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message 1: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer I'd be very interested to know what tipped you off! I've never been a very alert reader and these things always take me by surprise. I tend to just sit back and go along for whatever ride the author takes me.

message 2: by J.G. (new)

J.G. Keely Well, it was two things, really.

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So that was basically my thought process as I was reading, and in this case, the hunch turned out to be right.

message 3: by Bookworm (new)

Bookworm Did you read this book right after its publication? Because otherwise, the fact that Dumbledore dies become very common knowledge, unless the HP mania was not strong enough in your area to reach you.

I read all the books in one go a while before the publication of Deathly Hallows, and by then, I already knew a lot of the major plot points (unfortunately).

message 4: by J.G. (new)

J.G. Keely Yeah, my girlfriend at the time got it at one of the bookstore chains the night it came out. She read it that day and I read it the next day.

message 5: by J.G. (new)

J.G. Keely Yeah, things are really starting to get bloated. Perhaps it's related to all the popular TV miniseries like LOST or Battlestar Galactica, where you are telling these extremely long stories that take days and weeks to watch.

There's also the fact that the series you mention are based on books, and when an author starts to get famous, editing usually goes out the window, and every book is twice the size of the last one, meaning that you can't even fit the final volume into one movie.

message 6: by Justin (new)

Justin But could the bloating come from people wanting to go back to the concept of having long stories, like the old serials of the bygone years, or even Doctor Who of the 60s-80s? I find that it gives the story more room to grow, if it doesn't run away like "Wheel of Time" (though I will also admit that it is hard to not run away when storytelling, especially with not having that experience in our generation).

message 7: by J.G. (new)

J.G. Keely Yeah, it isn't that a serial can't be good, of course--it's just that length for it's own sake isn't a great thing. When a story runs on because of a wealth of richness, it's great. When it runs on because of a lack of editing, that's something else.

message 8: by Jo (new)

Jo I have to say quite like your review. I'm almost done with this book. I already knew the twist because of all the talk and I saw parts of the movie. Anyway, your review seemed to me (having just finished a course on English composition) like a college paper, but not in a bad way. I find on here that when writing reviews, people either get too personal Example... the relationship between so and so reminded me of my relationship with my boyfriend. Who cares? This is a book review, not a blog post. OR people act super professional like they think they're writing a review that's actually to be printed on the book. Example... Simply astonishing; (authors name) does it again with their blah blah blah writing sense. I actually laugh at those. Or lastly they just say stuff like this book sucked without really writing in a calm manner why they think so. So this was a breath if fresh air. So now that I've written a novel... Bye!

message 9: by Jo (new)

Jo Oh and I forgot. People also will basically tell the plot, like you sometimes see on books as well. It's like I don't want to know what the book is about, I can read that on the back of the book, what did you actually think of it?!

message 10: by J.G. (new)

J.G. Keely Yeah, I also find it frustrating how most reviews are just people giving plot summaries, then saying "I liked it" or "I didn't like it'--or they try to sound like a book reviewer from a magazine and pull out all the bad cliches without actually saying anything about the book. I try hard not to do that, myself. Thanks for the comment.

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