If only, if only I have me my own personal time machine, it would be great. There are a number of places in time I would like to go back and relived....moreIf only, if only I have me my own personal time machine, it would be great. There are a number of places in time I would like to go back and relived. For example, my first concert, and then my first award, and God knows every single fond times and memories. But, well, that was just it; Time Machine is just that, a story – a very good one at that. I mean, time travel, who wouldn’t want to try it? The idea of the story alone is captivating, to go back and forth in time, to see the wonders of the world. I read the book first when I was sixteen (Alright, so, I don’t grow up with it) and years after, I find myself still very much in love with the idea of the story. (less)
I wasn't sure why, but I picked up the book anyway. It was the first book of Diana Wynne Jones that I actually bought which then began my long love af...moreI wasn't sure why, but I picked up the book anyway. It was the first book of Diana Wynne Jones that I actually bought which then began my long love affair. A very long one which should say something as Jones' books were never what I would ever call an easy read. Actually, I would say it was pretty much a struggle to read. Unlike every other story that I came to love, I did not fall for this book over the first line. I mean, who would? "This is the story of the children of Adara -" That was hardly a good opening unless if I was watching National Geographic and the narrator's voice was bewitching me to watch more of the one-hour long documentary on the Ancient Kings of China. Well, that or if I was five and had to have my mom read the story book to me. It felt like I was being harassed into listening to a story-telling contest. A slow starting one.
Only, instead of throwing the book saying; "I've had it!", I actually found myself reading it. Well, when you're in High School, you get away with just about anything and plenty of time to waste. But, after reading it, turning the pages, I realized something very important -- I wasn't wasting my time. It was a slow book. A book which force you to pay attention, it's like watching a scene from a movie waiting for the right guy to finally (like really!) kiss that right girl and he was fidgeting and you're like; "Damn it! Kiss her already," and he did. Soon, you found yourself thrown into the excitement and the adventure began before you could grab a hold, it's like a huge tidal wave, you crashed.
Not a bad crash, a good one. Well, you survived and found that the book was something more. I found, soon enough, that I could really relate to the character. Well, at least Gair. It was easy, difficult, and completely annoying all in once. Still, it was a good book, about an adventure three siblings had -- Gair, Ayna and Ceri. (less)
I go the book as a gift for my birthday from my very good friend Jolene. She spent hours just trying to find me the perfect gift even thought she knew...moreI go the book as a gift for my birthday from my very good friend Jolene. She spent hours just trying to find me the perfect gift even thought she knew I couldn't careless if it was three webbed feet duck. Okay, so maybe I would care if it was a duck. It was no secret I've loved Diana Wynne Jones' book even when I don't have that many in my collection. Hey, I was a school girl with basically no income, what do you expect? I started reading the book the moment I got it in my hands. Of course, it was a compilation of Ms Jones short story, still, I've loved it. I especially adore "Edvard's Ride" and "The Girl Jones". I know what you're thinking, I've just picked the last and first story in the book. I promise you, that was accidental. The thing I liked about "The Girl Jones" and how lucky she was that her actions gave me demerit and merit at times. She was not totally clueless, but she did display the fact that she was not entirely brilliant on purpose either. The course of the short pages made me laugh and made me wanted to meet the character if she does exist. "Edvard's Ride" took me back to my fantasy filled world. I think that was why I've loved it. The idea of another land just beyond what your eyes can see was fascinating. I loved the siblings love between Cecilia and Alex. And Alex, he reminded me so much of my brother that I could help but love and hate the character so much...(less)
I read the book sometime when I was in High School - there everyone would start guessing just how old I am. It's quite funny to think of that. Anyway....moreI read the book sometime when I was in High School - there everyone would start guessing just how old I am. It's quite funny to think of that. Anyway. This is definitely my favourite genre. Fantasy and magic. Well, I am one of those who does have her head in the clouds and not afraid to actually admit it. I loved every character by the time I was finished with each line. Sure Nick was comical at some point I wanted to stab him, Roddy was being too weird for me and there was several time I really thought, "That's it, I'm never reading this bloody book again". Still, I pull through the very end. I don't think it had been an easy book to read from Diana Wynne Jones. It was a little bit too tangled up from several other books of hers - of course, that's just me. It had a highly imaginative storyline that kept you wondering - what if, exactly what if it was all real. I've always loved how Ms Jones kept inserting bits of the real world, even when it's filled with excessive amount of ludicrous amount fantasy dose.(less)
Alright, all I can say is that, if I had read this book first instead of reading "Twilight", I would have hated Stephanie Meyer even more. It wasn't t...moreAlright, all I can say is that, if I had read this book first instead of reading "Twilight", I would have hated Stephanie Meyer even more. It wasn't that the book was bad and all, the book, in fact, was pretty good. Truth be told, I believe it's even better than the Twilight Saga. For one, I don't hate the Heroine (that's always a good sign) even after reading the book a couple of times. I just learn to like her even more. True, Wanda can be annoying at one point or another, but despite that, I understood well enough that Wanda was something else. She was strong, determined and highly inquisitive. She doesn't give into what was planned for her.
Of course, for an Alien, she sure can be kind-hearted, not flustered, indecisive or what, just plain kind. The whole idea of the story, an Alien race invading earth, though sounded surreal in the same time repetitive (this coming from someone who had watched way too much Sci-Fi in her lifetime) felt more like a breath of fresh air. It was like a whole new world to explore and things to see before everything coming undone. Honestly, I can say that I am looking forward to read any (possible) sequels -- assuming the story doesn't go down the toilet... (less)
I spent three months saving up for the book. What do you expect? I was in HS! It was not an easy thing, watching my friend get what they want, eat wha...moreI spent three months saving up for the book. What do you expect? I was in HS! It was not an easy thing, watching my friend get what they want, eat whatever they please and I was there in the corner curled up to save up everything just to make sure I have enough for the book and snacks at the coffee house after I get it. I had enough, I had more than enough, but I was still saving everything I got. I remember not being able to sleep right, I remember skipping school (maybe it was for the next book...) just to line up in front of the bookstore where hundreds had beat me to it. I remember fighting to get my hands on the first copy and wrestle some kid for the perfect one. I got two copies -- I still keep them close.
I read the book the very same day I bought it. In fact, I read it as I was lining up to pay for the book and later, armed with a freshly made pot of coffee (at home since I was underage and my mother wasn't pleased at the fact I left home at 4 in the morning to get the book which was only released at 7), I began to read it and this time, I am not scared of the length, I welcome the idea of 700 worth of ink and paper. The world became real to me once again. The first chapter was grim, too grim that I knew it was going to end in the worst of term. I was not wrong.
The book was different and the same. From the book I learned more about Harry as he began to realize that in his life, there are choices for him to make. I began to appreciate Ron and Hermione as a true friend to Harry. I mean, how often do you find a couple of people that would stick by you when the whole world decided that you had gone completely mad? Ron and Hermione were Harry's rock though I did not appreciate the building aghast nature.(less)
I took the day off to go to the book release and my co-worker thought that I was mad! Yes, by the time the final book came out, I already started to t...moreI took the day off to go to the book release and my co-worker thought that I was mad! Yes, by the time the final book came out, I already started to take on part-time job as I wait for my result. It was crazy and even my boss thought it was hilarious that I needed the day off for the book and he approved my leave without too much question -- And I got his daughter to read the book as well. To this day, he thought I'm a bad influence, in a good way. The journey to get the book was similar to the last two. Only, instead of getting one copy, I got two. One from Kinokuniya where I stood in line since maybe midnight, one from Borders which I head to pick up the next day to the amusement of the staff and last from the Supermarket near my house which basically was picked up after I got back from Kinokuniya. Needless to say, my mother thinks I need serious help.
The last book. I sighed when I finally got it in my hands. In that moment I felt like it was some sort of a bittersweet moment. Or as JK put it, the euphoric feeling knowing something had finally come to the end. On hand, you realize that you're there, finally reaching the end and couldn't help but bask in all the glory. On the other, there was that sadness that lingers knowing in the years to come, moments such as that would not be anymore. There would be no more anticipation and theatrics to follow the journey. It was the end. Still, in the same time, for Harry, it was the end for a new beginning.
I was sad. The way the book started saddened me. But, in some ways, JK brought some closure to Dumbledore's death. After two years spent speculating that Dumbledore could be alive, everyone in the Potterworld could finally resign to the fact he he was indeed gone. The start of the book also marked a new beginning. The beginning where Harry learned that he had to grow up and the start of partially further understanding his destiny. There were weddings, marriages, new family to welcome. I love how that all came to play despite how grim the situation was painted. I love how in the midst of something terrible, good could still come out and triumph even for just a moment. It was a world only JK could paint so beautifully, telling us, even in the bleakest moment, hope, there is still hope.
The book stayed true to its progress. Harry was still slightly aghast, but he had grown and slowly learn to control his emotions. He became a sensible young man and tried his hardest to live up to the expectations of what he world had on him. Hermione showed more of her full potential in the way confirming what we already knew, she was destined for greatness. Ron, well, he finally deal. He finally admitted and Ron, above all, finally grow up in a sense that even Harry's maturity could not cloud that.
But, there are no fairy tales ending. That was how JK always wrote and I would have no expected anything less. The story was dark, it was heartbreaking and it was at a point made it felt like every hope was gone. JK's play on word, her masterful way of storytelling was no match. From little victories celebrated to obvious triumph, it was a ride I would not trade. The book made me cry for the good and bad times. The lives lost; Fred and the hope for the future. I know how many would not agree with the "nineteen years later" chapter, but that was my favourite piece. It shows me how they have... lived.(less)
I was still in school when the book first came out and it was the last book of Harry Potter series I purchased as a mere poor student (figuratively sp...moreI was still in school when the book first came out and it was the last book of Harry Potter series I purchased as a mere poor student (figuratively speaking). I remember how it was, it was the school holiday. Yup, I was glad it was because I was getting crazy over the fact that I would soon get my hands on the book. I spent about a month saving up my allowance and wanted so bad just to get the book. It was worth it. It was even worth it that I couldn't sleep well the week before it came out and it didn't matter that I was closing into 48 hours without sleep before the book release and the taxi driver thought that I was mad for wanting to go to the bookstore at three in the morning. Like the previous book, I was already in line when the book was out. I was reading it as I waited in line to pay for it as well.
I loved the book. From the very first moment I read it, I knew the story was going down into an even darker place. There will be more life put on the line and there will be worse fate. Worse than death as Lord Voldemort was rising to power yet again. JK was definitely good and building the tension with each written words, reeling us back into the world of her creation. The start was grim and even when you don't know it yet, it would be the last time you read of Professor Dumbledore as a living character as he will be gone by the end of the book and so does many other characters of which you've come to love or hate over the years of reading and waiting with anticipation for the next book to come out. Dumbledore, well, he was as blunt and amusing as well as vague as ever even as he was first mentioned.
It was all about to change. That much all of us knew. It was like the tip of which was threatening to fall and just one last thing would push it over the age. The book held a lot of promise and met every single one of them. There was the return of the old Harry -- not just the aghast teen that we've come to know from the fifth book. In a way, each character grew within the book. Ron became to an extent, wiser and Hermione had started to take things a little less too seriously, though, not enough. The year went by as if it would be normal, yet... It was different...(less)
It was the very first thick book I've ever read -- excluding my history textbook which I love. The truth was, the length of the book terrified me at f...moreIt was the very first thick book I've ever read -- excluding my history textbook which I love. The truth was, the length of the book terrified me at first. I never thought I could ever finish the book or would even have the energy to keep reading the in the first place. But, I did, I did as I sad through another day on the uncomfortable chair in the living room. And I was back, I was back into the magical world of Harry Potter, I was back.
The first chapter, to this very day, still sends a chill down my spine. As a young teenager, I was terrified when I first read it. From the very first page, I knew, I just knew that trouble was coming. It was the turning point, this book will change Harry's life as I he knows it and I was certainly right.
In comparison to its previous book, Goblet of Fire seemed like a heavier book -- both in weight and plot. It was Harry's fourth year. Sirius Black's name was yet cleared and Harry dreaded the idea of his aunt's house (I would too if I was him). He woke up to a dream, a dream so real which would later be proven to be important.
Not only that, a new character was introduced -- Professor Moody (Chapter thirteen theory anyone?) and I really thought he was a good guy -- he's not. Everything Harry thought was right turned out to be askew. Lord Voldemort was making a come back, TriWizard Tournament, Dragons, rivalry, amazing bouncing ferret... McGonagall crossed...
I remember it like it was yesterday. But, I might have got the date mixed up. It was the week the movie was released in my country, Christmas was appr...moreI remember it like it was yesterday. But, I might have got the date mixed up. It was the week the movie was released in my country, Christmas was approaching and there was this big hype over a movie made based on a book. Back then, I had no idea who JK Rowling was and the only Chris Columbus I knew was the dead explorer. Needless to say, as a young girl who just got around the idea of being able to go out on weekends without my mother tagging along, I skipped at the first chance of seeing the movie. It was the school holiday and the place was packed - jammed packed. My friend and I, we were only too lucky to score two tickets to see the very first movie and by the time we both walked out, I couldn't help but wanted to get a copy of the book so bad.
And so we went to the bookstore, imagine my surprise when the very first book was out of prints and there weren't going to be anymore for at least another few weeks. Annoyed, I was considering leaving empty handed. Luckily, I didn't. I scanned through the first page of the book and realized I couldn't care less if I skipped the first one and I'm just going to read it even if it was the last thing I do. So, I bought the book along with another two titles which was out by then and rushed home.
I spent the entire day after the movie curled up on the old chair in our old house. It was extremely uncomfortable if you have nothing to focus on. Alas, I had something to focus on. From the very first page, I was hooked with the world JK Rowling had created. The idea of this one boy with a magical power and how he had to overcome the challenge was intriguing. I find myself thrown into the magical world and could see the hallways as if I was there myself. I was practically... Home.
JK Rowling is an amazing writer. She could pulled you into the story and make you sit there and read it all. I took in the story as if it would be the end if I stopped. I could see myself in Harry's shoes at one moment and the next in Hermione. Ron continously gave me a reason to laugh with his lack of manners or completely absurd theories. It was a story about a boy who never asked for much, he was always pushed around and then he was the boy who lived.
I would say the book was better than the first one, only, I didn't read the first book until well after I read the fourth. It took months for me to get it. Nonetheless, the book alone is good. The jokes, the flying cars, all the imaginary things that you would not say possible in the real world became real. JK create a magical world that no other could very well compare to.(less)
Going back to Harry Potter's world was easy. It was like flicking a switch in my head and I am there. I don't even need to wear a pair of red shoes an...moreGoing back to Harry Potter's world was easy. It was like flicking a switch in my head and I am there. I don't even need to wear a pair of red shoes and tap it together tree times. Like the previous book, I find it was difficult to put the book down. From the very moment the story opens, the air was filled with thick plot and witty lines. I even remember telling my mom "I don't need food!" when she hollered me into eating. Let's just say, she wasn't pleased that I did not backed down and continue to sit in the very old uncomfortable chair in the living room while everyone else ate their dinner.
JK is a smart writer, extremely good at playing with what she wanted you to think and before you knew it, you were getting all sorts of ideas in your head. Like Sirius Black. He appeared to be a bad man. That's what she would let you to believe the moment the character was introduced (I believe by this time the theory about the evil lurking being introduce in Chapter 13 was not even out yet). So, I spent reading half the book disliking Sirius. It was not easy.
If any another writer ever had any problems switching the supposedly evil villain into a good guy -- JK had no problem what-so-ever. I didn't even flinch at the revelation that Sirius was a good guy! In fact, I believed I was a little relieved that he was. Still, Peter Pettigrew being Scabbers -- Even I didn't see that one coming. Seriously brilliant!
On another note, I really liked Dumbledore in this book and was really looking forward to Richard Harris playing the role. Unfortunately, Richard Harris died before he could. R.I.P.(less)
I did not get my hands on the book until it was the new year and I was back in School. I hated it because I had to sneak around to get just another pa...moreI did not get my hands on the book until it was the new year and I was back in School. I hated it because I had to sneak around to get just another page down. But, in the same time I loved the thrill of the idea I might just get caught at any moment. I remember reading the book under my table at school and nearly having found out by a teacher. At times, it made me feel like I was going on my very own adventure as well -- Just like Harry was about to embark on his own journey of a lifetime.
The start of the book was something that caught me at first. "Mr and Mrs Dursley of Number Four..." It was the witty beginning that got to me and remind me just how much I loved the book and why I loved it the first place. Unlike many other author I came across, JK's first book was flawless. It was adorable and simple. I loved how each characters were introduced and how the attribute were described without being overly done.
I loved Mrs Weasley. In fact, I love the entire Weasley family introduced in the book first. There was Ginny, Ron and Gred and Forge -- oh, I'm sorry, it was Fred and George. The humour seemed easy and fun. Nothing was forced through the pages and none was rushed. It was as if JK made it easy for anyone to write.
To this day, I still go back to the book to read it.(less)