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Harry Potter overdose

Up until this month, my pattern for Harry Potter was to read each novel just slightly in advance of its film release date, which meant basically watching the story unfold in real time; one book a year.  So I read Order of the Phoenix (first time) in May, saw the film two weeks ago, and wouldn't normally have taken Half-Blood Prince down from the shelf until early autumn 2008,  Deathly Hallows wouldn't have been read until 2009.  But, of course, all that had to change if I didn't want to be spoiled for the details about how the story was going to work itself out.  *sigh*  So OotP was read in May, the film was seen on July 14th, HBP was started on July 15th and finished on July 18th, and DH was started on July 21 and finished two nights ago.  And now I feel stuffed and bloated the way you do when you've overindulged in sweets at Christmastime.

I need to read something very different now, I think.


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Jul. 27th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
Potter overdose
I share your distress. (Well, not all of it, because I'm a little less than halfway through Deathly Hallows.) But I also read the previous two books in just the past few weeks and it's just too much. So I'm going slow on this one and hoping I can avoid the spoilers. Of course the biggest danger is ME and my tendency to look ahead in books. So far I have resisted.
Aug. 2nd, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Potter overdose
You resisted longer than you usually do, I'll give you that. ;-)
Jul. 28th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
Well, if you haven't yet read it, I highly recommend "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova. Just amazing, so involved, and genuinely scary in parts.

My new interest is The Tudors (the people, not the show, though I'd like to watch the show now that I've been reading about them.) I've read Philippa Gregory's historical novels, which are entertaining, although not necessarily accurate. Alison Weir's non fiction books on the subject are marvelous, though. I've already read "The Six Wives of Henry VII" and "The Children of Henry VII". I just ordered two more of her books, about the court in Henry's time, and the reign of Elizabeth I. I know so little about her as Queen, and I want to find out more about her.

If you liked the fiest book I sent you, Madeleine's Ghost, I also recommend another book by Robert Girardi. It's called The Pirate's Daughter, and it's equally as good, though very different.
Aug. 2nd, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
I have The Historian on my bookshelves, but haven't read it yet, and after all the Harry Potter I'm not in the mood for anything right now that even faintly suggests the supernatural. I did come up with something completely different to follow Deathly Hallows, though, as you'll see a bit later today when I do a "books read" post.

I loved Madeleine's Ghost, and will definitely check out The Pirate's Daughter.
Aug. 2nd, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
The Pirate's Daughter is strange and mysterious, but not supernatural, as far as I can remember. Have you ever read Caleb Carr's turn of the century mysteries? The Alienist, and it's sequel, Angel of Darkness, are both brilliant and fascinating and I would kill to read a new book in the series.
Aug. 2nd, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
"No" to The Alienist, but I suppose it's just a matter of time before I succumb and either buy a copy or check the book out from the library. I didn't know he'd written a sequel, though.
Aug. 2nd, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
I was leery too, for some reason that completely escapes me now. But I gave in, and I'm glad I did. Both books are incredible. He also has a couple of sci fi books, which I did not like at all. I tried to read this one that takes place in the future, and all I could think was, why the hell are you writing this when your historic books are so much better?

Have you read The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver? She's another author whose work I don't really like, except for that one book. It's about a family, led by a crazed evangelist, who go to live in the Congo in the 1950s. It's really the story of the man's wife, and his four very different daughters, and I just loved it. I tried to get my sister to read it, since she keeps asking me for books, but she won't read anything that wasn't written in the last two years. That's a shame, she's missing out on so many wonderful books.

Still, the fact that she's reading at all is miraculous, she got all the way through high school without picking up a book. I gave her my copy of The Road. I tried reading it, but it was just so depressing. I know it's on everyone's list of last year's best books, but every page I turned left me more and more miserable, and I gave up. I don't mind some angst, but this one was just beyond endurance for me.
Jul. 28th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
About my previous comment- it's supposed to be Henry the Eighth, not the seventh. Sorry for the typos. And if you're reading this first, it makes no sense unless you read the comment I sent right before. Sorry for that, too.
Aug. 2nd, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
I didn't even notice the typos, lol. That's the benefit of having a degree in History, I guess; "six wives" was all it took for me to know which monarch you were talking about. :-)
Aug. 2nd, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
I was an English major, and I still haven't learned to proofread my comments before I hit send. One of these days I will, I promise.
Aug. 2nd, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
*sigh* I've been known to go back and delete a comment and do it over again if I notice a typo after I've already hit "Post Comment".
Aug. 2nd, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
In the immortal words of Patrick Swayze in Ghost- "ditto."
Jul. 28th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
*g* wow, that's a lot of HP in a very short time! Glad you caught up with all of that - I'm reading "the state of the union" by Douglas Kennedy at the moment - so far I like it. What kind of book do you fancy next?
Aug. 2nd, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
I found my "something very different", as you'll see in my next reading post. You might actually know the book, or at least the Isabelle Huppert film that was based on it.
Aug. 2nd, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
brilliant! can't wait to see what it is then *g*
Aug. 1st, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)
That's a lot of HP in a relatively short time, yes! I can understand how you'd sorta OD on HP and want something a bit different :-) I'm reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy atm and it's chilling and haunting and all kinds of awesome.
Aug. 2nd, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
The Road has had fabulous press, and it's definitely on my "to read" list. Glad to hear it's impressed you.
Aug. 2nd, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
I was just commenting to Karen about The Road. I gave up on it after a few chapters. It was so depressing that I just couldn't go any further, and I almost never give up on a book once I've started. It was absolutely chilling and haunting, but I just couldn't take anymore of it.
Aug. 2nd, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
I have to say I know what you mean; it is really depressing. I actually phoned a friend of mine who'd just read the novel to ask her about the ending, I wanted her to tell me - as vaguely as possible as I didn't want to know everything beforehand - if I needed to brace myself for an even darker and more depressing ending. Just so that I knew what to expect to some extent. It's usually a no-no for me as I want to read something unspoiled but it's so depressing that I wanted to know whether I should really prepare myself, you know?

I couldn't stop reading it, though. Because I really need to know what is awaiting 'the man' and his son... and also because I absolutely love their relationship so I need to follow them til the last page.

And now I'll stop rambling about The Road *g*
Aug. 3rd, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
After I gave up on the book, I went ahead and read the last couple of chapters, just so I could know what happened. But I've always been a "skip ahead" kind of girl, though. I always want to know how things will end. That of course translates into my TV viewing too, especially with Smallville and Supernatural- I absolutely devour spoilers.
Aug. 3rd, 2007 09:32 am (UTC)
I'm the opposite. I usually prefer not knowing anything beforehand; I'm a sort of spoiler-phobe. Especially with some of my favourite shows, SPN being at the top of the list. I went into most of the two seasons unspoiled and it was pretty exciting getting into those last episodes completely spoiler-free :-)
Aug. 3rd, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
I'm just the opposite. I like to know what's going to happen beforehand, so I can prepare myself if something really terrible is going to happen. Even with spoilers though, Supernatural still manages to surprise me. I could tell by the promo pics that Sam was dead, but Dean's trade, that was a total shock to me.
Aug. 3rd, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
SPN Spoilers in the comments, Karen, just in case *g*
I had no idea Sam would die at all, so imagine my surprise when AHBL ended! As for Dean's trade, I supposed it was coming because my first thought was 'he has to go and see the crossroad's demon, he has to'. The 'one year only' part of the deal was one hell of a shocker, though, because I hadn't seen that one coming.

Hee I love SPN so much ;-)
Aug. 3rd, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
Re: SPN Spoilers in the comments, Karen, just in case *g*
Does Karen even watch SPN? I don't recall her ever mentioning it. I love SPN, it always manages to shock me, even when I know spoilers, unlike Smallville, which I love, and don't even have to read spoilers for, since everything that happens is such a non-surprise. Lost, though, that manages somes shocks.

I love SPN, and I love SPN fic, including yours. I'm sorry I never commented, but I tend to be shy about that sort of thing. Though when you mentioned The Road, I knew I was going to speak up. I'm such an avid reader, I'll get over that shyness to talk about books, anytime, anywhere.
Aug. 3rd, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
Re: SPN Spoilers in the comments, Karen, just in case *g*
I don't think she does, but better be safe than sorry :-)

I agree, one of the reasons why I love SPN so much - one of the many reasons, admittedly - is how I can be shocked on a regular basis. It's not that predictable; or even when it is, they add a twist that you hadn't seen coming...

I love SPN, and I love SPN fic, including yours. I'm sorry I never commented, but I tend to be shy about that sort of thing.

Awww thank you so much! Don't apologise for not commenting, I guess that's just part of the game, people reading a fic, enjoying it but not commenting - I accept it it's just how it is *shrug* And it tickles me pink that you actually 'recognised' my name as being part of the SPN fandom... I'm delighted you enjoy my fics, so thanks for letting me know *g*
Aug. 3rd, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
Re: SPN Spoilers in the comments, Karen, just in case *g*
Of course I recognized your name! I keep track of the Supernatural stories I print out, because I'm just so anal retentive like that. I think you're at 5. I have a fabulous head for that sort of thing- useless trivia basically. By the time I'm 40 (only 5 years to go!), I'll be able to tell you the supporting actors in every lame TV movie I ever saw, but I probably won't remember my middle name.
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