Full disclosure: I’ve never been crazy about the book version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I’m talking the original version, the wee little paperback published to support Comic Relief back in 2001. Although if I’m being completely honest, I also think that the published scripts from the films are a bit of a money grab. But they’re selling and people like them, so what do I know? This little book is the first one in the Hogwarts Library series, a little sub-series of companion books to Harry Potter to raise money (well, except for Tales of Beedle the Bard) for charity. […]
Source: Gift from Family
My brother got me this book for my birthday, because he read it and it’s one of his favorite books ever. He loves it with a fiery passion and I’m so happy about that, because my brother has never been a heavy reader. For myself, I am not quite so in love with Jane, though I did enjoy reading the book. I find Jane Sinner, as a character, frustrating. She’s selfish and destructive. In many ways, that works well but as a reader there were times I had difficulty connecting with her as a character, because she is so intentionally […]
I think Heretics Anonymous is a really important book to have out there, and I think that a lot of people will be offended by it. Please take this all with a grain salt, because with anything controversial, personal experiences tends to shade the review. I am going to try really hard not to discuss too much theology here, because I feel like that will lead to arguments, and this is a book review blog. That said, I think a little background on my own experience is required to give a fair frame for this review. I’ll keep it as brief as possible. […]
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is my second favorite of all the Potter books, and for good reason – it’s filled with action, new characters, and it’s the turning point of the series. Listening to the audiobook just made it better. Narrator Jim Dale continues to improve his voices. I particularly enjoyed his choice for Madame Maxime. I also continue to enjoy his choices for the Weasley twins, Professor McGonagall, and Professor Snape. I think a good narrator really brings the characters to life. As for the story itself, I think that GoF is most enjoyable because it […]
Overall, this is a very good book. I have my gripes – the predictability and sappiness of the ending and some of the childish language spoken by a fully grown Gretjie – but on the whole I enjoyed it.
Generally speaking, I found this book to be rushed and not as original as Cline’s first book. The plot has been done in film and literature before, and there was nothing to add to the story that made it any better than a pre-existing story. If anything, there was an excess of forehead-slapping cliches. I’m not sure what bothers me more – the fact that it was so rushed and cheesy, or the fact I believe it was written that way intentionally. That said, it still was entertaining in its own way and it’s great to see a different kind […]