I am very pleased with this set! It's a great price and the books are nice quality paperbacks with a fairly sturdy box. My daughter started reading the first book the same day she finished the Harry Potter series. So far, she is enjoying the stories and says, "the monsters, gods and godlings are very cool!" I hope the next set is going to be available soon, because she is going through the books very fast!
I had these sent to my nephew after taking him to the movie on Book 1. He's really enjoying reading them and making comparisons with the differences between the movie and the book. He can't wait for me to buy him the 4th and 5th books in the series.He's 10 years old.
The books are great!!! I have bought from Oversttock since it's inception. Way back at Big O"s beginning, we were both struggling. lol The only way I could afford the things for my home that I wanted was to buy refurbished items from Big O. I NEVER once was disappointed..not in the merchandise..and I have a house full...not in the personal, reliable, friendly support nor from the way my items were boxed, shipped, and sent..always arriving promply and in excellent condition!!! Nowadays, I can buy almost anything I want, BUT I still buy from the Big O, and sometimes, I still buy refurbished merchandise because I know how safe it is to buy refurbished here.
These books are the coolest! I read them all within a few days of getting them! I've gotten more into reading e-books, but nothing can top a regular paperback book-fest! Now, all of my relatives are asking to borrow the books too. The only thing I wished I'd done, was pay for faster shipping. Two weeks almost to get to me. USPS is slow.
The book is totally cool, by any standard. Unfortunately, the poor quality of printing earns it 4, instead of 5 stars, on the overall rating. The text runs into the gutter of the book (which is glued at the spine) and it's impossible to read all of the text without breaking the book's binding. Having worked in the publishing world in the past, this is a big no-no for me.
My son asked for this series because he read the second in the series. Prior to this, ask him to read? He refused to read a magazine. This series of books has transported my son's imagination through Greek Mythology, and into the available character's which Mr. Riordan has provided him. My son, 13, received the series less than a month ago, and has finished two of the books. I purchased the three set, and a hardcover, to push his interest. Thank you Mr. Riordan. A true dream come true.