Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief. NY: Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children, 2005.
narrator: first-person, Percy Jackson
This is Book 1 of Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Riordan’s first book for the YA genre. I’ve just started this. My fourteen-year-old son came into my bedroom and I told him a bit about the book. He said, “I might read that.” High praise from a dedicated insouciant reader. I love Riordan’s peculiar hook into the world of classical mythology. Looking forward to seeing how he spins it out.
I love the chapter titles! Each one is a great writing prompt. “I Accidentally Vaporize My Pre-algebra Teacher,” “We Visit the Garden Gnome Emporium,” and “A God Buys Us Cheeseburgers,” are just a few.
It’s Sunday night, almost 10pm on 9 July. I finished The Lightning Thief this afternoon, and although I started to flag mid-book, the end picks up. Character relationships start to coalesce; they don’t seem to be that developed at start of book. Mystery and action suspense increases with advancement of plot. So I ended up liking it. Not sure I like it enough to read the next book in the series. Can’t remember if Kim said this was one of those books that the boys love to read. I would be curious to see how someone would use this novel in a unit on Greek mythology. Not sure how this book would relate to other subjects. So I’m eager to hear from others.