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The Enemy
The Enemy
by Charlie Higson
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Higson - The Enemy, 6 April 2010
This review is from: The Enemy (Hardcover)
I first saw this book in my local book store - well, with a shedload of x-ray'd skulls on the cover it was kind of hard to miss, even for a guy who's eyes are pretty much shot! As was (and still is) the case, I didn't have the money to buy it there and then, but even then, I put it on my "Books to Buy" list (which is exponentially long and only getting longer).

Boy, I'm glad I did.

Higson, well known for his other series, the Young Bond novels, shows his diversity and his ability to write complex plots superbly with this book, which is clearly aimed at an older audience from the outset - the descriptions of the adults' gruesome forms is stomach turning to the extreme, and the deaths (of which there are a fair few) are brutally described and, for want of a better term, executed.

With an ensemble cast of characters that is changing all the time, it can be hard to keep a track of them all, especially when there are multiple viewpoints from several characters, but Higson manages to navigate this hurdle by mostly ditching conventional names and going more for nicknames (well, I assume so, particularly in the case of Achillius), which helps to make each character stand out.

Higson weaves a work of brilliance, tense, exciting, dark to the extreme (if this was a film it would almost certainly be rated 15), and ultimately fulfilling. I have only one sentence of advice:

Don't read it at night!


Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian
by Rick Riordan
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Percy Jackson: The Last Olympian, 18 Sept. 2009
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So here it is. The final battle. Olympus will stand or fall by one person's choice.

And it all begins with a pegasus landing on a car.

The last book in Rick Roirdan's series reads more like a video game than a book. The final battle, which covers five days and all of Manhattan, takes up acts 2 and 3 of the book, with act 1 being taken by Percy's journey to the Underworld to take on the Curse of Achillies, his only hope against Kronos.

That's not a complaint, in fact it's quite the opposite. Although I do feel sorry for the poor guys who have to make the film adaptation of this in howver many years time.

There's no holding back now from Riordan. Thoes dominoes he's spent so long setting up come crashing down in a story of triumph, fear, pain, hope, and enough other emotions to make your head hurt. A perfect finale to a brilliant series.


Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth
by Rick Riordan
Edition: Paperback

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Percy Jackson: The Battle of the Labyrinth, 18 Sept. 2009
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So, having made an enemy of a son of Hades last Christmas, Percy Jackson must be hoping that the new year is a lot better than the last, right?

Well, if he is, he's a fool. A game of capture the flag leads to the discovery of an entrance to the mythical Labyrinth, and thus a back-door entrance into camp. Which certain enemies, like say Kronos, Lord of Time and King of the Titans, may use to destroy the camp.

And so, another adventure begins for Percy and his friends, who must delve into this maze of wonders, terrors, monsters, friends, foes, and everything else inbetween. Including a monster who really needs to up her personal hygene levels and a friend who has more arms than you can count.

In this, the penultimate volume of the series, Riordan neatly sets up his dominoes, while also making the story fun, exciting, and compelling to read. Like the rest of the series to date, you won't be able to put this book down (which I learned the hard way).


Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse
Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse
by Rick Riordan
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Percy Jackson: The Titan's Curse, 18 Sept. 2009
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I shall start this review differently to the others, with a suggestion:

Read the contents page.

Seriously. With chapter titles like "My Vice-Principal Gets a Rocket Launcher", they can be quite entertaining in and of themselves.

Book three in Rick Riordan's series brings in more elements of the Greek myths while also moving the overarching plot of the series nicely in a cross-country (and I mean that quite literally) trek to rescue Annabeth and Athena, both of whom have been taken by the Lord of the Titans, Kronos. But, with tragedy looming, who will make it back to Camp Half-Blood alive?

You don't have to be astute to realise that this is the third "kidnap someone Percy loves" plot in a row, but that gets nicely explained in the end, so I'll forgive Riordan just this once. Riordan continues to write the series with a clear plan in mind, and with his trademark humour and pace.

Overall, a excellent addition to the series.


The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & the Olympians)
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & the Olympians)
by Rick Riordan
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters, 18 Sept. 2009
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Remember Percy Jackson? The son of Poseidon?

He's back.

Joined by his brother (well, not exactly but it's kinda hard to explain) Tyson, who happens to be a Cyclops, and old friend Annabeth, daughter of Athena, Percy must travel to the Sea of Monsters in the Bermuda Triangle to rescue his friend Grover the Saytr, retrieve the Golden Fleece (yes, That fleece), and find out just who poisoned Thalia's Tree?

The mix of monsters, gods, demigods, and just plain crazy antics is perfect, and while I do have a few quibbles (Tyson reappears out of nowhere with very little explaination, for example), I can let them go (I think Percy's a mite bit busy to notice a hippocampi following him). The series continues in fine form.


Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, 18 Sept. 2009
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Meet Percy Jackson. He's a perfectly normal 12-year-old American kid, living in New York City with his mum and his jerk stepdad.

Then he's attacked by a flying monster while on a school field trip to the museum. That's where things get interesting.

Rick Riordan's opening book in the Percy Jackson series is, simply put, incredible. Funny, charming, dramatic, Riordan really does make the words float off the page. His characters are strong and dynamic, his prose is funny - the first chapter is called "I Accidentally Vapourise My Maths Teacher" (although quite what is "accidental" about taking a ruddy great Broze sword and chopping a monster in half with it is beyond me).

It's just such a shame that such a great book can be made into such a bloody awful film really.

Buy this book if you liked the film. You won't be disappointed. Buy this book if you saw the film. You will be amazed. Buy this book if you haven't seen the film. You won't be able to put it down until you've finished it. Then go and get the other four.


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