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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read,
This review is from: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One The Lightning Thief (Paperback)My son loves this book and also the series. A great book to read with your kids or have them read it themselves
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!,
This review is from: The Lightning Thief (Hardcover)The Gods are brought back to life, as Rick Riordan gives Greek Mythology a makeover.
Percy Jackson keeps having problems at school, mainly caused by his ADHD and dyslexia. Little does he know that his life is about to change -- taking a turn for the worst -- as his mother is attacked by a creature and Percy forced to shelter at Camp Half-Blood where he is declared a Demi-God. He will now have to take on the task of hero and accept a quest to find Zeus' missing lightning bolt.
Well-written and plotted, The Lightning Thief knows no boundaries when it comes to action. Percy is strong, wise for his age, and yet grows as a character before our eyes. But what makes the book impossible to put down are the magical scenes including Centaurs and The Fates.
Glad to see the movie doesn't deviate too much from the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read,
This review is from: The Lightning Thief (Hardcover)The book is an amazing read especially if you enjoy fantasy as much as I do. The main thing you mist know is that the movie does not follow this book really well. So if you are buying this because you want to know where the movie came from, just know they are very different.
Thanks amazon for a speedy ship and deliver i love getting my books from amazon.ca
5.0 out of 5 stars Great summer read for all ages,
This review is from: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One The Lightning Thief (Paperback)What a great little book!! I know it was written for kids but it was written well and it was entertaining - perfect for summer reading.
Percy is a very likeable, average kid who just happens to be a demi-god. He's not the most popular kid in the mortal world. His best friend (only friend) Grover is half goat and the only teacher he's had that doesn't pick on him is half horse, but he doesn't know any of this at first. After Percy learns what and who he is, the adventure begins. Percy does make a couple of new friends along the way but that just evens the scales as he also makes a few more enemies. If you don't know your Greek mythology, that's OK because it will be explained throughout the book in a way you can remember.
This was a really fun story, and a very easy and quick read. Good thing it is a series!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute,
This review is from: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One The Lightning Thief (Paperback)This was a really cute book, and I think if I had been 10 years younger, I would have really enjoyed it. It is packed full of Greek mythological references, so I think for kids or teenagers who enjoy that sort of stuff (as I really did), it's an excellent buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging,
This review is from: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One The Lightning Thief (Paperback)I bought this book for my 9 year old son and gave it to him at Christmas. This book had to compete with a new Nintendo DS, Wii games, R/C truck, and innumerable other Christmas presents. It's a 400 page book. He had it read in 2 days.
I don't know if I can give it a more ringing endorsement than that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting,
This review is from: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One The Lightning Thief (Paperback)My friend gave me her book to read because she loves it so much. I really didn't think I would want to read it, seeing as this book was written for younger children and we are both older adults, but she insisted it was great. Now after reading it I understand why, this book is good for all ages. I've only read this first book so far out of the series and I really liked it. There was a lot of adventure and there always seemed to be something exciting happening to keep you interested. I will definitely be reading the next adventures of Percy Jackson that's for sure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff!!,
This review is from: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One The Lightning Thief (Paperback)I really like this series (have read the first two so far), and it's a shame that it isn't more well known.
Riordan has done a very clever thing - he's entered the cluttered young adult fantasy arena with plots woven from the old Greek legends. So he has actually claimed the stories that have since inspired Rowling and others. I mean, the parallels are almost funny - in this series we have a prophecy about a young savior (hello harry potter & golden compass), and we have a dark lord (Kronos) slowly rebuilding his strength as he prepares to take over the world (hello voldemort!!).
And though you might expect the greek tie in to lead to overly-dramatic writing, the book is actually really fresh and funny. The God Poseidon for example is a Jimmy Buffet / beach bum playboy figure.
I highly recommend these books. They're more quickly paced than Rowling and Pullman's books, more readable (because Riordan isn't building up detailed backstories the way those authors do), and quite simply they're great page-turners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome blend of myth and modern,
This review is from: The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book 1 (Audio CD)This book is so good I couldn't put it down for a second. I have now read it three times and plan to read it more. I am dying for the second book to come out and hope it does come soon. Percy Jackson who lives in Manhattan has to go on a life-changing adventure to stop the Olympian gods of Greece from making world war three. The author mixes a setting from today with the gods and creatures of ancient Greek mythology. It involves action and adventure, lots of fighting, and many hilarious comments. I highly recommend this book to anybody who is interested in mythology!
4.0 out of 5 stars Son of a god,
This review is from: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One The Lightning Thief (Paperback)If you know anything about Greek mythology, you'll know that their gods had a tendency to produce demigod kids by the dozen. So it's not too hard to guess what "The Lightning Thief" is about -- a boy who discovers that he's the offspring of a god, and the other demi-god kids that he gets to know at a very, very special camp. While the introduction is a bit rocky, Rick Riordan spins a clever fast-moving adventure that mines ancient mythology and gives it a modern spin.
Percy Jackson has always been a troublemaker, but he's shocked when some truly strange things begin to happen in his life -- and especially when a minotaur appears and attacks his car. When he comes to, he learns that he's at a special training camp called Camp Half-Blood intended for demi-god children, and that his best friend Grover is actually a satyr bodyguard. Though Percy is understandably resistant to the idea, he soon makes friends in the sharp Annabeth and the bitter Luke (and enemies with the kids from Cabin Ares).
Oh yes, and he finds that he's the son of the god Poseidon... which is a problem since the "Big Three" gods have sworn an oath not to father any more kids, due to a rather ominous prophecy.
The problem is that Zeus and Poseidon are also having a feud at the moment, due to the loss of Zeus's master lightning bolt -- and Zeus believes that Percy is the culprit. And if things aren't patched up by the summer solstice, the forces of sky and sea will go to war. To save civilization -- and someone dear to him -- Percy must venture into the world of the dead...
"The Lightning Thief" is all a little Harry Potter in concept -- ordinary kid discovers he has magical powers, and is taught in a specialized school/camp with other kids like him. Rick Riordan spends the first half of the book exploring the nature of Camp Half-blood and the various demi-god kids, as well as dropping hints about Percy's parentage. Although, given the number of times he makes water misbehave, you would think someone would have guessed.
Fortunately the plot picks up about halfway through, when the whole matter of the bolt and thieving gods comes into play. Riordan has a snappy fast-moving style, and he peppers the story with plenty of plot twists and monstrous action. And he has quite a sharp-edged sense of humor -- the snarkiness is a bit annoying in the first chapter, but after that he produces some fun dialogue ("Spontaneous combustion is a form of harm." "Nonsense. Boy wouldn't feel a thing").
And he does a good job with the concept of gods and monster surviving over the center of the western world, as well as spoking some fun at the gods' behavior. Example: Dionysius whining "Father loves to punish me. The first time, Prohibition. Ghastly!"
I found Percy rather annoying in the first couple chapters, but Riordan slowly evolves him from a rather bratty, rebellious kid to a reluctant budding hero. Annabeth is an excellent counterpart to Percy, smart and measured if rather haughty in attitude, while Grover is a likable little sidekick who is chewing his nails over the possibility of losing his job. And the supporting cast of gods and demigods is pretty well-drawn, especially the paternal Chiron and embittered Luke.
It's not brilliant, but "The Lightning Thief" is a solidly written fantasy/adventure yarn, which leaves the door open for more adventures from Perseus Jackson. Hopefully the movie will be up to its standards.
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Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Paperback - April 1 2006)
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