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Book review: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling



Here it is, the moment thousands of eager adults and children alike have been awaiting for the last seven or so years... the conclusion of the Harry Potter story. Avid fans and even just mildly interested parents have followed Harry and co through the trials and tribulations of being "the boy who lived"... and the question on everybody's lips is, does he?

Book review: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling



Here it is, the moment thousands of eager adults and children alike have been awaiting for the last seven or so years... the conclusion of the Harry Potter story. Avid fans and even just mildly interested parents have followed Harry and co through the trials and tribulations of being "the boy who lived"... and the question on everybody's lips is, does he?

Book review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling



Y’know how Bridget writes intelligent, insightful book reviews? Well, I don’t. I’m barely literate.

Book review: Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll



I very much doubt that when Lewis Carroll (aka the reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) rowed down the Thames with the Liddle girls in 1865 and happened to make up a story about Alice to keep them occupied he could possibly have imagined the profound impact his story would still be having on the world, over one hundred years later. Still very much in print, and still being adapted for screen, Alice In Wonderland really has staying power.

Book review: Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling



Ah, Harry Potter the second. With such a favourable impression left upon me by the first one, of course I had to read the second one. And by the time the second one was out in Australia, Harry Potter fever had begun and everybody wanted a copy. It was make or break time—could she do it again? Or was she just a one-trick-Harry-Potter pony? And I don’t think there were many disappointed people out there with Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets—Harry and his friends, on another dazzling adventure just as thrilling as the last.

Book review: Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling



Ah, Harry Potter. In this case, I want to state that I read this little number hot off the press before Harry became the blistering sensation that he is today, with his appalling hair and several movies and whatnot. I was right there in the thick of things, and I remember two girls pointing and snickering at my reading a children’s book on the train. I remember reading it and thinking “Well she isn’t Roald Dahl, but she’s pretty close...”. Anyway, when Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone first hit the shelves in 1997, I think everybody was wondering whether Harry was just going to be a flash in the pan or if J.K. Rowling had the makings of a classic on her hands. I think that now, we all know the answer to that. And I don’t think her reputation is undeserved. (I think she produced the fifth book on a bad day, but I’ll save that for another review.)

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