Saturday, July 16, 2005

I decided not to buy Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when it came out today. I decided this months ago, and for several good reasons:

  1. The books come out in hardcover initially, and generally costs gobs and gobs of money.
  2. I don't have any of the other Harry Potter books yet, and if I get this one, I'll want to go buy the rest of them too.
  3. Mom pre-ordered it, so when she and my brother finish reading it, I can borrow it.

This is the first release of a Harry Potter book that has occured while I'm actually interested in the series. Well, rabidly interested, anyway. When Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix came out, I'd only read the very first book, years earlier for a college class I was helping teach. But in the past year or so, I've read all of the first 5 books, and fallen severely in love with Sirius Black (and slightly-less-seriously in love with Severus Snape).

And then I went to work tonight. At midnight, the 1.5 pallets of stacks and stacks of The Half-Blood Prince trundled out to the floor. And I realized I was doomed. My fate was sealed when my pal D. bought a copy on her lunch break, and came and told me it was waaaaaaaay on sale, for almost half the usual price! So on my lunch break, I ran up to the registers and bought my own copy...for $15.05!!! After I bought the book, I found out that due to a managerial snafu, we had to sell it for the pre-order price to everybody, because management had forgotten to leave us the official list of pre-orderers! And I got my employee discount off on top of that, so yeeeeeeeeahhhhhh.

I'm done with the first four chapters already! Mild Spoilage follows...highlight the blank space to read a couple comments:

They mentioned Sirius in chapter one already! And several times thereafter. It took me a moment to realize that altho I'd gotten sorta used to Sirius being dead by now, to Harry and the others, it's still a recent tragedy. Snifffffle.

I got to visit inside Snape's home!

Harry Potter isn't mentioned until page 25, and doesn't actually appear until page 38. Hmm.

And I think I found a typo already: on page 10, on the 8th line, the last word is 'site', and I think it should be 'sight'...

End of Mild Spoilage! I'm only thru chapter 4, so it's safe to read what I wrote if you're past that already ;-)


  1. Cannot resist inviso-text!

    OK, you've got me interested enough to put the Harry Potter books on my reading list now.

  2. Tsk.

    With umpteen million copies being sold you could have waited a week and gotten a used copy off of for 5 bucks.

  3. Lanyn/dkoren--Hooray! I think you'll really like the HP books. Wait until you're reading the second one until you decide, though, because like I said, the first one is ok, but the rest are awesome. Esp #3 (Prisoner of Azkaban), which is my fave.

    PhiloPoet--I plan to acquire the first 5 books online, used and cheap. Just couldn't resist getting it that night so I could start reading it. Not sorry I did it, either :-)

  4. HI!
    I too jumpped on the HP wagon really late but that was good 'cause I was able to get the first 5 books at thrift stores/garage sales/e-bay for super cheap. One for 50 cents!! But now I'm cought up and can't hardly wait for this new book to become "old news" and end up at a garage sale. That could take a year!! So Jon has allowed me to go ahead and spend the big bucks on book six since I saved so much on the first five. However, I haven't even gotten the time to get to the store to buy it maybe I CAN wait a little longer until it's a bit cheaper. Like a week at least ;)

  5. Hey Rae, try taking Philosopher Poet's advice and checking for a cheap copy! It is really really really good so far (I just finished chapter 17)


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