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HP7 [Jul. 22nd, 2007|07:59 pm]
Tony Grist

Will I ever do that again- read a 600 page novel in under 24 hours?

Probably not.

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[User Picture]From: solar_diablo
2007-07-22 08:21 pm (UTC)
Was it a satisfactory conclusion of the series for you?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-22 09:09 pm (UTC)
Yes it was. Tied things together very nicely. And taken by itself it's one of the best books in the series.
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[User Picture]From: momof2girls
2007-07-22 08:33 pm (UTC)
My copy has seven hundred and fifty-some pages - what'd they leave out in yours? : - )
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-22 09:10 pm (UTC)
Must be smaller print, I guess.

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[User Picture]From: momof2girls
2007-07-22 09:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I figured. What did you think of it? I *loved* it - I think it's the best book of the series.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-23 10:23 am (UTC)
I enjoyed it enormously. It's very exciting. I think the conclusion is largely satisfying though not greatly surprising. I still think Order of the Phoenix is the best of the books.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2007-07-22 08:43 pm (UTC)
Me either.
Maybe.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-22 09:11 pm (UTC)
I don't see the Potter phenomenon being replicated- but who knows?
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2007-07-22 10:18 pm (UTC)
It was a fast read, and a definite page turner. I read it yesterday morning/early afternoon, in and around doing laundry.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-23 10:21 am (UTC)
I can't read that fast. Subtract the time spent sleeping and performing one or two unavoidable tasks and I believe the book cost me at least 12 hours.
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2007-07-22 10:24 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the accomplishment! :-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-23 10:18 am (UTC)
Thank you. I don't read very fast-so apart from sleeping and doing one or two unavoidable tasks- i did very little else in the time.
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2007-07-23 03:21 pm (UTC)
Darn those unavoidable tasks! *L*
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From: manfalling
2007-07-23 02:26 am (UTC)
I had the American copy too- though bigger than the uk version, it runs to over 700 pages. It has little pictures at the start of each chapter.

Finished it yesterday. Not exactly the ending I expected/hoped for, but still good, and made me think.

Perhaps it`s too early to openly discuss it- people fearing spoilers and all that. Lots to say though.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-23 07:41 am (UTC)
Yeah- the surprise with the ending is there weren't more surprises.
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[User Picture]From: karenetaylor
2007-07-23 05:29 am (UTC)
I just finished it about an hour ago.

I was pleased with the ending if not terribly surprised by it all. She tells a compelling story -- one might think she cast a spell herself on the book, making it impossible to put down until finished.

Or not. I did manage to take a break long enough to see the HP movie. Although, that's not really much of a break, is it?

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-23 10:15 am (UTC)
She certainly has the knack of making you turn the page.

The ending was less radical than I thought it would be. I'd expected one- at least- of the three central characters to die.

She's brought the series to an honourable conclusion. I still think Order of the Phoenix is the best of the books.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2007-07-25 11:22 am (UTC)
The lost weekend! --I rearranged an appointment, skipped church, turned off my cell phone and TV and computer, and spent the day on my porch, taking breaks only for walking occasionally when I got too restless.

Harry totally immersed me and I was 99% pleased with the story. (I found the epilogue frustrating, because I wanted to know what the characters would be doing with their careers, although surely she'd hinted at auror, ministry, and law)

Kate finished before I did; she said she'd find herself looking up and being startled that she was in her living room.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-25 08:44 pm (UTC)
I agree about the epilogue. I'd be glad to know more than that they're married and have children
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2007-07-26 11:41 am (UTC)
I'm just listening to an interview with the author, and a child asked her what happened to Harry, Hermione, and Ron with their careers. She answered that Harry and Ron "sort of revolutionize" the auror department and that Hermione is involved with law and justice. She said the original epilogue was more detailed but didn't work.

She also said she "cried the hardest" when writing about the great explosion at Hogwarts in Book 7 when Harry was out in the forest.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-26 12:33 pm (UTC)
She did rather rip her creation to bits.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2007-07-26 12:32 pm (UTC)
Oh! Here's a link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19959323/

She goes into much more detail about the HP epilogue.
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