The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Hyperion: 2009, Kindle edition
Ok. Ok, so this wasn’t as bad as I was afraid it would be, but it didn’t exceed my expectations either. Meaning, this book is obviously attempting to complete the successful recipe of Harry Potter but it does not succeed because there is no recipe. Percy is not Harry and Annabeth is certainly not Hermione.
The idea of the gods and their half-blood children is actually nice, but to say that the kids’ dyslexia is a result of a predisposed mind to understand Ancient Greek – come on! People are perfectly capable of learning Ancient Greek (or modern, for that matter) or Latin and still be able to learn English as well. And don’t get me started on Mount Olympus being situated over the Empire State Building. I understand the need for writers to write about their own country as if it were the centre of the universe, but why then does he need to take Greek myths and relocate them? It would be as if borrowing the Nordic mythology and place it in South Korea or the Arthurian cycle and place it in Turkey! But I’m biased, being Greek and all so I won’t say anything else on the matter.
One last thing – and this is a soar point for me -, why do characters say things like “I’ve never seen her be like this” (insert scared/frightened/angry etc.) when they only know each other for a week? Why do they say “he told me this a long time ago” – when it’s only been five days??? What is this? Time goes differently for children, yes, but not like this.
Anyway, I did read this in just two days and I wanted to see what would happen even though I knew what that was – you could smell the end from the first thirty pages. Maybe it gets better in the next books? One could only hope.