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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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Well I decided to listen to the audio of this book on my phone since I was going to be painting. I enjoyed the story quite a bit. I had heard good things about this book and series and decided to start reading/listening to it. I found myself picturing the actual scenes while listening to the story. Now I will have to look at the other books in the series. ( )
  crazy4reading | May 27, 2016 |
Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com

In celebration of finally (after five years) finishing this series (it's me not you), prepare for the reviews of the next books some time soon!

First, I need to admit that I like Greek mythology. Also, I was looking for something that would fill the hole the Harry Potter-series had left. Is this that series? It has similarities but Camp Halfblood is nowhere near Hogwarts.

Percy has tried, but isn't an easy child. He doesn't know why. This changes after events take him to Camp Halfblood and he learns that not only are the Greek Gods still alive, he's the son of one of them. This would be the start of a very nice series that tries to interweave the old myths and stories together with Greek mythology.

And that's what I liked most about the book. It's not always subtle, like Medusa owning an ornamental garden statue shop, but it does make some sense. The story is mostly a bit too the younger side of YA, but that didn't bother me.

One advice: don't watch the awful movie they made from this book! ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
One among my fantacy reads. Not so impressed with this... Well i dont like gods with gadgets :P
and security cameras in hell !!!!!

This was a new style of fantacy.... ( )
  PallaviSharma | May 9, 2016 |
Great book for help getting over a reading slump, which I'm currently experiencing at the moment.

Mythology is one of my most favorite sub-genres, I could tell the author did a lot of research on the topic and I really liked his interpretation. It didn't stretch too far from the original stories, but it was creative and interesting in it's own way. Exciting and adventurous would be the words I would use to describe this book. ( )
  GigisIrieReads | Apr 20, 2016 |
This is a fun fantasy to read, and I particularly enjoyed the how Riordan applies ancient greek mythology to contemporary America and how Percy is such a relatable character with his diagnoses and label as "troubled." This is an enthralling novel for children, teens, and adults.

This would be a great novel to read in coordination with the Odyssey or the Iliad in high school English classes. ( )
  MagLuCliff | Apr 14, 2016 |
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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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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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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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