
Elizabeth A
This graphic novel is the fifth volume in the Olympians series for kids.

Poseidon is one of my fave male gods. Did you know that he is a middle child? Explains a lot no? There is not much known about him, and the author cleverly has Poseidon narrate stories that help us understand him better. So you know about the trident, but why horses? The story posits a theory. Fun.
Synopsis: "In volume 5 of Olympians, author/artist George O'Connor turns the spotlight on that most mysterious and misunderstood of the Greek gods, Poseidon: Earth Shaker. Thrill to such famous stories as Theseus and the Minotaur, Odysseus and Polyphemos, and the founding of Athens—and learn how the tempestuous Poseidon became the King of the Seas."

My Review: This wasn't quite up to the par of the rest of the series so far, but O'Connor did admit that he had some difficulty with Poseidon. With t
Short, succinct and to the point! A great introduction to how Poseidon, Hades and Zeus determined who would rule what. O'Connor also gave us quite a bit of background into Poseidon's character, and some of his more famous children (and I concur: Theseus WAS a jerk!). As a heads-up, there is a bit of gore, and some stylized nudity that is hidden fairly well in the illustrations. There's also some sexual content, but all you see in the pictures is some kissing, and considering we're talking about ...more
I am still really enjoying this series and quite sad that I accidentally skipped one. Poseidon's volume is a little different then others. Most of the stories focus on either his children or people who have bested him; Poseidon himself is the narrator. He's presented as someone with the ability to hold himself together but lots of inner turmoil. I've never thought of Poseidon this way and I think it makes him very relatable.

I love that the author explains his process and I love his great notes
Like the Hades story, this is about Odysseus just as much as it is about Poseidon. I enjoyed how the author pictured Poseidon's vulnerability. I always enjoy the story of King Aegeon, Theseus, and the Minotaur. I also loved how the author portrayed Theseus' cockiness.
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George O'Connor is the author of several picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Kapow!, Kersplash, and Sally and the Some-thing. JOURNEY INTO MOHAWK COUNTRY was his first graphic novel, a long-held dream that weaves together his passion for history and ongoing research into Native American life. He's also the author/illustrator of a new picture book, If I Had a Raptor.
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Other Books in the Series

Olympians (7 books)
  • Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians, #1)
  • Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess (Olympians, #2)
  • Hera: The Goddess and her Glory (Olympians, #3)
  • Hades: Lord of the Dead (Olympians, #4)
  • Aphrodite: Goddess of Love (Olympians, #6)
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Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians, #1) Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess (Olympians, #2) Hades: Lord of the Dead (Olympians, #4) Hera: The Goddess and her Glory (Olympians, #3) Aphrodite: Goddess of Love (Olympians, #6)

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