Featuring cover art from 20th Century Fox's feature film adaptation, opening in theaters on February 12 and starring Uma Thurman and Pierce Brosnan, the first novel in the bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is a non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of mythic proportions.Featuring cover art from 20th Century Fox's feature film adaptation, opening in theaters on February 12 and starring Uma Thurman and Pierce Brosnan, the first novel in the bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is a non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of mythic proportions.Read Less
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This novel, written by Rick Riordan, is the first in the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" Series. I happen to find this my fourth favorite book in the series (5 Books total), maninly because I enjoyed the other books way more.
Percy, a half mortal, half god (Also referred to as Half-Blood or Demigod), is though of as being the answer to a prophecy that the God's feared may come true. Percy and his two newest friends Grover and Annabeth, must go on a quest in order to prevent an all out war between the gods of Olympus. This book, along with the series itself, educates the reader about Greek Mythology and its importance to life, whether one can relate to it or not.
?What if it lines up like it did in the Trojan War ... Athena versus Poseidon?"
"I don't know. But I just know that I'll be fighting next to you."
"Because you're my friend, Seaweed Brain. Any more stupid questions??
Jul 4, 2011
An Exciting Adventure
A fun adventure, (the movie inspired J.M. Snyder?s ?To Love A God?), that is a new and good change from magic and fantasy. I love Greek mythology. I find it very interesting how the wild existence of the gods and goddesses are used to explain the unknown. It?s my experience that the amount of mythology books out there is slim to find, unless you enjoy reading the classics over and over. Rick Riordan?s adventure is exciting and easy to follow for anyone. Percy is a good yet troubled kid who must find his own place in the world, as he learns what it means to be both a half-blood and a hero. Because I already have the first three books in the series, I look forward to reading them, but I don?t see myself reading any more of Rick Riordan?s books. I highly recommend them for young readers, but not for adults. It?s not grown up enough with violence, language, and sex.
Sep 9, 2010
Bought this for my 14 year old son. He has read through it once and is well underway on a second read.
Apr 23, 2010
The movie was good. The book was much better. I advice to read this book first then see movie.
May 29, 2009
I read this book as I vent all the books my grand daughter reads. I think I should stop her from reading. I am waiting for the rest of the series to arrive as I found the content exciting, the history given in a new and exciting way.
She told me about a series she had just finished reading, when I heard what she was describing I stated "that is Mythology"!
I would recommend this book for any young reader.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-10-04 Venditti's adaptation of the critically acclaimed first installment of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series faces a daunting challenge: to present a beloved, contemporary, young adult fantasy novel as a 128-page visual narrative. But the team succeeds in spectacular fashion. Venditti (The Surrogates) takes the story of the half-blood Percy-who discovers that he is both the son of a god and the prime suspect in a theft of cosmic implications-and forges an adaptation that does justice not simply to Riordan's story but works perfectly as a graphic novel. The book retains the excellent pacing of the original and gives a face to Riordan's vision of the mythological made modern. Futaki's artwork is exemplary, but what leaves such a lasting impression is Villarrubia's coloring, which reveals both subtlety and spectacle when needed. The graphic novel compression must, of necessity, sacrifice something, namely some of the humor of the original. Ages 10-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-04-24 "Without sacrificing plot or pacing, Riordan integrates a great deal of mythology into this tale and believably places mythical characters into modern times, often with hilarious results," said PW. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2005-08-01 For this fast-paced adventure that zaps characters from Greek mythology into modern times, Bernstein gets the reading rhythm just right. He conveys Riordan's notes of humor, sarcasm and downright amazement in the voice of 12-year-old Percy Jackson, a smart kid who seems to be a magnet for trouble. But one day Percy discovers that being kicked out of a different school every year and dealing with learning challenges like ADHD is nothing compared to the truth of his life: he's a demigod, the son of Poseidon. Of course, among other things, that means an action-packed mission to the Underworld to find Zeus's stolen lightning bolt and return it to Mount Olympus (specially accessed as the 600th floor in the Empire State Building). Listeners will be hanging on every zippy chapter here and will be eager to find out where Percy heads next in this planned series. Ages 10-up. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2005-07-18 A clever concept drives Riordan's highly charged children's book debut (the first in a series): the Greek Gods still rule, though now from a Mt. Olympus on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building, and their offspring, demigods, live among human beings. Narrator Percy Jackson thinks he's just another troubled 12-year-old, until he vaporizes his math teacher, learns his best friend, Grover, is a satyr and narrowly escapes a minotaur to arrive at Camp Half-Blood. After a humorous stint at camp, Percy learns he's the son of Poseidon and embarks on a quest to the Underworld with Grover and Annabeth (a daughter of Athena) to resolve a battle between Zeus and Poseidon over Zeus's stolen "master" lightning bolt. Without sacrificing plot or pacing, Riordan integrates a great deal of mythology into the tale and believably places mythical characters into modern times, often with hilarious results (such as Hades ranting about the problem of "sprawl," or population explosion). However, on emotional notes the novel proves less strong (for example, Percy's grief for his mother rings hollow; readers will likely spot the "friend" who betrays the hero, as foretold by the Oracle of Delphi, before Percy does) and their ultimate confrontation proves a bit anticlimactic. Still, this swift and humorous adventure will leave many readers eager for the next installment. Ages 10-up. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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