Friday, January 29, 2010

The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief
By Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion (May 5, 2009) Kindle version

This is the first book in the Percy Jackson series, which incorporates elements of Greek mythology and the classics into the adventures of a twelve-year-old boy. The book is narrated from Percy's point of view, and I have to say I am finding him extremely likable and funny. This book is actually laugh-out-loud funny in some places; the author has a great, wry sense of humor, and he's given it to the narrator as well. The reader feels empathy for Percy from the start: he is at his umpteenth boarding school after having been kicked out of each of them for suspicious "incidents" that he does not fully understand. As the book goes on, he figures out what makes him unique, finds others with similar problems, then engages on a quest. A heroic quest! For real! Lots of great, great juxatpositions as the ancient world merges with that of a twenty-first-century kid from New York city.

The best character (adult) so far is Mr. D.:

"A lucky thing, too," Mr. D. grumbled, playing a card. "Bad enough I'm confined to this miserable job, working with boys who don't even believe!"

He waved his hand and a goblet appeared on the table, as if the sunlight had bent, momentarily, and woven the air into glass. The goblet filled itself with red wine.

My jaw dropped, but Chiron hardly looked up.

"Mr. D," he warned. "Your restrictions."

Mr. D looked at the wine and feigned surprise.

"Dear me." He looked at the sky and yelled, "Old habits! Sorry!"

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