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The Lightning Thief (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Rick Riordan (Author)

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Title:The Lightning Thief
Authors:Rick Riordan (Author)
Info:Miramax (2006), Edition: 1, Paperback, 392 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Read in 2012
Rating:***1/2
Tags:fiction, YA, american literature, fantasy

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (2006)

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Even though this was my second time reading it The Lightning Thief still sucked me. Rick Riordan is an amazing writer. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are my favorite characters. It's nice to reread Percy's beginning and compare it to his more grown up self. Percy and Annabeth have grown so much, but are still just as lovable. ( )
  rabidmunkee | Nov 7, 2014 |
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.


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A fun mix of modern and myth...A Must-Read ~ ( )
  Imane. | Nov 4, 2014 |
After finishing the Harry Potter series I was lost as to where I should go next; what could even begin to compare to Harry Potter? I found my answer when a friend recommended "The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan. The book brought me into a whole new world of fantasy; instead of witches and wizards, I met gods and demigods. Yes I'll admit the language is very childish but I was only 11 at the time I read it and I loved it, I still do. With new friends I dived into a new world, along the way learning about Greek mythology. As well as reading about the quest the three main characters (Percy, Grover, and Annabeth) must complete, the reader learns about the Greek gods and all the different Greek myths that go along with them; another reason I love the book. I was fascinated by all the new information. "The Lightning Thief" is a fun, adventurous, and exciting story that I recommend to anyone who is willing to give it a try. ( )
  Rosaschuchert | Nov 2, 2014 |
3.5 stars to be exact.

Saw the movie first, which was quite different from the book. The movie changed quite a few things around and it was a shame that it didn't portray how Percy was claimed by Poseidon, would love to see that.

The story was quite average to be honest. I have attempted to read this book before but found the writing style was just too childish and couldn't go past the first few pages. I decided to pick this up again finally and went through with it since I have always been interested in Greek mythologies. The references to the different gods and fitting them to modern society was the best part of the book, without these, the plot of the book is just too predicable.

The writing style did get better as you read more, or maybe I was just getting used to it.... I didn't have any major problems with the book, but I do feel the author should have expanded some of the incidents (during quest) in more details and perhaps add more hardship to their quest... After all these are just young, immature and not so powerful demi-gods, and right now it appears that they are pretty much invincible and are capable of defeating gods if they wanted to.

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  o.orange.o | Oct 25, 2014 |
This book is about a boy named Percy Jackson who is accused of being the lighting thief. His mother is taken to the underworld because everyone thinks he stole the lighting thief. He goes to many places such as, La Vegas, Montana,and California to look for pearl that take him out of the underworld and out. His friends Annabelle and Grover go with him to the underworld to find his mother. Then when they are in the underworld the shield that Luke gave him had the lighting bolt in it and wanted the gods to crumble and fall.Percy gives the bolt back to Zeus and they go back to the camp and live there and visit there parents sometimes

This is a goo book about mythology and the information that goes with it. The book is better than the movie and ever since i saw it the library i wanted it. I think that everyone should read this book. Plus there are other series of Percy Jackson and i can't wait to read them. I hope you like it as much as i did.
  MayaR.B3 | Oct 25, 2014 |
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"The Lightning Thief" is perfectly paced, with electrifying moments chasing each other like heartbeats, and mysteries opening out in sequence. The action never feels gratuitous; it draws its depth from the myths at its source.
 
Riordan's fast-paced adventure is fresh, dangerous, and funny.
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Percy Jackson is the son of Poseidon, the Sea God. Percy never knew this until he goes to Camp Half-Blood. The Gods want to kill Percy because he is the son of one of the main gods whom had made a promise not to have any more children. Zeus' master lightning bolt had also been stolen and Percy named the prime suspect. Percy, Grover, and Annabeth go on a quest to find Zeus lightning bolt. In the midst of a series of adventures they get tricked by Ares the God of War. Eventually, they discover that Ares took the lightning bolt and tricked Percy into carrying it. Percy must deliver the bolt or war will ensue.
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In this stunning collectors' edition of The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson's world is brought to life with eight full-color plates by the series jacket artist John Rocco. The edition comes in an elegant slipcase with a ribbon bookmark, rough edges, and cloth cover--a perfect keepsake for fans of this truly epic series.

After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There's little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.

This first installment of Rick Riordan's best-selling series is a non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of mythic proportions.



A Note for Amazon Customers from Illustrator John Rocco

Dear Readers,

When I was about eight years old I had the great luck of stumbling upon my father’s collection of Classics Illustrated comic books. I instantly fell in love with the stories of Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, H.G. Wells, and James Fenimore Cooper. Many years later, when I became interested in illustration, I discovered the beautiful hardbound editions of these stories featuring the arresting artwork of incredible artists like N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, and Maxfield Parrish. What I love about their paintings is not just the beautiful draftsmanship, color and composition, but their ability to capture a moment that held the promise of swashbuckling adventure. That promise let me know that if I read the words surrounding that picture, I could unlock the adventure.

That promise is what I tried to achieve when creating the pictures for this incredible series. My approach has never been just to describe a scene from the book, but to create an illustration that offers tension and mystery--an image that provides just enough information to leave the viewer wanting to know more.

When I was asked to create images for the Deluxe Edition of Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief it was a dream come true. It was my chance to illustrate what I consider to be a new classic. The Lightning Thief has so many wonderful moments it was difficult to choose what to paint, but I knew I wanted to create a balance of dramatic scenes and quiet moments and to capture the spirit of Rick’s unforgettable characters. It has been my own great adventure to help bring this book to life in a new way, in color, on the page.

I hope you enjoy this Deluxe Edition of The Lightning Thief.

Yours,

John



Illustrations from Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Deluxe Edition
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Percy and a Nereid Percy and Annabelle on their way to Las Vegas Percy at the Entrance to Mount Olympus

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After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

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