Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson lives an anything but average life. Diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, as well as being expelled from school every year for the past six years, it is safe to say Percy was different. When his pre-algebra teacher tries to kill him, life changes forever. He is sent to Camp Half-Blood and learns that he is the son of the mighty Greek god Poseidon. If thats not enough, he is accused of stealing Zeus' master lightning bolt. Percy, desperate to clear his name and prevent World War III, embarks on a dangerous quest to recover the bolt and reveal the true lightning thief.

If you saw the movie and expect to read the same story in book-form, think again. The movie is NOTHING like the book. The only things consistent are some of the names and a few of the places. That being said, I enjoyed the book much more than the movie. Don't get me wrong, I liked the movie. I just think it left out some cool things like a week of Camp Half-Blood and some huge battles.

I am very glad that there is now some modern-written, modern-setting Greek (and Egyptian) mythology. On a basic level, the Percy Jackson series is a re-telling of the old tales, and I think it still has the same air. It brings the stories to life in quite a nice, fast paced-way. A great(but unfortunately quick) read.

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