Monday, August 15, 2005

Not So Wild About Harry

I'm working my way through a borrowed copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and I say 'working' my way through it because (as of page 294 so far) I'm finding it, well, kind of tedious. I feel like this makes me some kind of heretic, but I'm just not enjoying it very much. There's nothing particularly wrong with it, but at nearly 300 pages in there just doesn't seem to be much going on that's holding my interest.

I have also read the other 5 books, and while I quite enjoyed them, as an adult reader I haven't been swept up in all the fuss surrounding the series. I have, however, found the books to be quite entertaining and diverting reads - just not exciting.

What I do think is absolutely fantastic about these books, is how excited children are about them. Anything that gets kids excited about reading, and so excited that they would sit down and read a whopping great book in a single sitting or re-read them several times, is just fine by me.


The Kid said...

I'll have you know, that the Half Blood Prince is a million times better than the Order of the Phoenix. True, it drags at bits, but on the whole it is a good story. If you're after a fast paced read with pages of 200-400, try some Matthew Reilly works, they are guarenteed to have you turning that pages ad wanting more.

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

hi honeybuns,

I agree, the 6th book drags like a draggy thing. I don't think it redeems itself in the end, either... I've been heavily into the HP series and this one doesn't hold up to, say, 3 or 5, which I thought were easily the best.

btw be careful if you read any Matthew Reilly, TOA, because Hazman will probably sense it on you and implode, or burst an artery. not sure which would be the most amusing...