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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

If you liked Harry Potter . . .

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simply can't wait for book the last and have a high tolerance for obviously derivative fiction, pick up The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. It's the first in a series called Percy Jackson & the Olympians. Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson discovers that he is the son of one of the ancient Greek gods, who, surprise, surprise, are still around and living in America. Well, over it. You now access Olympus through a secret elevator in the Empire State Building. Anyhoo, Percy is unaware of his own special powers until a bat-winged pre-Algebra teacher tries to slay him. He narrowly survives a second attack by fleeing to a special summer camp for half-Olympian kids. Do I even need to tell you that evil is afoot and Percy is the one the prophecy says will save the day? Yeah, you have seen this plot before. Percy even has two sidekicks whose names are not Hermione and Ron, but could be. Despite the scorn I heap upon this flagrant piece of plagiarism, however, I can't deny that I read and enjoyed every last word of it. Mr. Riordan is to be congratulated for taking a can't-lose formula and adding a genuinely fresh twist to it.

Paula Anderson