Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Review

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Perpetually Past Due

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Published in 2000

Pages: 734

Genre: Fantasy, magical realism

“The villagers of Little Hangleton still called it “the Riddle house,” even though it had been many years since the Riddle family had lived there.”

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, our eponymous hero finds himself in yet another harrowing year at Hogwarts. This year, Hogwarts plays host to the Triwizard Tournament which is a competition between the three wizarding schools: Hogwarts, Durmstrang, and Beauxbatons. Due to the danger of the tasks, only seventh year students are allowed to enter their names. However, true to Harry Potter’s track record of luck, his name is chosen and he finds himself the fourth champion.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Review

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Published in 1999

Pages: 435

Genre: Fantasy, magical realism

“Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.”

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban takes everything that was good from the first two books and pours it all into one fantastic read. There are fabulous creatures, a malevolent force seeking to do Harry harm, Quidditch matches, Ron hurting Hermione’s feelings, it’s all there and in full force.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Review

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Published in 1998

Pages: 341

Genre: Fantasy, magical realism

“Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four Privet Drive.”

While Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a good follow-up to the first Harry Potter book, it fails to pack the same intensity as its predecessor. There isn’t much that is earth shattering as far as the plot goes and it often falls victim to familiar tropes from the first novel; however, there is some further character development and we are able to delve deeper into the connection between Harry and Voldemort.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Review

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Published in 1997 as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, published in the U.S. in 1998

Pages: 309

Genre: Fantasy, magical realism

 “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

The legacy of Harry Potter is undeniable and the critical acclaim is well deserved. The first Harry Potter book not only broke records for sales but also brought about the different genres and categories we have today on the New York Times Bestseller List.

I am going to say outright that this book is as good the third time as it was when I read it for the first almost seventeen years ago. The characters are well fleshed out and J.K. Rowling has a ridiculous amount of talent in the way that she switches from…

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The Long Ships – Review

Flashback Friday: The Long Ships – Review

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Röde Orm by Frans G. Bengtsson

Published in 1941 and 1945, first published in English in 1943 as The Long Ships

Michael Meyer translation

Pages: 503

Genre: Adventure saga

“Along the coast the people lived together in villages, partly to be sure of food, that they might not depend entirely on the luck of their own catch, and partly for the greater security; for ships rounding the Skanian peninsula often sent marauding parties ashore, both in the spring, to replenish cheaply their stock of fresh meat for the westward voyage, and in the winter, if they were returning empty-handed from unsuccessful wars.”

The Long Ships is an epic that would feel welcome on a mahogany bookshelf sitting between Beowulf and TheOdyssey. At least, that’s my understanding. I’ve never read Beowulf and it has been years since I read TheOdyssey so I kind of have to take people…

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Reading Tally for 2018

Happy New Year!

Another year of wonderful books, active discussion, and new aspects to the blog! My audience grew, I expanded and then retracted different types of content, renamed and rejuvenated the blog, and continued to enjoy this crazy ride. It is time again to tally up the thousands of pages, and dozens of books, while looking back at what I read. I find it intriguing to reflect on what I read this past year and remember what was going on while I hid my face in those pages.

You will find below the total number of novels, fiction books, nonfiction books, and graphic novels I read in 2018, in addition to the total amount of pages, and what I read each month; the type of book is listed before the title and the authors are in parentheses.

I look forward to what 2019 has to offer and, as always, thank you for reading!

Novels (Nov): 29
Graphic Novels (GN): 4
Fiction (F):
8
Non-Fiction (NF): 8

Total Books: 45
Overall Total: 49
Page Total: 15,000 Continue reading “Reading Tally for 2018”

What the Hell Did I Just Read – Review

What the Hell Did I Just Read By David Wong (pen name of Jason Pargin)

Published in 2017

Pages: 371

Genre: Horror, humor

“It rained like we were a splatter of bird shit God was trying to hose off his deck.”

If you think that the above sentence uses profanity unnecessarily, then this isn’t the book for you. What the Hell Did I Just Read is the newest book by author Justin Pargin, written under the pen name David Wong, who is the protagonist of the novel. Covering everything from seemingly immortal government agents, a drug called Soy Sauce, and the mystery of why John ordered so many silicone butts while under the influence of Soy Sauce are just a few of the plot points that will have the reader chuckling and blowing air out their nose with nearly every page. You want to hear a story? Well buckle the eff up! Continue reading “What the Hell Did I Just Read – Review”