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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
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Jul 22, 08

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Read in July, 2005

And this was where it all definitively went wrong.
By this point, Rowling had hamstrung herself with a format that demanded seven books (when after Goblet of Fire it was clear there was only really enough plot for one) and a structure (spread the plot over a whole school year) that was becoming increasingly ridiculous.

So the Half-Blood Prince has to content itself with pointless teen angst and first loves, whilst failing to advance the main story in any significant fashion; if anything it introduces even more contradictions into Rowling's world than before.

I didn't even find it as funny as OotP; there is no farce here to alleviate the gloom (which doesn't even begin to lift until about halfway through the final book.)

The only redeeming part is that climactic sequence, when there is a moment - just a moment, mind you - when you wonder if everything you thought you knew was wrong. But the rest of it is just filler. And not very good filler, either.

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