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text 2017-11-06 04:07
Percy Jackson The Lighning Thief
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

My favourite character in this book is Annabeth Chase. She was the daughter of Athena, Goddess of Warrior. She is also a demigod, half human and half god. What I envy about her is that she is brave, intelligent and was quote "never lose" in anything. This just shows that she is confident towards her decisions and beliefs. In the book, when Percy Jackson along with his protector, Grover Underwood, went to look for Percy's mother, which involves in disobeying the law and the rules of the Camp Half-Blood (which provides shelter, protection and education for the demi-god and others e.g. satyr), Annabeth insisted in joining their adventure. Determine she would satisfy and protect Percy in their dangerous adventure, she was allowed to follow them. And also because they didn't want their seniors to know as they were sneaking out without permission. Overall, this book is a rollercoaster ride and it involves alot of jumps of adrenaline. It also let you seek into the other world e.g. hell. This book does contains a little twist but in the end, it satisy my reading journey. 

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review 2017-07-16 23:58
The Lightning Thief
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief is a good adventure story though the ending feels a little rushed, and the book feels dated. I didn’t notice so much the first time around (or didn’t remember), but the book definitely feels early 2000s (is this the one that references Jesse McCartney? I can't remember).

 

I'm not sure about the use of crippled at the beginning in regards to Mr Brunner. I didn't think that was an acceptable term to use anymore? Riordan also uses food terms when describing non-white characters. However, he does explicitly state that a few characters are white. I know that in general Rick Riordan tries very hard when it comes to writing diverse characters, so I'm hoping his future books do better.

 

Also I was reading the Iliad when I was rereading this series, and there are lots of references to mist in there. Half the times it's death but the other half it's gods obscuring things from the mortals.

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text 2017-05-01 16:45
April Reading Wrap Up
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan,Joshua Swanson
Murder on the Ballarat Train - Kerry Greenwood
The Curse of the Pharaohs - Elizabeth Peters

I happened to have a lot of free reading time at work during April. I didn't want to read any books that were going to require lots of attention and focus. So, I looked to an old favorite. 

 

When Percy Jackson first landed on the scene with The Lightning Thief, I was thrilled. He was my Greek Harry Potter. Yes, I just dared to make that comparison out loud. I am willing to accept any backlash that will follow from fans. But seriously? You know I'm right. Does that make Magnus Chase the Norse Harry Potter? Maybe but that would involve reading the books. I would start listing my reasons why but that's two maybe three other posts by themselves. 

 

Some of the students were thrilled when they saw I was reading Percy Jackson books. We started our own little book club. Hopefully I'm encouraging these kids to keep reading beyond Percy Jackson. 

 

In non-Percy Jackson reading, I managed to sneak in Murder on the Ballarat Train. I really do love Phyrne more and more with each book. I wanted to start watching the television series but I was told there are some spoilers as the show doesn't quite follow the order of the novels. 

 

Another outspoken female protagonist, Amelia Peabody made me roll my eyes in The Curse of the Pharaoh. While it is completely within her character to call her own child an "it", I was driven bonkers. On a related note, how is it possible Amelia and Emerson don't have more than just the one child? Seriously? 

 

While, we are on the topic on annoying things, GR changed things again. Ever since they added their re-read feature, my books are not showing up on my "read" shelf. They show up on my yearly challenge list but not my "read" shelf. Trying to get answers from GR is kind of a joke. I'm just going to complain here and see if anyone else has a similar problem. 

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review 2016-10-15 19:29
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

I liked this one enough, but it's not one that i want to buy and read again and again.

 

One thing i thought was odd was that Rick usually used the Greek names for the gods/demigods/etc. but the name Hercules was used at least 4 times throughout the book. Hercules is the Roman equivalent of Heracles (named after Hera). He might have done this with a few other names i'm unfamiliar with, but that's the only one i caught.

 

Also, you can tell me Annabeth's smart as much as you want to, but i won't believe you. It took way too long for her to figure out who Percy's dad was.

 

I did enjoy reading about Greek mythology, though, and i like the concept. I can see why these books were so popular in the 5th-grade class i worked in.

 

*Reviewed on May 30, 2014.*

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review 2016-08-04 00:00
The Lightning Thief
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan Love this series! Great storyline and characters.
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