Tales of the Beedle Bard is a quick and light read, meant to enhance some of the main elements in the Harry Potter series, especially ones mentioned i...moreTales of the Beedle Bard is a quick and light read, meant to enhance some of the main elements in the Harry Potter series, especially ones mentioned in the final book. Written as morality type fairy tales, Rowling goes one better than just telling tales and inserts commentary and notes from Dumbledore which I found educational and adorable.
I think Rowling really could have added a bit more meat to these stories, but honestly, anything that adds to the Harry Potter experience always makes me happy. I don't see myself picking this up to re-read anything in it anytime soon (unlike my HP books which I've lost count of the number of times I've read them all), but it will definitely hold a permanent place on my bookshelf along with my other HP volumes.
Started: February 28, 2010 Finished: February 28, 2010(less)
By far one of the fastest reads I've ever had. And that's about the only positive thing I have to say about this book. Written in an Epic Fairytale st...moreBy far one of the fastest reads I've ever had. And that's about the only positive thing I have to say about this book. Written in an Epic Fairytale style, I wanted to like the story. A million people (okay that might be an exaggeration) told me I'd love this book. And maybe my personal life status and disgruntlement with certain things in general colored my reading of this novel, but at the end, all I could think of was, "Eh . . ."
The writing itself wasn't bad. I'm not sure I cared for the translation, and many aspects of the story were repeated over and over and over and over and over and over and over and . . . you get the point. The opening of the book held promise, but I found a lot of the thoughts of the main character to be juvenile and unworldly, if you will, and fully expected a maturing and more intellectual ending. And it didn't come. Instead the author merely continues to repeat the themes dragged out and thrown in the reader's face a multiplicity of times during the entirety of the book.
I consider myself fairly spiritual and introspective, and although this book, at first, appeared to offer some potentially intriguing new insights into self-assessing and life journeying, in the end, it failed to deliver.
Started: February 11, 2010 Finished: February 13, 2010(less)
January 15, 2009 Review I adore the entire HP series. I've read, and reread, the books a bunch of times, usually to prep for a new movie or the next bo...moreJanuary 15, 2009 Review I adore the entire HP series. I've read, and reread, the books a bunch of times, usually to prep for a new movie or the next book to come out. Now that all 7 are finally out I decided to read them all again, and this is my first re-read of Order of the Phoenix in quite some time.
Order of the Phoenix really begins to show the dark side of what awaits Harry, and we begin to see him truly growing up. Harry has lived his entire life with the weight of missing his parents, and in the previous book he faced the death of a classmate, but it isn't until OotP that he truly begins to see not only the evil He Who Must Not Be Named unleashes on the world, but the heartbreak and agony that those who follow in Voldemort's path also bring.
This is a much darker, must heavier HP than any of the others. It's an important transition point in the series. The dynamic of many of Harry's relationships with his peers and adults begins to truly change, and for the first time Harry is faced with the truth about his connection to, and eventual fate with, Voldemort.
I adore all these books. I'm sure I could find technical literary things wrong with them, that the language maybe isn't as challenging, the imagery not as deep as other classics - but I just don't care! This series is just a fun and immersing read, and I see myself re-reading them for years to come.
January 28, 2014 Review Apparently I like to read this book in January! I still agree with all the above review. This read through of the book is finding me changing my rating though, from 5 stars down to 3. Yes! SHOCK! I'm rating an HP book as a 3 star book!! Here is why . . .
As I read through this time I kept rolling my eyes at numerous things. I mean Grawp? Really? What is the point of this? That entire sub-plot just made no sense this time to me. The ultimate conclusion of that story was that Hagrid is a soppy idiot. I'm not sure that was necessary. At all. Why make Hagrid into that? Grawp's other interactions with other characters were unnecessary too. The actions he took could easily have been explained with other already established characters. Since his appearance and inclusion in the book therefore has no purpose, it really only influences the character development of others. So, yep. Let's make Hagrid look naive and stupid. I really could have done without that. The chapters dealing with the entire Grawp situation were tedious for this reason. I just wanted to skip over anything to do with Hagrid and Grawp in this book.
The other big issue I had was Harry. My review from a few years ago kind of reads as a defense of Harry becoming a huge jerk in this book. Even as I read through the book this time I found myself going back and forth on whether Harry was just acting like a teenager, thrown into a horrible situation he cannot handle, or if he was written way over the top angrier than need be. I settled on the latter by the end. Harry has some serious issues in this book. Which are understandable considering his age and extraordinary circumstances. However, there was little to no relatable material this read through. There was just angry teenager gets angrier and angrier and knows better than all around him and then is angry that he doesn’t listen to those around him and then gets totally even more angry. It would have been nice to have something, anything!, make him even remotely happy in this book. Especially the last sections of the book. There came a point where I just wanted to smack him and tell him to calm down. Maybe I’m projecting. Maybe my own issues with trying to be more at peace are sneaking into my reread of this book? That I cannot say for sure . . . until I read this again a few years down the road. Probably in January!(less)
I highly enjoyed this book. I felt the build up of about the first 200 pages was a bit of a boring drag. I even debated shelving it. I'm so glad I did...moreI highly enjoyed this book. I felt the build up of about the first 200 pages was a bit of a boring drag. I even debated shelving it. I'm so glad I didn't! The story really began to pick up and more focus was put on the heroine of the novel, Lisbeth, and I truly began to get sucked into the story. I was going to wait until the second book was out in paperback to continue my reading of this series, but I enjoyed the end of this book so much I wound up running out to get the next installment so I can find out what happens to these characters right away. I'm now happily 50ish or so pages into the next book and really enjoying that one too.
Started: July 6, 2009 Finished: August 23, 2009(less)
Touching and inspiring. This book definitely gave me a new perspective on how I can be treating life, and challenges that come along. I hesitate to gi...moreTouching and inspiring. This book definitely gave me a new perspective on how I can be treating life, and challenges that come along. I hesitate to give 5 stars though because it sort of felt like it was missing something. I really felt this was more an issue of editing (or over editing) and not anything to do with the author's work itself. Might have to re-read this one and see how I feel a second time around.(less)