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text 2017-09-13 06:51
Ummm, which book reviews are attached where?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Harry Potter) - Newt Scamander,J.K. Rowling

I was eyeballing the reviews attached to this book page before I wrote mine. I pulled the page up by the ISBN and my book matches the one described. However, the reviews are all about the screenplay version, which I'm pretty sure is a completely different animal. The book I read, and am reviewing, is basically the textbook from Hogwarts, not the movie in book format.

 

That being said, I enjoy this book a lot. I got around to reading it again because I showed my daughters the movie and then tipped them to the fact that I had the book. Just in case they wanted to read it, ya know. What I like most about this book is that I can totally see this being a used textbook that Harry received. The "notes" written in the margins are amusing and relate to the various adventures from the series. The descriptions of the creatures themselves are informative but not professorially dry for the most part.

 

Having read this book well before the movie came out I resisted watching it for many, many moons. So when I finally gave in a watched the movie, I was pleased that my mental picture of Scamander's mannerisms was reflected quite a bit in the screen version. The fact that Rowling wrote both has no small part in that.

 

Don't go into this version thinking of the movie. Go into it thinking of the Hogwarts classes and students. It totally fits in there.

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review 2017-02-10 00:00
Treason: A Novel
Treason: A Novel - Newt Gingrich

Got exciting towards the end. I was pleased I figured out who the treasonous Viper was. Liked Major Brooke Grant and Walks Many Miles.

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review 2017-01-05 02:10
Fantastic book that is humorous and sweet
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Harry Potter) - Newt Scamander,J.K. Rowling

A short book for charity. Nice one. Complete the illusion by putting the fictional writer on the cover.

 

Enjoy this. Couldn't resist buying some gifts for myself.

 

The handwritten stuff added the illusion of being a used book of Harry Potter. There is more evidence for Harry Potter being real than Jesus in the bible as there is more than one book on Harry. 

 

I got this after seeing the film. It makes this book even more attractive as I remembered how Newt tried to collect and protect beasts. 

 

 

Some of the beasts we are familiar, some not. It still captures the imagination of being in a world of magic, that dragons live along side three-headed-snakes. 

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review 2016-07-05 15:11
Newt's Emerald - Garth Nix
Newt's Emerald - Garth Nix

 

Newt's Emerald
young adult
regency romance with some magic
this is the first book I read by the author
the book design is beautiful
as are the rough-cut pages
a special emerald goes missing
and Lady Truthful Newington, our heroine, decides to get it back
this decision leads her on an adventure
that will change her life
at first I wasn't sure if the writing style would work for me
but after a few pages I got used to it
I had a lot of fun while reading the story
it's charming and mostly light-hearted
with interesting characters
and a nice romance
I think there was some missed potential in how the magical elements were handled
and even though I enjoyed reading the book
the characters didn't leave a lasting impression on me
the plot wasn't that refined
an entertaining and charming book
that was maybe missing some depth
I'm still happy that I read it
because it entertained me well.

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quote 2016-05-28 12:18
Out there's the Maze, Newt whispered, eyes wide as if in a trance.Everything we do - our whole life, Greenie - revolves around the Maze. Every lovin' second of every lovin' day we spend in honour of the Maze, tryin' to solve somethin' that's not shown us it has a bloody solution, ya know? And we want to show ya why it's not to be messed with. Show ya why them buggin' walls close shut every night. Show ya why you should never, never find your butt out there.
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