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catching up, Harry Potter, and stuff - athene
catching up, Harry Potter, and stuff

I'm back, after a rather long absense since last Friday.  The reason for this was entirely because I was completely paranoid about seeing/hearing spoilers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and was so utterly determined to not have the ending spoiled that I basically haven't turned the tv or the internet on since Friday afternoon. Given that it took me until about half past ten last night to finish it, that meant I had a scary amount of e-mail and Livejournal to catch up with.

So, apologies to anyone who has posted fic or discussion threads in the last few days, I'm not ignoring you, and I'll try to get round to catching up and commenting over the next day or two.

Went to the work summer social barbeque party on Friday night. Surprisingly good fun, and they had summer sports/games type things with different departments competing against each other. Normally I would hate stuff like that, but it was played for laughs, and I eneded up tied to the cute one from I.T. for the four-legged-race, so no complaints there. Although I still have very painful bruises on my knees from falling over in the skipping-while-wearing-size-ten-wellies-race (I only have size five feet, so they kept falling off - hence the falling over in a really embarrasing way). Although, despite my falling over, overall our department (Accounts and IT together) won, and we all got medals. Go us. *grin* 

Then I was on the dance floor for the rest of the night until the music stopped, and got soaked through on the way home as I decided to go via WH Smiths to buy Harry Potter, and discovered that it had opened at midnight, served whatever queue was there, and then closed again, so when I got there at quarter past one the lights were on but the doors were locked, and it was absolutely hammering it down with rain. Grrrr.

And on the subject of Harry Potter...

I did manage to read all six of the previous books before starting Deathly Hallows - not bad to say I started re-reading Philosophers Stone the Sunday before, and manged to read books three, four, five, six, and half of seven in the four days from Friday to Monday (having the Friday and Monday off work really helped). 

As for Deathly Hallows, I thought it was great. Really really liked it. I cried lots at several of the deaths, and in fact at several other bits, and I loved the whole battle at Hogwarts sequence that took up pretty much  the last hundred and fifty pages worth. Neville is great. I thought the vary last chapter was the only thing that let it down, though. It all seemed a bit happily-ever-after, which jarred rather with the rest of it, and seemed a bit childish almost. But apart from that it was definitely worth the wait.

Not sure what to read next, now.


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fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: July 26th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wondered if you'd gone in Potter-Isolation! It must have been desperately annoying to have failed to get a copy in the rain. Bad bookshop! I read it over the course of Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Yes, enjoyed it, and particularly loved Neville! He was great. The final battle was definitely shades of St Trinians, and not in a bad way either, but I also agree that the epilogue let it down.

I'm reading an excellent book by Kim Wilkins called Grimoire. Definitely receommend it. Also her Giants of the Frost. I think you'd like them.
rodlox From: rodlox Date: August 4th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)


glad to see you back.
the final chapter, I'm told, was written right after Book 1, and before the rest of the series. that might explain it.
yes indeedy-do!: go us (er, you; um...what's the plural form of "you" that doesn't suggest I was present?) :D

anyway, congratulations on winning; sorry about the boo-boos.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 4th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *glomps*

yeah, the epilogue was just a bit of a let down after the rest of it. I had also heard she had had the last bit written for ages and locked away in a drawer. Which is fine, and I'm impressed with the level of forward planning and long term plot arc etc, but her writing style has definitely improved over the last few books, and it might have worked better if she re-wrote the epilogue to fit in with the more adult style of writing in the later books.

Oh well, it's all over now, and everyone can find some other series of books to go berserk over. *slightly cynical grin*
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