Wednesday, December 30, 2009

HP Sauce

I'm almost at the end of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I know I'm a bit behind the rest of you but I am trying to see all the movies so need to read all the books first (welcome to my world).

Had a conversation with my sister and her partner the other day about books that were rubbish but you had to read because everyone else reads them and we need to join in the conversation. I have made her read The Shack and she is making me read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. We all agreed to keep away from Paul Coelho and Dan Brown. In fact I was given quite a lot of abuse for having read two of Dan Brown's books as everyone else round the table had stopped at one. I only read the second because I couldn't believe anything could be worse than the Da Vinci Code but I was wrong.

But what do we recall about J.K. Rowling? The plots are lively. The final resolution in each volume is nicely set up as is the final book in the series. The writing is OK and gets you there. Some of the continuity is a bit strange and she has no idea whatsoever about how sport works. She has been fortunate enough to catch a big wave and it's taken her to shore. I have no problem with that.

I will read the final volume and be happy to.


Caroline Too said...

I thought that the early books, where she was just telling a story, they were great.

for me the later books, where she felt the need to go over more 'history' got a bit tangled

3D half blood prince had some great scenes

RuthJ said...

Seen the film version yet? Ron's sporting success and its (less than straightforward) causes came across hilariously and thought-provokingly, imho. Not that I have the faintest clue how sport works. Without glasses could always see two balls - no prizes for guessing which one I hit!