Captain Ed reviews Potter

There are reviews of Harry Potter all over the blogosphere, many with spoilers. I think Ed Morrissey has written the best, most succinct review – giving little away but a hearty recommendation. I’m about 2/3 of the way through the book, and I concur with his opinions, completely – particularly his observations that Rowlings’ writing skills are much improved, overall, and that the story seems quite relevant to our modern times, rather than with WWII.

I also admire, quite simply, his economy of language in his review. But then he’s my first blogging hero! :-)

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  • RJGatorEsq

    I am also about 2/3 through the book.
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    My thoughts at this point:
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    1) JK Rowling is a bit of a lefty (she used to work for Greenpeace). She gets in a wholly gratuitous dig at the President. Sigh. At least she waits longer than most lefties: the dig doesn’t come until the second sentence of the book. (No, she doesn’t specifically identify GWB by name, but she does refer to the “wretched” “President” of a “distant” country. One infers that the country is a number of time zones west of England.) Pointless and irritating.
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    2) The book has some absolutely hilarious parts:
    [Harry] “Yes.”
    [Snape] “Yes, SIR.”
    [Harry] “You don’t have to call me ‘sir,’ Professor.”
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    3) The development of the characters is absolutely fantastic. Characters add sparkle to a work; you really feel strongly about the characters in this book (love them or loathe them), and it adds a lot. (By way of comparison, read The Pelican Brief–it is one long chase scene involving people whom you hope all get hit by a bus just to put the book out of its misery).
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    4) This series is getting very, very dark. You get a preview of that on about Page 2 of Half-Blood Prince. I was depressed at the end of Book 4, more so at the end of Book 5, and one can feel that this one is building to something worse still.
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  • TheAnchoress

    Funny Gator – this is one time I really didn’t take it as a dig against President Bush. I took “wretched” to mean “much put upon.”

    Ah, well.

  • RJGatorEsq

    Ms. Anchoress, are you saying I’m seeing swipes at the President where there aren’t any?
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    LOL. You may be right. I’d like to think you are.
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    Enjoy the rest of the book. I can’t go to Captain’s Quarters because Ed put a Spoiler Alert on his post–something I hope I won’t have to worry about by this time tomorrow. ;-)
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