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Old October 5th, 2007, 4:25 am
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Re: The Percy Jackson & the Olympians series

I agree. Percy is so unique from any hero, and Mr. D. should look a bit closer

by the way the book four title is

The Battle of the Labrinth


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Old October 9th, 2007, 10:22 pm
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Re: The Percy Jackson & the Olympians series

I saw that on Riordan's site and blog. I was disappointed that he hadn't posted any excerpts yet. Hopefully, a couple will be forthcoming. Oh, did you read the Percy short story he posted?


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Old October 9th, 2007, 10:39 pm
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In my infinite dorkiness I have recently discovered this series and officially love it. Percy reminds me a lot of Harry, especially his fatal flaw. If anyone hasn't read them I think they're a great read - the mythology is fantastic, the underlying story is compelling and the adventures are a lot of fun.

Now we just need to wait for Book 4. Anyone know how many he's planning total. Obviously Percy needs to reach 16 but it looks like he's 14 for both 3 and 4.


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Old October 10th, 2007, 10:43 am
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Very true on all counts, Jessica. I think the evolution of the story (from a bedtime story for a son diagnosed with ADD to a new series for middle school students who wanted variety in their quality fiction) is also interesting.

Riordan sees Percy as distinct from Harry--rougher and brasher, maybe a bit more violent. You're right though--Perseus and Harry share what could be a fatal flaw.

Do you have a guess about the meaning of the last bit of the Oracle's prophecy about Percy? It seems truly inscrutable to me (as it should, since it's pivotal to the entire series).


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Do you have a guess about the meaning of the last bit of the Oracle's prophecy about Percy? It seems truly inscrutable to me (as it should, since it's pivotal to the entire series).
I've been wondering about that too. In Book 1 it seems to apply to his mother but the twist at the end seems to nullify that. I think it's something we haven't seen yet, maybe something to do with the prophecy the Ciaran heard (may have misspelled that - I'm listening on audio book)

I'm also curious about Bianca and Nico. Is Bianca still alive? And what is the significance of being a child of Hades?


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In my infinite dorkiness I have recently discovered this series and officially love it. Percy reminds me a lot of Harry, especially his fatal flaw. If anyone hasn't read them I think they're a great read - the mythology is fantastic, the underlying story is compelling and the adventures are a lot of fun.

Now we just need to wait for Book 4. Anyone know how many he's planning total. Obviously Percy needs to reach 16 but it looks like he's 14 for both 3 and 4.
I can not wait for The Battle of the Labryinth to come out. You can read the summary on his website. I think that this book is really going to be different from the others. The others you know is really the build up for this great war thats coming, but in the summary Rick said that the battle begins in this book so I think it is going to be a lot more longer, and it'll have some more action. Not that the others don't, but it will be different.


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So what does everyone think of the cover of BOTL?


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I like the cover, I just wish there was a matching excerpt or a filler short-story. I'm suffering from Riordan and Tamora Pierce withdrawal.

Jessica--It seems that Percy's impending loss is tied to the prophecy Chiron heard--the one about the children of the Big Three.

How far are you into the Titan's Curse audiobook? I don't want to spoil the end of that book for you, but I will assure you that Bianca is absolutely dead.

As for the "child of Hades" thing--remember that Hades is one of the Big Three, so if Percy can be neutralized somehow (killed or made immortal) it would mean that Nico would be the one with "The Choice." (I'll keep my opinon of that possible eventuality to myself for the moment). Also, being Hades' kid generally means you have power over the dead, which is equal parts cool and creepy.

About the actual prophecy--I guess the thing that confuses me most is the perspective from which the Oracle is judging the "most precious" thing that Percy's going to lose.

Initially, it looked like it was going to be his mother. Right now, it looks like it could be him making the wrong choice when he has to make that fateful call. However, it could also be Annabeth. I mean, is it "most precious" to Percy; "most precious" to the gods; or some objective standard that we haven't experienced yet.

I also find it fascinating that Percy sees himself as less gifted than, say, Annabeth--yet he's been doing Herculean labors and Perseus' taks, and shown Theseus' and Odysseus' breakneck decision-making ability. He's compiled probably one of the most impressive records of any of the half-bloods and he's still looked down upon by many of the most powerful gods (including Athena, of whom I expected more).


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Re: The Percy Jackson & the Olympians series

My bad, I was forgetting about Nico's visions of her. I still think she may have a role to play though. I mean Hades could easily send her back. I'm very curious about the mysterious "lawyers" who dropped them off and picked them up at the hotel. Given the number of jokes about lawyers it seems likely to me that they worked for Hades

I was also disappointed in Athena. I understand her position but I would think she would care more about protecting innocents and also would be wise enough to see Percy's point about the god's previous history with controlling propecies.

We need some more people to read the books so we can have a proper discussion!


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I don't think they work for Hades. I think they work for Grandpa Kronos. Hades is not so unfeeling as to stick his children in the Lotus Casino, and he's certainly not stupid enough to drag them back out again at exactly the point that would most imperil all the Olympian gods, including himself. This was a Kronos plot from start to finish.


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Re: The Percy Jackson & the Olympians series

I agree although Hades may have sent lawyers to bring them out because they're his children, and he thought they may make " the right" choice.

I think that Percy see's himself as left gifted than Annabeth because of what Luke said in the first book ( at least I think its the first book) about how there's no glory in repeating what others have done. I am very, very, very disappointed in Athena. Really with someone who is supposed to be wise, she should know that because the council ruled against killing Percy she should really try to get on his good side, because Percy basically decides her fate.


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Old October 18th, 2007, 10:15 pm
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If Hades had made that call, he would have arranged it so they had guardians--they wandered into the casino after their mother's death, isn't that right? I think he thought they were killed with their mother in the early part of the war. They were hidden very securely and were brought out as insurance at the same time Zeus' daughter was revived.

About Athene--I'm disappointed with her too, but for a very different reason than you are. I'm glad she has the courage to be honest, and she's shown herself to be quite bright. I find it alarming that she could misjudge someone like Percy at such a crucial time. Attempting to curry his favor through flattery is beneath her.


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Re: The Percy Jackson & the Olympians series

No a lawyer took them to the casino and another lawyer got them out.

I think if it were Kronos he would have gotten them out earlier. Neither seems close enough to 16 to make a diffference on the prophecy.


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Actually the Di Angelo's are old enough that if Kronos had gotten them out sooner they would have a humongous impact on the prophecy. That's because
Bianca is twelve and Nico is ten ( Although Nico acts like he's six) if They had left the Locust casino say eighteen years earlier, Percy really wouldn't be as important because Bianca would already be sixteen when he was born.


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Re: The Percy Jackson & the Olympians series

I am really excited to be reading the series. It may not be as complex in a literary sense as Harry Potter, but I really enjoy what a relaxing read it is so far.


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I love them partly because they are not difficult to understand at all. Harry Potter can be difficult sometimes, but these books never are. I also love how Riordan doesn't over inflate his language. The description is brief and its all so matter of fact.


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It's believable that a teen boy (with a gift for observation and language) would write like that. It makes the book seem more authentic and targets a younger age group than Harry Potter, but it's good enough that it serves ably as a substitute or supplement.


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Re: The Percy Jackson & the Olympians series

I have not read this series, but recently bought a copy of the first book as a Christmas gift for a 12 year old niece. I based my choice on reviews on Amazon, obviously not a fool-proof method of gift selection. I'm hopeful based on what I'm reading in this thread. For those who have read these books, would you say they are appropriate for a 12 year old?


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Probably the first one is okay, but then again, I read both of Robin McKinley's Damar Chronicles at 11. I'd say the first two are probably okay for 12-year-olds and then wait about 18 months before you turn over the Titan's Curse. They are worth the purchase and the read.


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I'd say that all three are okay for a twelve year old. I'm thirteen and they aren't scary at all.


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