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The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2) Audio CD – Audiobook, June 13, 2006
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the first book lighting thief. I first thought it was going to be dull, but as I read it
it was more interesting and In finished it, wishing for more. The second one I just got
is explaining who is who from the first book and some knew are mentioned.
It holds you attention and for young or old to enjoy, if you like stories of mythology.
It's well written and there's other ones following this one. There are five books in all with
this. If you are looking for adventure in a book this may be what you're wanting. I can't wait
for the other ones. (JV).
The plot of the series continues to evolve. Reminders of previous facts are conveniently sprinkled around.
My 9 yo and I have read them together. We had very cool chats from it.
Percy and his friends are about the same as before. Little character growth, which is normal for a middle grade novel. The introduction of Tyson was simply a twist on Grover, giving Percy his non half blood companion. Tyson was inconsistent, sometimes barely capable of saying two words, other times weaving complex sentences. Otherwise he was what you would expect.
This book is less in the real world and more in 5he magical world. Camp Halfblood was inconsistent. The author introduced a change to the camp, but then in an effort to keep things the same ignored that change when convenient. It was the second worst part of the novel.
I never got over the fact that Camp Halfblood was too dangerous to send Percy to, but then all of a sudden it was too dangerous for Percy anywhere outside the camp. Without a doubt the most jarring, awkward part of the book. There was a missed opportunity after the Guinea pig incident that might get forgotten or maybe the author is waiting to capitalize on it later.
All in all, it was alright. I'm feeling generous, so it gets 4 stars.
I am a 11 year old girl and I love this . Please try this . You won't know anything by reading just one chapter , at least read the first two or three .
Thank you Rick Riordan !
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During this time Percy has to grasp the fact that his brother is a cyclops as well and is called Tyson, Tyson has a huge impact on throughout the story and protects Percy. Setting off with Annebeth he encounters the witch Circe who turns into a guinea pig. Luckily if his friend had not come to rescue him he would have been stuck in that state for eternity.
Excellent book I would definitely recommend this book for all readers it is a brilliant book and I think Riordan is a genius when it comes to writing in Greek mythology.
As usual characterization was the second best part of this book. They were little developed and learn new things as they move ahead in life and book. New characters were introduced in this book.
Tyson– Percy’s half-brother. He was big baby Cyclops, so cute, funny and loving but because of Annabeth’s bad history and Percy’s jealousy, poor guy was not appreciated enough. His affable, caring and protective nature won heart of Percy, Annabeth and all camper in the end.
Tantalus was horrible camp director. I was surprised he was chosen as a director while Gods could have chosen some other reasonable person. I mean how they could give future of their kids in hands of not-so-ideal father/person!! But as Hermes said ‘immortal families are eternally messy’.
Annabeth saved Percy’s butt many times here. She was brave, brilliant and also accepted her fatal flaw. Percy managed to work with Clarisse ever the brave and difficult to deal with and also even impressed her in the end, ‘for time being’, by his cool nature. I loved how author showed strength of female characters over male protagonist in this book.
Percy was great friend and a good-hearted person and showed his true nature, while fighting Polyphemus and what he did with flees after quest, which might be his fatal flaw. He developed more by overcoming his jealousy about how his dad gave attention to his half-brother, who showed up without warning, and accepted him as a brother in the end.
The book started with a Percy’s nightmare, something his mother was hiding about camp half-blood and last day of 7th grade turned into cannonball fight with monsters, blowing up the gym and running from the police. Couldn’t expect more action in the beginning right? There was more! Camp half-blood under attack, Thalia’s tree dying due to poison, magical border deteriorating. Camp itself was dying! Only few weeks left and only way to save it was magical Golden Fleece. Hold your ponies readers, things are going to be more action packed, tragic and entertaining.
As and when necessary few things were explained from the first book like what is half-blood, who was Grover and what was his satyr brothers work, about camp, Clarisse and camp’s director- all things to recall from first book if you have taken long time to read sequel, of course not in repetitive manner.
As usual camp Half-blood and Greek mythology along with characters was my most favorite part of the book. Story of Tantalus, Golden Fleece was beat to read. Oh and shocking part was knowing who Chiron’s father was. I loved how Rick Riordan depicted monsters and scenes, he teaches Greek myth in most entertaining way with flawless writing and gripping adventure.
Another thing I liked about Rick Riordan’s writing is his amusing references -‘ Charybdis got louder- a horrible wet roar like the galaxy’s biggest toilet being flushed’. ‘Charybdis was orthodontist’s nightmare.’ ‘The tree (Olive) struck him with such force it would’ve flattened me into a Percy Pizza with extra olives’. And some more that made me chuckle throughout the book.
Some tense scenes – knowing Luke’s plan on Cruz ship, why he poisoned Thalia’s tree and what he intended to do with fleece; fighting hydra; going through sea of monsters; escaping C.C’s Island, sirens and Polyphemus- made me sit anxiously with urge to read more and faster. We get to know bits of the big prophecy that involved Percy in this book.
Twist at the end of each chapter, suspense of prophecy, Titan Lord’s tricky plans for Percy made this dangerous quest full of excitement and action packed. Sassy Nature of Percy, innocence and golden heart of Tyson, Annabeth’s smartness through refreshing tone and perspective of Percy was fun to read. The bond between Percy and Tyson was charming and I loved to read this new trio on quest of saving old friend and ultimately end up saving more than what they intended.
Climax was utterly brilliant and end was shocking and a cliffhanger. I can’t wait to start next book in the series.
Overall, it was action packed, adventurous and fun to read. I highly recommend this book to YA, Greek Mythology lovers.
In this book, Percy is reunited with Annabeth, daughter of Athena, and a new friend, Tyson, and sent off on a new quest which sees him reunited with friends and enemies alike, as he races to save Camp Half Blood from imminent destruction. I don't want to give too much of the book away if you are about to embark upon it, because there are lots of unexpected twists and turns to the plot which make it exciting to read.
As an adult who read a lot of mythological stories, and who later studied Greek and Roman civilisation at university, I love how Riordan effortlessly threads the ancient stories into new and exciting shapes for modern readers. My children aren't really aware of the background of the original stories, and I am also looking forward to them discovering them as they grow older.
We already have the third book lined up.
Like the first book, the only downfall I see with this book is the fact this is a bunch of kids running around doing things that even some adults struggle to comprehend - but I have finally got over that fact and really enjoyed reading this!
Percy definitely has the potential to be very annoying but there is enough humour and humanity in him to keep him bearable, even likeable. Annabeth was verging on bratty at parts, but she is a 13 year old so that can be totally forgiven.
My favourite character was, by far, Tyson. What a truly adorable cyclops! The way he was wrote was endearing and at times I couldn't help but want my own Tyson! He was innocent, and quite frankly very slow, but he had a brilliant personality and that came through.
Plotwise, brilliant, as I have come to expect from this series in such a short period of time. It had enough twists to keep it interesting and definitely left me wanting to read on and on. I especially enjoyed the whole sheep thing, but that may be from the time I spent in Wales...
One thing that annoyed me, looking back at the plot, was Riordans excuse as to why Annabeth didn't like Tyson. It was so stupid and unbelievable, and that comes from someone who just read a book about a bunch of demi-gods.
Writing wise, some really, really funny moments where I couldn't help but burst out laughing, but also some serious moments that made me a bit weepy.
My opinions of the Gods from the first book stay the same. I have no love for any of then, no matter how many times we get someone to explain their reasoning. I feel like they could turn into golden parents and I still wouldn't be able to like them, not after everything they have done.
Definitely a YA book that I would recommend to anyone. An enjoyable, smart read that promises so much more to come!
It is the United States in the present day. The ancient gods of Olympus have upped-sticks and are thriving. As in ancient times they are mating with mortals and producing demi-god, half-blood children. Our teenage hero is the son of the sea-god, Poseidon.
In this instalment in the series, Percy's quest is to cross the treacherous Sea of Monsters (known to mortals as the Bermuda Triangle) in search of the golden fleece. He encounters undead Confederate soldiers, Blackbeard the pirate under one of the sorceress Circe's spells, and a very stupid Cyclops. You will laugh until you cry.
Riordan is a genius. He brings the ancient gods and mosters to life in all their majesty and arrogance. The fantasy world he creates is thoroughly real and believable. Percy Jackson is just what the doctor ordered if ever skies are grey or you have a toothache.
Rick Riordan knows this world; there is a back story for his characters, like Harry Potter it informs the plot. Unlike Harry Potter the main story rides the world lightly; not as detailed so the plot rips on faster, not as intricate or laden as good Potter, but just as fun to read. The plot has good twisty bits,not quite predictable so I, as an adult, can appreciate reading it with my sons. (though, to be honest, I read this series on my own more often than not, sweets/candy to a strory
I like how 'real world' is worked in to the tales, a bit less muggle vs magic and more like how ordinary life collides or merges. Percy's long suffering Mum, Satyrs teaching in school, Centaurs hanging in a trailer park.
Joined by his brother (well, not exactly but it's kinda hard to explain) Tyson, who happens to be a Cyclops, and old friend Annabeth, daughter of Athena, Percy must travel to the Sea of Monsters in the Bermuda Triangle to rescue his friend Grover the Saytr, retrieve the Golden Fleece (yes, That fleece), and find out just who poisoned Thalia's Tree?
The mix of monsters, gods, demigods, and just plain crazy antics is perfect, and while I do have a few quibbles (Tyson reappears out of nowhere with very little explaination, for example), I can let them go (I think Percy's a mite bit busy to notice a hippocampi following him). The series continues in fine form.