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Monday, July 23, 2007

Still no spoilers--but very satisfied

After being disappointed in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I'll admit I was a little worried about the final book. Sure, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was a solid book that I enjoyed, but there were a lot of loose ends to wrap up. Would Rowling sacrifice pace just to get in all the details that were left open?

I'm pleased to say that I was not in the least disappointed in this book. The pacing was incredible and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is easily the best book in the series. It's a fitting ending and I'll confess to being highly satisfied.

First off, the experience of reading the book was a good one--as in the others, I laughed aloud several times. However, I also cried several times throughout the book, sometimes for grief, sometimes for joy, and sometimes because the satisfaction and thrill was so great. It was, overall, a very emotional read.

It also did a wonderful job of finishing the story. It's over and I'm not left longing for more or wondering about open-ended storylines. It's done, it was wonderful, and now it is time for another story in another world.


  • My two cents. You know that Rowling started to lose me at the Goblet of Fire. She became a brand, in my opinion, and editors seemed afraid to tell her that she needed to cut words.

    I am terribly disappointed in the last two books. The last actually was pretty good for the first 300 pages. I detested the ending, though, and think she could have done much better to engage the reader. I felt very distanced from the characters.

    As our mutual friend once said, "That's why there's chocolate and vanilla."

    I wonder if the Stardust movie is any good? It's the only Neil Gaiman book I ever panned. ;-)

    By Blogger Joubert, at 5:28 PM  

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