Thursday, July 19, 2007

Booking Through Thursday

Just Wild About Harry

1. Okay, love him or loathe him, you’d have to live under a rock not to know that J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, comes out on Saturday… Are you going to read it?
Well...looking at my blog recently, you could probably surmise that my answer is...yes.

2. If so, right away? Or just, you know, eventually, when you get around to it? Are you attending any of the midnight parties?
No midnight parties here, although I will be surprising my husband with some HP-themed treats Saturday. We ordered our copy on Amazon via Free Super Saving Shipping, so I don't expect it to arrive for about a week. But as soon as it crosses our doorstep, I'm diving in!

3. If you’re not going to read it, why not?
This does not apply.

4. And, for the record… what do you think? Will Harry survive the series? What are you most looking forward to?
We both think Harry will survive. Although, he could end up looking like Mad-Eye Moody. As to who will die, my thoughts change on a pretty daily basis. But no matter what, it will be a bittersweet ending. I have come to love HP, his friends and adventures, and I think it is one of the best children's series I have ever read.* And that's saying a lot, because I usually don't go for the crazy media hyped books. Take Lemony Snicket for example. I read the first three, discovered I was not a fan, and dropped the series.

* Update: This columnist seems to disagree with the opinion I hold. Thank you Danielle for the heads up in your recent post. While never claiming HP as a literary masterpiece, I don't think I will budge from my opinion that it is a wonderful series.


teabird said...

Why would you budge? It is a wonderful series. It's a great story, its characters change and grow, it has a consistent world despite the vagaries of magic, and it's funny. I am going to miss the characters when the last book is done, just as I miss the characters from Anne Tyler's Digging to America. Good writing is good writing.

Nyssaneala said...

I wouldn't. :) I do find it fascinating how this 'debate' and 'controversy' always seems to pop up right before a new HP release.

Dewey said...

I pre-ordered mine, and every other time I pre-ordered it, I actually received it the afternoon before the official release date! I hope that happens this time.

Won't it be funny next week when ever blog we visit has a HP review?

Literary Feline said...

I'm with you. It's a wonderful series. So fun and entertaining.

About Lemony Snicket, I read the first three books and enjoyed them, but never really felt the need to go on with the series. I am not a huge fan of YA fiction, and maybe it was that that played a part in my disinterest. Hmm. Harry seems to bridge into all generations.

Lotus Reads said...

My friend's 15-year old daughter picked up her Harry Potter book at midnight on Friday and finished it by 10:00pm Saturday night. Sunday morning she awoke before the rest of the house did and started on her second reading...her mom tells me she's now getting ready to read the book for the third time! I can't remember ever being this crazy about any book...perhaps I should read a Harry Potter just to see what the fuss is about!

I hope you have an enjoyable time reading this book, Nyssaneala, I know you've been looking forward to it!

Chris said...

Though I haven't read the series, I don't have a problem with the books. Enjoy!

Btw, I've tagged you for a meme.