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Review: The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book 1

Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him.


The Lightning Thief is an excellent series starters, one of a slate of high quality children and young adult fantasies Disney’s Hyperion imprint has been publishing the last decade or so. The Percy Jackson franchise has grown considerably since its debut by the prolific and excellent author Rick Riordan, with a movie under its belt as well as four more books in the original series.

Percy discovers he is a demigod, that his long absent father is one of the ancient Greek gods. He ends up at a sort of camp/boarding school for other demigods (there are lots) out on Long Island, and there the adventures begin in earnest.

Anyone with a smattering of knowledge surrounding Greek myths will appreciate Riordan’s efforts to modernize them. Mt. Olympus’s role has shifted to the Empire State Building, as it tends to go wherever western civilization is focused. Percy’s dyslexia is explained by the fact he can read Greek best. Most of the battles and other godly and demigodly activities are seen as natural phenomena by ordinary humans.

It’s a great book, and series. As usual with titles aimed at the younger set (think Harry Potter), adults will enjoy it too. Recommended.



The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book 1


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