Rick Riordan Quotes


My experience with Khonsu had taught me not be greedy about time. It was best to appreciate what you had and not yearn for more.

Makes us appreciate blessing not be greedy and mean and fat like Polyphemus.

Maybe if he did really well they'd give him some mouldy apples.

Thank Artemis it is you! That little scar on your lip--you tried to eat a stapler when you were two!" ... Hedge nodded like he approved of Jason's taste. "Staplers--excellent source of iron.

What about a compromise? I'll kill them first and if it turns out they were friendly I'll apologize.

I felt like one of Apollo's sacred cows- slow dumb and bright red.

Five syllables " Apollo said counting them on his fingers. "That would be real bad.

There!" Apollo pointed. "Long Island dead ahead. Let's slow down dear. 'Dead' is only an expression.

Wow " Thalia muttered. "Apollo is hot." "He's the sun god " I said. "That's not what I meant.

Apollo?" I guessed"¦ He put a finger to his lips. "I'm incognito. Call me Fred." A god named Fred?

Well " said Apollo with a brave smile. "You were right my dear. You had everything under control! Let's go see if we boiled anyone important shall we?

Different elevator music was playing since my last visit-that old disco song "Stayin' Alive." A terrifying image flashed through my mind of Apollo in bell-bottom pants and a slinky silk shirt.

Thalia blushed. "Hi Lord Apollo." Zeus's girl yes? Makes you my half sister. Used to be a tree didn't you? Glad you're back. I hate it when pretty girls turn into trees. Man I remember one time"?

I apologize for apologizing." "Thank you.

Aphrodite strikes again huh? You're gonna be the best-dressed warrior in town beauty queen.

Aphrodite: Pfft. That's not the point. Follow your heart. Percy: But... I don't know where it's going. My heart I mean.

It's not important " Silena insisted. "We have to find Charlie!" Another first: a child of Aphrodite uninterested in jewellery.

Travis: The Aphrodite kids were ripping each other's clothes and throwing lipstick and jewellery. It was like a rabid herd of wild Bratz.

Silena appeared out of the woods her sword drawn. Her Aphrodite armour was pink and red colour coordinated to match her clothes and makeup. She looked like Guerilla Warfare Barbie.

I pictured my mom alone in our little apartment on the Upper East Side. I tried to remember the smell of her blue waffles in the kitchen. It seemed so far away.

I can try to disable it " I said "but if I mess up this whole apartment is going to fill with gas. We'll die." Thalia swallowed. " I trust you. Just... don't mess it up.

They're Lares. House gods." "House gods " Percy said. "Like...smaller than real gods but larger than apartment gods?

A hero can go anywhere challenge anyone as long as he has the nerve.

Apparently word of the chicken man incident hadn't spread quite yet.

Miranda raised her eyebrows. Apparently she hadn't figured me for a country music fan. I liked her for that.

Any moment now..." The girl [Calypso] stared out at the water. No magical raft appeared. "Maybe it got stuck in a traffic " Leo said.

Which meant his only assets were one whiny imprisoned goddess one sort-of-girlfriend with a dagger and Leo who apparently thought he could defeat the armies of darkness with breath mints.

We were alone in a strange mansion with a baboon a crocodile and a weird cat. And apparently the entire world was in danger. I looked at Sadie. "What do we do now?

Otis barreled towards them empty-handed before apparently realizing that a) he was empty-handed and b) charging towards a large body of water to fight a son of Poseidon was maybe not a good idea.

No no I never mess around.

A guy in Greek armor drew his sword and charged but slipped in a puddle of pina colada.

I'll show them 'love is worthless '" Silena Beauregard grumbled as she strapped on her armor. "I'll pulverize them!

I thought about all the things I was suddenly able to do"?like fight with a sword and summon a magical shell of armor. Those were not things I covered in home school.

I just love family meetings. Very cozy with the Christmas garlands round the fireplace and a nice pot of tea and a detective from Scotland Yard ready to arrest you.

Dude! said a party pony as he unloaded his gear. Did you see that bear guy? He was all like: 'Whoa I have an arrow in my mouth!

Armed with my sword and wand I was all set for a stroll through the swamp to look for a hungry monster. Oh joy!

Grover and Nico came back from their walk and Grover helped me fix up my wounded arm. "It's green!" Nico said with delight.

Ceres wanted a united front in the plant war.The plant war Percy said. You're going to arm all the little grapes with tiny assault rifles?

Someday you will make an excellent guardian ba.Thanks I mutteredCan't wait to be poultry forever.

My girlfriend: sophomore honors student demigod and"?oh yeah"?head architect for redesigning the palace of the gods on Mount Olympus in her spare time.

I hate it when people let me down when things are temporary. I think that's why I want to be an architect." "To build something permanent " I said. "A monument to last a thousand years.

Bob says hello " He told the stars. The Argo II sailed into the night.

That's Narmer with the spoon " I guessed. "Angry because the other bloke stole his breakfast cereal?

Zeus looked like a really buff really angry hippie.

My resolve my anger even my grief gave me confidence

The entrance to the Underworld is in Los Angeles.

He was beautiful the way an angel is beautiful - timeless perfect remote.

It's just Annabeth mom jeez!

Rachel: They asked me a lot of questions about you. I played dumb. Annabeth: Was it hard?

Annabeth: Hey Seaweed Brain. Percy: Will you stop calling me that? Annabeth: You know you love it.

If Annabeth's mother was Athena the goddess of wisdom then why didn't Annabeth know better than to fall off a cliff?

Percy: Don't I get a kiss for luck? It's kind of a tradition right? Annabeth: Come back alive Seaweed Brain. Then we'll see.

Yay!' he said. 'Now we can eat peanut butter sandwiches and ride fish ponies! We can fight monsters and see Annabeth and make things go BOOM!

Rachel: You're a half-blood too? Annabeth: Shhh! Just announce it to the world how about? Rachel: Okay. Hey everybody! These two aren't human! They're half Greek god!...They don't seem to care.

So which way now Sacagawea?" - Annabeth to Rachel

My only thought was to keep him away from Annabeth.

He could't have survied a hundred foot drop. I'm sorry Annabeth.

And togheter holding hands he and Annabeth fell into the endless darkness

This is Annabeth " Jason said. "Uh normally she doesn't judo-flip people.

Until she met the exploding statue Annabeth thought she was prepared for anything.

Hey ugly!" Annabeth yelled. I hoped she was talking to the giant not me.

Um dad?" I called "How's it going?" "Percy!" Annabeth whispered. "We're in a hurry!

I tried to talk to Annabeth but she was acting like I'd just punched her grandmother.

Which reminded me...I still owed the gods a debt. "You're a genius " I (Percy) told Annabeth.

Percy you're a brave guy " [Annabeth] said. "Just take the compliment. I swear is it so hard?

Now leave." All three boys slumped forward. Percy fell face-first into his pizza. "Percy!" Annabeth grabbed him.

Tyson! Thank the gods Annabeth is hurt!" "You thank the gods that she is hurt?" he asked puzzled.

Tyson thought Annabeth was just about the coolest thing since peanut butter and he SERIOUSLY loved peanut butter.

Of course Annabeth wouldn't be able to breathe but at the moment that seemed like a minor problem.

Wisdom's daughter walks alone. That didn't just mean without other people Annabeth realized. It meant without any special powers.

Red cattle " Annabeth said. "The cattle of the sun." "What?" I [Percy] asked. "They're sacred to Apollo." "Holy cows?

I know you'll do what's best for Annabeth." "How can you be sure?" "Because she'd do the same for you.

But Annabeth knew that people saw what they wanted to see. They didn't need the Mist to warp their perceptions.

Boy " Annabeth interrupted "I'm sure you both would've been wonderful at killing each other. But right now you need some rest.

If you'd sat there any longer ' Annabeth said 'you would have spontaneously combusted. I hope the conversation was worth it?

Leo had wanted to paint a giant message on the bottom of the hull-WASSUP? with a smiley-face-but Annabeth had vetoed the idea.

The waiter brought fresh-baked bread and cheese a bottle of sparkling water for Annabeth and a Coke with ice for me (because I'm a barbarian).

Luke gazed at Annabeth. "You knew. I almost killed you but you knew . . ." "Shhh." Her voice trembled. "You were a hero at the end Luke.

I turned to Annabeth and shook my head in exasperation. "Always Hercules. What is it with Hercules?" Annabeth shrugged. "He had a great publicist.

About the prophecy that Rachel did at the end of "The Last Olympian " Percy Jackson will participate this prophecy along with Annabeth? Sorry for spelling errors

He [Percy] pleaded with those sea-green eyes like a cute baby seal that needed help. Piper wondered how Annabeth ever won an argument with this guy.

Gods forbid if she ever broke up with him. She'd never be able to visit the sea again without remembering her broken heart. Annabeth about Percy

Hephaestus glowered up at us. "I didn't make you did I?" Uh " Annabeth said "no sir." Good " the god grumbled. "Shoddy workmanship.

I need to talk to Clarisse " Annabeth said. I stared at her as if she'd just said "I need to eat a large smelly boot." "What for?

I couldn't help thinking about my dream with Annabeth crumpled and lifeless in Luke's arms. Here I was rescuing baby monsters but I couldn't save my friend.

Who's the other kid in the photo?' he asked. 'The sandy-haired guy.' Annabeth's expression tightened. Touchy subject. 'That's Luke ' she said. 'He's dead now.

They chose the olive" "They must really like olives" "Forget it" "Now if she invented pizza that i can understand" -Percy to Annabeth in the lightning theif

Annabeth laced her fingers through his. In the light of his bronze sword her face was beautiful. 'We're together ' she reminded him. 'We'll get through this.

Leo: Rainbows. Very macho. Annabeth: Butch is our best equestrian he gets along great with the pegasi. Leo: Rainbows ponies... Butch: I'm gonna toss you off this chariot.

Dancing?' Annabeth asked. Thalia nodded. She cocked her ear to the music and made a face. 'Ugh. Who chose Jesse McCartney?' Grover looked hurt. 'I did.

So " Annabeth said "are you going to argue about me coming along?" "Nah. You'd just beat me up." Percy said. She managed a laugh which was good to hear

Annabeth pressed her lips to Percy's ear. "I love you." She wasn't sure he could hear her"?but if they died she wanted those to be her last words.

They [Percy and Annabeth] held the Doors shut as the elevator shuddered and the music played while somewhere below them a Titan and a giant sacrificed their lives for their escape.

Race you to the road?" I said. "You are so going to lose." She (Annabeth) took off down Half-Blood Hill and I sprinted after her. For once I didn't look back.

I remembered the last time Annabeth and I had parted ways when she'd given me a kiss for luck in Mount St. Helens. This time all I got was the hat.

Percy (to Annabeth): If I was going to pick one person in the world to reattach my head I'd pick you. Silena: Awww . . . Percy that is so sweet! Annabeth: Shut up Silena.

Are you guys busy?" Juniper asked. "Well " I said "we're in the middle of this game against a bunch of monsters and we're trying not to die." "We're not busy " Annabeth said.

I stepped forward. Call me old-fashioned but I wanted to keep his focus on me and not Annabeth. I think it's polite for a guy to protect his girlfriend from instant incineration.

I'm so glad you're here " Aphrodite said. "War is coming. Bloodshed is inevitable. So there's really only one thing to do." "Uh... and that is?" Annabeth ventured. "Why have tea and chat obviously

Annabeth's hand slipped into mine. Under different circumstances I would've been embarrassed but here in the dark I was glad to know where she was. It was about the only thing I was sure of.

But you'll be killed!" "I'll be fine. Besides we've got no choice." Annabeth glared at me like she was going to punch me. And then she did something that surprised me even more. She kissed me.

Annabeth's face her blond hair and gray eyes the way she laughed threw her arms around him and gave him a kiss whenever he did something stupid. She must have kissed me a lot Percy thought.

Cabin Fifteen does that to everyone " Annabeth warned. "If you ask me this place is even more dangerous than the Ares cabin. At least with Ares you can learn where the land mines are." "Land mines?

Okay " Annabeth said. "What exactly do you smell?" "Something bad " Tyson answered. "Great " Annabeth grumbled. "That clears it up.

You drool when you sleep.

Good fighting with you Seaweed Brain." Ditto.

You're cute when you're worried your eyebrows get all scrunched together.

We're staying together " he promised. "You're not getting away from me. Never again.

I've been waiting a long time for a quest seaweed brain " she said. "Athena is no fan of Poseidon but if you're going to save the world I'm the best person to keep you from messing up.

Laistry....I can't even say that. What would you call them in English?" "Canadians.

Grand buildings made her feel better--maybe because being in a place so permanent made her feel more permanent.

Not knowing is half the fun " Aphrodite said "Exquisitely painful isn't it? Not being sure who you love and who loves you? Oh you kids! It's so cute I'm going to cry!

Annabeth sat up and glared at her ankleYou HAD to break she scolded it.The ankle did not reply.

Annabeth sat up and glared at her ankle. "You HAD to break " she scolded it. The ankle did not reply.

Why can't you place a blessing like that on us?" I asked. "It only works on wild animals." "So it would only affect Percy " Annabeth reasoned. "Hey!" I protested.

This is the Wilderness School. 'Where the Kids are animals

Hey moose!" I screamed. The Set animal locked its glowing eyes one me. Well done! Horus said. Now we'll both die with honor! Shut up I thought.

You..." The centaur's eyes flared like a cornered animal's. "You should be dead.

The Princess Andromeda?" "Went ka-boom.

i remembered the myth about Andromeda and how she had been chained to a rock by her own parents as a sacrifice to a sea monster. Maybe she'd gotten too many F's on her report card or something.

Your uncle " Poseidon sighed "has always had a flair for dramatic exits. I think he would've done well as the god of theater.

Sadie got up and kissed Amos on the forehead. "Leave it to us Uncle. I've got a plan." "That " I said "sounds like very bad news.

All da ladies love Leo!!

Immortals are constrained by ancient rules. But a hero can go anywhere challenge anyone as long as he has the nerve.-Chiron

Set screamed something in Ancient Egyptian. I was fairly sure it wasn't a compliment. "I will rend your limbs from their sockets!" he shouted. "I will"?" "Die?" Carter suggested.

Hercules huh? Percy frowned. "That guy was like the Starbucks of Ancient Greece. Everywhere you turn--there he is.

I may be biased but I think jackals are cute and cuddly even if they were known for digging up graves in Ancient Egypt.

that's me. ancient history." [Poseidon to Paul]

This is Buford " Leo announced. "You name your furniture?" Frank asked.

We've arrived " Leo announced. "Time to Split." Frank groaned. "Can we leave Valdez in Croatia?

I turned and faced the Olympians. "We need a shroud " I announced my voice cracking. "A shroud for the son of Hermes.

I hadn't seen my dad get violent since the Great Spatula Incident and I wasn't anxious to see a repeat of that.

For an absurd moment I wondered if Ammit devoured the hearts of wicked cows and if he liked the beefy taste. - Carter Kane

What colors are the eyes of Anubis?" "Brown...Duh.

And now Anubis I find you in this den of iniquity this morass of questionable behavior this...this--' 'School?

I should've been very cross with Anubis. Kissing me without permission"?the nerve!

Anubis frowned. He locked his very nice eyes with mine. "You're not dead." "No " I said. "Though we're trying awfully hard.

Forget the chicken-nugget smoke screen. Percy wanted Leo to invent an anti-dream hat.

If my life is going to mean anything I have to live it myself.

A wind that blows aimlessly is no good to anyone.

Um Dues ex machina anyone?

Damien Vesper Didn't plan on killing anyone today

If I couldn't trust her I couldn't trust anyone.

Also ... the plan sounded exactly like the sneaky twisted ridiculously annoying and noble sort of thing Leo Valdez would do.

I will deny I ever said this of course but the gods need heroes. They always have. Otherwise we would not keep you annoying little brats around." I feel so wanted. Thanks.

I try very hard to be annoying. Don't insult my ability to annoy.

the answer to every problem involved penguins

Turkey Australia and Japan are three of my top destinations.

I don't think I would ever inch my way up to Y.A. That audience is very well served. There are a lot of wonderful writers writing for Y.A. I feel like I'm in the right place.

everybody-even monsters-needed a little attention once in a while.

Texting even browsing the Internet - all these things can attract monsters.

A giant vulture with a girl hanging from its feet tends to attract attention.

Thanks for everything." "As you wish " the captain said. If axes could frown I'm sure he would have. "Stay sharp " Carter told him.

Grover didn't say anything for awhile. Then when I thought he was going to give me some deep philosophical comment to make me feel better he said "Can I have your apple?

Oh Hazel is awesome " Don Said. "She's so nice! All the other campers are like 'Go away Don.' But she's like 'Please go away Don.' I love her!

At the Feast of Fortune she'll awaken and the demigods will be cut down like-- like---" "Like our low prices at Bargain Mart!" Stheno suggested.

I accidentally vaporize my pre-algebra teacher

You are one freaking awesome baboon.

Yeah well. I don't try to be awesome. It just comes natural.

Thanks for not freaking out " I said. "Oh I'm freaking out " Paul promised his eyes wide. "I just think it's awesome!

Once he'd even reprogrammed the electronic billboards in Time Square to read: ALL DA LADIES LUV LEO... accidentally of course.

I love New York. You can pop out of the Underworld in Central Park hail a taxi head down Fifth Avenue with a giant hellhound loping behind you and nobody even looks at you funny.

Either the kid was naturally hyper or he was hopped up on enough caffeine to give a heart attack to a water buffalo.

We swallowed a few bites-not to much scince the food of the gods can burn you to ashes is you overindulge. I guess thats why you don't see many fat gods

It's hard to look in charge when you're hunched over like Quasimodo.

Well I hope you like it here Leo. It used to be .......really nice.

It was beautiful in a harsh I'm-going-to-gut-you-like-a-fish kind of way.

If you don't like it you can kiss my quiver

Ptah? son of ptooey? What is he god of spitting? i asked

So Beckendorf was pretty popular?" Leo asked. "I mean-before he blew up?

[Carter just asked when I became a ram whisperer. Do shut up Carter]

Why are they so sad?" I asked. "Well they're dead " Carter speculated.

But how do we even get to the land of the dead?" I asked. "I mean"¦without dying.

Reyna sent me to get Percy " Frank said. "Did Octavian accept you?" "Yeah " Percy said. "He slaughtered my panda.

You might as well ask an artist to explain his art or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear thorough the search.

A truly great artist has many talents.

I'd like to say I took the news well. The truth was I wanted to strangle the Hunters of Artemis one eternal maiden at a time. --Percy Jackson

Brother " Artemis chided. "You do not help my Hunters. You do not look at talk to or flirt with my Hunters. And you do not call them sweetheart.

Number eight the silver one belongs to Artemis. She vowed to be a maiden forever. So of course no kids. The cabin is you know honorary. If she didn't have one she'd be mad.

Green grass breaks through snow Artemis pleads for my help I am so cool.

I hate to tell you this " Jason said "but I think your leopard just ate a goddess.

I've found peace here at the co-op. You could stay with us if you want. Become a ROFLcopter.

Eating next to a twenty-foot-long crocodile took some getting used to but Philip was well trained. He only ate bacon stray waterfowl and the occasional invading monster.

Wisdom's daughter walks alone The mark of Athena burns through Rome.

The first lesson every child of Athena learned: Mom was the best at everything and you should never ever suggest otherwise.

Athena always always has a plan.

Sounds like a plan worthy of Athena.

Delaying death is one of my favorite hobbies

I try not to think. It interferes with being nuts" - Leo Valdez

I still don't understand what a sea god would be doing in Atlanta." Leo snorted. "What's a wine god doing in Kansas? Gods are weird.

As for me I did the stupidest thing in my life which is saying a lot. I attacked the Titan Lord Atlas.

Fortunately we did most of our athletic stuff inside so we didn't have to jog through Tribeca looking like a bunch of boot-camp hippie children.

You assume that it has to be a male god who finds a human female attractive? How sexist is that?

Don't decide yet " Hephaestus advised. "Wait until daybreak. Daybreak is a good time for decisions.

He hated when his own advice applied to himself.

Egyptians believe in the power of the sunrise. They believe each morning begins not just a new day but a new world.

I've always liked the idea that writing is a form of travel. And I started my writing career as a mystery novelist for adults.

Why did adults have to be so thick? They always say "tell the truth " and when you do they don't believe you. What's the point?

He looked like those paintings of baby angels - what do you call them hubbubs? No cherubs. That's it. He looked like a cherub who'd turned middle-aged in a trailer park.

Many of the best traps are simple. You just have to think about it and hope your victim doesn't.

And when demigods use cell phones the signals agitate every monster within a hundred miles. It's like sending up a flare: Here I am! Please rearrange my face!

Victory must be real. It must be earned. That means it must be rare and difficult against steep odds and defeat must be the other.

Now i'd like to tell u i did something heroic like stand up against a raging team of fire-breathing horses with only my sword the truth is i ran.

Monsters don't die. They just dissipate into smoke and dust which saves heroes a lot of trouble cleaning up after a fight.

Never bet against a cat.

I can see the stars again m'lady.

We had enough quite enough snobbery in this world without exporting it to the hereafter.

And if someone doesn't believe in any afterlife?" I asked. Walt gave me a sad look. "Then that's what they experience.

Poison!" Grover yelped. "Don't let those things touch you or..." "Or we'll die?" I guessed. "Well...after you shrivel slowly to dust yes." "Let's avoid the swords " I decided.

Frank had decided that whatever his fate was he wouldn't worry about it. He would just do the best he could to help his friends.

When weak act strong.

Well . . . sure good to be together again. Arguing. Almost dying. Abject terror. Oh look. It's our floor.

Percy'd heard stories about amputees who had phantom pains where their missing legs and arms used to be. That's how his mind felt"?like his missing memories were aching.

Imagine jumping into a pit of boiling acid. Now multiply that pain times fifty." -Percy

The world will fall the gods will die and I will never achieve a perfect score on this stupid machine. -Dionysus

A real man's weapon is his mind.

Nothing like ADHD and a good fight to the death to make time fly

What I did next was so impulsive and dangerous I should've been named ADHD poster child of the year.

Frank: "I wish I was ADHD or dyslexic. All I got is lactose intolerance." Percy: "Seriously?" Frank: "And I love ice cream too...

This is Leo. I'm the... What's my title? Am I like admiral or captain or..." "Repair boy." "Very funny Piper.

Leo " Hazel gasped "I can't"?my arms"?" "Hazel " he said. "Do you trust me?" "No!" "Me neither " Leo admitted.

I woke to a bucket of ice water in my face. "Sadie! Get up " Zia said. "God!" I yelled. "Was that necessary?" "No " admitted Zia.

It takes strength and courage to admit the truth.

I'd missed Annabeth probably more than I wanted to admit.

My point is that love is the most powerful motivator in the world. It spurs mortals to greatness. Their noblest bravest acts are done for love.

Now the tattoos " Zia announced. "Brilliant!" I said. "On your tongue " she added. "Excuse me?

Great " Percy said. "Seven of us against Hercules." "And a satyr!" Hedge added. "We can take him.

I have more ideas than I'll ever be able to write in five lifetimes.

I love Norse mythology - Thor and Odin and Loki - amazing characters.

Oh I wouldn't say Love always makes you happy. Sometimes it makes you incredibly sad.

Meat!" he said scornfully. "I'm a vegetarian." You eat cheese enchiladas and aluminum cans " I reminded him. Those are vegetables.

Always Always have a plan

My goal in the classroom was always to make sure they were having so much fun that they didn't realize they were learning.

I always love it when I hear back from kids who say they discovered Percy Jackson and now wear their learning difference as a badge of honour.

Aphrodite " she said. "Venus?" Hazel asked in amazement. "Mom " Piper said with no enthusiasm.

Tyson was still staring at Chiron in amazement. He whimpered like he wanted to pat Chiron's flank but was afraid to come closer. "Pony?

I am your friend Bob!

Just keep moving! we're almost there." "almost where?" Juno chuckled. "all roads lead there child. you should know that" "detention?" Percy asked. "Rome child the old woman said. "Rome

It almost made me long for the flying pig. --Percy

Fear can't be reasoned with. Neither can hate. They're like love. They're almost identical emotions.

Almost everything strange washes up near Miami.

Just don't ask me to deliver any more satyr babies and we'll get along great.

Percy was getting tired of water. If he said that aloud he would probably get kicked out of Poseidon's Junior Sea Scouts but he didn't care.

Well actually it carried Cadmus. Europa fell off and died along the way but that's not important.' It was probably important to her.

Please excuse Jason from eternal damnation. He has had amnesia.

I keep forgetting about your amnesia. Heh. Forgetting about amnesia. That's funny.

Ever hold your hand over a torch (sorry a flashlight for you Americans).

Americans are an odd bunch but they grow on you.

No!" Amy said. "Dan you're lucky it was only concussive. You could've wiped out the whole Holt family." "And that would've been bad because...?

She led the way. Eyeless sockets of the dead seemed to stare at them as they passed. "These are cool " Dan decided. "Maybe I could-" "No Dan " Amy said. "You can't collect human bones." "Awww.

We were absolutely destined to meet your hot sister

You sure you're not a Roman Annabeth? Or an Amazon?

For a moment Percy actually remembered what it was like to be happy. He had an amazing girlfriend. They could have a future together.

Stop!" he yelled at the others. "Multigrain fighting is not allowed!

So you wrecked Alcatraz Island made Mount St. Helens explode and displaced half a million people but at least you're safe." "Yep that pretty much covers it.

The demigods have left for alaska " Stheno said. "They fly straight to their death. Ah small "d" death I mean. Not our prisoner Death. Although i suppose they're flying to him too.

God alert!" Blackjack yelled. "It's the wine dude! Mr. D sighed in exasperation. "The next person or horse who calls me the 'wine dude' will end up in a bottle of Merlot!

As a magician you must think about chaos and order. Those are the two forces that control the universe.

Want a cookie ' Ra said. 'What kind?' 'Weasel cookie.' I'm here to tell you that comment about weasel cookies probably saved the known universe.

Don't stay in one place too long. It was the only way to stay ahead of the sadness.

Dakota's head was stuck in his toga. He staggered around olike a Kool-Aid-stained ghost. "Um " Percy said "should I wear my bed sheets?

Ah... Much better" he said. "Backbiter Luke called it. An appropriate name. Now that it is reforged comeplately it shall indeed bite back

Blowfish did you say?" "Ah no. Blofis actually." "Oh I see " Poseidon said. "A shame. I quite like blowfish.

I have some extra costumes-" "No!" Ephialtes snapped and for once Percy was in agreement.

Oh obviously " Reyna said. "Without you I doubt Percy could find his way out of a paper bag." "True " Annabeth agreed.

Was that amazing?" she demanded. "That was amazing " I agreed. It's hard to pull off a romantic kiss when you're both drenched in muck but we gave it our best shot.

And of course I'm in the press all the time. So many books have been written about me; Into thin air up in the air Gone with the wind-

I wasn't aiming at the school bus but of course I got expelled anyway.

Die enemies of Ra!" Sekhemet yelled. "Perish in agony!" "She's almost as annoying as you " I told Horus. "Impossible " Horus said. "No one bests Horus.

And in the fountain squatted a giant crab. I'm not talking "?giant' like $7.99 all-you-can-eat Alaskan king crab. I'm talking "?giant' like bigger than the fountain.

And it was pretty much the best underwater kiss of all time.

She reached into her coat pocket and felt two things she hadn't expected.... One was a wad of cash... she brought out the money. Leo whistled. "Allowance? Piper your mom rocks!

No hero is above fear.

I was wondering how you got all that out of a single moooooo

One basketball to rule them all " Leo muttered.

There's no point in defending camp if you guys die. All our friends are here.

Curse us eh/I'll make you pay!/I don't want to rhyme all day!

Frank nodded grimly. "Well"¦any goddess who throws a Ding Dong at a giant can't be all bad. Let's go.

Yours in demigodishness and all that. Peace out!

To all my librarian friends champions of books true magicians in the House of Life. Without you this writer would be lost in the Dust.

A ruby-encrusted orb popped its top and helicopter blades unfolded. Leo was glad Buford the table wasn't here-he would've fallen in love.

The metal blade hit her shoulder and passed cleanthrough her body as if she were made of water. HISSS!

Don't get starry-eyed about somebody you can't have especially if it blinds you to somebody who's really important.

So for Magic Problem-Solving 101 we headed to the training room and blew stuff up.

I guess it started in London the night our dad blew up the British museum.

It blew my mind that this stuff had survived for two thousand three thousand years.

It seemed weird calling a teenager 'sir' but I'd learned to be careful with immortals. They tended to get offended easily. Then they blew stuff up.

I am the son of Hades. I go where I wish. The darkness is my birthright.

It's my birthday Horus insisted. Wish me happy birthday! "Happy birthday!" I yelled. "Now shut up!

I'm sorry I can't do more. But happy birthday Sadie." He leaned forward and kissed me on the lips.

And if I was humming "Happy Birthday" and smiling stupidly as I fled for my life"?well that was nobody's business was it?

You have a humming dodo bird " I said stupidly.

back from when they watched black and white TV and hunted dinosaurs.

Eat bitter taste sweet

All of my characters tend to be montages of different people I've met: little bits and pieces of their personalities put together.

Isis and Horus " he said. "I see you've found new bodies.

I will call him Small Bob " said Bob. "He is a good monster." End of discussion.The Titan hefted his spear and they continued marching into the gloom.

I guessed his name was Face of Horror. I wondered how long it had taken his mom to think of that. Bob? No. Sam? No. How about Face of Horror?

But... you're still getting married?" Grover sounded hurt. "Who's the bride?" Ploypemus looked toward the boiling pot. Clarisse made a strangled sound. "Oh no! You can't be serious. I'm not-

Not inmune to engines huh? BOO-Yah!! -Leo

Let's boogie ' he (Leo) said. 'Before I come to my senses

The whole campfire idea freaked Piper out. It made her think of that huge purple bonfire in the dreams and her father tied to a stake. What she got instead was almost as terrifying: a sing-along.

We can't make a portal"?" "We've got a flying boat " Carter offered.

That's right Sadie. For our first real date I picked up Zia in a boat pulled by a deranged griffin. So what? Like your dates aren't weird?

Most of Set's forces were running towards our boat screaming and throwing rocks (which tended to fall down and hit them but no one says demons are bright).

Look I didn't want to be a half-blood.

Don't underestimate Camp Half-Blood.

Never seen Jason fly before " Percy grumbled. "He looks like a blond Superman

Huh " said Percy. "Never seen Jason fly before. He looks like a blond superman.

The last thing I wanted to do was blow up another school.

They know they've won " Carter guessed. "They're making a show of it." "Yes " Amos said. "Well let's blow up the boats or something!" I said. Amos looked at me. "Is that your strategy honestly?

Do you always try to kill people when they blow their nose?

Daddy will explain. Come he is blowing up monsters.

I can't get through the year without getting kicked out or blowing something up.

The wind blowing through my ripped clothes was so cold that I felt like a Percysicle.

He had a crush on a blueberry bush once.

I nodded looking at Rachel with respect. "You hit the Lord of the Titans in the eye with a blue plastic hairbrush.

There are parties and then there are huge major blowout parties. And then there are Olympian parties. If you ever get a choice go for the Olympian.

Coach Hedge yelled "Thar she blows! Kansas ahoy!" "Holy Hephaestus " Leo muttered. "He really needs to work on his shipspeak.

I should've blown more stuff up." -Coach Gleeson Hedge

She wanted me to betray you guys and I was like 'Pfft right I'm gonna listen to a face in the potty sludge'.

I suppose with so many things suddenly getting better the things that were still missing hurt even worse.

Hubris means deadly pride. Thinking you can do things better than anyone else.

Nut shrugged. "Set had always been Set for better or worse. But he is still part of our family. It is difficult to lose any member of your family . . . is it not?

I didn't answer but please"?nothing is obvious with boys. For such simple creatures they are quite baffling.

I'd come to respect the bag.

I'm not usually an eavesdropper but i dare you to try not listening if you hear your best friend talking about you to an adult.

Maybe being home schooled Carter didn't realize that "test" is normally a bad thing.

Maybe it's the other way around " Jason suggested. "Maybe people with special gifts show up when bad things are happening because that's when they're needed most.

Maybe"?just maybe"?Sadie had my best interests at heart. (I just caught her making faces at me so maybe not.)

Her name badge read: Hello! My name is DIE DEMIGOD SCUM!

the best people have the rottenest luck

i love to read and you should read percy kackson & the olympians the last one the best

Besides your a cat.Its your nature to think your the center of the universe."She stared at him blankly. "But I am the center of the universe.

You mean a bad heel?" I said. "Couldn't I just like wear something besides sandals? No offense." -Percy

She would always be my biggest what if.

A big sacrifice is coming and you won't have the courage to make it. That will cost you dearly. It will cost the world dearly.

Coach Hedge shouted 'Let the movie star go you big ugly cupcake! Or I'm gonna plant my hoof right up your...

Leo's biggest surprise: One look from Jason and all three of them knew the game plan. When had that happened that they could read each other so well?

The pinecone is a fearsome tool of destruction! -Bacchus

Fighting giants was one thing. Bacchus making into a game was something else.

Entertain me heroes of Olympus. Give me a reason to do more." Bacchus to Percy and Jason

Lord Bacchus do you remember me? I helped you with that missing leopard in Sonoma." Bacchus scratched his stubbly chin. "Ah... yes. John Green." "Jason Grace." "Whatever " the god said.

If you've seen a crab's mouth all foamy and gross with whiskers and snapping bits you can imagine this one didn't look any better blown up to billboard size.

The Olympians were a reminder that there was always someone better than you so you shouldn't get a big head.

You're a stalker with hooves." "I am not! I followed her to the Big House and hid in a bush and watched the whole thing.

Child of lightning beware the earth The giants' revenge the seven shall birth The forge and the dove shall break the cage And death unleash through Hera's rage.

The Friday before winter break my mom packed me an overnight bag and a few deadly weapons and took me to a new boarding school.

Writing is like a sport - you only get better if you practice

Schist " said an angry voice from the grass. Hazel raised her eyebrows. "Excuse me?" "Schist! Big pile of schist!

Big brothers are the ones who are supposed to pull their punches. Little sisters"?well we should be able to hit as hard as we like shouldn't we?

No which fish are big enough to land

I concentrated hard and snapped my fingers. "You don't see the sword " I told the girl. "It's just a ballpoint pen." She blinked. "Um . . . no. It's a sword weirdo.

I want to build some thing permanent.

Khufu carefully picked out everything that ended with-o"?Doritos Oreos and some chunks of meat. Buffalo? Armadillo? I was scared to even ask.

That sounded about as likely as Apophis and Ra becoming Facebook buddies but I decided not to say anything.

Leo had recently discovered how to change the display like the Times Square JumboTron so now the banner read: Merry Christmas! All your presents belong to Leo!

You know what would help this boy?" Demeter mused. "Farming." Persephone rolled her eyes. "Mother-" "Six months behind a plow. Excellent character building.

Oh lord. I was beginning to think like Neith. Soon I'd be huddled in an underground bunker eating army rations and cackling as I sewed together the pockets of all the boys who'd jilted me.

No matter how many times Percy killed them and watched them crumble to powder they just kept re-forming like large evil dust bunnies.

We'll have to work on your bunny phobia later.

Our secret weapon Khione! We're not just a bunch of demigods. We're a team.

Bessie?" I looked down at the bull serpent. "But"¦ he's too cute. He couldn't destroy the world." -Percy Jackson

Percy: I thought I'd lost my mom forever and I was stuck on a hill in a thunderstorm fighting this huge bull dude while Grover was passed out wailing. "Food!" It was terrifying man.

I remembered what she'd told me in New York about building something permanent and I thought - just maybe - we were off to a good start.

Caesar broke the law when he crossed the Rubicon " Frank said. "Great leaders have to think out side the box sometimes.

Jumping out a window five hundred feet above ground is not usually my idea of fun. Especially when I'm wearing bronze wings and flapping my arms like a duck.

New lesson class. Most monsters will vaporize when sliced with a celestial bronze sword. This change is perfectly normal and will happen to you right now if you don't BACK OFF!" - Percy

Intelligence won wars not brute force.

My fatal flaw is hubris. The brown stuff they spread on veggie sandwiches? No seaweed brain. That's hummus. Hubris is worse. What could be worse than hummus?

So you can't live in Manhattan?' she asked. Amos's brow furrowed as he looked across at the Empire State Building. 'Manhattan has other problems. Other gods. It's best we stay separate.

Water liked to be free. Given time water could overcome any barrier and it hated to be trapped just like Percy.

For once I didn't look back.

Right." Sadie looked dazed. "You've got a monkey butler. Why not?

Keep a demon busy I thought. Right. Maybe he fancies a game of Tiddlywinks.

We wandered the halls of an infinite magic nursing home led by a hippo nurse with a torch. Really just an ordinary night for the Kanes.

You cannot imprison me!" He bellowed. "I am Hyperion! I am-" The bark closed over his face. Grover took his pipes from his mouth. "You are a very nice maple tree.

Whoa " said Nico as he climbed off the bus. "Is that a climbing wall?" "Yeah " I (Percy) said. "Why is there lava pouring down it?" "Little extra challenge..." - Percy

Is it fair your life burns so short and bright? Death had asked. "No such thing as fair " Frank told himself. "If I'm going to burn it might as well be bright.

Ever had a flying burrito hit you? Well it's a deadly projectile right up there with cannonballs and grenades.

I need to use the Dam Bathroom I need to use the Dam Snack bar I want a Dam Tee-Shirt.

We're burning " Sadie pointed out helpfully. "Noticed!" I yelled back.

Leo: I'm almost out of gas! Woah that came out wrong. I meant the burning kind!

Your lifeline...oh the burning stick. Right." Leo resisted the urge to set his hand ablaze and yell: BWAH HA HA!

I can't summon anymore gas!" Leo warned. The His faced turned red. 'Wow that came out wrong. I mean the burning kind.

Mark my words nothing smells worse than burned scorpion.

She let the fear burn inside her like fuel making her voice even stronger.

my sword reappeared in my pocket. yeah great timing.now i could attack the walls all i wanted.my cell had no bar no window not even a door

When he woke daylight was coming through the glass floor and a boy's voice said "Oh...You are in so much trouble.

I was wishing I'd bought some of that Camp Half Blood orange thermal underwear..." ?!?!

He offered to stop the tide for me once. He offered to build me a palace at the bottom of the sea.

Akmon squealed with delightI knew you were as smart as Hercules! I will call you Black Bottom the Sequel!

Akmon squealed with delight. "I knew you were as smart as Hercules! I will call you Black Bottom the Sequel!

I knew there was a reason I didnt turn you into a banana slug." Leonid'd eyes widened. "No banana slug! Please!" "It was a compliement silly. Forbidden is good! Sadie likes forbidden!

Our camels plodded along. Katrina tried to kiss or possibly spit on Hindenburg and Hindenburg farted in response. I found this a depressing commentary on boy-girl relationships.

Don't worry goat boy. The milkman is dead.

Desjardins was literally fuming. His tattered robes still smoked from battle. (Carter says I shouldn't mention that his pink boxer shorts were showing but they were!)

Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.

Aretmis gripped her bow. "Let us pray I am wrong." Can goddesses pray?

Poseidon can come in too! We will eat you both! Seafood!

Paul patted Mrs. O'Leary's snout. The living room shook "?BOOM BOOM BOOM"?which either meant a SWAT team was breaking down the door or Mrs. O'Leary was wagging her tail. I couldn't help but smile.

I sometimes look at my bookshelves today and wonder which volumes my sons will treasure in twenty or thirty years. Which should I be saving for them? Which will fade with time?

I've always found the second book in a series is the hardest to write.

Terminus sniffed. "I guard borders. I don't kill giants. It's not in my job description.

Why do you need to gallop while you fly?" "Why do humans have to sway their arms while they walk? I dunno boss but it just feels right.

Good luck boss. Don't let'em turn you into horse meat! (Blackjack)

I could hear hopefulness in her voice but also doubt. She was waiting for me to admit the obvious: I'd forgotten. I was toast. I was boyfriend roadkill.

The bridge fell away into the chasm and the Cyclops howled ... with delight because he was standing right next to us.

NOW MY BRETHREN!" Poseidon's voice was so loud I wasn't sure if I was hearing it from the smoke image or from all the way across town. "STRIKE FOR OLYMPUS!

Our problems started in Dallas when the fire-breathing sheep destroyed the King Tut exhibit.

Nice creepy reptile " Frank said very aware of the driftwood in his coat pocket. "Nice poisonous fire-breathing reptile.

Love is powerful. It can bring the gods to their knees.

Bring it on Pinecone Face!

Yeah! Bring it on lake!" -Coach Gleeson Hedge

I know I'm an idiot!" Leo moaned. "A brilliant idiot but still an idiot.

You Titans are about as bright as my gym socks.

If I'm going to burn it might as well be bright.

On the bright side " Percy said "both Jason and I outrank you Octavian. So we can both tell you to shut up.

Seriously who curses you with their dying breath and says I hope your eye twitches!

You want to know how Egyptians pulled the brains out of mummies. or built the pyramids or cursed King Tut's tomb? My dad's your man.

So destroy?" Cal asked. Clearly the conversation was giving his two brain cells a serious workout.

My brother broke into a toothy grinYay! Your brain works!

My brother broke into a toothy grin. "Yay! Your brain works!

You promised Seaweed brain. We would not get separated! Ever again!

With her braided hair and white dress she seemed to glow in the moonlight.

Whats up Seaweed Brain?

I tried very hard. But I can't help it. The Fates are cruel. They sent you to me my brave one knowing that you would break my heart.

Even little Herley who couldn't have been more than eight looked like he could go six rounds with Chuck Norris without breaking a sweat.

Chiron probably wanted me to say Heck it wa nothing. I eat hellhounds for breakfast. But I didn't feel like lying.

Nico I've seen a lot of brave things. But what you just did? That was maybe the bravest.

Your former friend Luke " Poseidon corrected. "He once promised things like that. He was Hermes's pride and joy. Just bear that in mind Percy. Even the bravest can fall.

I don't define myself by the boys who may or may not like me.

And I was holding someone who was destined to be my best friend or possibly my worst enemy.

It doesn't matter! From waist down my best friend is a donkey.....

but I felt as if I'd just been Photoshopped out of my own book cover. And if there was one thing I wasn't used to it was being ignored

You began your journey here as a pup. Now you must find your way back. A new quest a new start.

It's hard to enjoy practical jokes when your whole life feels like one.

Are you crazy?" "Probably

may the gods be with you

You're a stalker with hooves." -Percy Jackson

Who are you and why are you my cat?

Who are you?" Ethan Nakamura. I have to kill you." ??

I had weird dreams full of barnyard animals. Most of them wanted to kill me. The rest wanted food.

Scrawny? Baby I invented scrawny. Scrawny is the new sizzling hot.

Hi this is Ganymede cup-bearer to Zeus and when I'm out buying wine for the Lord of the Skies I always buckle up!

Thoth's beak! You are impossibley stubborn." "Yeah it's a gift.

Come on " I said. "I've got some questions for Thoth. And then I'm going to punch him in the beak.

I headed towards the mountain which was an almost irresistible beacon to my storm self. It glowed with heat pressure and turbulence"?everything a little dust devil like me could want.

The real world is where the monsters are.

True success requires sacrifice.

Hope survives best at the hearth.

Spontaneous combustion IS a form of harm Mr. D " Chiron put in.

My mother says looking is the nature of wisdom.

Think positive girl or the world ends.

It's him " I said. "Typhon." I was seriously hoping Chiron would say something good like 'No that's our huge friend Leroy! He's going to help us!

I love teaching. I love working with kids... maybe some day I'll go back to the classroom. I'm not ready to say it'll never happen.

We heard the army before we saw it. The noise was like a cannon barrage combined with a football stadium crowd- like every Patriots fan in New England was charging us with bazookas.

I survive all those battles " she growled "and I get defeated by a stupid chunk of rock!

I hoped I wasn't blushing. It was bad enough I had to depend on my mom to drive me to my battles.

I heard Amos yell "For Brooklyn!" It was an odd battle cry.

A battle can be won before it's ever fought by choosing the right ground.

Is Tyson okay?' I asked. The question seemed to take my dad by surprise. 'He's fine. Doing much better than I expected. Though 'peanut butter' is a strange battle cry.

She deserved at least one person who saw her and knew how good she was.

Mugged by my own mother.

Percy" my mom said"BE safe bother" Tyson pleaded."Enchiladas!" Grover said.

That's what happens when it snows in Texas lady. It. Freaking. Melts.

Thats what happens to Snow in Texas lady. It freaking MELTS!!" Leo Valdez- The Lost Hero

Bad Cyclops Lady!" he bellowed. "General Tyson says GO AWAY!

Ma'at demands a leader." "Yeah so I've heard.

Frank imitated the voice of Vitellius: 'They're wimps! Back in my day we died all the time and we liked it!

Hazel blinked. "Two gods had a horse for a kid?" "Long story.

Maybe it's okay to still be a kid every once in a while.

Life is only precious because it ends kid.

Am I a troubled kid? Yeah you could say that.

Stupid Sixteen year old kid falling from the sky! I'm late!

If my mom told one more story about how cute I looked in the bathtub when I was three years old I was going to burrow into the snow and freeze myself to death.

How did you die?" "We er....drowned in a bathtub." "All three of you?" "It was a big bathtub.

Leo had seen Tia Callida in action; she liked knives snakes and putting babies in roaring fires. Yeah definitely let's unleash her rage. Great idea.

The baboon is driving " I noted. "Should I be worried?

Our baboon was going completely sky goddess - which is to say nuts.

Just my luck on top of everything else I had to take baboon medicine.

Agh-uhh!" the baboon grunted. He turned and waddled up the stairs. Unfortunately the Lakers jersey didn't completely cover his multicolored rear.

Right " I said. "So the baboon the crocodile"¦any other pets I should know about?" Amos thought for a moment. "Visible ones? No I think that's it.

Lookin up at the huge baboons I wondered if Khufu had some sort of secret baboon code that would get us in. But instead he barked at the statues and cowered heroically behind my legs.

Staplers--- Excellent source of iron

Great. I've made a friend.

Happy the Dragon was not so happy.

Happy Birthday!' I yelled 'Now shut up!

Someday you will make an excellent guardian ba." "Thanks " I muttered. "Can't wait to be poultry forever.

Dreams like podcast. Downloading truth in my ears. They tell me cool stuff.

Cool" Leo said. "I always wanted a sister who could beat me up.

Frank gave Leo a confused smile- like he couldn't decide whether to gloat or to thank Leo for being a doofus- but he cheerfully let Hazel drag him along.

Glad you're back to normal. The makeup and the dress were a lot more intimidating than the dagger." "Get going Sparky before I skewer you." "Sparky?

Be careful of love. It'll twist your brain around and leave you thinking up is down and right is wrong.

I have to be careful. My readers are very detail-oriented and if I make a mistake they'll call me on it.

She'd also called me brave...unless she was talking to the catfish.

Good job on Percy Jackson I read all of them 8 times and have listened 42 times and still not bored Thanks.

He scowled at Jason. "And please I don't like being touched. Don't ever grab me again.

It's wonderful being an author and having so many kids enjoying my books. That's always been my dream job and I feel very lucky to be able to do it.

What's the point of being a magician if you can't wave your wand and make the people you care about feel better?