Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Lightning Thief by Rick Rioridan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Yes, we are jumping onto a bandwagon here. We saw the movie trailer some months ago, and we decided to read the series. So did everyone else who visits the public library. After months on a wait list we finally got our hands on this book, and from me to our 8 year old, everyone fought for their turn to read it. Solution: Audio book. My wife reports a week's worth of the calmest, quietest trips to and from school, scouts, and other errands as the boys sat enthralled by this story.

I enjoyed this, as it departs from some of the classic themes of magic and introduces a new generation to ancient Greece myths. The characters are real enough, although not as deep as JK Rowlings' or Garth Nix's characters. Definitely worth the few hours it takes to read this before seeing the movie (I believe in always reading the REAL story before being brainwashed by whatever Hollywood has done with it.)

And we now own the whole series in hardback. That is a recommendation within itself.

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