Looking for something now that Harry Potter's over ... ? I've Found It

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If you're like me and you're mourning the end of the Harry Potter series, then you'll want to devour Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series. It's a five book series, with the fifth coming out one week from now. Instead of the wizarding world, Riordan takes us into Greek mythology. The series is set for the most part in modern-day New York, where sometime-problem child Percy Jackson learns that one of his parents is a Greek god. This means that Percy is a demi-god and spends his summers at Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for others like him where they learn the skills necessary for any quest they might be sent on by the gods.

 

The best thing about this series is how much all that Greek mythology information I learned way back in middle school suddenly returned to the forefront of my mind. Even though it's present-day, Riordan uses Greek myths alongside contemporary issues. They mingle together quite well. For example, Riordan explains that Mt. Olympus always sits over the world power at present. When it was in Greece, that's because the Greeks were the center of civilization. Currently? Mt. Olympus resides above the Empire State Building in NYC.

 

This series is the basis for B&N's summer reading program this summer, and for that I am so excited. I can't wait to get even more kids (and my friends!) hooked on this series. Percy is a likeable, realistic boy who I think most of today's attention-deficit, video-game-loving, always-in-motion youth can identify with. His problems--minus the whole Greek demigod, fighting minotaurs and sea monsters thing--are their problems. His friends are like their friends. 

 

This series is a relatively quick read, but it's educational and adventurous. Recommended for, well, anyone really.

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by B&N Bookseller BriannaCullen on ‎05-07-2009 01:50 AM
I have heard so many good things about this book and I have just been waiting for school to be out so I can read it. I'm a junior in college and a lot of my college friends are reading this. Can't wait!
by B&N Bookseller Sarah_R on ‎05-08-2009 02:56 PM
It's a great series, even if you know nothing about Greek mythology. They're also pretty quick reads. And the movie is slated to come out next February, which is exciting. Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter movies, is directing this one. I think it'll translate well to the big screen. And I'm very glad I read the books before the movie this time around (made that mistake with Harry Potter and won't make it again).
by B&N Bookseller Paul_C on ‎06-12-2009 10:29 PM

I have read the first 2 books now, as this is the theme of the Summer Reading program. And I love it. I would reccomend it to anyone, especially adventure fans, fans of mythology and any kids who are dyslexic or have ADHD as Percy has both.

 

Great action, fun tie ins to mythology, educational adventure.

by lostlover12 on ‎06-23-2009 10:43 AM
I'm also in college and I read and loved each and every one of these books.  Greek and Roman mythology has always interested me and I've always tended to shop in the kids section as opposed to the adult section of book stores.  While I'm breaking out of that shell now, this series made me glad I still wander over to the teen/children's section to see what it has to offer me.  I'm a lover of fantasy/fiction and this series did not disappoint.  At first I was skeptical, did I really want to read another series where the main character was a tween/preteen?  I have also read Harry Potter as well as the Inheretance quartet (Eragon and its sequels) and the series featuring Septimus Heap, also a thirteen hear old boy.  I loved all these series but I wondered if the Percy Jackson series would be too similar.  But since it had a completely different plot I decided to go for it, and I'm really glad I did!  As has been mentioned these are very quick reads, I was sad that I was finished with them so quickly.  But definately give them and read, and I recommend the other series I mentioned as well.
by MegC on ‎06-27-2009 05:03 PM
What a great book! I never studied mythology, but now I intend on doing so. I read this book in less than 5 hours, because I couldn't put it down. I absolutely recommend this book to everyone and anyone.. Can't wait to pick up the second!! A+++++ :smileyhappy:
by Liliajane on ‎07-09-2009 11:28 PM
Rick Riordan is so talented! This book is outrageuosly brilliant!
by Anna_Louise on ‎07-10-2009 08:30 AM
I too started the series because of the B&N Summer Reading program.  Just starting my third book in the series and loved them!  Rick Riordan is talented, fun and quick to read and love the books to the extend that I took a Greek mythology class and Philosophy this summer!!
by dangermouse on ‎08-07-2009 07:07 PM

The Percy Jackson series is a great ride for kids and adults.  It is similar to HP(Harry Potter) but it is more US-centric as opposed to the euro-centric HP books.  I believe kids will take to(relate) this series even more so than the HP series.

 

The Greek and Roman mythology references wil certainly turn kids on to learn about classical mythholgy and the references to US cities are a great tool to learn about geography.  Even the referrences to dyslexia will have the kids opening their enyclopedias(oops- googling it)!

by utubeaddict on ‎08-09-2009 07:13 AM
trust me amazing series already reading the second from last book in the series
by B&N Bookseller Sarah_R on ‎08-14-2009 10:55 AM
I hope that everyone is excited as I am for the first movie next February now that the series is over!!

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