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Percy Jackson pbk 5-book boxed set (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1-5)

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All five books in the blockbuster Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, in paperback, have been collected in a boxed set fit for demigods. This value-priced set includes the best-selling The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian. Whether it is for readers who are experiencing Percy's thrilling adventur ...more
Paperback, 1824 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Disney-Hyperion (first published October 6th 2009)
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Janae
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
Julia
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
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Katie
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
Abla
Loved these books, a little dissapointed by the movie for the lightning thief though. It shouldve been alot better since the books were amazing.
Kirstine
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
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Bethany
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
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Elanor
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
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Cindy
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
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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
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Mugen
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
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Jade {Don't Blink!}
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
Laurie
This series is part of my all time favorites with Harry Potter and Ewilan by Pierre Bottero. I’ve recently reread this series because The Blood of Olympus, which is the last book from the Heroes of Olympus series, recently came out and I want to reread all the Percy Jackson from the begining. Even though I first read it when I was first in fourth or fift grade, I’ve read them at least five or six times since than and I never get tired of these books. I always go through Percy’s adventures as if ...more
nightwing_shawshank
The third book was my absolute favourite. Addition of new characters and concepts was a real turning point of the feel of the series. Once you start you can't put it down as every page promises a new beginning better than the last.
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
Megan
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
06AlyssaP
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
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Greyson Simon
Dec 03, 2013 Greyson Simon rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Eryn
READ THESE BOOKS!
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.
IT IS NOT HARRY POTTER!
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
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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
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Nazrene Gill
I loved all the books !! It a movie in my head that I like playing again n again!! A must read !! xx
Marie
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.

SO GOOD!

I sort of envy Percy for having the god of seas as a pare
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Ea Solinas
If you know anything about Greek mythology, you'll know that their gods had a tendency to produce demigod kids by the dozen. And the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series is all about a boy who discovers that he's the offspring of a god, and the other demi-god kids that he gets to know at a very, very special camp. Rick Riordan spins a clever fast-moving adventure that mines ancient mythology and gives it a modern spin.

Percy Jackson has always been a troublemaker, but he's shocked when some t
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A Drop of Romeo
Reviewed for A Drop of Romeo

Now that the last book of the Heroes of Olympus series is out, nine years after the first Percy Jackson book was published, I can finally talk about my favorite book series (while I mourn the loss of the next-book excitement).

It all started off with Percy Jackson, an 11 year old boy who’s wrongly accused of stealing the Greek god of gods’ lightning bolt because apparently he’s not only half god himself, but the son of Poseidon.

On a quest to prove his innocence, he rea
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Haleigh
Before I begin, let me get this out of the way. I was a fan BEFORE there was even a hint of a movie to come.

I swallowed this series up and didn't recommend it to anyone (I was a bit possessive of books when I was younger) and just lived a life of fangirling secretly to myself.

Then, BOOM. (Actually, this was a few years later, so "boom" isn't all that accurate) There's a movie that's going to come out. Suddenly, everyone's reading this series, including my teacher who got the majority of my cla
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Luciana Darce
Sou ré confessa: relutei muito por pré-julgamento – puro preconceito – em ler a série Percy Jackson e os Olimpianos. Aí quando o fiz, foram sete livros em cinco dias (contando aí Os Arquivos do Semideus e The Lost Hero, porque, sabe como é, não gosto de fazer nada pela metade...). Comecei por puro acaso – estava na livraria, o primeiro volume estava próximo ao meu braço, meu braço decidiu-se a pegá-lo, daí a pouco eu estava folheando e... é, deu para entender, né?


Se vocês se lembram, os primeiro
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Zara
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
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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.

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Other Books in the Series

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