The Harry Potter series was such a cultural juggernaut that many people who would not normally have read children’s novels about a training school for wizards felt compelled to point out that the books lacked literary merit. (Snip)Rowling’s detractors missed what made the Potter books so captivating: the story. Five years after the final installment in the Harry Potter series was released, Little, Brown has published Rowling’s first novel aimed at adults, The Casual Vacancy. She was clearly determined to try her hand at something completely different, and she succeeded, in a way: Instead of a magical world
Despite being the richest writer ever, and the huge and well-deserved success of Harry Potter, I guess she just can't keep trying to get back in the limelight. It's sad when someone successful can't leave well enough alone and goes down in flames instead of out in a blaze of glory.
Rowling inspired children of all ages to read which was a wonderful thing to do. She wrote books for children that some adults who may not have liked to read as children found to be interesting. They were made into larger-than-life movies which helped propel them into money making best sellers. I for one could not get past the first chapter of the first Harry Potter book. For the life of me, I could not understand the hype, but then again, I don't enjoy science fiction. This review proves my point. I will not bother to waste time nor money reading this "adult" book.
I had not the slightest interest in the Harry Potter books until one of my favorite bloggers, La Shawn Barber, talked about how great they were. I read them, and was hooked! It's never too late to make a happy childhood.
This book may not be Harry Potter, but I'll probably read it anyway, because the mind who dreamed up Harry surely came up with some good bits in this.
I loved the first Potter book, liked the second, and didn't make it all the way through the third. Agatha Cristie affects me the same way. It doesn't sounds as though Rowling has advanced fiction by any great leaps with this adult book, so will probably pass on this.
I was captivated by Tolkien's trilogy, the Lord of the Rings. I started on my kids' Potter books expecting the same. Mistake!! I could not get past halfway through the first book. I enjoyed the movies, though.
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Bill the Cat, 10/13/2012 2:17:46 PM (No. 8930614)
I no longer read fiction. Strictly non-fiction for me these days. Still, if I did read fiction, I would certainly not read anything by anyone who has trashed C.S. Lewis (e.g., Rowling) or Tolkien (e.g., Michael Moorcock).
The Treasury Department said on Thursday that it would sell its remaining shares in General Motors by year’s end, allowing the government to finally sever ties to the bailed-out automaker a few months sooner than expected.(Snip)Barring a sudden jump in G.M.’s stock price, the government is on track to lose about $10 billion on its investment. So far, it has recovered about $38.4 billion. By contrast, other rescue efforts, including the bailout of the American International Group, have generated profits for taxpayers. But administration officials have long argued that the aim was not to make a profit from its investments
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Here’s the latest leading theory about those mystery barges in Portland and San Fransisco: They’re party boats for launching Google Glass, the Internet giant’s computerized eyewear.The barges, and the odd-looking structures on top of them, have been linked to Google in documents from the Coast Guard in New London, Conn., and in an apparent slip-of-the-tongue by a Coast Guard official in California.(Snip)But new evidence indicates the barges will be towed to large coastal cities, where wealthy customers will be invited aboard for exclusive looks at Google Glass. The wearable computer, still under development, would enable people to communicate with the
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POLACCA, Ariz.—-The group of boys head out toward the mesa, setting their feet upon dirt trails that are lined with scrub brush and corn fields. It´s the same earth that their Hopi ancestors would tread as they ran in prayer for rain, prosperity and all of mankind. For these boys, the drive is as much about the competitive spirit as the enduring spirit of their culture. Hopi High School, where they are students, has earned 23 state cross-country titles in a row, and according to its coach, is one of three schools in the country to earn a perfect score Source corrected and removed from text by Staff.
The Coast Guard confirmed Wednesday that Google is involved with the mysterious four-story structure that’s floating on a barge in San Francisco Harbor, a structure that’s virtually identical to one in Portland Harbor. Later, however, the Coast Guard revised its statement. A spokesman said the Coast Guard could not discuss details about the barge, and could neither confirm nor deny a connection with Google.(Snip)“We have people in the (Coast Guard’s) Prevention Department who have been asked by the owner not to talk about it,” Ingham said.
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