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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
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May 17, 07

bookshelves: childrens-lit, sf-fantasy-horror
Read in July, 2005

There was so much bitching and whining about this installment of Harry's adventures when it came out that I held off reading it until Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was published in summer of '05. The main "criticism" seemed to be that Harry complained too much for most readers' tastes. Whatever. To my mind, it showed that Rowling had learned how to write a long novel. The pacing, structure, and overall oomph of this book were far better than the substantially shorter but less well-wrought Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in which it appeared she'd forgotten all the hard-won skills that she employed in the masterful Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I breezed through the nearly 900 pages and right into the next book.
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