The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

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Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime s...more
Paperback, First edition, 377 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Disney Hyperion Books (first published June 28th 2005)
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Destinee Sutton
Aug 07, 2008 Destinee Sutton rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Destinee by: The children of SPL
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My sister recommended this series and I was pretty interested in it once I heard a basic summary of the plot. I must say, I was thoroughly disappointed.

The concept in itself is very creative. Son of a Greek god in modern times. He is dyslexic because he is meant to read ancient greek. That's clever. The translation of Greek gods to 21st, some were pretty well done, except for a few details here and there (a greek god would sick robot spiders against his enemies? Really?) The concept had promise....more
I'm slightly ashamed to say that I watched the movie before I read the book. But I'm even more ashamed that I watched the movie only to experience the hotness that is Logan Lerman.

But, come on! Someone tell me that this , is not hot:

Really. What did I tell you? (I do imagine that you probably won't read the rest of the review anf just stare at this gif instead, but that's no reason not to like my review! :D)

But, I really have to thank Logan. I really do. Because without his unfreakingbelieveabl...more
Dec 24, 2013 Cara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: reluctant readers
Recommended to Cara by: Gerson
Really is there something I could say that hasn't been said? Doubtful, but in utterly stupid human style I will write a review anyway attempting to tell people how cool this book is.

This is plainly an awesome idea. I had always wondered what happened to the kids of half gods/goddess and humans. Here's the story to quench your curiosity. Percy Jackson has been dumped around from border school to border school. He has never been quite like anybody else, but as the end of sixth grade approaches h...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Hmm my old review for this kind of sucked. I feel like I've rewritten this review like twenty times, but oh well.

I guess I just can't do this book justice. Percy Jackson & the Olympians is one of my favorite series, despite the fact that I think it's probably aimed more toward 12-year-old boys, and ... well, I'm a 19-year-old girl. But I can't help it. I fell in love with these books when I was around 12 and I never outgrew them (which is something I can't say for most books I liked when I...more
Khanh (Destroyer of Dreams)
Chiron looked surprised. “I thought that would be obvious enough. The entrance to the Underworld is in Los Angeles.
As someone who has worked in Los Angeles, I can tell you that this is completely accurate.

While Harry Potter was spending his summers at the Dursleys, Percy Jackson attended Camp Half-Blood. This book has done the impossible: it has redeemed the name of Percy.

Yes, that's right, that snot-faced, lily-livered waste of air of the very same name from the Harry Potter universe. That na...more
EDIT 09/06/2013:- That's it. I have had my fill of too many stupid, brain-cell destroying comments posted on this review in the past few months asking me to write a 'best-selling book' before attempting to take apart Rick Riordan's writing. As if the exclusive privilege of negatively criticizing a book is accorded only to published writers and not ordinary reviewers/readers.
I do have the right to record my feelings about a book in my review. And it's such a shame that I am actually being force...more
this is a perfect book for young teenagers. if you were trying to devise a formula for writing a perfect book for this age group, you could not have done much better than this.

1) mysterious parentage. kids are totally self-absorbed. some never grow out of it, of course, but in younger people, it is more excusable - their internal life makes up the majority of their experience, they are used to being the center of attention and they spend a lot of time thinking about themselves and fantasizing. s...more
If you like Harry Potter, you will probably like this book, too. Come to think of it, if you do not like HP, you may still like this book. Recommended reading ages are grades 5-9 but if you're younger and like to read this book may very well be fine . . . and, this book is actually written well enough for adults to enjoy as well.

Tale focuses on a 12 year old boy named Percy who isn't getting along with just about everyone in school and soon discovers part of his problems are related to the fac...more
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 04, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Joyzi
Shelves: ya, series
I knew almost nothing about Greek and Roman mythologies prior to reading this book. So, while reading the first two chapters and when I had difficulty following what's going on, particularly who were those characters, I picked up and started reading Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. After finishing the first chapter of that book, I resumed my reading and then I could follow.

The reason for my ignorance was that my teachers in elementary, high school and college did not bother teaching about those gods...more
Namratha Kumar
HALF-BOY, HALF-GOD, ALL HERO!!....the Tagline says it all. Percy Jackson is your quintessential pre-teen, dyslexic and suffering from ADHD. Getting into unexplainable scraps and shuffled from school to school, he pretty much accepts the fact that he’s destined to be......well, one big Loser.

Little does he know that he’s a ‘Half-Blood’, an off spring of a powerful Greek God and a mortal woman. And there is a special place for him, “Camp Half-Blood” which houses and protects other such demigods, n...more
I loved this book SO MUCH! Great characters, awesome world, fantastic writing, entertaining story--I can't think of any negatives! I will be adding the rest of the series (books 2-5) to my April TBR so I can read them ASAP!
Aug 17, 2011 Joyzi rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of Harry Potter
Recommended to Joyzi by: Youtube
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I first watched the movie version of this book that I really enjoyed and so I became interested to read the book.

So I just want to say that I rate it four stars because the story is about Greek mythology in the modern world, which is good because I loved mythology ever since.

I love the characters in the story especially Percy Jackson who in the story have dyslexia and ADHD, so in the story at first, he was not very good at school and he viewed himself as a loser because of that.

It really tou...more

Okay I've deleted the place-marker review ladies and gentlemen: here for your entertainment is my new and improved review. Now with added humor - well I think so anyway.

Many people may look at my rating (before reading my review I presume) and question why I gave this five stars. 'Why would he give Percy Jackson five and deny literary masterpieces five stars. Why give this the same score as Lord of the Rings for instance? Well all I can say is that this is where the deceptive element of differen...more
Lisa Vegan
Mar 31, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: 8-12 year olds & all the way up to adults, especially for kids with dyslexia & ADHD
I really loved this book. I think it’s geared for 8-12 year olds but this is one of those books that the more you know about the world the more you like it. The premise is wonderful and very creative. The characters, especially the hero Percy, are very likeable. There’s so much humor, popping up at places where I least expected it and I absolutely enjoyed all of it.

The story was predictable and one of the main surprises/mysteries wasn’t one for me, but it didn’t really matter. In fact, it was fu...more
Oh, please don't get me wrong. This book is adorable. I mean, come on - it's about a kid who wants to go save his mom. It's also a great stonking adventure with lots of flashy prose and a sweep-me-up-and-never-drop-me plot. Fun, fun, fun.

The only real problem I have with this book is the same that I have with pretty much every other fantasy tale that follows suit with Greek mythology: Medusa.

Just don't get me started. I don't really want to get into a rant about it, so let's just say that in anc...more
Jonathan Rogers
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, a first-person POV novel, by Rick Riordan is the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. The main character/narrator Percy, a fatherless, troublemaking teenager, has always struggled in classes due to his severe ADHD, ADD, and dyslexia. After being chased by the Minotaur itself, he realizes this is because he is actually a half-human, half-Greek god mutant with skilled battle capabilities. Don't worry, the book only gets we...more
One of my favorite teens has been nagging me for _years_ to read this book, but, despite my long-standing fascinating with Greek mythology, I just couldn't be bothered. Then one Thursday afternoon at a library program, while I was sneaking looks at "The Last Olympian" (the fifth and final book in the Percy Jackson series), which she had on top of her stack of books (it just looked really _cool_), she finally ran upstairs to the teen section and came back to hand me "The Lightning Thief."

It's act...more
I 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...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This was a pretty good book...but it should have been a very good book. I want to go slow here, I know this is a much enjoyed novel and it's very popular right now. I also want to take criticizing a writer's work seriously, I mean it's easy to be a critic, so the criticism I give here is "subjective", it's from my point of view and it's my impression. I do plan to pick up the next book. I did find parts of the book very entertaining. I realize it's a YA book and not geared to adults... now for t...more
Oct 25, 2008 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathryn by: Annie & Tyler
I enjoyed this book, though it took me rather too long to read it so I suppose I wasn't completely enamored. Still, I thought it a very clever and interesting premise--and it was fun to brush up on my mythology! I'm not sure why some people think it's Harry-Potter-esque; it's definitely more mythology-based than "magic" and even though there's a camp/summer school for the half-bloods, it's about Percy's QUEST more than anything else. So, kudos for not trying to be HP. I didn't love the writing s...more
Jan 26, 2008 Donalyn rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Donalyn by: Kim Gardner- SKI librarian
This series has it all- cool, realistic characters, action sequences that thrill, references to modern culture (love the St. Louis Arch, and Las Vegas visits), and Greek mythology. I cannot recommend this series to enough readers. You're not cool if you do not know about Percy and Co.

Having met Rick Riordan twice- I can say that he is awesome, too.

Counting down to May when Book Four comes out...
Feb 18, 2014 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Valerie by: Gerson
I wanted to read this before I watched the movie and since I usually don't watch the new movies right away it wasn't a problem to wait for it to come from the library and read it through. I heard most people don't like the movie if they've already read the book, but I try to read the book first if I can.

Quick overview:Percy the main character of this story. He has been in and out of trouble all his 12 years of life, and he can't understand why. He finds out the truth and then is sent out on a q...more
Being a lover of Greek mythology, I approached Percy Jackson with interest. Will this series satisfy, or will it mess every thing I know there is about the Olympians and such and such?

Well, if you're not American, some things at the beginning may make your guts churn in protest. Wow, wow, whoa. The Greek gods are now in the USA because it's the centre of Western civilization now? It seems a bit silly I laughed, but my laughter stopped dead when I thought that, Well, if I were the author and I wa...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Fun, action-packed, and intense. This is a book a child eight or older and an adult who is young at heart can enjoy. I especially, heartily recommend this book to fans of the Greek myths. I thought Riordan's approach was very fresh and original, but showed respect for the origin myths. Having a lifelong interest in Greek mythology, I found myself wondering, hmm, I wonder if he's referring this or that story, only to smile and nod. Having said that, I believe that a person unfamiliar with the myt...more
Aug 17, 2011 jzhunagev rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of Mythology Re-tellings
Recommended to jzhunagev by: Ace Jose, The Filipino Group
A Lightning Read
(A Book Review of Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief)

The Lightning Thief is the first book in The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan for young, middle grade readers. I first heard of the book during the time when the movie based on it was released, however, I wasn’t too keen to read it then learning to approach with caution everything that comes surrounded with media hype. Watching its awful film adaptation further made me steer clear from the book’s path — th...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Jun 10, 2009 Allison (The Allure of Books) rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans, YA fantasy fans
I want to beat myself up because I waited so long to start this series.

No wait...*pat on the back* I waited until all the books were out, so I should be glad!

Man oh man, this was a great read. It took me MAYBE 2-3 pages to get past the fact that these were written to entertain a pretty young audience. Who cares? A smart 8 year old can recognize a great story as well as a smart 80 year old. Besides, the more I read, the more sarcasm I picked up on. I like to think that Riordan thought to himself...more
Apr 22, 2011 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Mythology Lovers, Ages 9-12
Shelves: young-adult, blog
I hate trying to review a book like this because I'm never certain if I should review it from the perspective of an adult or from the perspective of the intended audience. As a result, let me take a stab at both.

If I were reviewing the book from my perspective, it would be more of a 2 to a 2 1/2. The book is fun, especially for those who love Greek/Roman mythology, and Riordan has some inventive twists. For instance, the half-blood children of the gods are often diagnosed by their teachers as be...more
Jun 24, 2008 Alexis rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of Greek mythology, boys age 8-13, or any readers of middle grade fiction
Recommended to Alexis by: lots of regulars at the B&N I worked at, and my brother
Percy Jackson is a protagonist that lots of kids can relate to. He's got ADHD and dyslexia, he gets into trouble - a lot - and he can never seem to stay in one school long enough to really make friends. But deep down, he's a good kid who loves his mom and really wants to do well...except things just seem to constantly get in the way of that. After (barely) completing sixth grade, he makes a startling discovery: The Greek gods he has just learned about in school are real, and he is much more clos...more
3.5 rating for an adult, but 4 stars for mid teens down to 10 years old. The heroes are about 12, so it would really capture that age group's imagination, I think.

Set in modern day US, but the Greek Gods are alive & well. Percy & his friends are dyslexic, ADHD & generally don't fit into our world or school well. They find out why & embark on a quest. There are some twists & turns along the way, with clues, so an astute reader will have some foreknowledge, but it's a very well...more
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