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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) Paperback – 1 Apr 2006
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The Chris Columbus directed movie, based on the book, is due out on Feb 12, but this is a fabulous entertainment in its own right. (Kati Nicholl Daily Express) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek god. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That's when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends and generally trying to stay alive. This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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It's really a very clever premise, and one that would have completely swept me away as a younger teenager. I'd have been in the library poring over books on the Ancient Greek gods before you could say Apollo. Now, in my mid-twenties, it was a really fun way to brush up on some of the myths and legends I used to know - and I'm probably more likely to remember who's who on Olympus after reading 'Percy Jackson' than if I'd read a textbook instead!
The story roars along at a cracking pace, with lots of exciting action and adventure and some hilarious little touches - Cerberus, the three-headed canine guardian of Hell, playing catch with a red rubber ball being one of the highlights! Riordan mixes the modern world with the mythology of the Greek gods beautifully, bringing them right up to date while maintaining their dignity and all-powerful other-worldliness. I loved it - and needless to say, I'll be ordering more of the series very soon!
If you are a little older than a teenager but still find this genre interesting I would recommend reading 'the Mortal Instruments' instead, as it has a fairly similar plot line (if you substituted Gods for Angels) but has a more sinister and black undercurrent running thought the whole series which I think would appeal more to the older reader.
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