Definitely as good -- or better -- than the first. Riordan has done a magnificent job with these books. I kept wanting to open an encyclopedia and che...moreDefinitely as good -- or better -- than the first. Riordan has done a magnificent job with these books. I kept wanting to open an encyclopedia and check out the various mythological creatures which he introduced. I can see an entire course in mythology built around this series of books. Can't wait to get my hands on book #3.(less)
A couple of months ago, The Lightning Thief was the featured movie on my flight home. I enjoyed it very much and was glad that I had the book in hand....moreA couple of months ago, The Lightning Thief was the featured movie on my flight home. I enjoyed it very much and was glad that I had the book in hand. Interestingly, as I read the book, I kept seeing the faces of the actors who portrayed the characters in the movie. While the adaptation from book to movie was better done than most, I'd still have to say that the book was even better. I'm reading my way through the series, and I'm sure that when/if they are made into movies, I'll go see them as well.(less)
While the plot was good, the execution was lacking. If the authors had taken this setting and plot and spent some time developing the characters and e...moreWhile the plot was good, the execution was lacking. If the authors had taken this setting and plot and spent some time developing the characters and expanding the book, it would have been much better. It was a pleasant-enough read, but I won't be recommending it to anyone.(less)
Arghhh! What can I say? I bought this as an electronic book from Fictionwise because it sounded like an interesting premise.
Two pre-teen runaways tea
...moreArghhh! What can I say? I bought this as an electronic book from Fictionwise because it sounded like an interesting premise.
Two pre-teen runaways team up with the school bully, only to learn that he has the coolest way for them to get away--a very fast machine that travels in space, dimensions and time. Their adventures soon become entangled with a diabolical dictator who is obsessed with the power of time travel. Now giants, mysterious shadow creatures, and Professor Albert Einstein are all part of Milford's new middle school education.
As the book ends, the door is left open for sequels, but I'm not sure I'll be buying them.
I have to give this book a strong B+ for plot and characters and a D for execution. There were numerous grammatical and spelling errors throughout the book. One glaring error is that the author consistently chose to spell staring with two Rs, resulting in sentences like: "It's creepy having this feeling that someone is always starring at you and listening to every grunt and sneeze you might make."
When will people learn that a spell-checker is not a substitute for an editor?
In addition to the typographical/grammatical/spelling errors in the book, there were some very awkward passages and continuity errors that an editor could have helped with. I do appreciate that first-time authors can get their books published quite easily these days through the various channels now opening up for self-publishing and independent publishing -- but a conscientious author should choose to submit his drafts to review by a skilled editor. In this case, even a careful read-through by a couple of friends could have helped find (and correct) these errors.
I will be attempting to contact the author/publisher and offering my comments. This book could be significantly better just by fixing the mechanical errors.(less)
In conjunction with Barnes and Noble, the publisher was giving away copies of this book in PDF format as a promotion for the upcoming publication of t...moreIn conjunction with Barnes and Noble, the publisher was giving away copies of this book in PDF format as a promotion for the upcoming publication of the 10th and final book in the series. I happily downloaded it, but wasn't looking forward to reading it on my computer. After all, I bought electronic book readers -- both a Kindle and a Sony 505 -- specifically because they were so much easier to read on. But there I was, in the front seat of my car in the middle of rural ('way rural) Nevada and I needed another book to read. I decided to check out the Sony's support for PDF files and even though there were several things I could complain about, it worked well enough that I was able to read and enjoy the book. And, as the publisher probably hoped, it caught me up in the story enough that I want to get the rest of the series to see what happens next.
I was positively thrilled when I discovered a week later that the publisher was also giving away free copies through Amazon.com's Kindle store. So now, if I want to re-read the book, or just to have as a companion for the others I will probably purchase for the Kindle, I have a version that is properly formatted for the Kindle. (less)
Published in 1992, this book suffers from the "this book is for young adults so it must be short" mentality that existed back then. And therefore, the...morePublished in 1992, this book suffers from the "this book is for young adults so it must be short" mentality that existed back then. And therefore, the characters are not as well developed as I would have liked. In her review for School Library Journal, Margaret Chang observed "While the writing is smooth and the story moves quickly, the girl's emotions are not convincingly portrayed. The story's tone wobbles, sometimes keeping a comic distance from tragic events. The abrupt ending may leave readers puzzled as to the heroine's motivations." I think that if this book had been written today, the author would have been able to flesh out the characters better and given the reader much more detailed descriptions. Let's hear it for J. K. Rowling -- young adult fiction will never be the same again.(less)
This was a fun and quick read. (Started it yesterday and finished this morning.) The protagonist is Puck, a thirteen-year-old girl who has been expell...moreThis was a fun and quick read. (Started it yesterday and finished this morning.) The protagonist is Puck, a thirteen-year-old girl who has been expelled from her boarding school on Earth and must travel to the planet Aurora where her parents -- the Goodfellows -- are working as xenobiologists. Aboard the tramp freighter she is traveling on, Puck meets Hush, a young Shoowa (natives of Aurora which they call Shoon), who has been traveling to his home planet bearing a treasured artifact. Unfortunately, shortly before boarding the freighter, the artifact was stolen from him. Puck and Hush set about to locate and recover the artifact, building a close friendship along the way.(less)