Other Worlds

Other Worlds

Ten incredible trips into the unknown await you...Blast off with:• Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo an all-new and exclusive tale from Rick Riordan• A Day in the Life by award-winning author/illustrator Shaun Tan• Rise of the RoboShoes by Tom Angleberger of Origami Yoda fameAnd many more weird and wonderful stories by legendary writer Ray Bradbury, Newbery medalist R...

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Title:Other Worlds
Author:Jon Scieszka
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Other Worlds Reviews

  • Ellie

    Wait....what?

    Is this a hoax? Is it real? Rick hasn't said ANYTHING about this on his blog (that I've seen), and I check it regularly....

    Huh????

    *UPDATE: READ*

    Yeah, it's real! It's a short story in a collection of short stories by different authors. Very fun.

  • Abby Turner

    Really great stories!

  • Ms. Yingling

    Short story collections are usually hard to get students to check out, but this series sells itself with the prominent "Guys Read" logo. The first three volumes are always checked out, but I do find these hard to review. I wish that the introduction to this had included the term "speculative fiction", since that's what we are using instead of "science fiction and fantasy" for the Cybils this year! Both types are represented here-- we have science fiction stories from D.J. MacHale, Eric Nylund, R

    Short story collections are usually hard to get students to check out, but this series sells itself with the prominent "Guys Read" logo. The first three volumes are always checked out, but I do find these hard to review. I wish that the introduction to this had included the term "speculative fiction", since that's what we are using instead of "science fiction and fantasy" for the Cybils this year! Both types are represented here-- we have science fiction stories from D.J. MacHale, Eric Nylund, Rebecca Stead and Tom Angleberger, a medieval fantasy from Shannon Hale, and mythology in the form of a Percy Jackson story from Rick Riordan. Tom Angleberger contributes a funny sci fi piece, and Kenneth Oppel has quite a good ghost story. I wasn't quite sure what to make of Shaun Tan's illustrated offering. The inclusion of Bradbury's Frost and Fire was nice, but not the best fit with the other pieces. Must say that Surly Teen Boy thought this was about the best story, which confirms my feeling that it might have been better placed in an anthology for older readers. The absolute stand out story, however, was Neal Shusterman's The Dirt on Our Shoes which sucked me right in and spun me around with its devastating twist. STB and I discussed whether this had enough meat to be expanded into a novel length book but concluded it did not-- as a short story, it had enough merit to be included as a speculative fiction offering in text books. Very well done.

  • Alaina

    WHY NOVELLAS WHY?!?!

    I think I should just stop reading them because I always want more! I can't accept 30 something pages or whatever. I need like 300 pages or something to be satisfied. However, I can't be mad because

    was amazing. It will make you laugh consistently throughout this book. I loved every second of this book - I just wanted more. I always will when it comes to novellas, which is why I should probably stop reading them. But then again, I did wa

    WHY NOVELLAS WHY?!?!

    I think I should just stop reading them because I always want more! I can't accept 30 something pages or whatever. I need like 300 pages or something to be satisfied. However, I can't be mad because

    was amazing. It will make you laugh consistently throughout this book. I loved every second of this book - I just wanted more. I always will when it comes to novellas, which is why I should probably stop reading them. But then again, I did want to read this entire series and I can proudly say that I think I have officially finished the

    series. I think this was the last novella I needed to read - but I'm like 90% sure.

  • Meret Punk

    4 stars❤

    I just love Percy Jackson..

    I love his comments and his sarcasm xD❤

    I also really like Apollo :P..

    But, what is that cover? ..

    This is a short book about a quest Apollo gave Percy and Grover..

    Its very fun!! I enjoyed it, a lot!!❤

  • Rowie

    If I had to come up with three funniest Percy Jackson characters on the spot it might just be Apollo, Grover and Percy Jackson. Whether it's Apollo's neverending ego, Grover's position of the loveable sidekick or the snarky main hero. So it should come to no surprise that this is one of the best short stories in this universe I've ever read.

    Why? Because it is the perfect length to really capture the silly and funny side of the Percy Jackson series. This really felt just like the little quests t

    If I had to come up with three funniest Percy Jackson characters on the spot it might just be Apollo, Grover and Percy Jackson. Whether it's Apollo's neverending ego, Grover's position of the loveable sidekick or the snarky main hero. So it should come to no surprise that this is one of the best short stories in this universe I've ever read.

    Why? Because it is the perfect length to really capture the silly and funny side of the Percy Jackson series. This really felt just like the little quests they do in each PJO book leading up to the finale. Even though there's a lot less pressure and that's good for a short story. This is not groundbreaking and surprising but it shines because of its familiar tone.

    This book is like that reunion with an old friend you've been missing like crazy - but didn't realize exactly HOW much until you finally meet up. You don't know why you've lost contact, but somehow life got in the way. This short story reminded me of what it was like reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians for the first time a few summers ago. It was like I was sitting on the balcony again, drink at the side, just reading this as a break from my school workload.

    Only this time around it was late at night. I was comfortable in bed and just finished Magnus Chase and the hammer of Thor. Before going to bed I was set on finishing this story. Sometimes when I'm really tired reading actually can feel like a chore. But if I don't do it I feel like I won't go to sleep as nicely. This time I was really tired, but reading was bliss. I smiled and even may have let out a laugh. I mean Percy Jackson, Apollo AND Grover.. what more could you want?

  • Garima

    For those of you wondering where you can find this story, it can be found in the book:

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    Anyways, on to the actual story. I'm not going to lie; I was a bit disappointed by this. Maybe it's because this one was kind of short.

    When I heard about this story, I was really excited. I couldn't wait to read another first POV Percy story, especially after reading all of Rick's other short stories which were basically perfect. I'm not saying this story was bad.

    For those of you wondering where you can find this story, it can be found in the book:

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    Anyways, on to the actual story. I'm not going to lie; I was a bit disappointed by this. Maybe it's because this one was kind of short.

    When I heard about this story, I was really excited. I couldn't wait to read another first POV Percy story, especially after reading all of Rick's other short stories which were basically perfect. I'm not saying this story was bad. It was still funny and action-filled as usual, but I found it to be mediocre.

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    Since the series began, I’ve been keeping an eye on the Guys Read books. In theory, it’s a great idea, because more boys should be reading for fun. However, by marketing them as “guy” books, girls are being excluded and it’s continuing the idea that books are gendered. This story is ONLY for girls, and this one is ONLY for boys. As a concept, that needs to die, as it’s based on the sexist values inculcated in our society. They’re clearly making some effort to mold young minds in a good way, base

    Since the series began, I’ve been keeping an eye on the Guys Read books. In theory, it’s a great idea, because more boys should be reading for fun. However, by marketing them as “guy” books, girls are being excluded and it’s continuing the idea that books are gendered. This story is ONLY for girls, and this one is ONLY for boys. As a concept, that needs to die, as it’s based on the sexist values inculcated in our society. They’re clearly making some effort to mold young minds in a good way, based on the inclusion of two female authors and one female MC, but the name itself is still troublesome. Shelving this, though, Guys Read: Other Worlds is a collection of fast-paced stories that will appeal to reluctant young readers, of either gender.

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  • Thibaut Nicodème

    Well…that was way not worth the trouble I had to go through to read it.

    It's not terrible, mind you. I guess. It's just…more of the same. You could take any filler chapter in a PJO book and replace it with this one, or vice versa. And I guess I kind of outgrew the original PJO series, so…meh. Without a plot to frame the whole thing, the pointlessness is even more apparent.

    I also have to ask: why are the gods such idiots? You need to use music to capture the monster of the day, so you give the tas

    Well…that was way not worth the trouble I had to go through to read it.

    It's not terrible, mind you. I guess. It's just…more of the same. You could take any filler chapter in a PJO book and replace it with this one, or vice versa. And I guess I kind of outgrew the original PJO series, so…meh. Without a plot to frame the whole thing, the pointlessness is even more apparent.

    I also have to ask: why are the gods such idiots? You need to use music to capture the monster of the day, so you give the task to a hero with no musical talent whatsoever? I think Rick Riordan should remember that there's a bunch of other demigods in his world, and that they probably get quests all the time too. If there's no specific reason to involve Percy,

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    I don't know, maybe I'm being too bitter.

  • Balletprincess

    Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo an all-new and exclusive tale from Rick Riordan hopefully the library will get this since this is the only story I want to read in this one. I love the percy Jackson series

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