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July 19, 2005

Heat Is On On On?

When I wrote yesterday I really had no plans to stay home and read Harry Potter. However, I was waiting for the plumber/HVAC guy to arrive so I was going to be late for work. Not surprisingly, the expert took much longer to arrive than expected, only to show up and tell me that the problem is that our landlords have had their heat on all summer! They have hot water heat (steam radiators) and the boiler is downstairs in our apartment. I was wondering why the darn thing was always so hot and now I know. But why would they have their freaking heat on when the weather around here has been insanely hot (and wet) for weeks?

Anyhoo, I'm halfway through book six and am very entertained. I don't want to say much b/c I don't want to spoil anything for those who have not been able to dig in yet.

If you're not a fan of the kid wizards, you may find something more to your like at Blawg Review #15 (aka, “the multiple personalities of George”).

Posted July 19, 2005 06:57 AM | ai books

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Tracked on July 19, 2005 07:22 AM

I just finished it last night... it's amazingly good, although dark and sad. I think this is the best HP so far, although Goblet of Fire was really good too.

Anyway, just thought you'd like to know that you aren't the only one semi-obsessed with Harry Potter. After you're done, check out the HP post at Letter of Marque, 750 comments as of right now... oh wait, 754 (major spoilers though, so don't read the post until you are done with the book)

Posted by: Unreasonable Man at July 19, 2005 12:22 PM

Wow! Heat on in the summer?!? That's insane.

Posted by: DG at July 19, 2005 05:37 PM

Wow, the Heidi Harry Potter comment thread is awesome. I only read it for Heidi's threats of banning for anyone who misspells Dumbledor again or uses "y" for "why," though.

Posted by: Steve at July 19, 2005 06:18 PM

Holy comments batman! I can't believe that thread over at Heidi's house! Y do u think so many people r talking about the book there? Is it b/c she was 1st to get into Google w/"horcrux"? ;-)

I only glanced at the thread because I really don't want to hear much discussion of the book until I've finished it. I've got at least 150 pages left and I'm not sure when I'll have the time to finish so it might be a bit before I can join the fray over there. I will say that at this point in the book I'm not disappointed, but I'm not thrilled with this book, either. What I've read makes me curious why you (Unreasonable Man) would say "amazingly good" and "best so far." To me it seems a little slower than some of the past books and she seems to be almost mechanically using plot devices she's used in the past to move the plot forward. That's not really a criticism; I'm still enjoying it tremendously. I'm just saying that this seems like more of the same to me, and that's great, awesome, but what about it would be "best so far?"

Of course, like I said, I haven't finished, so I could be singing your same tune by the time I'm done.

Posted by: ambimb at July 20, 2005 06:36 AM

I liked this one the best because the characters seemed much more human then in the others, even Dumbledore seems more like a real human being (who happens to be one of the most powerful wizards in the world). I also liked getting some background on You-Know-Who. I also like that you can tell she did a lot of planning before writing this one to make sure puzzle pieces fit together.

Probably a big reason was that a relationship formed that I had been waiting to form since book 2, and it bothered me that it hadn't happened yet.

Other than that, I don't know why, I just think it is a great setup for the final book, and I don't know if I can wait until Book 7.

Posted by: Unreasonable Man at July 20, 2005 11:34 AM

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