July 03, 2003

Azkaban Review

Well, it took me about 24 hours to read the 3rd book in the Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", and it was pretty good. I mean, these books aren't Lord of the Rings or any great literature, but they are good fun. Real page turners. I haven't been disappointed yet, and I am really looking forward to the longer 4th and 5th books, because I would love to see the magic school and some of the minor characters fleshed out a bit more.

My only complaint about the 3rd book is that the ending was quite complicated and felt very rushed. Many new characters were introduced only at the end of the story, and I had a hard time keeping up with who is who, now and in the past. I do like the little mystery aspect of each book so far, how they place clues in front of you that are obvious in hindsight. Though I guess there was one little device in this one that was supposed to detect something untrustworthy and it went off a few times. That was just kinda dropped at the end. I was thinking, "Hey, a truth machine! Just like in Haplerin's book!"

I thought it would be a bigger, more interesting plot device, but it wasn't used. I think things like that would be explored in more depth if Rowling had written an 800-page behemoth like she did for books four and five, and that would be fine by me.

Posted by Observer at July 3, 2003 07:14 AM

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