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The Sea of Monsters, by Rick Riordan

published in 2006

Where I got it: borrowed from a friend

why I read it: Enjoyed the first book in the series

The second book in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, The Sea of Monsters was a much faster read, probably because we already know all of the characters. Percy’s been trying to survive another year at a prep school, trying not to get kicked out, and befriending  Tyson,  a homeless student.   The school year ends with a bang, and Percy gets back to camp Half-Blood only to find that Thalia’s Tree has been poisoned and the camp is open to attacks from Monsters.

To make things worse, Grover’s gotten trapped during his quest to find Pan, and Chiron (who I always envision as Anthony Head for some reason) has been partially blamed for the camp’s defenses going down.

What happens next is you guessed it – Percy, Tyson, and Annabeth set out on a quest to save Grover, and in the process find the golden fleece. If you’re familiar with your Greek Mythology, this was the Odyssey meets Jason and the Argonauts mixed with a ton of pop culture references.

Cutest line ever:

“you do know the story of Jason and the Argonauts?”
“Yeah”, I said, “That old movie with the clay skeletons.”

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Ya’ll know I’m not a big fan of YA or kid fiction.  Well, I’d being interested in reading a lot more of it if it was all as good as Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson.

A friend lent me her boxed set of the first three Percy Jackson and the Olympians books, and I recently I finished the first book, The Lightening Thief.  Adorable, fast paced, funny, and wonderfully intelligent, I think I might like this better than Harry Potter.  And I’ve got the urge to pull out all my old Greek Mythology books from college and maybe watch Disney’s Hercules (James Woods as Hades? sweet).

Thinking he’s a normal kid, eleven year old Percy Jackson keeps getting kicked out of every boarding school his mom sends him to. It’s not his fault he’s dyslexic, a little ADHD, and horribly, unbelievable unlucky.  We find out rather quickly that Percy’s father is a Greek God, and for his own safety he is shuttled to Camp Half-Blood, where you got it – children who are half blood humans (also known as godlings) can safely grow up and learn how to use their powers. If they’re lucky, they might even find out who their immortal parent is.  

But of course it’s not as easy as that.  Just by being born in the first place, Percy has set off what could turn into World War Three.  Gods are blaming each other left and right and preparing for the final battle, and if Percy doesn’t find Zeus’s stolen lighting bolt fast, he’ll be the first corpse that Hades sends into battle. As with many traditional greek hero myths, Percy visits the Oracle, and is joined on his quest by friends and magical items.  Gods and demigods give him gifts and information, but continually warn him that every gift comes with a price.

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