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17 September 2005 @ 04:42 am
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(Yeah yeah rainbow crack addict shut up kthx.)

So I finally got around to reading the Harry Potter series. I'm halfway through book 3, and overall, I like the HP books quite a bit. Sure, they're not exactly challenging literature, but they're a fun, easy read. I especially like the slapstick and other over the top humor (like, well, mostly anything dealing with Dudley Dursley) woven throughout the stories. It's mentioned casually, so it adds some more fun and interest without being all "ZOMG look kids Mr. Wonka ran into the Great Glass Elevator AGAIN! Let's pause to laugh!" The characters represent a good mix of personalities, and the main ones have some depth to them. The characters who don't seem to have much to them (e.g. Dudley the glutton and Percy Weasley the snooty goody two shoes) are at least entertaining.

Thus far, there's not much in the way of criticism for me to share. I don't really know why and I don't feel like delving into it right now, but it seems that the writing improves as the series goes on. (The only concrete klutzy first book writing example I can think of offhand is the accidental use of the same adjective in two very close sentences.) The reader will be reminded of events and motivations, which can be annoying to people used to keeping more complex books in order in their heads while reading, but I expect that sort of thing in young adult literature, and at least you're not beaten over the head with it.

Oh, here's a problem. Romance of the Three Kingdoms arrived today, and I couldn't keep myself away from it. I really do want to get my decentfic based on the Battle of Guan Du off the ground, and for that, I have to at least read through the first of the four volumes. And this isn't exactly speed-reading fodder. This will probably be a multiple reading sort of deal. w00t...study time!
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arafel on September 17th, 2005 12:40 pm (UTC)
Cool that you got Romance of the Three Kingdoms! Which translation did you buy?

HP tends to be a good read. The writing in the fourth and fifth books is not as tight or well-edited as the others - I think JKR was getting to be a victim of her own success at that point - but the sixth returns to form. Enjoy the ride!
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on September 17th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
I got what I think is the same one you have - the 4-volume unabridged Moss Roberts translation. You recently mentioned that ROTK is an investment and not a casual read, and I see what you mean. Thus far, it's not tough to follow, but you definitely have to pay attention. (And I'll probably wind up having to take notes in some spots.)
Tommytommathy on September 17th, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC)
Romance of the Three Kingdoms = <3
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on September 19th, 2005 02:00 am (UTC)
Yay...another fan! ^_^ Which translation(s) have you read?