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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
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this is the only harry potter book i'm going to comment on. simply, because this is the only one worth a damn. let's not lie.

i started reading the harry potter books one summer in college when i couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about. my little cousins wouldn't shut up, and fundamentalists across the nation were waving their arms around about witchcraft. and i do love seeing the evangelical nation in a huff. the first two went down smoothly, fun stories, simple reads, but very obviously children's fiction.

this book, however, was the one that really got me hooked. it is notably darker than its predecessors, which i welcomed fully. and it introduced my favorite character by far in the series - sirius. his name is about as subtle as getting whacked in the head with a frying pan, but i guess it's a vehicle for kids to learn about astronomy. and the twisty turny elaborate climax of this book had me gasping and oooohing and made me finish the book in a day. the characters were sympathetic, the concise focus on the story-line was great, and it's the only one i'll willingly read over again. rock on, rowling!

unfortunately, it's gone swiftly downhill from there. the later ones are still beach-readable, because even though they are painfully and uncompromisingly and bloatedly LONG, they do have some fun stuff happen. and the big bang last couple chapters are still somewhat gasp-worthy. but huge chunks of the middle should be ripped out at random by her editors, in the purest hope of making the books less tedious.

and tedious and children's fiction should not be used in the same sentence.


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Moses Operandi A very intemperate person...


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Moses Operandi A very intemperate person...


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You read my mind, mary!


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