Heartbreaking and wonderful. This book is truly an original. Joe Meno plays on the archetype of the "Boy Detective" made famous by Encyclopedia Brown...moreHeartbreaking and wonderful. This book is truly an original. Joe Meno plays on the archetype of the "Boy Detective" made famous by Encyclopedia Brown (who was my hero growing up) as well as The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. The author explores what happens to the Boy Detective when he grows up and becomes a man. Definitely one of my Top Ten favorite books of all time.(less)
So in the Summer of 2007 is when I read this book for the first time and I remember feeling that the book read a bit young and I was anxious to get to...moreSo in the Summer of 2007 is when I read this book for the first time and I remember feeling that the book read a bit young and I was anxious to get to the darker parts that I had seen in the movie of "Order of the Phoenix". However, I had not joined Goodreads yet and so there is really no review written for posterity to which I could refer.
This Summer/Fall has been a very challenging one for lots of different reasons, but I find myself in a position where I am trying to make a lot of different decisions about the way I live my life and how I react to the stresses of everyday. One change I've made recently is re-reading books I've already read. First, I did it with all the current Batman & Robin run and then I turned my sights to Harry Potter.
When I originally read the series in 2007 (I was a little late to the game after trying to start Book 1 when it came out and not feeling it at all), I read through the entire series in 21 days. I actually participated in one Harry Potter Book Release party at the Dearly Departed Borders when the final book was released. I bought a copy then in anticipation that I was going to make it through the entire series.
I did...but back to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Re-reading this, I loved it unabashedly. Watching the beginning of the friendships between Harry and Ron and Hermione was like settling in on the most comfortable couch, under a blanket, on an unexpected snow-day from school. It warmed my heart in so many ways. Also, having completed the series I could really see how much groundwork J.K. Rowling lays in the first book. Details that went completely unnoticed the first time round carry much more weight. Finally, no matter what anyone says...J.K. Rowling is an incredible writer! While I wouldn't call her a wordsmith in that I don't think it is necessarily the language she uses here that is the star of the show, but rather she imbues her characters with so much warmth and life that it is impossible not to get completely enchanted by the story she is telling. That is a rare gift and the world is certainly a better place for these books.
I look forward to continuing my re-read of this series.
For some reason, I hit a snag early on in this book that made me stop reading for a bit. However, I am finished now and this book certainly does trans...moreFor some reason, I hit a snag early on in this book that made me stop reading for a bit. However, I am finished now and this book certainly does transition into setting up the rest of the series. We have some dark bits as well, involving all of the potential executions in this book as well as the introduction of dementors and the prophecies made.
J.K. Rowling does a marvelous job of elevating the story to the next level by subtly raising the stakes and maturing the characters appropriately.
And of course, she brought me to tears with the conversation between Dumbledore and Harry regarding Harry's patronus.
Not sure if I am going to try and tackle the next book or not, but I certainly have been enjoying my re-read thus far!(less)
It was ALMOST as if I was reading this book for the first time. So much of the plot had faded from memory. I have no idea why I thought that this book...moreIt was ALMOST as if I was reading this book for the first time. So much of the plot had faded from memory. I have no idea why I thought that this book read as too young because this is an incredibly dark book, all things considered.
I absolutely adored reading it though as I can see all the ground work J.K. Rowling is laying for the rest of the series. It is also pretty clear to me that she had a good sense of how she wanted things to end, which I think makes for a stronger story overall.
I won't say too much about plot for any new comers to the series, but man...things got real bloody and scary in this book for being Year 2! I am definitely enjoying re-reading this series and may very well complete this task by Christmas:-)(less)