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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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"This book very much follows the formula established by its predecessors even though the action is more intense, and you certainly get the feeling that author Rick Riordan is building towards his big finale. I feel like this book easily holds up to the two previous installments, but I found myself a bit underwhelmed by certain aspects, namely the formulaic feel of the beginning of the book, and Percy's serious and multiple blunders early on. On the other hand, the introduction of new characters: gods, heroes and mythical creatures alike combined with the evident path towards the true climax of the series kept me interested and made for an overall pleasant read.

The story starts off as the usual, almost repetitive form, with Percy answering a distress call from Grover, but this time the differences are that it's mid-winter instead of the beginning of the school year, and Annabeth and Thalia join Percy from the start. I should mention that, at this point, I began feeling very frustrated about Percy's behavior; it seemed to me that he was trying to compete with Thalia, since she is the new deal, daughter of one of The Three and all, but he is failing miserably! He is making a lot of rash and quite frankly stupid judgement calls just to prove a point to Thalia. And speaking of Thalia, it still felt weird having her back in action so suddenly, but I quickly got used to her and grew to like her a lot. Soon enough they return to Camp Half-Blood and a quest is presented, as always. As usual, there is a limited time frame to accomplish the quest.

Now don't get me wrong, plenty of things surprised me along the way.There is a much bigger part of the story involving gods, both new ones and the ones we've met before. Regarding the later, we get new and interesting details on them. Arthemis and her Hunters were a highlight and a really gobbled up the scenes that they were in. I loved how the gods fit together into the plot as a whole and it's always neat to see them in their updated or modernized personas. As always, the writing style is simple and to the point, and while a first person narrative from a 14 year old boy isn't very lyrical or groundbreaking, it does make for a quick and fun read.

Interesting quotes that I didn't include in the review:
There is always a way out for those clever enough to find it.

The Last Passage
“He spoke!” Grover cried.
“Calm down, my young satyr,” Chiron said, frowning. “What is the matter?”
“I . . . I was playing music in the parlor,” he stammered, “and drinking coffee. Lots and lots of coffee! And he spoke in my mind!”
“Who?” Annabeth demanded.
“Pan!” Grover wailed. “The Lord of the Wild himself. I heard him! I have to . . . I have to find a suitcase.”
“Whoa, whoa, whoa,” I said. “What did he say?”
Grover stared at me. “Just three words. He said, ‘I await you.’”
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  AdemilsonM | Sep 2, 2015 |
Definitely better than the first three. Made me cry, so I guess it's finally touched me on an adult level, while the first 2 I enjoyed as good children-only lit. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
Wasn't bad but it took me 8 months to get through it so it didn't really catch my attention.. ( )
  thatgirlbookworm | Aug 5, 2015 |
These really do keep getting better! ( )
  KR_Patterson | Apr 28, 2015 |
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 |
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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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