Wednesday, July 18, 2007

I caved, finally reading the Harry Potter series

I didn't read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in Urdu, but it sure looks cool don't it? Seeing the latest movie in the serial, I got inspired to give the books another try. The first time I tried it was just too *kiddish* for me, I couldn't get through the first book. This time I read the first one in a couple days, enjoyed it, and am on my way. They're quite imaginative and I suspect I will make it through this run. I hear the earlier ones are the hardest for adults to get through as the author was still getting on her feet and the characters are the youngest.

The Wife has accused me of "never reading fiction" many times, though I did read His Dark Materialstrilogy at her urging -- not fictional enough I guess. I really enjoyed those books, too. And Where the Rivers Change Direction as well, even while I was in school -- it's not only fiction but a book for ADULTS even, so there.

So now I'm a Potterhead, and I can join groups of dithering fans as the new book comes out. The Wife isn't as mad a fan now as she was during the first half of the series (all our books are hardbound first editions bought on or near the day of release), but we can gossip now about the characters and I won't be left in the dark.

Enjoy your summer reading,



Katye said...




-The Wife

Bpaul said...

She speaks LOL.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget to sign up for the library's _read 4 life_ program; list 4-6 books you've read this summer before August something and you could win a McMinnimins gift certificate!

Bpaul said...

Oh yeah? I thought that was a child program (of course I am reading childrens' books LOL).

I'll have to take a look.

andy said...

Be wary of the spoilers for book 7 that are already spreading across the net!

I never would have guessed you for a (mostly) non-fiction reader. With all the fantasy-related gaming activities... interesting little factoid.

Enjoy the books. =)

stingite said...

Someone summed up the Harry Potter series for me a long time ago, and I haven't been able to give them a shot since: yet another book where the children are smarter than the adults. I do own one of the books actually; I just haven't read it yet.

Bpaul said...

Oh I don't know -- at least in the first book I think a few very smart adults LET the children get into situations where they could grow and prove themselves.

I could be reading into it too much, tho. I do that.

Shocho said...

I plan to get the new Potter early Saturday morning and turn off all electric things until I get done reading.

I had the last book spoiled for me on day of release and I'm determined that will not happen this time.

Bpaul said...

The Wife is planning a similar thing. I thought she'd cooled off to this series, not so -- she's going to brave crowds and get it immediately.