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  posted on 7/20/2007 at 07:17 AM
How many out there are fans? Or have kids that are fans?
So how many have pre-ordered this book?

My kids were begging me to pre-order.
I'll just go to Walmart first thing tomorrow and pick it up.

I guess I'll eventually read it to see how it ends.


At least it's better than the Dune travesty still goin on ...

 

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  posted on 7/20/2007 at 07:28 AM
I've never gotten into them. I started the first one around the time it came out and just didn't grab me, but virtually all of my friends are obsessed. Considering my friends are all college kids it just goes to show how popular the series is...I'm thinking I may try and read them the rest of this summer just so I know what everyone is talking about.
 

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  posted on 7/20/2007 at 07:33 AM
Donna and her sister and various nieces and nephews are going to Barney Nobles tonight to camp out for the premiere. They're all worried about accidentally stumbling onto a spoiler, so they're avoiding all media, including the internet. They're also speculating on whether young Harry might get killed off in this episode. So what if he does? Another book, one paragraph of hocus-pocus - and he's back (should Ms. Rowling decide she needs another yacht or mansion). I mean, they killed Superman once, didn't they?

 

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  posted on 7/20/2007 at 07:36 AM
... or the book might have a Soprano-esque ending. I have it on very good authority that the very last page in the book is blank.

 

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  posted on 7/20/2007 at 07:42 AM
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... or the book might have a Soprano-esque ending. I have it on very good authority that the very last page in the book is blank.



Rusty, you stinker! I've read all of them & plan on reading this one too...

 

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  posted on 7/20/2007 at 08:28 AM
I've enjoyenjoyed them all and I'm neither college age or have kids. I've listened to them on unabridged audio. The narrator is fabulous. There’s an HP subculture who only ‘listen’ and worship this narrator. It has been a very enjoyable way to experience these books.

“The audio book version of the Half blood Prince sold over 635,000 copies, making it the largest initial print in audio book history. Jim Dale who is the narrator of the Harry Potter audio books, holds the Guinness book record for having created the most voices for an audio book.”

 

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  posted on 7/20/2007 at 10:27 AM
I'm a huge audio book listener. Haven't listened to any of the Harry Potter books - just caught about half of each of the first two movies, so I know a few characters, but that's about it. Now that they're wrapping up, I'll probably give them a listen sooner or later, but being a devotee of several of the mammoth adult fantasy series that are out there, I'm not expecting a whole lot, to tell you the truth. Maybe I'll like them, but I doubt they'll change my view that there's nothing out there now at the level of A Song of Ice and Fire or Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.

I would, however, like to chime in on the importance of a good narrator. A good reader can make a marginal book engaging, a good book captivating, but a poor narrator can render the best of books flat.

Changing narrators at any point during a series is a bad idea (assuming the one you started with was good). Case in point - I've read the four volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire published so far twice, and listened to them once. The first three were read by the same guy, British actor Roy Dotrice, and he was excellent - the fourth was read by a guy named John Lee, and it simply didn't work for me. It was jarring, to say the least. It was hard to get through it. Not that he was that bad, but it was like tuning in to your favorite TV show only to find out all of the actors had been replaced. The characters are the same, the story lines are the same, but the "voices" are different. I hope they bring Dotrice back for the rest of the series (although he's approaching 80, so maybe not).

Another series I like that had a sudden change of narrators was Stephen King's Dark Tower. The first four books were read by the same guy, veteran narrator Frank Muller. Unfortunately, between the publications of books four and five, Frank had a tragic motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed. One cool thing that King did after this happened (he talks about it in the afterward of book five) was establish a foundation to assist with the rehab and care of Frank Muller, and he was donating all of the proceeds of the audio version of book five to this foundation. Anyway, books 5-7 were read by George Guidall, a very good narrator who, while not entirely able to capture the flavor of the characters as Muller had, still did a fair job in my opinion (although given the reviews, few seem to agree with me).



[Edited on 7/20/2007 by TopDroog]

 

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  posted on 7/20/2007 at 01:17 PM
My son had read them all and has seen all the movies. We get a big kick out of Harry Potter because that was my Uncle's real name. Uncle Harry Potter

[Edited on 7/20/2007 by rottinpeach]

 

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  posted on 7/21/2007 at 01:25 PM
I've read and enjoyed them all,have book 7 so will be busy the next couple of days.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2007 at 06:38 PM
Literally, EVERYWHERE I went today, from the train station, to the theater, to the liquor store, someone was reading that book.
Oh yeah, I had it Fed'ex'ed overnigtht
I was at the Barnes and Noble Midnite party and there were adults and kids dressed up there was even a guy with a monkey...

Crazy, Crazy, obsessive people.

Hey, any word on when Beacon Tickets go on sale?

 

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  posted on 7/21/2007 at 06:58 PM
I've never read any of the books or seen any of the movies but I've done two Harry Potter midnight parties and pre-orded the new one. I'd have gone to the book store this year at midnight too but my granddaughter who is the fan mercifully fell asleep. Of course they were over here first thing today to get the pre-order ticket. After all the talk even I want to know how it ends!

 

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  posted on 7/21/2007 at 07:02 PM
Damn...my wife stayed up all night and has already finished the book.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2007 at 08:07 PM
Halfway thru,Ann,read the series,cause if ya read the 7th book you'llbe mad ya missed the first 6. I'm halfway thru 7,wont turn on TV until I have finished as some butthead will tell the ending.

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  posted on 7/21/2007 at 08:12 PM
We stumbled into the series in 2000, and have been devoted (but not rabid) fans ever since. The books are so well written, and the series plot so well developed, that to truly appreciate the story you need to read the books more than once. I have read the first six at least twice, and after finishing the seventh, will probably start them from the beginning one last time.
 

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  posted on 7/22/2007 at 08:31 PM
well i re-read the first 6 books over the last month in preparation for this, and earlier this week i swore off of message boards/blogs to avoid spoilers. in fact, i didn't even open this page because i was sure someone would have said something. i absolutely loved it, i basically went into the book with no expectations because i knew it would be incredible, and it did not disappoint. started yesterday afternoon at 11:30 or so and then went until 3:30 with a few breaks for eating and using the bathroom (and finding scores of the yankee game)

 

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  posted on 7/22/2007 at 09:39 PM
Never read them and only saw half of the first movie.

Pissed my wife off because I told her what would happen and nailed it. Kind of obvious IMO. Won't spoil a thing. Enjoy the book.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2007 at 07:23 AM
been ito them from the start. I've really enjoyed the series,botk books & movies.My wife finished the new book in a day,I'm starting today. Hate to see them end...............

 

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  posted on 7/23/2007 at 10:11 AM
We had 3 copiesin the house as my wife,daughter,and myself all could not wait till somebody finished.It was pretty cool to see all three ofus reading the same book,no TV on,no ABB,only silence in the Meharg household,a true rarity.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2007 at 10:23 AM
my students keep me up to date, but i have read the first two and seen the movies. i'll eventually read them all.

whatever the ending, all it takes is a bit of magic to alter the plot stream.

a good youth fiction title is Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis who also wrote The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2007 at 11:58 AM
I've finished the book already, couldn't put it down.

I didn't pre-order it. Although I own and have read all the other books. I was seriously impressed and surprised on how incredible this book was. Usually the last in a series isn't as strong as this one. She is really a great author, very clever, even deep, but very easy to read. - I know that people who aren't into it think this is just another crazy fad or whatever, but these are truly great books that will live on and be studied forever. And I'm not even one of those crazy fans. I didn't even really plan on reading the book this weekend, I was out and decided I'd see if I could pick up a copy. It was easy enough, got it home and I was hooked...

 

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  posted on 7/23/2007 at 12:02 PM
Almost 800 pages ... and pretty much everybody that I know read it in a day or two!

 

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  posted on 7/23/2007 at 12:09 PM
Have no fear. The series won't end. She will just pull a "Star wars" and do a prequel series. Mark my words. Far too much money, prestige and fame not to. She may write other types which is understandable but it would be a mistake to just end it. Look how many of you enjoy it. why stop something people enjoy?

The pressure to end it was applied because of the movies and the actors ages.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2007 at 03:08 PM
http://youtube.com/watch?v=98SI2vSypDY

Lindsay Lohan SNL Harry Potter Skit

 

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  posted on 7/23/2007 at 03:31 PM
Our granddaughter is already on her third reading of the new book.....!!!!!

 

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  posted on 7/23/2007 at 04:01 PM
I read the first 4 books, then I just didnt read the rest. I always liked them, although they were too long for me

 

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