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Poseidon: Earth Shaker

(Olympians #5)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,068 ratings  ·  207 reviews
Poseidon, the god of the ocean, is a wrathful as a tidal wave and sullen as the ocean's stormy depths. But he cares tenderly for his children, monstrous though they are. The winged horse Pegasus, the merman Triton, the one-eyed giant Polyphemus, and perhaps the worst of them all, the hero Theseus... Mighty Poseidon loves his sons. ...more
Paperback, 77 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by First Second
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Ally Yes, it's very factual but easy to read. It was quite a fun read too.
Yes, it's very factual but easy to read. It was quite a fun read too.

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This is a fantastic series on the myths. I love myths and I think fantasy is basically the genre of myths and myth making. I love the art and I love the lens George brings to each god in the family. How interesting to get a story from their understanding and view.

I appreciate the story about Athens and the contest to see which god would win. Poseidon wants to be loved and he brings the people water, yet it's salt water, so not useable so they choose Athena to be the patron of the city due to her
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Poseidon, Greek god of the sea, is introduced in this volume of the Olympians graphic novel series. The stories here focus on the conflicts that Poseidon had with heroes and other gods. Among the stories included are Odysseus verses the cyclops and Theseus verses the minotaur. This is a solid series that is a great way to introduce kids to Greek mythology.
First Second Books
Apr 05, 2013 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
Ken Yuen
Really didn't like this one. It basically boils down to Poseidon the king of jerks and his jerks family being bitter and envious. Maybe that's why their eyes are green?

We get Odysseus's and Theseus's stories with this one, but no one comes off as particularly heroic in these stories. Everyone just seems terrible.
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
This one has to get 5 stars. The last few pages of his story are so beautifully told and drawn, I had it give it the golden rating. It's almost heartbreaking when you read this entire life he thought he lived, only for it to be revealed that it was a dream. It makes him a more relatable character. That's not to say he's likable. He's a grade A asshole and so are most of his offspring. But O'Connor got under my skin and that's why so far, this is my favorite of the Olympians series. ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Poseidon. The god of the Ocean, the earth shaker. Poseidon narrates his story from when he first became the god of the Ocean to his life thereafter. In between you get to know about Poseidon's monstrous children. He narrates the story of his son, the cyclops that Odysseus tricked, and how he made sure Odysseus paid for what he did to his child. He narrates the story of Theseus, the slayer of the Minotaur and the one who left Ariadne (the person who helped him) on an island o ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Personally thought this was much better than the Zeus one as you got a much deeper understanding of Poseidon. I felt it had a lot of depth to it. Very gripping.
Kellee Moye
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
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 01, 2016 added it
The comic I read was The Mystery of Mary Rogers by Rick Geary. This comic was about a girl during the summer of 1841 who disappeared without a trace from her house in New York. 3 days later her body was found floating in a river. The story goes back in time to capture Mary’s story and the how some women back in that time used sexual opportunities, among other things, to get ahead in life. One of my favorite things they do in this comic is how they illustrate people's faces. I personally didn’t g ...more
Mary Lee
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Kaethe Douglas
This one was a little harder to get into than others in the series, a problem O'Connor himself had, and describes in the backmatter. Poseidon is weird. Still, a strong entry in the series, just not advised as the first book anyone should read. It all makes more sense of one starts with Zeus.

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Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 5

George O'Connor's Olympian stories are just amazing. I am so impressed with all of the art and the way he tells a story. I love how all the stories have their own personality with them and you can tell that they are different by the way it is written and Poseidon's story is no different. I loved the retelling of some major Greek Mythology and I cannot wait for the next book.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great series overall. I like that this one is in first person, unlike the first 4. Definitely one to recommend.
I reviewed these books basically as a whole on the boxed set. ...more
Darcy Roar
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphics, teen
More melancholy than O'Connor's previous offerings, this work focuses on several different stories (Odysseus & Perseus mostly). A good view of an often overlooked Olympian. ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mythology
I love this series so much!!! More, more, more!!!
Naomi Ruth
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love O'Connor's renditions of the myths. He does such a good job of being fair to the stories and helping the reader to see from the god's point of view (I especially loved the Hera one he did). There is a little bit of violence happening (I mean, there is a cannibalistic Cyclopes and Theseus killing a Minotaur so... To be expected). I loved the brief poem part about Poseidon *swoon* And just, well, I love Poseidon so, a bit biased. BUT that means I'm easily annoyed with how he's portrayed and ...more
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Okay, so, I wouldn’t have liked this book so much on my own - the illustrations are dark and creepy, the language seems unnecessarily complex, and it just didn’t give me that “Oh, NOW I get it!” feeling that other Greek myth adaptations (looking at you, Madeline Miller) have given me. but my 6 year old, when we finished, clutched the book to his chest and said, “This. Was. AWESOME.” So it gets a bunch of stars.
Jayden A
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
preety good
Dec 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
It was not a fun book. He didn't include a lot of dialogue. ...more
Ouhadry Oumaima
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
As the fourth-born son of the Titans Kronos and Rhea, Poseidon is one of the more mysterious gods. Like the element he rules, he is a shapeshifter. He presides over most of the earth and rests in the dark depths where no man can live and no sunlight can pierce. He’s almost as impenetrable as his elder brother Hades, yet far more mercurial, given the element that he ultimately came to rule.

Mr. O’Connor paints the pages of this book in cool, blue-hued palettes for the most part, reflecting Poseido
Poseidon: Earth Shaker is about Poseidon and how he became the god of the sea. This volume is also about his children, Theseus and his story. Frankly Theseus is a dick. He freaking left Ariadne at that island! Who does that? Especially after she helped him to defeat the Minotaur.

We also meet the cyclops that Odysseus blinded (who also happens to be Poseidon's child). We also hear a little about Odysseus too.

So far this isn't my most favorite volume, however, it's still good. It continues with th
Soobie's scared
Probably the best volume so far!

Well, as usual is not about Poseidon, but rather about his sons: the more monstrous they are, the better. And I'm not talking only about appearances; it appears that the more monstrous of them all is the hero Theseus who kills the Minotaur, forgets his wife and forgets to put white flags on his ship to announce to his father that he was alive.

Then there's Polyphemus and Odysseus and in the end there's a fight: Athena, Poseidon and Hera on one side and Zeus on the
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic
This one's a little different, it's first person pretty much the whole way through, and you don't see as much of the humanizing effect like the other gods. Poseidon stays an enigma, one of unknowable depths and barely felt undercurrents. There is the feeling that this is just a flash of light in the darkness, enough to get a sense of the being there but not enough to make sense of it. And personally, I think that's more on the nose than the other books are. Poseidon will not be reduced to a pith ...more
AJ Dalman
The book explained to me the story of Poseidon and his life as a Greek god. the book showed me how Poseidon had an impact on the Olympians and how he ruled the seas.

I liked the book because it gave a basic overview of what Poseidon did in his life and how he affected the greeks. the book tells very basic information and the title doesn't make sense because he ruled the water but it is called earth shaker.
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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 (1 - 10 of 12 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)
  • Ares: Bringer of War (Olympians, #7)
  • Apollo: The Brilliant One (Olympians, #8)
  • Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt (Olympians, #9)
  • Hermes: Tales of the Trickster (Olympians, #10)
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