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Percy Jackson and the Olympians Boxed Set (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1-5)

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Percy Jackson rare limited edition hardcover boxed set with secret Compartment cards still in wrapper, minor external wear.
Hardcover, 1744 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Disney-Hyperion
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I am as obsessed as a person can be with PJ. Annabeth is so cool, Grover is so hilarious and Percy (at least in the movie) is SUCH a hottie! I watched the movie only hours ago and yes, it's true: they practically ripped the book apart. Where's Clarisse? That's what I ask. Where's Dionysus and Annabeth's dream of being an architect and relationship with Luke and Grover's obsession with Pan and the REAL way Percy came across the pearls? They were never Persephone's. I mean, Grover is white! Annabe...more
This set was recommended to me by a 9th grader, and I'm giving the hardcover set to my granddaughter on her 10th birthday. While the writing style is not up to my J.K.Rowling yardstick, the books offer good characters and an unusual premise. Percy and others are "demigods", meaning that one of their parents is a Greek god. Thus, Riordan also brings young readers into the world of mythology while providing an entertaining action storyline.

As with the Potter books, one of my favorite characteristi...more
So many reviews of this series compare it to Harry Potter (and with good reason) but as a fan of both (and a beginning skeptic myself) I have to say that though they are similar series, Percy Jackson stands on its own. In the Lightening Thief, Percy is so Harry Potter, the camp is so Hogwarts, Chiron is so Dumbledore- I completely admit that. In fact when this series first came out I refused to read it and criticized it for being a rip-off. But for some reason, I gave it a try (at the request of...more
Loved these books, a little dissapointed by the movie for the lightning thief though. It shouldve been alot better since the books were amazing.
This is very much a case of "books that found me exactly when I needed them". I needed good old-fashioned adventure. And I got it.

Riordan manages to make these stories very believable. Despite my firm conviction that monsters don’t exist, and neither does gods, and the greek myths are in fact nothing but myths, despite all of that, I believe in this story. With every sentence I am deeper engulfed in the quests, in the adventure, with every word I let go of my convictions and let the story drag m...more
I was really impressed and surprised by this series. I loved learning about myths and folklore in middle school, and these books were really refreshing as I got to remember all the Greek gods I'd heard of and learn about a lot more I'd never come across before.

Rick Riordan was clever to make a character from a broken one-parent home with learning disabilities and make him a demigod. His books appeal to his audience very directly, though I feel there's plenty of cross-over for people of varied a...more
Ok, so the Percy Jackson series is *readable. And yes, it gives an 'easy' way into Greek mythology to teenagers - although why teenagers can't read the actual thing since it is a rollicking great ball of fun, I don't understand.
But, hm. It's a bit glib. It is chockful of American private jokes, Dead'R Us and the like, which will not be funny to non-Americans. It also doesn't quite gel. If Percy knows he's going to have to fight monsters daily now and forever, why does he insist on going back to...more
I read this series along with my 10 year old granddaughter. I was curious about the twist of putting mythology into the modern day in this children's series. I wasn't sure how well an author could successfully walk the tightrope appropriately between the scarey fantasy of mythology and the familiar reality of the modern day setting.

Riordan is remarkable in his skill. I noted that he had on his team 3 or 4 middle-schoolers who he had read his books as they developed and gave their opinions and cr...more
Molly G
Favorite: book IV - Battle of the Labyrinth

I majored in Greek mythology at college, so I can say happily, with some authority, that Riordan really knows his stuff and gets it right. No matter how brief the reference and how it's reused for the adventure, he gives snippets that kids, anyone, can latch onto and be consistent with more academic approaches. Also means, if you're already familiar with the mythology, he lets you feel very clever by letting you recognize a being a page in advance befor...more
I found it too kiddish - maybe it's because I'm almost 30. Don't get me wrong. Ive read the harry potter series and loved them so much that I saw all their movies and played their pc games too. But this one is too predictable on a lot of occasions:

1) bad guy comes, irritates/tortures hero, hero does a strike move, wins, praise, cheesy dialogues and lots of "how did i do that". it gets boring pretty fast.

2) hero asks qs, answered with riddles, more qs more riddles, someone else comes into the pic...more
Jade {Don't Blink!} D
I don't actually have/never read this particular boxed set edition, but it was the only one I could find that included all the books. I read the Percy Jackson series quite a while ago, and then again last year, and both readings were enjoyable. I was a bit skeptical of the writing (I was not sure that I would like the first person narration of a teen aged boy) but was surprised that it caught me. I love the Mythology theme, and the characters, and I never was bored during any of the books. They...more
Eugenides Hermes
The Percy Jackson books have hilarious chapter-titles that the actual stories have trouble living up to. It was an enjoyable read, through-out, but Riordan fell into the classic YA trap of assuming his readers aren't as intelligent as they probably are. The myths of the Greek gods were used to create plot devices that would have been far more interesting if the characters were treated as real people rather than only was to further the plot or get a cheap laugh. "Twists" in the plot were either b...more
My sister is a third grade teacher. She lent me two young adult series, and she starts school this week. So I took a short break from my usual reading material and read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympians. They were exciting books, and although a little dark, I did enjoy them. There were great adventures and it was interesting to be reintroduced to the characters from Greek my...more
Ladies and gentleman of the jury I find the book The Titans Curse by Rick Riordian to be excellent at teaching me about Greek history, giving me the thrill of action and at the same time making me laugh. However, there were areas in which the book was not quite as good at teaching people how to deal with problems without pulling out a sword, and fighting them. But I do know how to kill a monster if I ever need to.
The book Titans curse was made in the year 2007. It has 312 pages, and is popula...more
Greyson Simon
Dec 03, 2013 Greyson Simon rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kids below 10, people who haven't read Harry Potter, horse-loving children.
I tried. I tried really hard. I was really excited for this series but I just.. I made it through the first two books, but I could not get myself to want to keep going about 1/3 into the third book.

To start, the good:
- The concept is AWESOME. A secret world of demi-gods and bad guys that takes place in America, with a sweet secret base? Heck yes.
- The characters are generally likeable and mostly consistent.
- I can imagine that for younger kids, (not the 10-12 that it's aimed at, but the 7-9 c...more
Risky Elevated Chamois
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though made for a younger audience of the preteens/8-12 range, Riordan is still an amazing story-teller. it can be compared to Harry Potter, but only because the protagonist is a teenaged boy who suddenly gains super-human powers, has 2 friends, and goes to a special training facility.
these books are fast-paced, action-packed, and still really funny and touching. seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy, the story follows Percy and his friends though al...more
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a great series for young adults and adults alike. Likable characters, exciting adventures, and non-stop action make these quick reads entertaining ones as well. Riordan's smart combination of Greek mythology with the modern age culminates in a world that all fantasy fans should not miss. Highly recommended!
Madi R
This is the series that got me hooked on reading. I never really liked to read and hated it when I was forced, but then my sister gave me the first book. I didn't plan on reading it, but one day I was bored and wanted to do something. Guess what I did, I went through my closet and found the book The Lighting Thief. I read the first page, then the next thing I knew was that I was half way through the book and wanting to read more.

I thank (and curse ;) this series and Rick Riordan because it got...more
Jul 16, 2014 Ria rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 3rd-4th graders
Recommended to Ria by: Friend
When I first read this series I was obsessed with it but then I realized as I got older and read more that this has some problems.

1- The dialogue seems kind of cheesy and tries to be cool.

2- They try to be funny so when something serious happens it seems out of place.

3- The only people who die are minor characters. (view spoiler)...more
Marie Rose
These were good, these were good. I tore through them in only a couple of weeks, and it only took me that long because I had to acquire them one at a time. The characters are well fleshed out and believable. My one biggest problem with this series is, I think, the first person POV. With first person it's important that the reader always feel connected to the POV character, and really, at times I just felt frustrated with Percy more than anything else. But, that could be my being a few years olde...more
Joao Vaz
YOUTH! Wanna study for your Greek Mythology exam while having a blast in the process? Problem solved!

Meet Percy Jackson, a spirited teen who happens to have Poseidon as his daddy - go figure!, the fellow is a freakin' half-god! Oh well, granted that breathing underwater is not interesting enough on its own, there he goes - along with a daring troop of other misfits - on a quest to save the world from the god-eating Titan Kronos.


I sort of envy Percy for having the god of seas as a pare...more
I really love these books, but I prefer his other series Heroes of Olympus. I like Annabeth she is my favourite character and The Titans Curse is my favourite book because I really liked Bianca.
Sally Honeycutt
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a young adult series based on the premise that Greek gods, monsters, and heroes are real and living in modern America. The series follows Percy Jackson and other demigod teenagers (each the child of a god and a mortal) as they go on various quests, fight monsters, and basically save the world. I've got a soft spot for stories based in Greek mythology, and I enjoy young adult fantasy. Why am I only now reading this series that was first published almost 10 years...more
I read the first Percy Jackson novel (The Lightning Thief) and I wasn't the biggest fan. But after re-watching the films a few weeks ago, I was suddenly quite sad that they weren't planning on adapting the rest of the series for the screen. There was so much which was left unsaid and mysteries that I was desperate to see how they played out.

So I grabbed a copy of the second book (Sea of Monsters) and started reading. And I devoured books 2-5 in a matter of days. I'm not sure if it was because I...more
Mina K.
Jul 05, 2014 Mina K. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Great series!
You learn about Greek Mythology, and even if you're not interested in it, you BECOME interested in it after reading the series.
The main character of the book is so amazing. He has his flaws, but is a hero despite them. The books were all suspenseful, raw, funny, and had unexpected endings. These books were breathtakingly wonderful (excuse me for the cheesy noun, just had to say it).
You'll fall in love with every character in the book, and I don't mean you'll be infatuated by them;...more
Moon Nava
Desde el primer libro creo yo que te atrapa la historia, mas si te gusta la mitologia, habia oido que los libros eran infantiles pero la verdad es que la historia esta bien narrada. Me encanto que el narrador sea Percy, se que cuando el narrador esta en primera persona en ocasiones sientes que su vision es corta pero eso no me ocurrio aqui, me encanta la forma en la que el autor adapta la mitologia y hace mas real la historia, los primeros tres libros senti que compartian estructura pero la hist...more
[I don’t actually own this box set; but I figured this would be a good place to review the series as a whole.]

For my first review on Goodreads, I find it appropriate that I would review the series that got me reading.
I’ve never been a huge reader (until recently, actually). I read this series back in 2009, when I was fourteen. I’d read books that I liked before, but most of my reading experience came from school, and you can imagine what that was like. I never hated books, but I hated to read...more
These books shaped my childhood.
An easy and interesting read - recommended. I loved to revisit all the Greek mythology from my student years. Not much to say about the entire series other than it is easy, fun, not much more than just escapism that is very well written and presented.
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Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. Please follow him on Twitter and via his official blog.

More about Rick Riordan...
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4) The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2) The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5) The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)

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