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The Demigod Files (A Percy Jackson and the Olympians Guide)
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How do you handle an encounter with Medusa on the New Jersey interstate? What's the best way to take down a minotaur? Become an expert on everything in Percy's world with this must-have guide to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Complete with interviews, puzzles, games, and original short stories by Rick Riordan.

Customer Reviews:

  • Percy's Continued Adventures!
    This book adds details to the story of Percy Jackson Percy Jackson and the Olympians Paperback Boxed Set (Books 1-3). There are detailed character sketches and some illustrations. A must have for Percy Jackson fans! ...more info
  • Looks like a hasty money maker
    My girls and I love the Percy Jackson books, and we purchased this one the first day it was released. It contains three short stories, interviews with some of the kids, a map of camp, an illustration of Annabeth's trunk (so that demigod readers will know what to pack), and an excerpt from the next book. The stories ring true to the books, but the interviews are poorly written - they just don't have the right voices for the kids. There are probably eight illustrations, which are lovely and in color, but inaccurate, which very much disappointed us. To check ourselves, we looked back to the first books where the characters' appearances are described. Annabeth has curly hair and grey eyes, but not in the illustration. Chiron is balding with a wispy beard; here he has twice the hair of most men. Of course I could be wrong, but the book looks to me like the author wrote the short stories, and someone else slapped the rest together. Still enjoyable for the Percy Jackson fan, but wait until you can pay half price....more info
  • Not as good as I'd hoped
    Not as good as Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ruin Mist: The Essential Reader's Guide or The Art of Ruin Mist: Heroes and Villains, but as a companion book to a colorful series its okay. The book comes with

    3 short stories that take place between books 4 and 5
    Several 2-3 page interviews
    8 color portraits of characters from the books
    A crossword puzzle and a wordsearch puzzle
    Part of chapter 1 from book 5

    The first story is about Clarissa and Percy. It's okay but Clarissa has to depend to much on Percy.

    The second story is with Beckendorf and Percy, later joined by Annabeth. Kind of hockey story about the heros having to reattach the chewed off head of a robot.

    The third short story is with Percy, Thalia, and Nico. This one was more fun and seems like it should have been in book 4.

    The interviews, color portraits, and puzzles were okay but could have been better. The excerpt of book 5 is enticing but if you have book 5 already not needed.

    Overall, 3 out of 5 stars. Good if you must know everything about Percy....more info
  • This is a Rip off.
    This was my bigest disappointment since Tales of Beedle Bard by JK Rowling.I was expecting a regular full length book.Was I fooled.I have read the ist 4 with great pleasure.I will be careful trusting Riordan in the future....more info
  • Hero Expert
    Do you want to be a demigod expert? Well, this is the book for you! It tells you many amazing stories that you have never heard. It tells you many other intresting facts (for example, Percy's friend, Annabeth, thinks Percy is kind of cute). These facts are told through imaginary interviews. It gives you some pictures of the main characters, though I did not think many of them looked like that. It is an intresting book. ...more info
  • We loved it
    My son, age 9, and I have been reading this series. This book is great fun. The questions for the interviews are funny as are the responses. It looked to us like someone had a fun time putting this together. The short stories are true to character of the other longer books.

    This is a short read that adds to the series and expands on the information about the main characters in the longer books.

    Well worth the money
    Enjoy. ...more info
  • disappointing, but not unexpected...
    Like the tales of the Beetle and the Bard, this was a disappointment. Unlike the TTB&B, I wasn't really surprised... I'm sorry Riordan, but can't you do better than this? A few of these stories can be read on your website for free! I have been a Percy Jackson fan for a while, until this year. I read the story, and realized I grew out of it. The fact that Percy doesn't seem to grow up, the pun-overdose, The predictable-ness of it all... I'm only getting the other books to complete my set, and because the overall story is good, and I need to know what happens next. Going back to the "fact that PJ does not grow up", would a pre-teen/soon to be teen/teen really think of those out of style puns? Even if that kid does have ADHD and stuff. It may just be me, but I find it sort of offending. Fans, don't attack me saying "You Don't know great literature" because
    1. I do. Trust me. and 2. It's just a freaking opinion. will it kill someone?

    From a reader...more info
  • Pretty Good : )
    i think this book was okay. i was soo exited when i found it at the bookstore. i thight the first story was kinda boring so at first i was disappointed, but as i read on i really liked the rest. i hated the preview though because it wasnt what i wanted to happen. but i still cant wait for the 5th book to come out! ...more info
  • Icarus Is Officially Over The Ocean
    All right. I will admit that I actually forgot that THE DEMIGOD FILES was coming out in February. I had added it to my wish list some time ago, and since I was in the bookstore today poking around, I was insanely happy and surprised to find it on the shelf. And of course I snatched it up. And then finished reading it a couple hours later. At first, reading the back, and then flipping through I thought that the book was going to contain stuff that I had already read from the previous PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS books, but I was even happier to discover that everything in the book was new: everything from maps, to "interviews" with the characters, to profiles of main characters, a sneak peek at the last PERCY JACKSON book: THE LAST OLYMPIAN, and the three wonderful short stories about Percy Jackson & Co. that really end up being the highlight of this offering from Rick Riordan.

    The interviews are somewhat funny and have some interesting little tidbits -- and I'm sure Riordan had a blast working out the different questions to go along with each character interviewed: the Stoll Brothers, Annabeth, Percy, and a couple others. And the map was great to analyze to -- It was interesting to see where Riordan puts things versus the image in my own mind. Also of interest are the full color pages that have sparsely-detailed profiles of the main characters. They're nice looking -- but stuck oddly in the middle of the last of the three shorts, which I'll get to those in a second. There's also a crossword puzzle and a word search, containing facts and tidbits from the books. (The answers to both are just a couple of pages later, so don't feel too frustrated if you can't figure them out.)

    The three short stories are the definite highlight of this volume, which definitely should be read after THE BATTLE FOR THE LABYRINTH. There are a few small references to events that have happened in all four books that would be missed by a casual reader trying to jump into the middle of the series. The stories include: "Percy Jackson and the Stolen Chariot," "Percy Jackson and the Bronze Dragon," and my favorite of the three: "Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades." The stories are brand new adventures in the life of Percy, and they definitely brought back wonderful memories of reading through the first four books. "Stolen Chariot" is the weakest of the three, an adventure with Percy and Clarisse going after a stolen chariot. The whole thing is exciting, but definitely not up to the par of the other two.

    "Bronze Dragon" starts to get things really rolling -- centering on a story with Beckendorf from the Hephaestus cabin. This is where Riordan pulls out some more of what he does best: presenting small bits of mystery surrounded by action. He even throws in a clever twist near the end that definitely made me smirk. But as good as "Bronze Dragon" is, it doesn't hold a candle to the amazing short, "Sword of Hades." I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. It's the longest of the three, coming in around fifty pages, while the other two average about thirty each. And this story definitely starts to build on the overall story arch of the series, elements of which I'm sure will be included in the final Percy Jackson book. There are plenty of surprises and a few familiar faces that I was so excited to see again. And this one doesn't stop until the last second leaving some very interesting questions left to stew when it's done.

    Finally, there's a short snippet from the final book, which really doesn't tell us anything except introduce another one of Riordan's signature moves: introduce a story or piece of information without giving us hardly any details, and then interrupting it suddenly with some plot event. But the little tidbit he does show us, makes me wonder what exactly he has up his sleeve for one of the characters... who never quite seemed what they appeared to be on the surface when first introduced.

    Overall -- this is a great addition to the series for fans, and hopefully it might bring in some new readers. It's definitely worth picking up just for "Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades," but the other selections make for fun reading too. (Definitely, this addendum will go down a lot better than Rowling's attempt at something similar with her TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD.)...more info
  • Fantastic and Hilarious!!!
    It's got suspense, excitement, and adventure (with a twist of romance and comedy).I'm a major fan of Rick Riordan and absolutely LOVE this book. It also has fun activity pages, interviews with Camp Half-Blood campers, and much, much, more! You have to read this book if you are a to die for fan....more info