Having never read a book about a book, I wasn't sure what to expect. While I think this professor's class would be interesting and insightful, I felt...moreHaving never read a book about a book, I wasn't sure what to expect. While I think this professor's class would be interesting and insightful, I felt the writing was a bit pompous. There were countless references to other works, many of which I felt were included only to demonstrate his well-read background and to give authenticity to his ability to deconstruct literature. What I liked about it was that it was conversational - and since no one in my real life enjoys sitting around, discussing the details and plots and logic of the Harry Potter books, it was an enjoyable read. I would have given it 3 stars for that reason but the puns were simply too much for me. If he hadn't pointed them out so often, it might have been okay. As it was, he used quotation marks or apologized to make sure that the reader noticed each and every pun. It was too over the top for me.(less)
I loved the Harry Potter series and wish there were dozens more stories and books in the series. Until I read G. Norman Lippert's work, I never expect...moreI loved the Harry Potter series and wish there were dozens more stories and books in the series. Until I read G. Norman Lippert's work, I never expected anyone to write on Rowling's level. His James Potter books are amazing and I always find myself wondering how someone could write someone else's story so well that you feel as if it's part of the original story. In Harry's First Christmas, Lippert again goes beyond the story and gives us details that enhance the original story and feel as if they belong there. I hope there are more books to come - or that I'll see some of his work at myhogwarts.com once term starts!(less)
My daughter and I are Harry Potter geeks. My daughter is currently obsessed with the series (and I love that she is such a fan of books when there are...moreMy daughter and I are Harry Potter geeks. My daughter is currently obsessed with the series (and I love that she is such a fan of books when there are so many tv shows and movies and cartoons to entice her away from the library) and she gets frustrated when talking to her dad because he simply can't follow the storylines and characters. I looked around for cliff notes and this book looked the most promising so I checked it out for my husband. Very informative and helps explain the links between books and the interconnectedness of the characters. He may not be a fan but after reading this book he can at least have a Harry Potter conversation with our daughter and understand what she is talking about. I wish it had been updated to include info on the final books but for 1-5 it was an excellent summary and review. (less)
I only own (and love) The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook and was thrilled to find this mini book I can carry around with me on my iPod Touch. And it...moreI only own (and love) The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook and was thrilled to find this mini book I can carry around with me on my iPod Touch. And it was FREE!
I'm making Triple Power Icy Lemon Pops this week and will make the Butterscotch Brew Slushies as soon as I have the ingredients on hand!(less)
Of the three James Potter books, this one took me the longest time to read. I liked the book but I wasn't absorbed by it. Of all the characters, Petra...moreOf the three James Potter books, this one took me the longest time to read. I liked the book but I wasn't absorbed by it. Of all the characters, Petra was one of my least favorites and I wasn't thrilled that this book would focus on her. However, I'm not a fan of Merlin, either, so it was an even trade.
This book made me realize what Lippert sacrificed to write these books. By associating with the Harry Potter series, I don't believe he can profit from any use of the characters or ideas...but this book, with someone else as the main character, could have been the start of a stand-alone series. He could have contrived an American magical world, swapped out the obvious references and built an entire series of his own. While the characters were born in Harry Potter, they could have been any other children and a new wizard world would be born. I wish that he had because the details that I don't like wouldn't be in place - for instance, the changes to the way houses at Hogwarts inter-relate in the future - and there would be new magical terms to learn.
I stopped reading the first time after the silver thread bit. I mean, here's this 13 year old kid and this unstable adult and he loves her enough to die for her? Creepy and weird. I picked it back up but quit reading again when the crimson thread was stolen and he covered up the eyewitness account of Petra's presence just because he "knew" she was innocent. I started reading again for the 3rd time and got caught up in clutchcudgel and enjoyed hearing more from Albus...and then the end stunned me. I am really, really shocked by the character loss and the torch event (trying to be vague to avoid spoilers) and now I'm ready to start the next book...but it's not out there yet!
I want to read number four and I'll keep checking back and hoping it gets written. And if the author sees this, I vote for more Albus and Scorpius - they are two of my favorite characters!(less)
After finishing book 1, I was excited to start this one as the First Years would include Albus, Rose and Scorpius. I expected certain actions on Albus...moreAfter finishing book 1, I was excited to start this one as the First Years would include Albus, Rose and Scorpius. I expected certain actions on Albus' part and will admit that I had a good guess about Scorpius's personality as well. I will admit that I was wrong - and I'm glad about it because the story is so much more interesting with the twists!
It's interesting because I have always been a bit of a Harry Potter geek and had unknowingly placed Harry on a bit of a hero platform. Seeing a new Potter generation have a chance to follow in their father's footsteps without making the same mistakes has been fabulous. And seeing Harry as an adult...and more shockingly as a Ministry employee...gives me a chance to take him off that pedestal and appreciate him for what life must have been like. (okay, okay...what life would have been like if any of this was real. I can't help it. I'm a geek and Harry is truly alive in my head.) Self-deprecating family man Harry Potter is both a surprise and something I felt I should have recognized.
I'm starting book 3 now and I can hardly wait. I wish that there was enough (as in ANY) financial incentive to keep the author writing. As he said in the closing comments, I just want to see how everything ends.(less)
The first few chapters were a bit overwhelming in their changes and I wasn't sure that I would finish reading it. In fact, I didn't even tell my daugh...moreThe first few chapters were a bit overwhelming in their changes and I wasn't sure that I would finish reading it. In fact, I didn't even tell my daughter (who is a huge Harry Potter fan) about the book because I didn't want to re-read it if it was terrible!
Once I accepted that houses were friendly and welcomed others into their common rooms, that Slytherins weren't vicious, powerful and evil, that kids weren't placed in dorms by years, that Americans were around and completely changing the curriculum, well...after all of that, I was okay.
All in all, it was a good book. I loved that Snape and my other favorite characters were still around. Even Voldemort is mentioned regularly! And SPEW! The best part of the book was that James was finally overcoming that Potter need to work alone and be the hero. Now, if we could get rid of Ralph's over-sized, lime green wand, perhaps the book would feel more magical :)
This book is fan fiction...but it's very well thought out and the writer carried Rowling's habits into this story, giving it a very familiar feel. I'll definitely read the next book!(less)