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review 2018-12-27 20:30
Time Spent With Old Friends...
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

...That's what it feels like to be back in the world of Harry Potter again.  This time I am listening on Audible, and it is an absolute treat!  

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review 2018-12-27 19:11
Some of the Glamour Has Fallen Away
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

It's so weird. I first read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when I was 19 years old. Now reading it when I am 38 I am just seeing all kinds of issues. Maybe some of it is colored by the fact that I am older. And maybe some of it is by the fact that I am realizing that I don't particularly care for J.K. Rowling that much.  It could also be because I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and loathed that play. Either way, this book didn't sing for me the way it did when I was 19. 

 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets finds Harry 12 years old and back at the Durlseys. He is a little hurt his school friends haven't written him anything in the way of happy birthdays. A house elf named Dobby pops up though and warns Harry that he can't return to Hogwarts this year. Dobby kinds of sucks and uses magic in order to get Harry in trouble at Hogwarts, it doesn't work, and Harry is able to return. That is not the only weirdness though, Harry and Ron try to go through the magical platform and are stopped. The twosome decide to fly to Hogwarts (the justifications for this mess still makes me shake my head) so these two are in a lot of trouble when the school year starts.

 

This book kind of sparks more of the beginning of why Slytherin didn't get along with the other founders though. We hear more about those who come from Muggle backgrounds (like Hermoine) should not have been allowed entrance to Hogwarts. And we see a warning about the chamber of secrets being opened with leads Harry, Hermoine, and Ron off to investigate. Weirdly though most of the book is set up to try to show that Harry should not be in Gryffindor, but Slytherin. We also get Ron's sister Ginny in this one that made me sigh along with the whole introduction to someone we will get to know more of, Tom Riddle. 


The writing is okay, I just found myself bored throughout. Maybe because I read this before and knew what was coming. Or maybe because it just didn't grab me since I saw too many plot holes, don't get me started on the whole Ginny thing. It just makes zero sense. The world building in this one was weak (the whole house elf thing just made me sigh) and I don't know. I think that it could have been stronger. Dumbledore read as clueless to me in this one. 

 

The flow was not good. I just started to feel like this book was endless. 

 

Hanukkah

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text 2018-12-26 07:20
24 Tasks of the Festive Season: Day 15 / Task 1 - St. Nicolas / Sinterklaas
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling,Stephen Fry
True Grit - Donna Tartt,Charles Portis
Jurassic Park - Micheal Crichton

Task 4: List your 3 favorite books involving children being rescued from serious peril.

 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Uhm, Ginny (and a whole lot of other children in the rest of the series, I guess).

 

True Grit: Mattie Ross is 14, she is fierce and she wants to revenge the death of her father. But that doesn´t mean that she doesn´t need to be rescued in a specific situation, which I´m not going to spoil. Btw, if you never have heard of this book, it is fantastic!

 

Jurassic Park: Yes, the (annoying) Hammond grandchildren. The whole book is about them being rescued.

 

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review 2018-10-15 04:16
Still not a favorite from the series.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

So on my YouTube channel I am participating in a readalong called potterwatch. Each month we are reading a Harry Potter book and watching the film that goes with it. Last month we did the first book and first movie. So this month it's book 2 turn. I still have to watch the movie for the book.

So this is only my second time reading this book, I never reviewed it before, because at the time the book first came out, I just read books and didn't rate them. If I would have back then, it would have probably been only 3 1/2 stars, but on the reread, u really felt I liked it much more this time around. I love the flying car scenes, the ending scene with Harry and Dobby. Things I didn't like and annoyed me was any scenes with Lockhart, and any scenes with Heromine and Molly, falling for what he was trying to sell. Heromine is suppose to be so freaking smart, but falls for that shit. And at first Dobby gets on my freaking nerves, but of course I start to love my adorable little house elf. 

Really can't wait to read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the first time I read it, I would say it was my favorite book and movie as well. So I can't wait to see if any of the positions of my book love changes. 

I will tell you my least to favorite, which I told you already my favorite and least favorite. 

7. chamber of secrets. 

6.the Goblet of fire 

5. The sorcerer's stone 

4. Order of the Phoenix 

3. The half blood Prince 

2. The Deathly Hallows 

1. The prisoner of Azkaban. 

So there we go 

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review 2018-10-14 14:22
Painful Memories: "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

(original review, 2000)

So millions of readers think these books are brilliant. It takes an odd sort of character to say, in this context, "frankly the books are rubbish".

Very odd.

It seems so much more natural, and logical, to say something like "I think these books are badly written ("he was sat there" etc.} and don't think they're any good". Just that tiny yet essential shift in emphasis from "They are crap" to "I think they're crap" prevents this massive denial of their appeal, which demonstrates they can't be crap.
 
 
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.
 
 

 

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