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... still searching for a clear definition of that thing people keep telling me I need to get...

Location: Springfield, PA

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Living Dangerously

I'm taking some mighty big chances here, as such things go. The basics are thus:

I wanted to re-read Half-Blood Prince before reading the final book. I'd done this same read-the-previous-one routine ever since Goblet of Fire. So I began a re-read of H-BP last week, thinking to finish by the weekend when my copy of Deathly Hallows was due to arrive by Amazonian Owl.

But, as I mentioned in my previous post, I'm back at work fulltime now. So I didn't get the nice long reading sessions that I'd've been able to take, say, the week before. The more fool I for not having done my re-read earlier.

The weekend came and found me less than half-through the Half-Blood Prince. Zoinks. My copy of DH arrived, and found me still a good third from the end. It sat -- and yet sits -- in its unopened owl-adorned package.

It's Tuesday, I'm leaving work, and may well push through to finish H-BP tonight so that I can get into and through DH while my media blackout remains intact. To appreciate the true scope of the peril I'm in here, you must understand that this week "work" for me means dealing with the dozens of young kids in our summer theatre program, any of whom could blurt out important plot points at any moment.

Keep your fingers crossed for me.


Blogger Andy said...

My oldest is almost done (if he didn't finish tonite).

Jen has sworn him to secrecy.

Personally I don't know Snape from Harry.

11:09 PM  
Blogger Greg! said...

Harry's the one in the glasses.

11:53 PM  
Blogger Eric Aitala said...

No spare 2x4s around?


2:23 PM  
Blogger Sharon GR said...

I hope your charges don't spoil it for you. In my experience, it's been the grown-ups who are more likely to blow it, thinking other grown-ups don't care (but, dammit, we do!)

I re-read (actually, I listened to) all the books before this one came out. I read this one, and am now listening to it.

I will not spoil anything. I promise.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found joy in planting false revelations from the book around those who are eager to read the book who, for whatever reason, haven't received a copy yet. My favorite off-the-cuff remarks are:

"So Harry's scar is the result of a magical venereal disease?"

"Harry becomes Voldemort, went back in time to kill himself to keep himself from suffering, and he failed again? That doesn't make any sense at all! What about all of the clues from the first 6 books?"

Anyway, whether you're finished or not, I quite enjoyed it, though certain bits of the ending left a little to be desired in my opinion.

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and Dumbledore's corpse is raised by Ginny and Hermione, and "Zombie-dore" goes on to save Spring Break.

11:46 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Personally I thought it was a ballsy move for JKR to kill of Harry on page 98. Who woulda thunk?

5:02 PM  
Blogger Rob S. said...

I hear Harry's a sled.

2:23 AM  

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