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Old Mar 25 2009, 11:49 AM   #1
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Hi has anyone read the Percy Jackson and the Olmanyans(SP?) books. Right now there are 4. I thought they were good.
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Old Sep 27 2009, 05:20 PM   #2
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The PJO books are amazing! I really love them.
I have an alter ego in the PJO universe: Lynne Southwell, daughter of Athena and a Hunter of Artemis. I like to pretend I'm Lynne when I'm reading the books, and imagine what she would do in the place of Annabeth, Percy, et cetera.
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Old Oct 3 2009, 05:48 PM   #3
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there is a movie coming out late this year or early next year
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Kibbie has started reading and that got me to reading them. We have the first 3, now we have to get the 4th.

Anyone want to tell me what happens? Please!
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no read the books. I always hated when someone tells me what happens at the end of books and movies.
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there is a movie coming out late this year or early next year
Lanen and I went to see Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief at the cinema last weekend. It was a good romp from beginning to end, and had some interesting interpretations of Greek mythology in a modern setting (I loved the son of the God of communication using the Internet! ). There were some impressive special effects too. I must admit I wondered why the Greek Gods would choose to populate the United States rather than Greece. Is that explained in the book or has it been done for an American audience?

Has anyone else seen the film, and what do you think?
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Old Feb 19 2010, 09:14 PM   #7
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I just read "Juliet Dove, the Queen of Love" by Bruce Coville (one of his Magic Shop books.) Several of the Greek gods show up, including Eris, Eros, and Aphrodite...

(Not to go off topic but I highly recommend this series for some quick, amusing yet profound reading!)
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Lanen and I went to see Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief at the cinema last weekend. It was a good romp from beginning to end, and had some interesting interpretations of Greek mythology in a modern setting (I loved the son of the God of communication using the Internet! ). There were some impressive special effects too. I must admit I wondered why the Greek Gods would choose to populate the United States rather than Greece. Is that explained in the book or has it been done for an American audience?

Has anyone else seen the film, and what do you think?
It is explained in the book, Steven. The books are better than the movie. See my thread RICK ROIDAN
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Thanks AnneMarie. I didn't realise there was another discussion about the movie in the RICK RIODAN thread before I posted here.

In the movie I felt there was too much attention being paid to Percy and not enough to the daughter of Athena (Lynne?). They needed each other, but Percy seemed to get all the credit. Perhaps again this is the movie trying to capture the Harry Potter audience. If Lanen gets the book, I'd be interested to read the real story.
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Old Feb 22 2010, 09:02 AM   #10
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The book centers around Percy, but Annabeth has a larger roll in it. The characters are younger in the book, too. And there are some things I considered important in the book that were totally left out of the movie.
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... there are some things I considered important in the book that were totally left out of the movie.
Alas, it hath been ever so. But I am going to look for the book, it does sound intriguing.
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Sounds like they wanted to make him a Harry Potter clone.

I may skip the movie and just read the books.
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So far, we've read the first four. We won't buy the fifth until it comes out in paperback, but I may go get it from the library. The fourth was a bit harder to get into than the first three.

His next set of books look to be based on Egyptian myth. The first one is called "The Red Pyramid"
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Ha! I almost always read them from the library first - I only buy them if I know I like them.

I'll go to Barnes & Noble and browse, noting titles and authors I want to try. (That list is way too long...)
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We seen the movie tonight, which was quite good. Now I want to get into the books and see what they're like.
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Ha! I almost always read them from the library first - I only buy them if I know I like them.

I'll go to Barnes & Noble and browse, noting titles and authors I want to try. (That list is way too long...)
The kidling got the first 4 books for her birthday.
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Am visiting my writer pals Deborah Turner Harris (who also writes with Katherine Kurtz on occasion) and Robert J. Harris (who writes with Jane Yolen sometimes) on Thursday - they have a copy of Lightning Thief which I intend to borrow. If it's good I'll invest in the series. (I have this awful premonition... no money, no bookshelf space, but need to get a new series of books!)
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Pass my greetings to Deborah please and if could you please inquire (again) if there's any chance of something new in the Adept series...?
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As it happens, Hans, I know that she and Katherine are presently working on a new Adept book. The story sounds really intriguing! I'll pass along your query, though, I know she'll be pleased.
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Yay for another Adept book! You can add a second happy fan's reception of the news.
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That is great news! Thank you for giving that to us!
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I've read all 5 books now. Yeah, the titles should have read more "The Demi-Gods and..." but the whole prophecy thing going on and big three stuff put Percy in the hot seat.

wasn't impressed with the movie, trimmed down plot points to make it fit in time, and Pierce Brosnan's acting for.... argh can't remember the character name at the moment... but still, totally stiff boring acting there. think I'll stick with my books in this instance. much more plot character development etc... than they put into the movie.
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Haven't seen the movie and I probably won't, but I have now read books 1-4 and am waiting for book 5. They're mostly very good, and I am really enjoying the characters, and all the references to Greek mythology that make me want to read up on the originals - I recognize a name like Calypso but can't quite remember who she is or why that might be important...
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In Greek Mythology, Calypso was a Sea Nymph or witch most famous for keeping Odysseus (the King of Ithica) prisoner on her island for years. I believe if memory serves, that she had the ability to turn people into animals in order to trap them on her island.
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No, Circe was the sorceress who turned the men into pigs. (In these books, she turns people into guinea pigs...)
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Ah yes, I believe you are correct on score that Brenda. But I'm postive that Calypso held Odysseus prisoner as well. Unless Calypso and Circe are one and the same?

*runs off to consult gooooogle*

Nope, they are not the same person.

Circe was a minor Goddess or witch who lived on the island of Aeaea, where she trapped Odysseus for one year. She is the one who turned Odysseus' crew into pigs, as Brenda has correctly stated.

Calypso was a Sea Nymph who lived on the island of Ogygia. She trapped Odysseus on her island for 7 years.

Poor Odysseus. He had a terrible habit of being trapped by beautiful Goddesses who forced him to become their love slave. What a hard life.

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And yet he remained pretty much faithful to his wife and son because he just wanted to get home asap even with goddesses trapping him like a love slave. Damn, where can I find a man like that....hang on, I've already got one with all the quirks, fallibles and faithfulness of a good mere male He's a keeper alright He's all mine
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Hey, that actually sounds a lot like Damn Yankees, which I just saw the other night...

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Well, in the book Percy is stranded on her island and while he knows he should leave, he can't actually make himself do anything - something is being repressed - and has to be rescued.
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I haven't actally read the books, I must admit. I am curious though. I love greek mythologhy and the movie was alright I guess.
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One of our friends has borrowed my copies, must see if she has finished reading them or not.
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The only people who are allowed to go any where near my books are my Husband and my Mum. I have had bad experiences lending my books to people and not getting them back in the same condition. I disallowed the practice as a result.
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I've had this problem too. I won't loan out books anyone anymore, not after I loaned out copies of several books in the Belgariad series and they came back with ripped covers and stained pages. I might give people books that I'm not interested in keeping, but loaning doesn't happen.
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I don't loan out books that I can't find a replacement copy of... too many books like that loaned, borrowed, or outright stolen... annoying to say the least.

Yes, the Percy Jackson books touched on a number of the characters of legend. Mainly the major and minor Gods and Monsters of Greek Mythology. With a few notables who hit immortality or something close to it. I did enjoy the written tales immensely.

I will recommend these books to any who wish to read them. The movie not so much.
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I originally saw the movie, and then read the books. I thought both were pretty good, but the books far outstrip the movie, IMO. The director changed so much from the books that it really was more of a standalone story. The only similarities were that the main characters were Percy, Annabeth, Grover and Luke, as well as Chiron, and the gods, and the premise that Zeus's lightning bolt was stolen, but from there the stories diverge greatly. However, as I said, the movie was good as well. I just finished reading all 5 of the books in about one week's time, and DEFINITELY enjoyed them. And yes, as with most books to movie adaptations, the books explain a WHOLE lot more than the movies, and the real reasons behind a lot of references in the movie, and some stuff not even mentioned.
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