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The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3) (edition 2008)

by Rick Riordan

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Title:The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3)
Authors:Rick Riordan
Info:Hyperion Book CH (2008), Paperback, 336 pages
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The third installment of the Percy Jackson series begins with Percy, Grover, Thalia, and Annabeth trying to sneak out two new half-bloods from under the watchful eye of a monster. Annabeth disappears during the battle, and with the help of Artemis and her Hunters, it's up to Percy to find Annabeth, save a goddess, and fight the General of monsters.

While the others were enjoyable enough, though nothing that really stood out, this one was disappointing. The adventures in the first two were fun to guess - a mattress salesman named Crusty? Hmm, who is that referencing? - and clearly relied on some knowledge of mythology to get the joke. This one, however, was irksome to anyone who does know their mythology.

The first major problem I had was with the portrayal of Artemis. Rather than being a grown woman, she is given the visage of a 12-year-old child. She does tell Percy that she could choose to look older, but has picked the average age of her Hunters, a band of those loyal to the goddess who are made immortal, never grow up, and turn their back on the company of men. It's problematic to equate not wanting romance with eternal childhood, but the entire attitude of "ew, boys" is idiotic; particularly the line of rejecting the company of men, considering, you know, Orion was Artemis's best friend and all. Not wanting romance with a guy doesn't mean hating guys.

That was annoying enough, but I was willing to chalk it up to interpretation, until there was a minor, throw-away joke. Artemis asks for her brother Apollo's help and Apollo teases his "little" sister. She protests and he says he was born first.

No. No he wasn't. The problem is that if you're relying on readers to "get the joke" by knowing some mythology beforehand, then when you mess it up, they're going to know. This was not a minor point, either - Artemis was not only the protector of maids, but also of women in childbirth, because immediately after being born, she helped her mother deliver Apollo (in other news, Greek gods, what can you do?). It was a pretty major factor of Artemis's character, and it was pointless to change it. I might have been okay with it if it had served a purpose greater than a few joking lines, but it didn't. That was it. That was the whole reason, so Apollo could tease his "little" sister. Combined with the fact she looks like a twelve-year-old, Artemis came across as less goddess-like and more like a female Peter Pan figure.

There also appeared to be some continuity errors. Minor, maybe, but annoying. At one point Percy asks himself: "But could you even send an Iris-message to a god? I'd never tried" (67). Yes, you have, Percy. In the last book, page 239, you called Dionysus, remember?

Or Nico proudly proclaims he has almost all the god statues for his game "except for a few really rare ones" (emphasis mine; 35). Yet later Bianca gives Percy a statue to give to Nico and says that it is the "only statue he [doesn't] have" (194).

There also seems to be some inconsistency, even within individual books, about the whole "names have power" thing. When Percy says the names of creatures/gods, everyone warns him to be more careful, but then later, he does so without any repercussions. In this one, Nico immediately names Dionysus - which earned Percy a stern warning - and no one mentions anything about it.

By themselves, they would be annoying, but not really anything too detracting, but they started piling up, and the plot just wasn't engaging enough in this one to make up for its problems. There were a few good lines, and "Bessie" and Blackjack and his crew were adorable and delightful, but this was probably the weakest one in the series; its good parts were just not enough to redeem the problems with it. ( )
  kittyjay | Apr 23, 2015 |
This is the book where the Percy Jackson series jumped from slapsticky middle school fare to a modern classic of YA literature. It's filled with interesting dilemmas, character development, and plot twists. ( )
  wanack | Apr 15, 2015 |
fun adventure - but I wouldn't have read it if my son hadn't encouraged me to ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
HOLY HADES!!!!! Wait, so does that mean that Nico di Angelo may still be the one, and not Percy? ( )
  englisherna | Apr 8, 2015 |
better and better. Percy's personality and voice are still a bit annoying but the story is moving steadily away from its Potteresque beginnings. ( )
  keebrook | Mar 10, 2015 |
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So it's funny, but it's also very exciting, with the gods behaving in that disgraceful and unpredictable way that gods do. Then there are the really bad guys. If you're familiar with these ancient characters, you'll be impressed by how Riordan handles them. If they're new to you, it's a gripping introduction.
 
Readers who are familiar with ancient mythology will enjoy Riordan's tongue-in-cheek approach; those who aren't just might be tempted to go to the original sources to learn more.
 

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Percy finds two half bloods and goes to help. He finds a monster and fights them and hunters come and help him. Artmis (the hunter god) is going to look for the monster and ends up in chains holding up the sky. Percy comes and helps and gets her out
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This is the third book in the most exciting commercial fantasy adventure series since "Artemis Fowl". Now in paperback with a thrilling new cover look. It's the last Friday before the winter holidays but Percy Jackson isn't at school: he's battling the fearsome Manticore (half human, half lion), which in itself isn't ideal...but with Annabeth missing and the goddess of the hunt held captive, things get a whole lot more serious...Greek mythology relocated to modern-day America. Action-packed, funny, accessible writing for both boys and girls aged 10 and above. This title is perfect for fans of "Harry Potter" and "Artemis Fowl".

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When the goddess Artemis disappears while hunting a rare, ancient monster, a group of her followers joins Percy and his friends in an attempt to find and rescue her before the winter solstice, when her influence is needed to sway the Olympian Council regarding the war with the Titans.… (more)

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