Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson.

Rick Riordan.  Unfamiliar?   How about this: Percy Jackson.  Ring any bell?  That's right!  Rick Riordan is the author of the Percy Jackson series which became a worldwide phenomenon when its first book was adapted into film by 20th Century Fox.

I was supposed to write about Percy Jackson a while back but something always came up.  Even as time passed, I always felt like writing about the series but I couldn't do it though because a review about a book or a film released months ago might seem useless.

But discovering something via my sister, I have an excuse to write about Rick Riordan again!  I'll tell you what that is in a bit. 

Back to the Percy Jackson series... What first attracted me to it is its similarity to the Harry Potter series.  Normally, I frown at copycats as imitation is one of my biggest pet peeves.  So why am I still drawn to the Percy Jackson series?

The answer hit me when I got to see the movie, The Lightning Thief.  Percy Jackson wasn't trying to be Harry Potter.  It was me who was turning Percy Jackson into Harry Potter!

After the movie, I realized that there was nothing at all similar between Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. Percy Jackson is an emo slash rebel kid while Harry Potter was a nerd slash geek.

As for the book vs the movie review, I maybe a bookworm but at the same time I'm a movie fanatic as well.  Which is probably the reason why you'll rarely hear me say 'the book is better than the movie' even if often times, if not always, this is undoubtedly true.

Why is that?

Well, I give a huge leeway for directors and scriptwriters to turn books into screenplays suited for Hollywood and its audience.  Not all of us are bookworms, not all of us like to read.  That's why there are books --- for people like us to enjoy.  On the other hand, that's why there are movies --- for people like them (and also me) to enjoy.  Capish?  So enough of the 'book is better than the movie' phrase.  It really is getting too old already.

And now for the reason why I resurrected my Percy Jackson treasure chest again, Rick Riordan wrote a new book!  it's called The Red Pyramid.

"Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.  One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.  Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them — Set-has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe — a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs."

OMG.  It's as if Rick Riordan's reading my mind!  The only two things I got obsessed about when Iwas child was Greek Mythology and Ancient Egypt.

Image credit: thekanechronicles.com

If you still aren't convinced, Disney's allowing us to take a sneak peek at the first chapter of the book. Iwant.one.NOW.  But the only thing preventing me from getting a copy is the fact that this book is part of a series.  And I always want to buy books in a set, for collection purposes.


  1. Let me jump to the election thingy... yes, I don't write anything about it too. Of course I can't, will I be posting the colors of the candidates or their outfits while campaigning? Hahaha!

    And like you, elections and politics for me fall into one of those categories you mentioned too. So let's just be mum on the issue and let's just feel good!!!

    I watched Iron Man2 on opening day with my boys... it's entertaining. Enough said! Hahaha!

    Now back to Percy Jackson, I haven't read any of the books but I would love to. I am a bookworm and I always read the book before I watch the movie. Harry Potter... I'm a big fan. Twilight... I'm a big fan too. I've read them all. Now, I will head over to Borders and get me my Percy Jackson books. Yes, I'm in SoCal now. xoxo

    Haba ng comment ko. Hahaha!

  2. leah. it's ok! i think i leave lengthy comments on your blog also :))

    anyway, i loved ironman 2 also! a lot of people were saying that it wasn't a good movie. i disagree! tony stark forever! ;)

    as for percy jackson, try reading the lightning thief. if you like harry potter and twilight, you'll get hooked on this as well :)

  3. I was attracted to the Percy Jackson movie because like you, I'm a sucker for those greek mythology related things...I've been meaning to buy and read the books but now that you mentioned Red Pyramid, I think I want to wait for that...one more thing we have in common: I'm fascinated with ancient Egypt too!

  4. i love the movie. i am thinking of reading the book now.


  5. nice collection, mother! ooh..the red pyramid! they teased it in the last book! excited na rin ako. pero i don't wanna feel bitin either. hope the rest comes out soon!

    i'm okay with the movie. a lot of the interesting twists were left out, but as a stand-alone, i think it's not bad. and the guy who played percy is one hot kid haha.

  6. re elections...like i said in fb, i wish everybody would stop publicly bashing the candidates they're not voting for. i mean, i get it. there are some candidates i hate as well. there was actually a time when i was guilty of forwarding negative emails about that candidate. but then i realized, if we join their mudslininging bandwagon, how are we better than them? so i stopped. and now i just try to convince everybody to vote. because, i think, if there's one thing we're all tired, it's a crappy philippines....hahaha.

  7. oh, and i haven't seen ironman2 yet! ugh. i'm such a loser haha.

  8. tHiS PoSt iS sO gOoD ReFeReNCee..
    LOVe uR bLoG deaR..

    PLeaSE ViSiT My bLoG..


  9. lightening theif i never heard about him its nice

  10. yeah i don't want to write about politics in my blog too.politics is quite a sensitive topic with people.

    on the percy jackson series, well i've never read the book. i dunno if i ever will though because i've seen the movie already.i'm weird like that somehow. but logan lerman made one heck of a cute percy jackson. :-)

  11. wow. glad there are sequels of the lightning thief. i haven't read any of them but the movie was pretty cool (and logan lerman is sooo cute <33) although many complained that the movie didn't really capture the beauty of the novel.

    anyway, iron man 2 is quite interesting, although not as interesting as the first one. i watch the movie because i'm a fan of both robert downey jr. and scarlett johansson. ;)

    thanks for sharing, joei. <3

  12. i watched iron man last weekend and it was fantastic !
    havent read the percy jackson books because i simply dont like reading books..haha.. im somehow bored when i see a whole clad of text infront of me :/

  13. Ah, thank you, thank you, thank you for posting about Percy Jackson. So many people have recommended the series to me, but I have yet to read it - now I'm DYING to! :)

  14. nice post hey thanks for commet

  15. I've always wanted to read this. I like reading children's books, very imaginative.

    - iza

  16. Apparently this is really good, and your review agrees, but it was publicised very badly here in the UK - I thought it just looked a little weird. I'll check it out now!

  17. I haven't seen any of the Percy movies, so can't really relate to this post lol But I do love the idea of this tresure box!! Looks so cool!

  18. Oh I never actually read any of these books but I don't think I will...Iron Man on another hand I really wanna see !


    XOXO, C.

  19. For some reason book series that become really popular lose the appeal for me. It's why I stopped reading Harry Potter. :)

    Ironman 2 is so much fun! Very witty lines.

  20. I really want to see the movie and I think i might read the book after this!

    Merci beaucoup for your lovely comment darling =]

    Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
    English Rose x

  21. Hello Joei! Its nice to see you post again. :) I'm such a fan :)

    I was intrigued by your title. I'm a fan of Rick Riordan and I have the Percy Jackson series and watched the movie. But I'm still a fan of the 'book is better' though.. Have you read the 39 Clues? Its a series also but he only wrote the 1st of 10 books.

    On elections, uh-oh. Though I didn't campaign for any candidate, I did post on my experience because I had to fall in line (sitting nonetheless) for almost 2 hrs.) And a post on why most bloggers don't post on politics.

    Watched Iron Man2 already...Busy Boy won't let the weekend past without seeing it. I love the cartoons and I love Robert Downey Jr (through drug addiction and all) Hope you enjoyed the movie as well as we did. :)

  22. I love Greek mythology and ancient Egypt too.. Weird noh? I watched the old Clash of the Titans movie and was hooked as early as grade5. :) I'm excited to get my hands on this new book :)

  23. clare. still torn between waiting until the whole set is out there and buying the red pyramid already!

    betz. go read percy jackson! :)

  24. koryn. thanks for introducing me to percy! and i hope you watched ironman 2 already ;)

    aldo. sure thing. ill visit your blog now :)

  25. kumar. its a book turned into a movie :)

    liz. same here. i feel like watching the movie defeats the purpose of reading the book UNLESS its really really really good :)

  26. vinda. like they always say.. the book is better than the movie. haha!

    michelle. just watch the movies ;)

  27. erika. hope you got yourself a copy already :)

    knk. thanks for visiting as well.

  28. iza. im currently reading another 'young adult' novel. but its too deep! i doubt if kids would enjoy it. haha!

    mj. really? maybe it's just hard since it followed harry potter :))

  29. julia. yes. actually it's the treasure box that made me wanna buy the whole set :))

    c. i hope you saw ironman 2 already!

  30. james. i have the same pet peeve. i hate it when something i like gets really famous or trendy.

    english rose. hope you saw the movie (or read the book) already :)

  31. mommy judy. hello! why, thank you :)

    about ironman, oooh i super love it! or maybe im just biased. tony S is my favorite superhero alter ego after all ;)

    about elections, phew! finally done.. well, almost. president, vp and senators left. so i'm back to blogging, too. i'll visit your blog soon. i wanna see that post of yours about elections.

    about rick riordan, yes. i know about 39 clues. was intrigued the first time i saw it but wasn't able to buy because i thought the set was purely for kids. is it? :)

  32. saraj. added your link now :)

  33. You make a pretty fabulous pitch for reading those books lady!

  34. oh my you got all the books! i only have the 1st one.. and i have not finish reading it (big grin)... love to have the complete set too..

  35. kristin. thanks! ;)

    reyapot. i only wanted to buy the first one since i read an excerpt but when i saw the set, couldn't help but buy the whole thing :)


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