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The Lightning Thief (original 2006; edition 2005)

by Rick Riordan

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Title:The Lightning Thief
Authors:Rick Riordan
Info:Puffin (2005), Edition: UK edition-first printing, Hardcover, 384 pages
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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (2006)

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I'm crazy about Percy! I laughed so much while I was reading this book!
I always heard good thigns about it but was only when I read it and loved it that I decided that I have to bow to Rick Riordan because I'm sixteen and I just read a mid grade novel and loved it !
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  anaesteves | May 21, 2015 |
I'm crazy about Percy! I laughed so much while I was reading this book!
I always heard good thigns about it but was only when I read it and loved it that I decided that I have to bow to Rick Riordan because I'm sixteen and I just read a mid grade novel and loved it !
( )
  anaesteves | May 21, 2015 |
I'm crazy about Percy! I laughed so much while I was reading this book!
I always heard good thigns about it but was only when I read it and loved it that I decided that I have to bow to Rick Riordan because I'm sixteen and I just read a mid grade novel and loved it !
( )
  anaesteves | May 21, 2015 |
I have been meaning to read this book for quite some time. Having watched my 11 year old daughter practically destroy it with her re-reading I thought that I had better act quickly. I was glad that I did.

Percy Jackson is a demigod, the son of Poseidon no less, one of the big three, Zeus and Hades being the other two. At only twelve years old Percy has already been expelled from half a dozen schools due to ‘odd’ circumstances. Having already seen the movie I was surprised to just see how much Hollywood had butchered the story. I can accept some changes for convenience and dialogue etc but not the complete removal of a key character that will have to be present throughout any sequels. The book is in many ways insulted by the movie.

The fast paced first person story often reads like a diary. There are no greatly detailed passages no in depth character analysis just straight in your face action much like the age group that the story revolves around. Rick Riordan has created and crafted a novel, and from what my daughter tells me – a series, that are all as fun and action packed as this one. I can therefore be sure that I will be reading them all as this one was just so readable from cover to cover that I was disappointed when I turned the last page and it was over.

Percy Jackson and the lightening thief is great read, lots of fun and packed with action all of it necessary. There are no un-required moments. This book is a joy to read. I have already moved the next one to a safe place on my daughter’s bookcase ready for when I finish my current book.

8/10 (10/10 if I was twelve) ( )
  MathewBridle | May 4, 2015 |
My favorite part of this book and it's sequels are Riordan's entertaining descriptions. HIs writing is clear and filled with humor. ( )
  vivirielle | Apr 29, 2015 |
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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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Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.
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This LT work is the first volume (of five) in Rick Riordan's series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Please do not combine it with any other individual title or collection of titles from the series. Thank you.
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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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