Saturday, July 21, 2007

Waiting for Harry

Like a lot of Harry Potter geeks I pre-ordered my copy of The Deathly Hallows and am I eagerly awaiting its delivery. I can feel the eye-rolls now. I will probably be a bit distracted for a day or two.

19 comments:

Matt said...

I work at an independent bookstore so I was on hand to witness a couple hundred children and adults get the Deathly Hallows at midnight last night.

I was chatting with one guy in line who told me that the book has already been circulating online as a text document. As soon as he got his copy he checked the last few pages to see if they matched what he had read. Apparently they did.

I'm not sure if this is a terrible thing or not, but I guess the fact that he still felt compelled to buy a physical copy means that not everyone will screw with J.K. Rowling's ever-growing fortune.

In any case, this book sounds good so I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Reading!

SQT said...

It would be so easy to justify not buying the book she's got enough money etc. etc. but this is one of those books I have to have a hard copy of.

I am enjoying it so far. She seems determined to tie up loose ends and I tend to like that.

DesLily said...

got my copy too! but am out the door on my way to florida so can't read it until I come back. (not lugging that thing around! to dang heavy!) Enjoy!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Some are already reviewing it. Hopw you enjoy it.

Fab said...

I still have to get my delivery. This Saturday we celebrated our Independence Day and although some bookstores opened expecially for Potter, with all the crowd downtown it would have been like mission impossible to get in. So please don't give too much info away...

Alex said...

I have a feeling SQT's IQ will have dropped five points by the time we next see her.

Seriously. Don't you have anything better to read?

SQT said...

Alex, yeah I have a lot of books that could be called better. But it's like watching a movie that's enjoyable without being deep. Sometimes that's all I'm looking for.

ShadowFalcon said...

my husband finished it in 5 hours and no he keeps distracting me everytime I'm reading with a "oh your only at that bit" ahhhhhhhhhhh

Fab said...

Well, Potter can be a nice break from Dead Souls by Gogol, now isn't it? Especially after a tiresome day.

Asara said...

Hehe, I finished mine in about five hours too. I'm starting over again today. I always read new books twice, especially if they're part of a series. Once for "OMG what happens?????" and again for "Now HOW exactly did that go?".

I would have started over yesterday, but I had to make up the 5 hours to my hubby, who was very bored and lonely while I was reading!! :)

avery said...

Asara, I did the exact same thing. I'm done with the 'OMG.' Now, I'll wait a couple of weeks and go back for the clarification read.

SQT said...

Asara and Avery, I've done the same thing with all my past Potter books. I've been taking this one slower so I may not bother with the re-read right away though.

Andrew J Robertson said...

"I have a feeling SQT's IQ will have dropped five points by the time we next see her.

Seriously. Don't you have anything better to read?"

You really feel that way? I've never read a Potter book, but I find parts of the movies to be hard to follow.

Alex said...

It's so predictable, and it's mostly ripped off from real fantasy authors of the past.

I read the first book because it was available in Latin, and it still seemed like a twelve-year-old had written it. I love children's literature - hell, I just read Watership Down again - but I can't stand authors who think that because something is for children that they can be lazy.

Rowling's just a piss-poor author.

The movies turn out okay, and I guess I can see wasting two hours on them when you havenothing better to do. But to waste five hours reading a novel, I have a very large stack of much more important, much better-written fiction to get through before I would even consider Harry Palmers.


Then again, I'm a book snob. I'm the first to admit it. It's what happens when you spend too much time in academia.

SQT said...

Alex, have you tried to read Eragon? That POS makes Rowling look like Shakespeare.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Ah..I return from internet gaming and Alex is bashing Harry Potter. What a scrooge. Sheesh. And as for being a literary snob..I don't know what that means. It reminds me of a story...

I was in an economics class surrounded by young Republicans...one leaned next to a young woman and tapped a book she was reading. "Tolstoy?" he asked wanly. "I find Tolstoy droll. I've read all the classics, you know."

I stood up and raised my voice: "You've read ALL THE CLASSICS!!!! You smug self-serving sonovobitch."

And then I dropped the class and went back to the English Department, where I belonged.

Gosh.

SQT said...

Stu

I think I'm giving up on the whole literary snobbery argument. I can't begin to say I've read enough classics to keep up with people like Alex, so why try? I read what I like and I don't really feel I have to justify it anymore.

Same goes with movies. I'll watch crap if I want to. So there.

Fab said...

Very well put, Sqt!

Alex said...

The classics are written in Greek or Latin. Anything else is just literature of varying quality.

Sorry, Stu. What was your problem with those people? Was it that you thought they were Republicans, or that you thought the gentleman was arrogant.

It can hardly be the latter, considering your condescending tone toward the former. We wouldn't want to be a hypocrite, now, would we?

SQT, I never bothered to read Eragon, either. I could tell, when the multi-million dollar script rewrite for the movie didn't salvage the project, that the book would be shite. There is one thing to be said in the author's defense, though - he was a teen when it was published. If I looked back at some of my writing as a teen, I am sure it would be horse shit.

I just get on the Harry Potter crowd because for most people that's the one book they'll read all month. It's so damned trendy to read semi-literate YA fiction these days, I'm surprised we haven't seen Paris Hilton sporting her copy of Harry Potter at all the posh watering holes of Beverly Hills.

Fucking sheep.