Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed the Greek mythology weaved into this book. I never really put much effort into learning about the Greek gods, so it's nice learning about them a little through the series.

This book has a lot of action and a lot of potential to be a good movie. Let's hope Hollywood doesn't disappoint.

While I don't mind, some families may be concerned that this book depicts Greek gods, as well, gods. I can already hear the arguments that it's paganism, blasphemy, etc. I don't think kids rushed out to become ordained witches and warlocks after the Harry Potter series, so I think we're ok here.

Some say the series reminds them a lot of Harry Potter. Unfortunately, I think a lot of young adult fantasy is going to be compared to Harry Potter. To me, the series are only similar in the sense that there is a middle school boy who discovers he's special and needs to fight evil. Of course every middle school boy has to have friends to help complete the task.

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etta said...

I've read this series (not the last one yet). When a friend recommended it to me, she said that if I liked the potter series, I would enjoy this. Plus, my major involved studying Classical greek and roman mythology/languages/history/literature, so it was right up my alley. :)

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