Poseidon: Earth Shaker (Olympians, #5)
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Poseidon: Earth Shaker (Olympians #5)

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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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First Second Books
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...more
Kellee
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...more
Samantha
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...more
Jordan
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...more
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.
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
Kim
A great series overall. I like that this one is in first person, unlike the first 4. Definitely one to recommend.
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
Nicole
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...more
Liliana ♥s Mythology
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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...more
Joella www.cinjoella.com
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...more
Seanean
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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...more
Dolly
Oct 06, 2013 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...more
Andrew 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...more
Olive
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.
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.
Angie
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...more
Merin
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
Rosa
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...more
Angela
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.
Becky
Another wonderful installment of George O'Connor's Olympian series of graphic novels for upper elementary and middle school readers. This is a great book (and series) to read after a child has read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Boxed Set series. It will help show what was classic myth and what was Rick Riordan's imagination.

My fifth grade students love this series!
Erin
I really love this series and Poseidon was a nice fit. O'Connor has a wonderful way of revealing aspects of the Gods and their companions that you don't really think about. He did this beautifully with Hera and he does a great job here as well. I really loved the way he portrayed Theseus and the Minotaur with Theseus coming off as a major dick. I always felt that way myself (hey just leave the girl who saved your life on an island in the middle of the sea, no problem) and to see it summed up so...more
Ian
Crams so many stories in--and organizes them so poorly--that it's difficult to follow. O'Connor mentions in the Afterward that this is intentional, because Poseidon's such a nebulous personality, but the result is a book I rarely understood or enjoyed, so.
Warren-Newport Public Library
I don't know how O'Connor does it but every title includes one double-page spread that takes my breath away, and I am not being hyperbolic. In this volume, focused on Poseidon, it is a massive spread that shows a furious god of the sea raging against a miniscule boat in the vast ocean. The colors, the energy are terrifying and immense. The story is just as well executed. Culled from various myths, O'Connor creates a cohesive story of Poseidon while including the myths of heroes like Thesus and O...more
Amanda
I don't know how O'Connor does it but every title includes one double-page spread that takes my breath away, and I am not being hyperbolic. In this volume, focused on Poseidon, it is a massive spread that shows a furious god of the sea raging against a miniscule boat in the vast ocean. The colors, the energy are terrifying and immense. The story is just as well executed. Culled from various myths, O'Connor creates a cohesive story of Poseidon while including the myths of heroes like Thesus and O...more
Heather
Review of an advance copy:

I love this series. George O'Connor totally gets into the heads of the gods and goddesses he portrays in his books and makes them even more fascinating. Poseidon is complex and intriguing, and reading this book will make you want to go find out even more about him. I imagine that since there are only twelve Olympians, there will probably be only 12 books in this series (disappointing!), but I like the way that George O'Connor works in other characters. For example, in t...more
Aarun
POSEIDON, EARTH SHAKER, RULER OF THE BOUNDLESS SEA, CREATOR OF STORMS, SWALLOWER OF SHIPS but tragically misunderstood. Unhappy and bitter with his divide of the cosmos and all the unlucky things that have happened to him. He tells the story of his sons, his niece Athena and always how unlucky he is. Powerful, Mighty Poseidon.

I picked up this book because I've read the rest of the OLYMPIANS series and knowing George O'Conner's work this also would be an amazing book.

I continued reading this book...more
Heather
Yet another book checked out from the library, where I said "This was in the kids section?"
I really enjoyed this one. Now I am definitely going to have to read the rest in the series.
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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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