Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Review

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Published in 2000

Pages: 734

Genre: Fantasy, magical realism

“The villagers of Little Hangleton still called it “the Riddle house,” even though it had been many years since the Riddle family had lived there.”

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, our eponymous hero finds himself in yet another harrowing year at Hogwarts. This year, Hogwarts plays host to the Triwizard Tournament which is a competition between the three wizarding schools: Hogwarts, Durmstrang, and Beauxbatons. Due to the danger of the tasks, only seventh year students are allowed to enter their names. However, true to Harry Potter’s track record of luck, his name is chosen and he finds himself the fourth champion. Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Review”

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Review

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Published in 1999

Pages: 435

Genre: Fantasy, magical realism

“Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.”

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban takes everything that was good from the first two books and pours it all into one fantastic read. There are fabulous creatures, a malevolent force seeking to do Harry harm, Quidditch matches, Ron hurting Hermione’s feelings, it’s all there and in full force.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Review

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Published in 1998

Pages: 341

Genre: Fantasy, magical realism

“Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four Privet Drive.”

While Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a good follow-up to the first Harry Potter book, it fails to pack the same intensity as its predecessor. There isn’t much that is earth shattering as far as the plot goes and it often falls victim to familiar tropes from the first novel; however, there is some further character development and we are able to delve deeper into the connection between Harry and Voldemort. Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Review”

On the Subject of Adverbs

As I said in my review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, there was one fundamental problem I had while reading that had me shaking my head to the point of near distraction. I realize that this is something that a lot of people won’t necessarily notice while reading, but as someone who constantly looks over his own writing for them, I couldn’t help but notice the annoying amount of adverbs (there’s a little bit of alliteration for ya, free of charge) that are present throughout the book.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Review

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Published in 1997 as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, published in the U.S. in 1998

Pages: 309

Genre: Fantasy, magical realism

 “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

The legacy of Harry Potter is undeniable and the critical acclaim is well deserved. The first Harry Potter book not only broke records for sales but also brought about the different genres and categories we have today on the New York Times Bestseller List.

I am going to say outright that this book is as good the third time as it was when I read it for the first almost seventeen years ago. The characters are well fleshed out and J.K. Rowling has a ridiculous amount of talent in the way that she switches from summary to scene that allows the reader to zoom in on the important conversations and events while continuing the world building that she does so well.

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Reading Update!!!

Hello Reader!

I want to take a moment and thank all those who have visited my little book review blog and read my first entry.

Was it perfect? No. Did I have fun writing it? Absolutely.

So, the main purpose of this post is to inform you that I will next be reviewing the entire Harry Potter series. I am currently just wrapping up the first book and have written a draft of my review. I should have it polished up and ready to post in a couple of days, so in the meantime please contain your excitement and have a great Sunday/Happy Mother’s Day!

Thanks again!

The Long Ships – Review

Röde Orm by Frans G. Bengtsson

Published in 1941 and 1945, first published in English in 1943 as The Long Ships

Michael Meyer translation

Pages: 503

Genre: Adventure saga

“Along the coast the people lived together in villages, partly to be sure of food, that they might not depend entirely on the luck of their own catch, and partly for the greater security; for ships rounding the Skanian peninsula often sent marauding parties ashore, both in the spring, to replenish cheaply their stock of fresh meat for the westward voyage, and in the winter, if they were returning empty-handed from unsuccessful wars.”

The Long Ships is an epic that would feel welcome on a mahogany bookshelf sitting between Beowulf and The Odyssey. At least, that’s my understanding. I’ve never read Beowulf and it has been years since I read The Odyssey so I kind of have to take people at their word as far as that comparison goes. I also arrange my bookshelf by author and when there are multiple books, by date of publication.

Anyway, The Long Ships focuses on the tale of Orm, who comes to be known as “Red” Orm due to his red hair (clever, no?) and his temper (racist). Orm finds himself the reluctant hero in that the story begins with him being captured by a group of Vikings. His village is attacked and he runs out to fend off the assailants, only to be knocked unconscious and taken prisoner. Not a great start, but he proves himself to his captors and so begins a journey that spans the remainder of his life and a little over 500 pages. Continue reading “The Long Ships – Review”