The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Title: The Lightning Thief.
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1.
Writer(s): Rick Riordan.
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books.
Format: Paperback.
Release Date: June 28th 2005.
Pages: 377.
Genre(s): Fantasy, Young Adult.
ISBN13:  9780786838653.
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.


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29 thoughts on “The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

  1. I’m very glad to see you enjoyed this one, Lashaan. It’s been on my list of books for the young at heart for some time now. I’m really looking forward to trying it and seeing how the author weaves Greek mythos into modern life. And I can’t wait to let myself journey back to days gone by when I was of a simiilar age to those in the book and perhaps had thoughts of extraordinary things also happening to me. At the time those days had their share of hardships but looking back I have fond memories of them.

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    1. That’s also why I wanted to dive into it. Just to relive those younger, more reckless, and carefree days. It turned out as fun and entertaining as I thought it would be and I hope you’ll have a similar experience with it when you get the chance to pick this one up in the future, Todd!


  2. Lol! Glad you liked it too. I was so curious to see your thoughts on it because this series is a lot of silly fun. I tend to turn to them and the early Harry Potter books when I’m stressed and need something fun and light.

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  3. “Soft take on Greek mythology” is just right 😉 It’s a nice enough book, especially if read at a certain age – I’ve read the whole series and enjoyed it, though I started to have symptoms of fatigue by the book 4, I believe, and struggled with book 5. It’s a very Americanized version of Greek mythology, that’s for sure. Great review, Lashaan!

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    1. I won’t lie. I wrote that thinking about how you’d have reacted to Rick Riordan’s take on Greek mythos hahahahahah I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed more than half of the books in this series though. Have you tried the other series with other mythos by Rick Riordan? Any thoughts? Warnings? 😀 Thanks for reading, Ola!

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      1. Heh, I should feel honored 😀
        Nope, honestly I was so fatigued by the end of this series that I didn’t want to try any other books by Riordan 😉 They’re not bad, but very formulaic, so be prepared that after the first one the novelty of the idea gets somewhat stale. Still, they’re quite readable 🙂

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  4. Great review, Lashaan! I’m pretty sure that I didn’t read this when I was younger and that I didn’t see the movie either, but I have heard tons about it! Just the other day I was talking to a frind about how cool some YA fantasy novels were really great ahah! 😊

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    1. Thank you so much, Juliette! I haven’t seen the movie too but I remember back in high school friends not being too impressed by it either. However, the books have only been loved by just about everyone who has read them, as far as I know, and that’s why I had to try it out for myself! It’s totally worth checking out. It’s fun. It’s silly. It’s American. 😛

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    1. At least it’s just five books! Five similarly-proportioned and relatively short and action-packed novels. 😀 It’s hard to say, honestly. I think I’ll always say a stand-alone novel would get more praise from me, especially when I think about other mediums (video games, movies, and comics).

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  5. Oh my this was a such a classic! I read this probably more than 10 years ago in one single sitting. I read it under the covers at night and can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Was utterly devastated with the movie adaptation though. Will you be reading the rest of the series? Would love to see what you think about the rest of it.

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    1. What an awesome memory to have. I think what people had to say about the movie adaptation back then didn’t make me want to read the books as quickly as I would today. I definitely plan on finishing this series at least. This book alone was just too much fun and a nice breather in between the big books I usually pick up! 😀

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  6. I read the Percy Jackson series years ago. I like the first two books but the rest of the series was meh to me. Overall it was a good series. Honestly I prefer the Magus Chase series.

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