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« Reply #60 on: May 23, 2007, 03:20:17 PM »

I do love the whole series but is not as fanatical as some that would stand in line at the bookshop to buy the book at midnight and then start reading straight away and only coming up for breath at the end.

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« Reply #61 on: May 23, 2007, 04:42:11 PM »

I do love the whole series but is not as fanatical as some that would stand in line at the bookshop to buy the book at midnight and then start reading straight away and only coming up for breath at the end.

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Ugby (my combination name for you  Cute ) You crazy Potter! You sound like the expert here, I'll def come knocking on your door if I need something explained! I take it you pre ordered your copy. I'm still contemplating if I should order mine - the company that delivers on Saturday the 21st of Jul do not deliver where I stay, so I will then have to come into the office and wait for it, so I do not know if it will be worth it. 
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« Reply #62 on: May 23, 2007, 05:32:59 PM »

I preorded my book last month since I was able to save 40% by doing so.  In my experience there have always been plenty of copies available in the store in addition to the books that have been preordered so if you are hoping to get the book on the 21st, I would just go to the store and not arrange for shipping if possible.

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« Reply #63 on: May 23, 2007, 05:49:58 PM »

I usually buy my books online and then they deliver free of charge. They normally do not deliver over weekends but "the Harry" goes out on the 21st. They also have a special if you pre book. Maybe I should just do it and then send my hubby to wait for the book, he can go and play golf after!! Win-win situation  Jumping
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« Reply #64 on: May 24, 2007, 12:19:39 AM »

I love the Harry Potter series.  I, too, didn't want to read them because of the hype but a cousin of mine told me how great they were.  Now I'm drooling, literally, over the next (and final) book.

I think Harry's going to perish, unless she wants to keep writing the HP storyline, she'll have to kill off her hero.  Crap

I don't know though.  Guess we'll all have to wait and see!

For some time I thought Harry would die at the end of the book as a sort of symbol of the sacrifice of one for the good of many but thinking about it, the first chapter of Book 1 is called "The Boy Who Lived".  I am feeling a kind of foreshadowing to the end of the book and am starting to think he will be "the boy who lived."

I do wonder who will die and how those deaths will be reported to the reader.  Will there just be a reference to the dead character or will the death be part of the action?  Sometimes I wonder if Voldemort won't die but suffer something worse.  A recurring theme in this series is that death is not the worse thing that can happen to a person.  I see Voldemort as a recipient of a Dementor's Kiss or tortured into insanity with the cruciatus curse like the Longbottoms but with one or two horcruxes left intact.  He would have eternal life but is that a kind of life worth living?

I also wonder about how Voldemort rewards the Death Eaters.  A couple of times it was mentioned by DE that succeeding at tasks set by Voldemort would make the rewarded beyond all others.  I wonder if eternal life by the creation of horcrux is given to them.  Did Voldemort create a horcrux for Bellatrix when she killed Sirius?  Did Wormtail get one when he killed Cedric?  The final battle looks like it's going to be long and ugly.   I wonder what the final time spent with the Dursley's will be like for Harry.

But before that fun starts we get to see Bill and Fleur's wedding!!  Beer  I wonder what wizard weddings are like.  Do they make the Unbreakable Vow with each other? 

I can do this all night so I will stop now.   Really beginning to look forward to July 21.   Jumping
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« Reply #65 on: June 02, 2007, 09:21:29 PM »

I'm reading a great book called "Sex with the Queen, 900 years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers and Passionate Politics," by Eleanor Herman.

One chapter tells the fascinating and appalling tale of Christian VII, his wife Caroline Mathilde and her lover Dr. Struensee. Apparently, Christian VII was alcoholic and mentally unstable (he made is dog a chancellor and paid him a salary from the royal treasury!) and Struensee befriended them both, bedded the queen and ended up ruling Denmark behind the scenes until the evil queen mother Julianne staged a coup! A very interesting read.
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« Reply #66 on: June 04, 2007, 12:10:21 PM »


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For some time I thought Harry would die at the end of the book as a sort of symbol of the sacrifice of one for the good of many but thinking about it, the first chapter of Book 1 is called "The Boy Who Lived".  I am feeling a kind of foreshadowing to the end of the book and am starting to think he will be "the boy who lived."
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Didn't JKR say that the last chapter of the last book would end like the first chapter of the first book.
She also said the last word of the 7th book would be scar!

Also, has anyone read 'The Memory Keeper's Daughter'? I', only half-way through but its fantastic! But nothing beats HP in my eyes...
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« Reply #67 on: June 05, 2007, 02:34:08 AM »

Was an avid reader in my younger days --- Little House on the Praire Series, Sweet Valley Twins, The Babysitters club, etc. Lost some interest after started working (to tired). I actually brought the Harry Potter books had them sitting on my shelves gathering dust, I went to see the third movie Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Askaban and wondered how different the books were from the movies. So, I went home and started reading, I found I rather liked them (prefer them over the movies). I have now read up to book 5 -- leaving book 6 for the day that 7 comes out. I have also read To Kill a Mockingbird, was a required book in high school and it was amazing.

I have decided that I should really start getting back into reading so I have purchased a few books:
The Grapes of Wrath; The Scarlett Letter; The Crucible; Pride and Prejudice; Sophie's Choice; The Colour Purple

Hope to read some more great books after I've completed the above 6.


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« Reply #68 on: June 10, 2007, 10:15:47 PM »

Right now I'm reading 'The God Delusion' by Richard Dawkins, IMO it should be compulsory reading, no matter which side of the fence you happen to be sitting!

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« Reply #69 on: June 11, 2007, 06:50:31 PM »

Anyone out there read The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler ?
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« Reply #70 on: June 11, 2007, 10:52:48 PM »

Anyone out there read The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler ?
Tried to, prefered the movie with William Hurt and Geena Davis.
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« Reply #71 on: June 11, 2007, 10:56:00 PM »

They made a movie? Blush Gosh, I have been living in the dark ages.....
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« Reply #72 on: June 12, 2007, 02:31:59 AM »

Right now I'm reading 'The God Delusion' by Richard Dawkins, IMO it should be compulsory reading, no matter which side of the fence you happen to be sitting!

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So am I, and so it should!

I've just got hold of a copy of Al Gore's latest, and am looking forward to getting started on it.
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« Reply #73 on: June 12, 2007, 02:44:16 PM »

Maybe this can be the answer for all the Potter fans - the next big thing! 

http://www.news24.com/New...1225-1243_2128607,00.html
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« Reply #74 on: June 12, 2007, 05:12:25 PM »

I never read Harry Poter, the media hype just drove me away, but few years had past and people still seems to love It so I might give It a try
My sister had always resisted the books for the same reason. Then about 2 years ago she sat down and read them and fell in love with them! Now, she's counting down the days until the new book is out. I'm a huge fan and I would defintiely recommend the series to you, it's wonderful and I particularly love the fact that it's getting kids away from their playstations and back into libraries!

At the moment I'm reading "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova, it tells the story of Dracula. I'm not really into horror books so this is very different for me. However I am really loving this book, especially as the author has inter-mingled so much factual information about the past, particularly the Ottoman Empire.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/H...qid=1181660956&sr=8-1

After I finish this I will start "Defy the Stars" by Jocelyn Hurndall. She is the mother of Tom Hurndall the young British peace activist who was murdered by the IDF. As it is written by his mother I expect it will be very moving in parts.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/D...qid=1181661059&sr=1-1
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