Thursday, June 17, 2004
BOOK: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
If you notice the dark rings under my eyes you'll understand that I just spent a couple of days and late nights reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I was terribly slow at picking up the fifth book in the Rowling series. But I just couldn't wait until August for the paperback edition.
At 850 pages, it is a fine way to get to started on reading 10K pages in a year. If every book was as engrossing as this one, I might end up reading 50k pages. Sure, there will be some people that complain about the fantasy magic, the torture, the disobedient children at school, and whatever else "evil" they might notice. I think that anyone the same age as Harry (15?) would have been way overexposed to much worse on television, movies, music, or the internet. But reading it to your five year old is probably a little twisted -- but Lord of the Rings would be perfectly fine...
I really enjoy the cliff hanging chapters that make you want to read a few pages into the next one before stopping. And while Rowling may not win awards for great writing (although her books probably already have), I think her imagination and ability to capture the teenage spirit will allow this series to be remembered fondly by many generations of muggles wanting to be wizards.