A Meeting of Minds - An Anne McCaffrey Discussion Forum  

Go Back   A Meeting of Minds - An Anne McCaffrey Discussion Forum > The Anne McCaffrey Collection > Beyond Anne McCaffrey

Beyond Anne McCaffrey We know Anne's not the only author you read and enjoy. Come here to discuss and discover authors beyond Anne!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old Jul 16 2005, 04:41 PM   #1
edith
Dragonrider


Weyrwoman
 
edith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Delft
Gender: F
Fan of: Most of them :)
Now Reading: Don't You Have Time To Think- RP Feynman
Default Harry Potter

probably gonna regret this...

has anyone seen the new book yet?
saw it in Morrison's this evening- its too long, I read the 1st page, saw it was COMPLETE messed up rubbish and put it back on the shelf.
edith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16 2005, 05:33 PM   #2
Shelly
Inactive
 
Shelly's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: In my own world.
Gender: F
Now Reading: Eldest and Eragon, again.
Default Re: Harry Potter

You have to remember that the beginning of the fourth book did not make that much sense either. Give it a chance and by the way, this book is shorter than the last one.
Shelly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16 2005, 08:03 PM   #3
beth
Inactive
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Gender: F
Default Re: Harry Potter

I've read the 6th book now, and it's... unique. *slight spoilers below*




As far as the first page goes, the minister they mention is not the minister of magic. After you get past the first couple chapter, things start to "normalize" (aka Harry shows up).
beth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 16 2005, 10:24 PM   #4
AnnMarie
Momma Wolf
Weyrwoman
 
AnnMarie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: On the Edge
Gender: F
Fan of: Pern and Talent
Now Reading: The Name of the Rose
Default Re: Harry Potter

Go back and get it again, Edith. The first few pages are a bit of a cross-over. Gets much better after that.


I was sorta right about who I thought was the Half Blood Prince after the second chapter. By the end of the book, you need a box of kleenex....and a sound-proof room so you don't disturb anyone....

Yeah, I just finished reading it.
AnnMarie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 17 2005, 03:05 AM   #5
ghyle
Resident Poet
Eighth Hrruban Speaker
 
ghyle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: northeast New South Wales
Gender: M
Fan of: Pern & Freedom
Now Reading: The Umbrella Club / David Brooks
Default Re: Harry Potter

Yep; the first couple of chapters threw me a bit too. When I first read it, I had to rego over the first page, to be sure of what was what and stuff. Once I realised, I had no problem.

I was wrong with my guess about who the Half-blood Prince was, btw.
ghyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 17 2005, 04:44 PM   #6
AnnMarie
Momma Wolf
Weyrwoman
 
AnnMarie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: On the Edge
Gender: F
Fan of: Pern and Talent
Now Reading: The Name of the Rose
Default Re: Harry Potter

Quote:
Originally Posted by ghyle
Yep; the first couple of chapters threw me a bit too. When I first read it, I had to rego over the first page, to be sure of what was what and stuff. Once I realised, I had no problem.

I was wrong with my guess about who the Half-blood Prince was, btw.

Well, it could have only been one of two..and I crossed the one off right after Dumberdore and Harry discussed him and his "collection"
AnnMarie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 18 2005, 05:58 PM   #7
Beisla
Northblue Spirit
Glow
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Finland
Gender: F
Default Re: Harry Potter

Quote:
Originally Posted by edith
probably gonna regret this...

has anyone seen the new book yet?
saw it in Morrison's this evening- its too long, I read the 1st page, saw it was COMPLETE messed up rubbish and put it back on the shelf.
How can you discard a book based only on the first page? I can name a few books I ended up liking immensely even though I didn't think much of them in the beginning at all.
And as for it being too long - 600 pages in fairly large print? Perfectly normal lenght for a book, I wouldn't have liked it a page shorter.

All in all I liked the book extremely, if not all of the things that happened in it. I wasn't really pleased with how the style was much more simplistic and less dark than in book 5, but it got better near the end.

I guessed who the HBP was around halfway through the book, and I'm quite pleased with myself, since I'm usually very bad at figuring these kinds of things out.

I can't wait for the next one!
Beisla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 19 2005, 08:09 AM   #8
Carter
Member
Journeyman
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Gender: M
Default Re: Harry Potter

Quote:
Originally Posted by edith
probably gonna regret this...

has anyone seen the new book yet?
saw it in Morrison's this evening- its too long, I read the 1st page, saw it was COMPLETE messed up rubbish and put it back on the shelf.
What a well-formed and thought out opinion!
Carter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 19 2005, 09:10 AM   #9
c_ris
Journeyman Harper Roedin
Wing Second
 
c_ris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Great Britain
Gender: M
Fan of: the Dragonriders of Pern!
Now Reading: The Elder Gods - Eddings
Default Re: Harry Potter

HBP was not the best book. It was overly long, and didn't have the sparks of the first four, over even the fifth one. It seemed too 'set up', and just setting the scene for book 7.

It was too long for what happenned. I think that it should have been shorter, and carried on after the end. Not enough happened for the length.
__________________
Roedin Of Pern

"When a harper is silenced, all men should listen harder." AtWoP
c_ris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 19 2005, 05:05 PM   #10
edith
Dragonrider


Weyrwoman
 
edith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Delft
Gender: F
Fan of: Most of them :)
Now Reading: Don't You Have Time To Think- RP Feynman
Default Re: Harry Potter

don't now what to make of it?
is it worth buying?
its 100 pages shorter but thats still far too long in my book- you could cut out a good chunk of the 5th book!

I think I can guess who the 1/2 blood prince is!
WITHOUT reading the book!
all I want to know is who made prefect?
did he pass his OWLs?
And what NEWTS are they taking. I can GUESS Harry's taking potions... c'mon, no more arguements with Snape!?!
edith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 20 2005, 02:40 AM   #11
ghyle
Resident Poet
Eighth Hrruban Speaker
 
ghyle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: northeast New South Wales
Gender: M
Fan of: Pern & Freedom
Now Reading: The Umbrella Club / David Brooks
Default Re: Harry Potter

Tell you what, Edith, why not borrow the book before you buy it. If you like it, go get it; if not, then don't.
ghyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 20 2005, 08:46 PM   #12
Anareth
Journeywoman Healer
 
Anareth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Here and There
Gender: F
Fan of: Pern, Ship Series
Now Reading: Girl Genius (read it!)
Default Re: Harry Potter

Spoilers ahoy.

Prefects are same as last time, at least for Harry and Co.

Yes, Harry's taking potions. Yes, he argues with Snape. What makes you think the two are connected? (And no, he didn't get an O on that OWL. The only O on his is DADA.)

And...uh...the first chapter makes perfect sense if you actually read it.
Anareth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 21 2005, 12:26 AM   #13
C'milo
Inactive
 
C'milo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Gender: M
Default Re: Harry Potter

I liked this one because I didn't feel like reaching into the page and b-slapping Harry every five minutes.
C'milo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 27 2005, 01:14 PM   #14
Shelly
Inactive
 
Shelly's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: In my own world.
Gender: F
Now Reading: Eldest and Eragon, again.
Default Re: Harry Potter

I got the book on my birthday and finished it that saturday. It was the best yet and a real tear jerker. I spent my shower cussing out all of the death eaters that i know of. that was fun to do
Shelly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 27 2005, 10:04 PM   #15
Topaz the Golden
Senior Member
 
Topaz the Golden's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: new windsor, ny (between whats real and fanstasy
Gender: F
Fan of: all of them
Now Reading: anything I can get my hands on
Default Re: Harry Potter

Got it read it in 5 days not going to say a thing about the book, but you'll cry at the end and be mad
Topaz the Golden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 29 2005, 08:53 AM   #16
edith
Dragonrider


Weyrwoman
 
edith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Delft
Gender: F
Fan of: Most of them :)
Now Reading: Don't You Have Time To Think- RP Feynman
Default Re: Harry Potter

read it in 4 hours!
hmm...
ok
better than OOTP which was unrememberable
but noway as good as the 1st 3 though.
pity shes been RAVAGED by the love bug!
edith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 29 2005, 04:42 PM   #17
AnnMarie
Momma Wolf
Weyrwoman
 
AnnMarie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: On the Edge
Gender: F
Fan of: Pern and Talent
Now Reading: The Name of the Rose
Default Re: Harry Potter

Quote:
Originally Posted by edith
read it in 4 hours!
hmm...
ok
better than OOTP which was unrememberable
but noway as good as the 1st 3 though.
pity shes been RAVAGED by the love bug!
Edith...the kids are getting older. It was inevitable.
AnnMarie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 29 2005, 04:42 PM   #18
Anneli
Weyrwoman
 
Anneli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Shropshire
Gender: F
Fan of: Pern!
Now Reading: Dragonflight
Default Re: Harry Potter

I'm waiting patiently until either:

a) my niece lends it to my Mother who then brings it with her to visit me at the end of August

b) one of my colleagues at work confesses to having bought it and agrees to lend it to me if I promise to tell no-one else
Anneli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 29 2005, 06:46 PM   #19
ghyle
Resident Poet
Eighth Hrruban Speaker
 
ghyle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: northeast New South Wales
Gender: M
Fan of: Pern & Freedom
Now Reading: The Umbrella Club / David Brooks
Default Re: Harry Potter

Quote:
Originally Posted by edith
pity shes been RAVAGED by the love bug!
Yes, that scene where Herbie turned Death Eater is a real corker!
ghyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 30 2005, 09:51 AM   #20
c_ris
Journeyman Harper Roedin
Wing Second
 
c_ris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Great Britain
Gender: M
Fan of: the Dragonriders of Pern!
Now Reading: The Elder Gods - Eddings
Default Re: Harry Potter

Quote:
Originally Posted by edith
read it in 4 hours!
hmm...
ok
better than OOTP which was unrememberable
but noway as good as the 1st 3 though.
pity shes been RAVAGED by the love bug!
Yes... TOO much!
__________________
Roedin Of Pern

"When a harper is silenced, all men should listen harder." AtWoP
c_ris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 2 2005, 12:54 AM   #21
C'milo
Inactive
 
C'milo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Gender: M
Default Re: Harry Potter

Quote:
Originally Posted by c_ris
Yes... TOO much!
"I'll duel you just as soon as I'm done snogging!"
C'milo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 2 2005, 06:23 AM   #22
Vilkacis
Inactive
 
Vilkacis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: UK
Gender: Female
Default Re: Harry Potter

Quote:
Originally Posted by C'milo
"I'll duel you just as soon as I'm done snogging!"
Hey, now they can do N-V spells they don't need to stop snogging at all!
Vilkacis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 15 2005, 04:27 AM   #23
granath
Talent
Tower Prime
 
granath's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Proud Mom!
Gender: F
Fan of: Afra Lyon
Now Reading: Faye Upton: Dragonchoice 3
Default Re: Harry Potter

Funnily enough I could never really get into the HP books when the first one came out. Beisla lent me 2 & 3 and I read each at one sitting, finishing Azkaban at 4.30 this morning. Absolutely unputdownable.
__________________
Decaf coffee is an oxymoron. Instant coffee is an abomination. Give me the real thing and nobody gets hurt.
"Do. Or do not. There is no try" -- Yoda
VP of the Afra Lyon fan club!
granath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 20 2005, 03:00 AM   #24
C'milo
Inactive
 
C'milo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Gender: M
Default Re: Harry Potter

Quote:
Originally Posted by Vilkacis
Hey, now they can do N-V spells they don't need to stop snogging at all!
It takes a certain level of concentration.... Maybe the more powerful wizards could do it, but you don't see Dumbledore snogging anybody

Besides, what if you accidentily cursed your snogee (word?). That could get messy.
C'milo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Aug 20 2005, 05:19 PM   #25
ghyle
Resident Poet
Eighth Hrruban Speaker
 
ghyle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: northeast New South Wales
Gender: M
Fan of: Pern & Freedom
Now Reading: The Umbrella Club / David Brooks
Default Re: Harry Potter

Quote:
Originally Posted by C'milo
you don't see Dumbledore snogging anybody
Well, Dumbledore really likes beards. Hagrid really likes beards. So... does Dumbledore really like Hagrid. Who knows what they get up to behind closed doors?
ghyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 19 2005, 01:26 AM   #26
Myt
Stowaway
Senior Apprentice
 
Myt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Wherever is home right now.
Gender: F
Fan of: Dragonriders of Pern
Now Reading: Something, always something...
Default Re: Harry Potter

Harry Potter is EVIL Goes right after Barbie on my evil things list. (Ronald McDonald is the most evil. After that is Barbie.)
Myt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 19 2005, 01:27 AM   #27
Myt
Stowaway
Senior Apprentice
 
Myt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Wherever is home right now.
Gender: F
Fan of: Dragonriders of Pern
Now Reading: Something, always something...
Default Re: Harry Potter

Sorry if people enjoy those three things.
Myt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 20 2005, 08:05 AM   #28
granath
Talent
Tower Prime
 
granath's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Proud Mom!
Gender: F
Fan of: Afra Lyon
Now Reading: Faye Upton: Dragonchoice 3
Default Re: Harry Potter

I agree about Ronald McDonald (I don't fear clowns, but I understand why kids do in these paranoid times) and Barbie (no real-life woman looks like that, she'd have to be 7 ft tall and have to have a 24 inch waist), but why Harry, pray tell?

After my last post I read the rest of the books published so far, and loved them all.
__________________
Decaf coffee is an oxymoron. Instant coffee is an abomination. Give me the real thing and nobody gets hurt.
"Do. Or do not. There is no try" -- Yoda
VP of the Afra Lyon fan club!
granath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 20 2005, 05:59 PM   #29
Myt
Stowaway
Senior Apprentice
 
Myt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Wherever is home right now.
Gender: F
Fan of: Dragonriders of Pern
Now Reading: Something, always something...
Default Re: Harry Potter

It's more the fact that I read them to my 6 year old brother and he understood them when they're aimed at people the same age as Harry
Myt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 20 2005, 06:01 PM   #30
Bephany
Inactive
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: I forget
Gender: F
Default Re: Harry Potter

Oh well Myt, if your brother is anything like you he's really smart.
Bephany is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 21 2005, 12:25 AM   #31
ghyle
Resident Poet
Eighth Hrruban Speaker
 
ghyle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: northeast New South Wales
Gender: M
Fan of: Pern & Freedom
Now Reading: The Umbrella Club / David Brooks
Default Re: Harry Potter

Myt, when I was six I could understand astronomy books for teenagers. It doesn't make them evil. It just means that some kiddliwinks know more than people would assume, and can read at a more adult level.

I've met teens who couldn't even read Harry Potter, btw.
ghyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 22 2005, 02:19 AM   #32
monkeysrule
Le RAWR.
Hatchling
 
monkeysrule's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: High up a tree somewhere
Gender: F
Fan of: Monkeys
Now Reading: expensive textbooks!
Default Re: Harry Potter

Quote:
Originally Posted by ghyle
Myt, when I was six I could understand astronomy books for teenagers. It doesn't make them evil. It just means that some kiddliwinks know more than people would assume, and can read at a more adult level.

I've met teens who couldn't even read Harry Potter, btw.
I know a few of those too. Some have only read one or two books on their own.
monkeysrule is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 23 2005, 02:12 AM   #33
ghyle
Resident Poet
Eighth Hrruban Speaker
 
ghyle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: northeast New South Wales
Gender: M
Fan of: Pern & Freedom
Now Reading: The Umbrella Club / David Brooks
Default Re: Harry Potter

I finally got around to seeing Harry Potter this afternoon, the latest movie (of course). I only missed out on number three, but that should be on the telly next year, so I won't have long to wait. I enjoyed it, and so did my mum (the first one she's seen, btw).

ghyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 24 2005, 09:07 PM   #34
Myt
Stowaway
Senior Apprentice
 
Myt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Wherever is home right now.
Gender: F
Fan of: Dragonriders of Pern
Now Reading: Something, always something...
Default Re: Harry Potter

Quote:
Originally Posted by ghyle
Myt, when I was six I could understand astronomy books for teenagers. It doesn't make them evil. It just means that some kiddliwinks know more than people would assume, and can read at a more adult level.

I've met teens who couldn't even read Harry Potter, btw.
I know, but other than people on here, I have not found a SINGLE PERSON that enjoys them
Myt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 24 2005, 09:10 PM   #35
Myt
Stowaway
Senior Apprentice
 
Myt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Wherever is home right now.
Gender: F
Fan of: Dragonriders of Pern
Now Reading: Something, always something...
Default Re: Harry Potter

Also, evil just means I hate it.
Myt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 28 2005, 04:30 PM   #36
edith
Dragonrider


Weyrwoman
 
edith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Delft
Gender: F
Fan of: Most of them :)
Now Reading: Don't You Have Time To Think- RP Feynman
Default Re: Harry Potter

My bf refuses to read it.

I read them cos when the 1st few came out before all the hype I quite enjoyed them and I now just want to see the end.

Which she hasn't even STARTED yet.

come on book was out in the summer, it takes time to print it as well. She's had a good 6 months to pick up a pen!

Even me, when I'm fooling about have managed 44000 words in that time and I'm a slowish typer doing a fulltime degree NOT a professional author!

I'm trying to read it for the 2nd time and now I'm certain my brain did some editing last time cos its so... well twee isn't quite the right word, nor victorian, possibly bad Enid Blyton in style or a stoned Lemony Snicket. v.v. trying to be gothic!
edith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30 2005, 01:50 AM   #37
Nefermiw
Ballybran Resident

Caterer's Assistant
 
Nefermiw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Lund, Sweden
Gender: F
Fan of: The Crystal Singer series
Now Reading: anything on my eReader
Default Re: Harry Potter

I read in a Danish online newspaper today that the last HP book is to be written next year (i.e. 2006). The source should be Rowling's own web page. I guess I could google it - but first I'll get me some breakfast.
Nefermiw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30 2005, 10:27 PM   #38
Myt
Stowaway
Senior Apprentice
 
Myt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Wherever is home right now.
Gender: F
Fan of: Dragonriders of Pern
Now Reading: Something, always something...
Default Re: Harry Potter

Quote:
Originally Posted by ghyle
Yep; the first couple of chapters threw me a bit too. When I first read it, I had to rego over the first page, to be sure of what was what and stuff. Once I realised, I had no problem.

I was wrong with my guess about who the Half-blood Prince was, btw.
I got it right. I found it obvious. But I'm weird.
Myt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 17 2006, 01:26 PM   #39
mattv2099
Inactive
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Bellingham, WA
Gender: M
Fan of: Dragonflight
Now Reading: Wizard And Glass
Default Re: Harry Potter

I just found the first printing in hardcover of The Chamber Of Secrets at Goodwill. In perfect condition...
mattv2099 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 17 2006, 08:48 PM   #40
jube
Dolphineer Journeywoman
 
jube's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Australia
Gender: F
Fan of: Dragons of Pern
Now Reading: Puzzles and my thesaurus!
Default Re: Harry Potter

Once you get through the first 2 chapters, you're right after that then. As far as I'm concerned, Harry Potter, in much the same way that the "Narnia" series did, got "bums" off the computer, ps2's, xbox's etc and "noses" into books. I have all of both series and my one and only darling kiddliwinks loves hearing about Harry Potter. It got my husband back into reading books again and for that, it's better then a kick up the backside, regarding the telly etc. Nothing against the males in my family but.........sometimes there is more to life then just the "idiot" box. Okay, I've had my whinge, now you just go and read the book please. 'Cause you will enjoy it, even for the back up info, it provides.
jube is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows *Spoilers* ghyle Beyond Anne McCaffrey 79 May 22 2008 10:14 PM
Qui a lu le dernier Harry Potter? Lara Français - French 7 Dec 5 2007 06:34 PM
Harry Potter book 6 discussion (spoiler warnings) Shelly Beyond Anne McCaffrey 43 Oct 29 2007 05:36 AM
2005 reading list ghyle Beyond Anne McCaffrey 6 Jan 29 2006 10:03 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:49 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

A Meeting of Minds forum owned by Cheryl B. Miller.
All references to worlds and characters based on Anne McCaffrey’s fiction are copyright © Anne McCaffrey 1967-2008, all rights reserved, and used by permission of the author.