Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lightning Thief - Percy Jackson

Its been a while there was no new post on this blog - why?? work pressure? - yes, kind of - but bigger reason is 'ICC Cricket World Cup' !! On this part of the world, where Baseball and Soccer (American Football) take lion share of the coverage in the sport section of newspaper, TV, media, advertisement, and everywhere... we, Indians are always excited about 'Cricket', no matter where are we, specially when Team-India is on a roll !!

Now, coming back to blogging - today I am going to post a popular 'Graphic Novel' - 'The Lightning Thief - Persy jackson' written by Rick Riordan.  But wait.... what is actually a 'Graphic Novel' ? This term is getting more and more popular every day - around the world.

When I was a kid, (well,I still think myself so!!) I only knew about "Comics". Tintin, Handa-Vonda, Phantom, Henry, Tarzan and so many others.... were all known to us as 'comics'. But since last 10 years or so, 'Graphic Novel' term slowly took the place of 'Comics'. Googling on web I find that there are so many differing viewpoints as to how broadly “graphic novel” should be defined. According to Scholastic, “The term graphic novel is now generally used to describe any book in a comic format that resembles a novel in length and narrative development.”  According to American Library Association’s Booklist, “A graphic novel, like a regular novel, is a stand-alone story that is published as a book. It’s easy to get confused, though, because some people will still use comics for the whole genre or graphic novel for any comic-style work that’s handsomely published, even if it’s just a collection of superhero stories.” However, the Guide to Comics, says, “A graphic novel is often a set of collected comic books or a stand alone story that is squarebound.

The 'Author'

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults. For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary's Hall honored him with the school's first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre - the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children's fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son. 
Today over 35 million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 35 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller. 
Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.

This book and all the other books in this series thrive on Greek mythology and make it seem real. Although this book is not for everyone, but if you love  mythology, have interest in legends and myths, you have to like "Percy Jackson". He is not as much as interesting as Harry Potter, but there are lot of actions and it is quite fun to read - it has good cliffhangers at the end.

In this  non-stop thrill-ride, mythological graphic Novel, "The Lightning Thief", Percy Jackson's world is brought to life with eight full-color plates. After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There's little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.

Read here the classic, mythological masterpiece "Lightning Thief" as a graphic novel.

Pagan's Plight (67 MB)
Lightning Thief - Part 1
   (Size: 25.8 MB)

Pagan's Plight (67 MB)
Lightning Thief - Part 2
   (Size: 30 MB)