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J.K. Rowling’s Tales of the Beedle Bard available for Pre-Order!

Posted July 31, 2008 by Holly in News, Promotions | 3 Comments

Amazon now has Tales of the Beedle Bard available for pre-order in both the Standard and Collector’s Editions.

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The Collector’s Edition:

…is housed in its own case (made to resemble a wizarding textbook found in the Hogwarts library). The Collector’s Edition includes a reproduction of J.K. Rowling’s handwritten introduction, as well as 10 additional illustrations not found in the Standard Edition. Opening the cover of the case reveals a velvet bag embroidered with J.K. Rowling’s signature, in which sits the piece de resistance: your very own copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, complete with metal skull, corners, and clasp; replica gemstones; and emerald ribbon.

Ok, so, wow. Unless I’m completely cracked, or Amazon is wonky, I’m thinking maybe not so much with the $100 special edition when the standard edition is only $7.59.

On the other hand, the Collector’s Edition does include a lot of extra nifty stuff…so, maybe? I’m such a sucker, I’ll probably order the expensive one. *sigh* See more super big pictures and additional information here.

Pre-order the Collector’s Edition here.

Pre-order the Standard Edition here.

This book is available from Children’s High Level Group December 4, 2008.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Posted August 1, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 2 Comments

Begun a decade ago and encompassing six shelf-bending novels, the seventh and concluding volume of the international literary phenomenon that is the Harry Potter saga comes to a bombshell-packed — and oh so satisfying — conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, arguably the most wildly anticipated release in modern publishing history.
As the novel begins, Harry, Ron and Hermione are on the run from Lord Voldemort, whose minions of Death Eaters have not only taken control of the Minister of Magic but have begun to systematically — and forcibly — change the entire culture of the magic community: Muggle-born wizards, for example, are being rounded up and questioned, and all “blood traitors” are being imprisoned. But as Voldemort and his followers ruthlessly pursue the fugitive with the lightning bolt scar on his forehead, Potter finally uncovers the jaw-dropping truth of his existence….

Undoubtedly Rowling’s crowning literary achievement, this triumphant final installment not only answers any and all questions surrounding integral characters like Albus Dumbledore, Voldemort, Severus Snape, Neville Longbottom, and Draco Malfoy but also brilliantly deals with some decidedly adult themes — mortality, faith, duty, honor, etc. — with a lyrical simplicity that will touch the hearts of readers of all ages. (“Do not pity the dead…pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.”) Rowling definitely saved the best for last in this saga; HP7 will exceed the expectations of even the most demanding Harry Potter fan — a towering, transcendent end to an equally towering and transcendent series. Paul Goat Allen

Ok, I’m not even going over the plot. I think almost everyone has read this book. For those who haven’t, you may read a plot summary here. I admit, I read the plot summary on wikipedia before I read the book. So knowing what was going to happened prepared me.

What I Liked:

Wow. I enjoyed the book. So many emotions. All loose ends tied up. Some of my favorites scenes: Fred and George look at each other after taking polyjuice potion. They say, “We’re identical!” I laughed out loud. When Ron and Hermione finally kiss!!! Damn, that has been a long time coming. Then Harry all, “Umm, can you do this later?” When Molly killed Bellatrix. That was awesome.

Learning about Snape and his undying love for Lily. I have a soft spot for him. I admit to thinking he’s hot. Or at least Alan Rickman’s portrayal of Snape. Snape’s love for Lily caught me off guard. I honestly thought Draco would reveal he was in love in Hermione. I thought how he acted towards Hermione was just a cover up. I was wrong.

I enjoyed learning more about Dumbledore. I liked knowing he had his faults and secrets. It made him seem more real to me.

I also enjoyed the final showdown between Harry and Voldemort. I mean, I knew Harry would win but I also did expect a little more. Maybe a few near misses and then the final blow.

What I didn’t like:

Although I expected a high death toll, two of them I was really sad when they happened. Hedwig and Fred. I was more upset with Hedwig because she’s (or was he a he?) been with Harry since the beginning. She kept him company when he home during the summer. That and how she was hit with the killing curse. Sucks.

Ok, Ron was getting on my nerves for while. Especially when he left. UGH! He made me mad. Little baby. I am glad he came back though.

Also, the epilogue. I liked knowing who got married to who and all that but she could have mentioned if Harry’s occupation. I know a lot of people complained about that. I did read an interview where she said both Harry and Ron were aurors. I forget what Hermione ended up doing. Also, I would have liked to have seen what happened with Luna.

Would I recommend it: Yup.

Grade: Really hard to grade. I want to reread the series again. So I’ll wait until then. But I did enjoy the book very much.

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