As if working until 2AM each night this week wasn’t bad enough, I had to start The Deathly Hallows on the plane ride home from Orlando last weekend. Which means I was up until 4AM last night, unable to put the book down.

Overall impressions, from page 350 or so: It’s good. Not having read any of the other books in the series besides the first (but having seen almost all the movies in the theater), I can follow most of the story arcs sucessfully. I’m enjoying the character development and the plot is beginning to pick up steam, although it dragged on a bit through the first third of the book.

Usually I’ll power through a book I like in one sitting (even books this big), but I made a conscious decision to slow down and savor this one as much as possible—it’s been a while since I had some good escapist fiction to read, and it’s a welcome alternative to sitting in front of an LCD for 3/4 of the day.

Date posted: August 17, 2007 | Filed under books | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to Damn You, Harry Potter

  1. Linda says:

    If you don’t re-read Sorcerer’s Stone and then read all the others in order ASAP, you are hollow and dead inside.

  2. the idiot says:

    It’s definitely on my list. I don’t have any of the books besides the first, so I’ll have to make repeated trips to the library, I suppose. For a while I was resigned to the fact that I’d never have enough time to read them all, but I’ve thrown that resolution out the window.

  3. Linda says:

    None of them are difficult by any stretch, but they increase in length and density as Harry matures. So the first one was most like a children’s book, they get a little more mature with each volume, and Deathly Hallows is closest to grown-up fiction.

    Even with your schedule, I suspect you could get through all seven in a couple of weeks.

  4. dave says:

    Call me, Mr. Idiotking. The whole set is on a table in our living room. You’re welcome to the early editions. Katie is in Order of the Phoenix and is working hard to complete them all before school begins.