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Demigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

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FIRST EDITION THUS Published by Borders, Inc., 2008, edited by Rick Riordan with Leah Wilson.
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Borders
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Sabrina Grace
I believe im not the only person that thinks that the Percy Jackson series is totally awesome. And yes, I did enjoy this book. The extra knowledge about the gods and the different authors take in the series was interesting. But.. It seemed to me that the authors over-anylized the series a bit too much. They all claimed that rick riordan is a genious for coming up with these extravegent (spelling?) plots and details, and of course, I do think Mr Riordan is a geneous, but not in the ways that they ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

Love for Percy Jackson is sweeping readers everywhere -- and not just teens. Other authors love him as well, and they have something to say about him! DEMIGODS AND MONSTERS is a book of essays penned by other authors covering all things Percy Jackson.

Jenny Han gives godly parental report cards and asks if you could pick one parent out of the god realm, who would you choose? Rosemary Clement-Moore writes a lesson in recognizing monsters, for beginn
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BJ
Jan 04, 2010 BJ rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
The product description is purposefully a touch misleading. This is really a collection of essays by other young adult authors discussing various aspects of the setting and writing and deriving lessons and discussion topics for young adults. There is no additional fleshing out of the setting through stories or fiction. Not all of the descriptions of this book make it clear and it was especially hard to get to the truth of the content from the kindle description. Some of the essays were interesti ...more
Raegan   Ralls a.k.a Bianca   Di Angelo
I wasn't to impressed by this book...
Amanda
I found the author's introduction endearing, how he created Percy Jackson in order to validate his second grader's ADHD and dyslexia-- that they had divine origins. This section is one I think I will use in further teaching, it explains how and why myths are inherent to our society and the relationships between authors and their own texts as well as the ones they analyze.

Ok, so that was about the best part of any of the essays. I did find the glossary of mythological people and places a useful
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Michael
I have to say that I really didn't like this book at all. It took me a little bit to read. I kept skipping parts because they weren't interesting at all. My favorite part was the glossary at the end, explaining all the greek gods, heroes and etc... Basically this book is other authors writing pieces about the Percy Jackson series. It really wasn't interesting at all only a couple were okay.
I don't suggest reading this, but if you want to try reading it you can go right ahead. lol =]
Abby
May 22, 2010 Abby rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Abby by: The Percy Jackson Series
A series of essays about the Percy Jackson series from various YA authors. As always with essay collections, some were better than others. I really liked "Why So Many Monsters Go Into Retail" and "Percy, I am Your Father. Some others read like middle school language arts papers. Good but not great. Fun for fans.
Aparajitabasu
Original Link to the review at my blog Le' Grande Codex - here


HAPPY RELEASE DAY! Presenting Demigods & Monsters: Your favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series (edited) by Rick Riordan.

Here is the summary of the book:

Released just before the March 2013 feature film Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, this new edition is updated through The Last Olympian, and includes several brand new essays!

The #1 New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson series—The Lightning Th
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Dianne
This is an amazingly interesting collection of essays examining the creation of Rick Riordan’s brilliant mind, the Percy Jackson series. After a wonderful forward by Mr. Riordan, various writers take their turn writing essays in their own unique style. You’ll find a touch of interesting wonderfacts, some humor and other perspectives on the phenomenon that is Percy Jackson!

You will NOT find a collection of Rick Riordan tales, but it is an interesting work that can be read in short spurts, one Es
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Kezia
Being a PJO/HoO and Greek mythology fan, I felt that I would love this. So I finally finished it and honestly I thought it was boring. Sure there were essays that I liked (such as Jenny Han's Eeny Meeny Miney Mo(m): Picking Your Very Own Godly Parent) but I felt that reading this was like a chore or school homework I had to finish.

Well, I did finish this book.

However...I dragged my ass and skimmed through the second half.

This book is a collection of essays from other authors about PJO series. I
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Joanne
Demigods and Monsters
By Rick Riordan
Summery courtesy of goodreads.com
The #1 New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson series-including The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, and The Battle of the Labyrinth-features a twelve-year-old dyslexic boy who discovers he is the son of a Greek god, the target of mythical Greek monsters and the center of a prophecy that could change the balance of power in the world forever. In Demigods and Monsters, YA authors take on Greek gods, mons
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Terry
A book for die-hard Percy Jackson fans. Breaks down the books into essays on the specific themes within the story. The best part of this book for me is the glossary of Ancient Greek Myth, which includes in depth information on the Greek gods and ancient Greek mythology.
Beckie
Ok, to be honest, I didn't even finish reading it. The part that Rick Riordan wrote was great, and I made it through one essay after that, and that was all I could take. I skimmed a few more, and I just couldn't do it. I am really not that interested in dissecting the Percy Jackson series; everyone is going to take something different away from the readings anyway.

The book is worth borrowing just to read the part that Mr. Riordan wrote, though. He tells all about how Percy came about, and it a h
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Izandra Mascarenhas
**Resenha publicada no blog Livros e Cores em 01/09/14**
Link: http://livros-cores.blogspot.com.br/2...

Sou fã incontestável do Rick Riordan e de todos os seus livros, seja a saga “Percy Jackson e os Olimpianos”, seja sua sequência “Os heróis do Olimpo”, ou mesmo a saga “As Crônicas dos Kane”. Adoro a forma como autor explora a mitologia (grega ou egípcia), transformando-a em algo moderno e fácil de ser lido por qualquer público.


O próprio autor já fez diversos livros extras, por fora das séries, q
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Andréia
Mini review in portuguese by blog MON PETIT POISON

Como eu adoro mitologia e curto bastante a narrativa do Rick Riordan, geralmente tudo que sai sobre suas séries eu acabo dando uma conferida e não foi diferente com ‘Semideuses e Monstros’, porém se você, como eu, achou que era mais um livro sobre histórias e contos de Percy e sua turma, meu caro, você está bem enganado.

É uma espécie de coletânea, mas não exatamente relacionada a contos, na verdade é uma antologia, os autores convidados pelo escr
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Marlene
This was not the 2013 edition, as described in the giveaway, but was instead the Smart Pop 2009 edition, a disappointment as I hoped to catch up on the newest. However, even this older edition was indeed a book that I found very enjoyable, and quite useful as a teacher. Reminiscent of the Pooh Perplex, required reading in a college literature class, this is a humorous anthology of critical/analytical essays from a variety of authors. One of my favorites, written by Cameron Dokey, was titled “Why ...more
Cheryl M-M
Not by Rick Riordan, but about his books.
Just thought I would mention that as it seems that some readers are buying this based on the premise that it is a new Riordan book.
A collection of thoughts and essays by other authors on books written by Riordan.
On a side note I loved the introduction to the book, but have decided to take my chances even if it means getting shot.
I actually had never heard of Riordan or his books until I saw the film version of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Perso
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Rebecca Cartwright
Review
I was rather disappointed in this book. I realise that the Percy Jackson series is aimed at children but I was hoping for rather more of an in depth analysis of it than this. It isn’t so much a collection of essays which is what I was expecting as a collection of people’s random thoughts on the series.
Some sections are mini stories which do give a little more information about the Percy Jackson world and the rest a fairly lightweight “essays” about various aspects of the stories, such as s
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Suz
This collection of essays about Percy Jackson and the Olympians is very entertaining. Each of the contributing authors chooses an aspect of the series that appeals to him/her and then discusses it. The topics cover everything from how the concept of heroes has changed over time to assigning grades to the parents in the books. Since the authors are already writers for young adults, they know how to make their essays appealing and fun. This is not a glamorized collection of book reports written by ...more
Eustacia Tan
I admittedly have a very on-off relationship with the Percy Jackson series. I probably saw The Lightning Thief in a Popular bookstore a long long time ago. Unfortunately, the only thing I remembered was a tagline that went something like "half-boy, half-god, all hero". How I managed to find the series again is something I still don't understand.

And when I finally read the first book, well I loved it! But then, left the series alone (I don't actually own any of the books - I think my sister has o
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Karina Esmail
This book was disappointing for me. I really enjoyed parts of it, don't get me wrong!. It was chock full of funny lines (no one wants to pay for a cheeseburger by spending eternity as a lawn ornament!) and it explained a lot of things, not only about the Percy Jackson books, but about Greek mythology in general, and even referenced Fluffy in Harry Potter! I felt I was expecting something as exciting as the series, but as a young adult, I felt bored by many parts of this book. The chapters dragge ...more
Charlotte
For the complete review, kindly drop by my blog at: Thoughts and Pens

Demigods and Monsters is a compilation of comprehensive essays about anything related to the world Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It features the insights of eight famous authors (Rosemary Moore, Cameron Dokey, Paul Collins, Carolyn MacCullough, Ellen Steiber, The Gods Among Us, J&P Voelkel, Jenny Han, Sarah Beth Durst, Hilary Wagner, Hilari Bell, Elizabeth E. Wein, Kathi Appelt, Sophie Masson, Nigel Rodgers) regar
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Smash
Jul 11, 2011 Smash added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Percy Jackson Fans, Greek Mythology Fans, Literature Geeks and Students
Read this at Smash Attack Reads! http://www.smashattackreads.com/2011/...

The Percy Jackson books are some of the best middle grade fiction I’ve ever read, and I think Rick Riordan is a god in his own right. He owns that market, and it is well deserved. When SmartPop offered to send me some of their catalog for review, I jumped at the chance to read other authors’ thoughts on Percy and friends. Rick Riordan’s introduction was very interesting and heartfelt. He created Percy, flaws and all, to val
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Sara
Jul 01, 2012 Sara rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Demigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series is a compilation of short essays focusing on different aspects from Rick Riordan's award winning series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. These essasys range from informative to funny. Some authors include anecdotes from their childhood, or different reasons Greek mythology intrigues them.

This book, however, is not for someone interested in a mature, serious look at Rick Riordans writing. The ess
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Cori
Whenever a parent asks me to recommend a book series for their child, I turn to Percy Jackson first. I love how the author, Rick Riordan, mixes the ancient mythology of Greek g-ds with a modern United States. The story behind his story is even more interesting when you learn that it began as a bedtime story for his own child who suffered from ADHD and dyslexia. The character of Percy Jackson was written to explain that his differences were strengths, not weaknesses.

I recently received a copy of
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Ceillie Simkiss
The #1 New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson series-including The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, and The Battle of the Labyrinth-features a twelve-year-old dyslexic boy who discovers he is the son of a Greek god, the target of mythical Greek monsters and the center of a prophecy that could change the balance of power in the world forever. In Demigods and Monsters, YA authors take on Greek gods, monsters and prophecy, to add insight and even more fun to Riordan's page ...more
Sarah Miller
In this collection of essays, true fans of Percy Jackson can learn more about The Lightning Thief series and its power. As a reader of all Riordan's series, it was interesting to learn his take on the series and its inspiration. As a teacher, I gained a fresh perspective on Percy thanks to Riordan's essay. It has made me rethink my book talk on The Lightning Thief - sure, it's about Percy's adventure, but it is also about the struggles of an adolescent... on an epic scale.
Riordan gets the collec
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Natalie Monroe
ARC received through Netgalley

Here's a little note to those of you about to pick up this: unless you are a huge, huge fan of Greek mythology, you will not enjoy this.

This book is comprised of essays analyzing Percy Jackson and the mythology within it. As a college student, I have slaved over similar essays and can appreciate the hard work these authors have put it in order to write those essays. But frankly, the highlight of book was Rick Riordan's introduction. Don't get me wrong, a couple of t
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Liliana ♥s Mythology
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

Okay, so I LOVE Percy Jackson and anything Rick Riordan writes because, well, he is just awesome like that. So when I saw this I knew I had to have it!

Of course, when I requested this I didn't exactly know what to expect... I mean, it's Percy Jackson, which was good enough for me. But if you like essay-type books (that does not actually read like one) by authors talking about your favorite book and just analyzing different aspects of it, give this one a try.

I thoug
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Katie
I thought this book was sooooooo cool. It was a bunch of different authors takes on the Percy Jackson series. They talked about how to recognize monsters, who, if you could choose, would be your godly parent, and why joining the hunters if Artemis might not be such a great idea. I really want to right something like this, or at least get some of my fan fiction down.
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