Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1), The
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One: Lightning Thief, The
Reviewed: 2018-04-13This book was passed along to me by my 14 year old, as we tend to share an interest in the Young Adult Fantasy series. I was not overly impressed by the writing style of this particular author and it took me a bit longer to finish than usual.
However, I found the storyline to be pleasing and would probably continue reading the series, but this would likely be a filler between books for me.
I should also add that I did recently see the movie as well, and was not disappointed in the changes made; the characters were likeable, and the effects met my expectations. This is one of the rare occasions in which I found the movie to surpass the book.
If you've just seen the movie, forget everything you think you know about this series. The book and the movie are nothing alike. The book is so much better. I'm a big fan of this series, and this is a great first book.
Reviewed: 2017-01-02Enjoyable read. I have always been fascinated by Greek and Roman mythology and really liked the concept of the gods being thrown out by a new set of gods.
Riordan has an enjoyable voice in Percy Jackson, the main character of the story. There are plenty of comparisons to Harry Potter, but honestly I don't think it's fair for anyone to say it's a "ripoff" in any sort of sense. I thought Riordan did a good job in making Percy's world relatable, which is good considering he is not cocooned in a magical/mythical world like Harry Potter is. There is a little of "First we did X and then went to place Y and talked to person Z", but overall I thought it was pretty good and is is right for the age group it is written for.
I am not without some quibbles though. There seems to be a bit in popular culture lately of making those who are "different" (in this case, dyslexic and with ADHD in Percy's case) to be with superpowers. I felt uncomfortable with Riordan's mentions that the ADHD serves Percy and those like him well in battle. If Riordan had gone into how the ADHD plus Percy's heritage would serve, then I would believe it a little more.
I also found Riodan's explanation that this being the "Age of the West" silly and full of colonialism/imperialism. Other than that, though, I enjoyed this overall.
Reviewed: 2016-06-24I loved this book. I really love mythology and ancient Greece and stories about heroes and gods and mythical beings. I loved A Midsummer Night's Dream for its links to mythology and fairies, etc. I love the Playstation game God of War because of the mythology. (Although loving mythology is not the only reason to play this series of games. If you haven't played it or GOW2, go rent them. Now. Shoo! Then report back to me on how destressed but addicted you are and how AWESOME the game is! I'll wait. There, wasn't that fun? Anyway, sorry... back to the review now.)
Anyway. I love mythology, although I wouldn't call myself a "scholar" or anything. I tend to lean toward the more entertaining aspects of the subject rather than the dry dates and facts and figures. Which is one of the major reasons I loved this book. Riordan took ancient mythology and modernized it and made it fun and cool. And even educational, in a "What?! Ares rides a Harley?? WICKED! I wanna know more about that dude!" kind of way.
It seems that everyone who has read this book says it's great, but then makes sure to say that it is for "younger readers". I don't get what this is supposed to mean. Yes, the target audience is probably 10-12 year olds, but so were the first couple Harry Potter books. That's the great thing about young adult books, they are fun for all ages. These books, and I'm going to claim this for the entire series, even though I have only just started it, have quite a lot of adult references. I mean, if you think about it, here you have an entire series of books with an illegitimate demigod bastard as a main character. This main character then finds himself in a camp solely in existence for other bastard children of the gods. And how did these kids come into being? Why, Mama goddess or papa god was bored and decided to have a little afternoon delight with a mortal, and then they run back off to Olympus, abandoning the mortal and the baby resulting from the one-night of unwrapped lovin'. (But I guess if you're a god, piddly little diseases like herpes don't worry you at all!) And if that's not an adult theme, I don't know what is.
But that's not to say I didn't like the book. I did. I loved it, I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know more about Percy and Grover (who I'm fairly certain is NOT gone for good) and Annabeth and Luke and Poseidon and everyone else. I can't wait to start the next book and see where we go. And if that makes me a 10 year old again, well, then so be it. Last one to finish the series is a rotten egg! ;)
Reviewed: 2016-02-06Even though this was my second time reading it The Lightning Thief still sucked me. Rick Riordan is an amazing writer. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are my favorite characters. It's nice to reread Percy's beginning and compare it to his more grown up self. Percy and Annabeth have grown so much, but are still just as lovable.
Reviewed: 2016-01-17I read these books for the first time a while back. I'm guessing around 2008. I enjoyed them back then.
Most of the time, when I try to visit the books that I enjoyed when I was younger, I find that they lack the "magic touch" that used to draw me in, and made me love them so much. I think that it's mainly because I no longer have the ability to emphasize or emotionally connect with characters - it's a skill that I've lost over the years.
However, that being said, I still really enjoyed this book. Sure, the writing style is simple, but I think that makes it all the better. I mainly picked this series up because I haven't been feeling too well lately, and needed something that wasn't too dark or depressing. Yeah, these books still have dark themes, but they have relatively happy endings, and aren't overwhelming to me.
I own this whole series, so I'll be reading the rest of it in the following weeks. I also own the first book to The Heroes of Olympus, and I'm looking forward to acquiring the rest of and reading that series as well.
Reviewed: 2016-01-11Percy Jackson is my new Harry Potter. Don't get me wrong, Harry Potter is an excellent series. One of the best. But...Percy Jackson is my new favourite. Rick Riordan is an amazing author. He put humor, action, adventure, romance, friendship, and don't even get me started about the characters. And theirs a bonus about reading this series: you learn alot about greek mythology. Greek mythology is one of the most interesting things to me. When I was in middle school, one of my classes were greek mythology. It was my favourite part of my day. Even if you already know about greek mythology, I promise you that you will learn so many new things in these books. The Lightning Thief is the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It follows a 12 year old boy named Percy Jackson. He is the smartest 12 year old I know! He finds out that he is a demigod. Whitch means one of his parents is a god. Percy is the best. He is funny, charming, loyal, kind, smart, and brave. And not only is Percy a great character, but pretty much everybody else is awesome to. Expecially Annabeth Chace, Grover Underwood, and of course the one and only, Percy Jackson. This whole book is an adventure. Hats of to you Rick Riordan.
Reviewed: 2015-09-01I started reading this in summer 2014 and didn't finish it. Started it again after picking it up in a whim at the book store and fell in love with the story!
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