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I loved it! I thought the ending was so well done. I was completely surprised by the identity of the spy in the camp. I would have guessed maybe one of the guys from the Hermes cabin.
And I loved that they gave Luke a hero's farewell.
I saw Rachel becoming the next Oracle way before it happened -- I always like it when I can predict something.
I'm really glad that he left it open for another series. I think it will either be about Nico, or about seven children of the minor gods, now that they have cabins and recognition (and a prophecy to fulfill)!
I didn't see it coming for who the spy was. Among my guesses I had at one point wondered if Annabeth was the spy, unknowningly to her.
I guessed about Rachel as foggi did and also think the series might take off next with the son or daughter of either Hades or a minor god.
Very sleepy! I'll comment more about the book tomorrow. I do have to add now though, I love that I read this after being to NY! For instance, comparing something to the size of Madison Square Garden became very easy. It did make me sad that I didn't see the Empire State Building last summer, though.
I'm hoping to see more of Nico in the next series. His powers were unusual and pretty cool.
I'd like to see the prophecy being fulfilled in the next series, but I'm mostly excited that there will be another series. I think that's the main difference between Percy and Harry Potter. I don't think that the characters were built as well in PJ as HP and it was the world and the idea of the gods still being among us that was the best part of this series, whereas, while the world of HP is of course huge and wonderful, it was the characters that truly drew me in. I don't know if I could deal with an HP book that didn't have Harry in it, even if she broke down and did a Marauder's book...
There were other things I know I wanted to talk about but I can't remember any of them right now....
I thought Annabeth was the unwitting spy, especially the scene where Percy show's her his Achilles spot.
Loved, loved, loved when Ares recognized Clarisse's accomplishment. Excellent!
I figured Rachel would become the oracle. Annabeth hates competition.
The battle in Manhattan was AWESOME!!!
And I loved the way Percy handled the offer of a wish from the gods. If there is another series, that will make a big difference in how Camp Half-Blood looks.
Well said. I have to agree with you.
The scene that Percy tells Annabeth where his 'Achilles heal' is made me nervous for Annabeth possibly being a spy, too.
I think Percy's wish did a lot for Riordan and opened new doors in the way of there being future books. Not that I felt it was just for that! It was perfect even if the author had decided to end the Camp Half-Blood books there.
I talked to hollybeee yesterday, who I turned on to the books shortly after finding them myself. She said she was blindsided by the spy's identity as well and is very excited about the possibilities of further series. I then told her about the movie and she was very excited until I told her who was directing...then she suggested that perhaps she should write a letter asking him not to direct any more movies based on books in the hopes that he would cease to ruin all the best kids literature in production. I have to agree with her that I'm not at all excited that he's directing, but at least there's an actual actor playing the centaur this time...
Touchstone, where'd you go?
15- I think that Dionysus's crankyness is an act. Tough on the outside, a softy on the inside.
I don't think Riordan was refuting the green movement, after all, he also has Grover, Juniper, Pan, and all the other satyrs, and they are very green.
I liked how Demeter was portrayed. If you think about the original myth, she was a bit of a complainer. She didn't like the compromise of her daughter leaving for six months (three months in some versions) so she goes into a funk and causes winter. Get a hobby, for crying out loud!
I loved the book though. It was a great way to end it. I'm glad he turned down immortality. I probably would've been really mad if he had become a god.
I hate to be a voice of dissent, but I was kind of disappointed in this book overall. I think I've been spoiled with YA fantasy, and expect a writer's work to improve and age over the course of a series, and I feel like these all could have been written back to back to back in one sitting; there was no real progression from a writing standpoint. Don't get me wrong, they were a lot of fun, and I may read them again someday. I think I started getting a bit weary of the same-same-ness somewhere in Battle of the Labyrinth, though, and, with the exception of a few parts that I thought were original and clever, this felt more like continuing along a plateau than like the Great Final Battle the previous books built it up to be.
*steels herself for the stoning she's about to endure*
I do see your point, Laia. I think that the strength of these books is in the action, rather than in character development. During my first read of any of this series, I have been carried away by the story. Upon rereading, when I can step back and be more critical, I find the books lacking in depth, and I don't see the characters growing or changing much over the course of the series. I do think they're fun reads, great for reluctant readers, and ones I will probably reread some day . . . but not on the same level as, say, Harry Potter!
JP, I can see how the series might appeal more to masculine (though not necessarily boy/male) people, particularly this last book, which felt like one super-extended battle scene; I know Mare is going to love this series when she gets to it!
I think the biggest difference between the two series was character development, and that Riordan didn't feel the need/have the guts/want to kill any major characters. That may seem trivial to anyone who hasn't read the HP books, but we all know how devastating - and necessary - those big deaths were. The invasion of the Titans never seemed truly *dangerous* to me, possibly because of the not-so-near-ness of near-failures throughout.
ETA: bib, we watched Disney's Hercules a couple of weeks ago when I first started the series, so I knew as soon as it was offered that Percy would turn down immortality for Annabeth. It was the only way!
#30 -- I thought we were going to finally have the big death when the wall fell on Chiron. It wasn't until after I finished the book that I remembered that Chiron is immortal.
I would argue that Beckindorf was a fairly major character -- I'd say his death was bigger than, say, Cedric Diggory's -- maybe more on the level with Mad-Eye's death early in DH. It had shock value, though it didn't hold the level of grief that I would have felt for Grover or Annabeth. I think that part of the problem is the relative shallowness of the characters: in HP, we really cared about Tonks, Lupin, Fred, Dobby, Sirius, Dumbledore, Snape (okay, maybe that one didn't have the same effect for everyone . . . ) -- characters who were not in the red-hot center of the action, but who were well-developed enough that their deaths were meaningful. In the Percy Jackson series, who could he have killed off, other than Percy, Grover, and Annabeth (the H/R/H of this series) that would have had a deep impact? I thought Chiron, because he was in the understanding teacher/king of exposition role, but Chiron can't be killed as long as there are heroes to be trained. The gods can't die, really, so it's not like Poseidon could be killed off. I supposed Sally could have been killed, but it would have been a bit "been there, done that," after the minotaur fight in the first book. I guess Tyson would be the only other obvious choice, or maybe Thalia, since those are the only other characters that Percy had much interaction with.
I do agree that the lack of meaningful deaths is one factor that makes this series a little less excellent, but it's tied in to the character development,
And caveat for anyone who got annoyed with Percy talking to the reader: Don't take out the books on tape. I listened to half of one before I wanted to smack the actor who was reading.
37- Oh, yes! I wanted to throttle the guy that they hired to do the audiobooks. He didn't know how to read out loud to save his life.
Pretty good book. Predictable. Can't wait until the next series.
Now I'll go back and read your thoughts!
Rachel was not a surprise. I thought it was going to happen in the last book though.
#33 foggi: I also though Chiron was done for. I can't believe I didn't remember that! I thought Tyson would be the big death. I was happy to see that he "grew" for the battle.
I think the series will be a great start off for younger kids who aren't quite ready for HP. I probably will not do a reread any time soon. I'll probably put them with my keep for later books that are packed away.
Is it just me or are Hades and Poseidon way more interesting than Zeus? *runs to avoid a lightning bolt* Poseidon is my favorite of the major gods because of the whole ocean thing. All things ocean are wonderful. And there's just something about Hades that makes him intriguing. Nico too, so it must be the power-over-the-dead thing.
I like the possibility of more series about Camp Half-Blood but with different characters. For my complaints about this book, I know I would read more. The concept of the story is just fun. Monster-guessing is one of the best games ever. Though I was right less often as the books went on.
By the way, my husband just finished the Percy Jackson series and loved it. He thanked me for suggesting reading Demigod Files before the last book. He felt it helped you get to know some of the minor characters better "so that you could feel bad when they bit the dust."
I loved the book, didn't suffer as much with the deaths, I thought Annabeth was the spy too...but all in all it was a very nice story and as a male I must say that the fights were awesome!!
I can't remember the last time I plowed through a series so voraciously - even though I agree with much of what was said already with there not being as much character development/investment as in HP I also really enjoyed that there wasn't as much teen angst. I was able to enjoy them for the storytelling and the humor and I guess I liked that they weren't overly emotional. To me the fast pace and light tone lends well to rereading and repeat enjoyment. :)
I really like the foundations in Greek Mythology (a long time favorite subject of mine) and I think it's great that it's sparking kid's interest in the subject - RE: #45. I think it's impressive that fifth graders will learn more from reading these books than the entire semester of Classic Civ taught at my university.
And I give Riordan definite kudos on appealing to male readers. Even though some girls may find the excessive action a turn-off, I think the inclusion of strong females (Annabeth, Thalia) was a good way to appeal to both genders.
Okay maybe more on this later but just wanted to inform everyone that I'm finally in the know on the PJ scene and I'm stoked about The Lightning Thief movie too!
My friend read them over the summer and suggested them to me and I read all of them in like a month!
They are the best books I ever read!