Sunday, July 22, 2007

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS

Very, very good.

I forgive Publisher's Lunch--what they revealed turned out to be not quite as crucial as I thought. In fact, I'm going to write them an e-mail apologizing because I was quite angered by the whole spoiler leak, and had let them known what I thought via private e-mail.

No spoilers here, please; I'll delete them, in the interest of being nice. You may comment, either that you liked the book or that you hated it. I know a lot of people don't read as fast as I do, and admittedly, many have lives and things they should be doing (for example, I should have gone wedding ring shopping today).

You can also comment whether you'd be interested in doing a spoiler-filled discussion starting on September 1st, which nicely coincides as the start of the Hogwarts school year, and my first day of work back after my honeymoon. =)

21 comments:

Angelle Trieste said...

You read fast, I must admit. :)

It took me two days to finish it. Loved it, loved it!!!!!

December/Stacia said...

I really liked it, though I would have liked a bit more at the end. And I was surprised by how emotional I got over a few things I didn't think would bother me.


Spoilerific discussion is always fun!

Anonymous said...

I spent twenty-four hours reading it every chance I got. It was well worth the read and I feel vindicated, I was right. Yes.

I am always ashamed that when I read I yell at my children to "Leave Me Alone." Growing up my Dad equated reading with watching tv, it was a waste of time. My children seem to think that if I'm reading I'm not doing anything important. This time, they knew, this was important to me. It was all I talked about for months. This book, this story, the reason I was inspired to write my own version (which has evolved into nothing that resembles Rowling's books)is my passion. Nobody can promise plot, character development, and an easy to read yet deeply intricate story like she can, and then keep that promise.

I can only say thank you to whatever fates put me in the generation where I got read the books as they unfolded rather than all at once.

kathie said...

I'm glad you liked it. I have all the books--including number seven but haven't read any of them yet. I'm going to read with my kids. But, a good friend of mine adores the books and in support of her and to engage in a once in a lifetime frenzy around literature, I went to the local independent book store at Midnight, had coffee and absorbed the excitement. NOthing better than little kids and high schoolers talking with such authority about stuff they read. And, I did read the last two pages upon returning home to slumber...

Michelle said...

I enjoyed it quite a lot, particuarly the epilogue. :)

Aliette said...

I'm still waiting for my copy to ship from England... :-(

Ah, the joys of living in a non-English country.

Lee Ann Ward said...

I bought the book yesterday, and I'm on page 223 now. Unfortunately, I have had a super busy weekend and I haven't been able to just sit and read...yet! I do plan on finishing the book tonight, however. And, so far, I am loving it! I can't wait to get into the real meat-and-potatoes of the story tonight. And, a spoiler-filled discussion in September will be awesome and quite welcomed. I LOVE those "talks".

Kim said...

LOVED the book - loved how she wrapped up and tied everything together. Parts of it brought tears to my eyes and I was glad I was alone in the house (aside from my son sleeping upstairs.)

I'm not too crazy about the epilogue, but I understand why she did it. It made me sad to finish it and realize it's the last one.

Karan said...

Finished it yesterday afternoon and I loved it as well :) Sad to see the story end though and I think that is the very best kind. I was right in my assumptions and surprised by some things. I wish I had a fingernails width of her talent!
Karan

Angelle Trieste said...

Aliete,

I live in a non-English speaking country too. Did you see if there's Amazon in your country? They have one in several countries, and will ship books in English more economically. :)

spyscribbler said...

I finished it the next day; I just couldn't wait! Now I've glued my lips shut, trying so hard not to spoil the experience for anyone else.

I loved it, but I was also vaguely disappointed. I'm not quite clear whether the disappointment stemmed over the fact that it was the last book, or whether it was something in the book.

Well, I'm just going to have to read all seven in order, so I can figure it out. :-)

MaryF said...

I finished about an hour ago and LOVED it! Thought the middle was a bit slow, but LOVED the world she's built, the characters are so real!

I loved the epilogue, too.

Now, to keep quiet while my son reads it....yes, he let me read it first!

Heather Janes said...

I finished it Saturday afternoon around 4:30 and would love a spoiler discussion.

Overall, I liked the book. Though there were some things I was disappointed in, I'm more pleased with it than anything else.

Scott said...

I liked it. A lot. I was worried that she'd pull another Book 5 and end with a book I disliked, but, no, she proved she's better than that.

My 100%-spoiler-free review is at blog.scottrhoades.com, so I don't want to repeat it here.

Cara King said...

I just finished it, and I really loved it. Now I kind of want to read them all over again from the beginning, all in a row...but I suspect I won't. (There are SO many books on my TBR pile!)

Cara

Ben S. D. said...

I regret to admit I've never read a single one of these books, nor have I seen a single one of the movies. My younger brother loves them, though.

It's not that I don't like fantasy...one of my favorite series of all time is Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time." But I've been busy catching up on classics I SHOULD'VE read in the past. Heh.

I'll have to look into the Potter books one day.

Aliette said...

Angelle,

There is an amazon in my country--but at the time I ordered the book they didn't yet sell it...Serves me right for preordering too early :)

Jeff Strand said...

What a disappointment! Ron, Harry, and Hermoine eating onion rings in a diner, Voldemort walks in, Harry looks up, and then the book just ends in mid-sentence! Grrrrrr...

D. L. Rankin said...

Storywise, I liked this book best of all and was thrilled from beginning to end. Unlike December, I think the ending was a little protracted. After awhile I started screaming into my silent living room "Get on with it, already!" Rowling is an ecellent plotter and creates a fun, vivid world, and fleshed out characters. However, I do have a minor qualm. I'm not sure if this comes from being in a writer's group and having an extra-critical eye, but she uses ridiculous amounts of adverbs, which tell you how to feel instead of letting the writing do it, and so many passive sentences that I often had to "activate" them in my head to progress through the story. She removed the contractions from the narrative, which I don't remember being the case in previous books, but somehow changed the tone. It seems like she was affected by other writers or trying to please critics, which is stupid considering how far she's come. Overall, though, Deathly Hallows was an excellent read and there are chapters that I feel like reading again. Especially the part where Harry goes back to Hogwarts! (That's not a spoiler, is it?) 9.5/10.

Anonymous said...

I'm with spyscribbler. I was somewhat disappointed in the overall tone and quality of writing in this book.

To my critical eye, the best of the series still is Goblet of Fire.

I thought the epilogue was difficult to understand with all those names of characters we didn't already know.

But I will be reading it again.

~~Olivia said...

Excellent book and JRK is a wonderful story teller! I love the way she pulls everything together at the end. It all makes sense.

However, there were a few too many coincidences for me. And I got very tired of the characters always being angry with each other.

But, all in all, a good read.