1. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Hi Hunter! Be forewarned- there have been quite a few lukewarm reviews for The Casual Vacancy on here. I've not read it myself but judging from what was posted on here I won't be reading it either.
     
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  2. jchanic

    jchanic Well-Known Member

    I read The Casual Vacancy and REALLY didn't like it. I let my daughter read it and she "kind of" liked it, so I reread it. I STILL didn't like it.

    John
     
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  3. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby This ain't rock and roll. This is genocide!

    Just finished Goblet last night and LOVED it! It's probably my favorite HP so far. About 60 pages into Phoenix and it's good stuff, but Harry seems to be...well, kind of b*tchy, honestly. It's needless whining, haha. Does it get better?
     
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  4. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Not the whining--he's having his teenage monthlies for the whole book. Unfortunately, it's realistic (lol--I'm on my third 15 year old right now, and BOY is it realistic), but not particularly charming. There is a lot of information in this book that you need for the next couple of books, so ignore the pointless asides & whinges :)
     
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  5. days be strange

    days be strange still playing

    Actually reading this now. It is very different from HP although it does not pull you in immediately you do find yourself sinking into it. Currently on page 163.
     
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  6. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby This ain't rock and roll. This is genocide!

    Am now almost done with Order...as with every other HP book, it has its claws in me and I can't put it down. Another point for Rowling!

    P.S. - FYE was having a great sale yesterday so I bought every single Harry Potter movie! Can't wait to watch 'em. I've watched Scorcerer's, Chamber, and Prisoner so far.
     
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  7. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    I never fell for them. I read the three first books and then gave up. I find them disappointing because to be able to go for it you have to be able to belive in the world she creates. And i never did. Like i believed in Tolkiens world or even C.s Lewis Narnia books. Or to take a more recent example the hunger games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. She writes ok though and I think her next project after Harry Potter, The vacant chair, has started promising.
     
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  8. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    I said Rowlings latest was the Vacant Chair. That is of course wrong. It's called The Casual Vacancy. A mixup from me. Sorry if i'm confused anybody.
     
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  9. EMTP513

    EMTP513 Well-Known Member

    About 4 times each with the exception of Book 7, Year 7, which is still only once.
    I've read them and seen the movies so many times I became overwhelmed. I also read all the side books, like Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Tales of Beadle the Bard.
     
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  10. jchanic

    jchanic Well-Known Member

  11. Tery

    Tery Everybody got to deviate from the norm Moderator

  12. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

  13. CoriSCapnSkip

    CoriSCapnSkip Well-Known Member

    I acquired all the books soon after they became available, buying many used or otherwise discounted, and one was a gift from my niece and nephew. Of course the rest of the family had them, too, and sometimes one person's books ended up at another's house. One time I was able to identify my copy of one volume by a corner having been chewed by a puppy! Otherwise all the books were in good condition and I have them all with dust jackets. I had the DVD series up till at least the fifth, which walked off after my niece's friends visited, so I had to replace the set. I got them cheap secondhand as people sold their DVDs so they could buy extended editions or Blu-Rays.

    After about the third book I had an increasingly hard time. I would read about three pages and fall asleep. They were great huge things I couldn't cram into a book holder, so had to hold myself and when I fell asleep too suddenly sometimes the books hit the floor. One time I dropped Order of the Phoenix so hard it scared my cats. It would take me most of a year to slog through one. I have a strict quota of at least twelve books to read per year and as a result would sometimes be sitting on New Year's Eve tossing down eleven Dr. Seuss books!

    The first movie was so popular I thought, I'll wait till a Monday matinee weeks after its release to avoid being swarmed by germy kids. Well, I overdid it and ended up being the only one in the audience! They ran the whole film anyway, just for me! SO fun and a wonderful cherished memory! The first couple films came out before our town had a theater so I had to drive thirty miles to see them; the rest I saw here in town. My mom and uncle attended and they were both so deaf I had to sit between them to interpret!

    The one which really made an impression was Order of the Phoenix. I was reading it and my teenage niece and I were joking around that my mom and sisters could see the thestrals, having been present when my grandma died, but my niece and I couldn't. She went to bed and after I woke up enough to get ready for bed, I looked in on my parents to see if everything was all right and found Mom had turned on the light as Dad was suffering chest pains. I had just time to alert my sister and he was dead in about half an hour. The next day when my niece was told she was in tears and I thought, well, she's the only one who can't see the thestrals now!
     
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  14. CoriSCapnSkip

    CoriSCapnSkip Well-Known Member

    In addition, I read the books so slowly that most times the movies were already filmed and if I wanted to see them in a theater, had to before finishing the books!

    There was another "one person" showing here in town. They were set up to run Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows but after two tries the sound still didn't work properly so everyone was issued refund vouchers except a little boy about nine years old who stayed until the problem was fixed and watched the whole movie alone!
     
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  15. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    I read them all. I greatly enjoyed them. I remember going to the library to get the last book. I had my 3-yr old grand-daughter with me. While I was looking around she grabbed the book and turned to the end and did her best to figure out what the words meant even though she couldn't read yet. I told her she would have to be patient and wait for the story to unfold. I then asked her if she'd like it better to already have ice cream inside her tummy or would she rather enjoy the act of eating and tasting it. Once I put it that way she got what I meant and closed the book.
     
  16. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Glad you taught her a valuable rule - Stephen King says that is the worst thing to do - to flip to the back and read the ending!

    Good for you mal :love::thumbs_up::clap:
     
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  17. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    That was great, mal. It sounds like a scene that should be in a movie. :smile2:
     

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