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 Sarah_R on ‎08-14-2009 10:56 AM
 
by Jessica_15 on ‎08-14-2009 06:00 PM
WHAT..... there is a movie coming up I'm totally going to see it.
by B&N Bookseller Sharri_H on ‎08-25-2009 10:44 AM
I recommend this series to anyone who comes into the store who liked the Harry Potter series and to anyone looking for a fun and exciting read.  I have always found Greek and Roman mythology very interesting and I think this series is an excellent way to get younger kids excited about an ancient civiliation.
by avielm on ‎08-26-2009 02:09 AM
I finished the first 4 books in about a day. Great reads, not sure how to feel about the movies however, the cast seems to be way older than stated in the books.
by Violet_Sirblu on ‎10-07-2009 11:41 AM

I loved this series, I first heard about it on here as a recommendation of course. I read the first book to see what it was about, you know just for kicks- and I loved it! I couldn't put it down and just kept going through the series til it ended, which like Harry Potter saddend me, but I can't wait for the next series even it isn't Percy Jackson and of course the movie coming out in February. Oh some other great series to read if your into fantasy would be Brandon Mull's FableHaven and Obert Skye's Leven Thumps among others^-^

by KaufmanGirl on ‎12-24-2009 04:44 PM

I have read all of the books several times, wonderful stories! I love that I learn Greek mythology in the process.

 

I hope he continues the stories.

by SpurbsNook on ‎01-05-2010 11:12 PM

where's the ebook versions!

by CharlieG31 on ‎01-09-2010 02:48 PM

I have just watched the trailer in the movies, will start reading them I thought it was a wannabe harry potter but I have read so many fantastic reviews I now surely want to read them , will post when I'm done with the first one!

by DerStahlhelm on ‎01-31-2010 07:01 PM

I read the first couple of chapters and became board out of my skull w/this book.  I ended up giving the book away.

by krissajean7 on ‎02-17-2010 09:45 PM

It seems all comments I put on these are bad, and this is not an exception. The story was dumb. The main character was dumb, the supporting characters rocked. It was to complex, the author expected you to analize the siguation, which is no fun. Its not the worst book, and not the best. The movie is better than the book, which is quite sad, because a book normally has so much more character. Im sorry for those who disagree with me.

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