Friday, July 20, 2007

'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'

by J.K. Rowling

Fiction/Fantasy, 2005
Bloomsbury Hardback (Adult edition), 601 p.
Book #6 in the Harry Potter series

(Book #28 for 2007, Book #6 for M&N's Summer 7 Challenge)

Finished and just in time! I had forgotten so much that happens in this book! It was almost like reading it for the first time as I didn’t remember what would come next a lot of the time. That did make it fun to read but goes to show how much I missed racing through it 2 years ago to find out the ending. And what a sad ending it is! Knowing the outcome this time around, Snape’s Unbreakable Vow in Chapter Two had so much more meaning! All in all I'm so very glad I decided to reread all the previous books leading up to the release of Book #7 tomorrow. With everything fresh in my mind, it should be a thrilling read. There are a lot of things that need to be wrapped up in the next and final book and I’m very curious to see how Rowling has done this. So, fingers crossed that the book arrives promptly tomorrow morning. (OK. I've just checked the status on Amazon and it has been picked up by the couriers from the warehouse so it's looking good!)

My Rating: 4/5

Click HERE for some fun facts and speculation from The Harry Potter Lexicon.

Note on this edition: I'm usually one for consistency and of course I've stuck religiously to the British editions but you may or may not have noticed that this one is different from the rest of my set. I was a bit slow to get on the Harry wagon and the first 3 were already out in paperback when I started reading them. Then I waited for #4 in paperback. But from #5 I was fully caught up in it and bought the hardback on the day of release. I'm not sure when they introduced the dark adult covers but I stayed with the children's cover for #5 since it matched my other 4, just a bit bigger. But then for #6 I debated quite a long time before pre-ordering from Amazon but I just couldn't resist this cover, on the adult edition, completely breaking my earlier colourful line-up on the shelves! Believe me, it was quite a decision! But I still love this cover so I don't regret it. And this time I've again ordered the adult cover for Book #7 since the children's edition cover art is rather psychedelic. Anyway, mismatched or not, it's certainly been a fun series to read!


  1. I think that cover is very cool, actually.

    I have a bet (in my mind) that of all the bloggers I read who are going to read Harry Potter 7, you will be the one to finish first. :)

  2. Yes, that's the Sano series. I've read them and, so far, the books are good. There are some "ugh" moments and some characters that have no business being in the series and they certainly aren't perfect but I really like them. Shoot, I love historicals and Japan so the series is good enough for me. LOL.

    I can't WAIT to get my adult edition boxed set. The covers are so pretty!!!!

  3. I have only read book 6 once, when it first came out, and I just know that I'm going to forget things that it will be important to know for book seven. I guess I should head over to wikipedia for a quick refresher!

  4. Kookie,
    LOL! I'm afraid I may let you down. I hope to finish in 2 days but we'll see. :)

    Yes, that's my thought too, that I'll buy a complete boxed set of the adult covers once it's available.
    I think I may even have one of the Sano books around here somewhere that I picked up at one point. Will have to give it a try sometime.

    I'd forgotten so much I'm really glad I reread it. Good idea about the refresher. Happy reading!


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