Posted by Sari
Spoilers about Harrypotter below
Just craptastically awful. And this is from someone who has been entertained enough to get the new book right a way. One and two were nice and jolly kid's books. Three showed real promise. Four was less well structured but the story moved on. Five was structured even worse than four, but at least Harry was true-to-life incredibly annoying self-centerd moronic teen and Sirius' character was handled interestingly.
Now this, this was disapointment on so many levels it just is incredible. The narrative was plodding, the infodumping sessions with Dumbledore were painful, Harry is more a cipher than ever and every predictable twist of the plot was used to the power of n. And of course Snape. Now, either JRK has totally ruined the only original character she wrote and undone everything she has built in the five previous books, or she has paved the way for the most annoying double-twist ever (something like Dumbledore was dying anyway and Snape's cover was cemented by killing him, or surprise! Dumbledore didn't die and will rise from the ashes like the phoenix he owns...) Either way, the end result is just too fucking lame to be believed.
Hmmm... It was a page-turner that I read in a few days. Too long, could have used some editing. Not a children's book by any means.
It was obviously dark and bursting with exposition, but JK managed to keep it together. This was not an easy task, JK had to get the background story out of the way for the final book to come. V sounds definitely a less campy adversary after this info.
The end was problematic but I kind of saw it coming.
Posted by: Stefan | July 23, 2005 at 00:53