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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
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Jan 15, 2011

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A boy discovers that he's the son of an ancient god and then is thrown into a hero's quest. This book had lots of ingredients to make it great, so I'm a little baffled as to why I didn't enjoy it more. There were just so many little things that added up to a negative story more me.

But really, hasn't the bickering among the gods worn a thin, considering that they've been doing it for the past several thousand years, with no one getting ahead? Since they can't seem to kill each other, now they send their kids to do their work and battle it out, although many of those children don't survive. Great parenting there. And speaking of, there were a lot of children, even just in this little timeframe. If one estimates that there were approximately that many children for several generations for thousands of years, then that just makes the Greek Gods as bad as horny teenagers. Haven't they heard of safe sex? One would certainly think that the female gods in particular would be tired of getting pregnant all the time and abandoning their children.

There was also the idea of the "mist," which obscures the way humans see things so that the gods and their lackeys can do whatever they want without the humans catching on. It seemed like an extremely convenient plot device, considering that the way the mist worked varied depending on what needed to happen.

Also, are these people/gods/whatever morons? Why did it take so long to come to the conclusion that he was the son of Poseidon? He manipulated water many times and everyone kept saying, "Well, we just don't know." Even the gods seemed pretty stupid, considering that no one seemed to know what was going on. Everyone was okay with blaming things on a 12-year-old boy who didn't even know what was going on in his life until a few days ago--although this young boy pretty much talked and acted like he was 17.

It was a nice refresher on the mythology stories, although the number of them in this book was a bit ridiculous. Every little thing that went on was explained with some ancient story. Don't people progress? Or make new stories? Or is the author just showing off by bringing up the most obscure stories?

Anyway, on the positive side, the descriptions of some of the locations in the United States were nicely done. And even though there were dozens of similarities to Harry Potter, it was a unique enough twist.

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