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book of march: harry potter and the cursed child parts one and two


I consumed this book. Consumed it in a matter of hours, one could even count the minutes. I bought it right when it became available in book stores. Snatched up the last available copy – since I was a little late to the store that day. Then I proceeded to save it. Knowing myself well enough to realize that once I started I would not put it down until fully read. Trying to savor the story by way of waiting to read it.

I’m not sure if my strategy  worked, but I loved reading every page of this all the same. As a big Harry Potter fan this was just what I needed. If you too love Harry Potter and J.K.’s wizarding world and have yet to read this, do so immediately, multiple times if necessary.

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book of september: harry potter och de vises sten

In my never-ending quest to fully grasp the Swedish language I have decided to read more in Swedish. I thought starting with what very well may be my favorite book was a good place to start. Seeing as I have read it over…well we don’t need to publicly publish how many times I’ve read the book – let’s just say it’s a lot of times…Seeing as I have read the book in English many many times I figured reading it in Swedish would be a good idea.

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To be honest, it was harder than I thought. Turns out I don’t know words like wizard, magic wand and Horcrux in Swedish. Just kidding, no one knows about Horcruxes in the first book. Probably Albus. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Also, Horcrux is Horcrux in Swedish. Now that that’s out of the way, I did get to learn a lot of new Swedish words! I just hope I’ll soon find a good use for “Benlåsningsbesvärjelsen” some time soon. (Leg-Locker Curse for those unfamiliar with Swedish spell names.)

If you haven’t read Harry Potter in your native tongue, get on that. I even recommend trying it out in your second, third or fourth language. All the languages!

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book of december: james potter

Happy New Year’s folks!

As promised, the last book of the month of this year. 2012 has been full of good books, and fun reads. To wrap up 2012 I leave you not with one book of December, but rather an author of December. This month I may have had more reading time. (I get of work an hour and a half before Evelina comes home = reading time.) And therefore I have read more books.

I’ll preface this with letting you know I’ve never read fan fiction before. I loved the Harry Potter books, as many around the world have. G. Norman Lippert has written 3 fan fiction books based on the Harry Potter world that follow Harry’s son, James, as he goes through his school years at Hogwarts. He has also written his own original works and one short story about characters he created in the James Potter series, yet doesn’t infringe on any copyrights.

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In December I read the first two James Potter books, the Hall of Elders’ Crossing and the Curse of the Gate Keeper. Then I read Lippert’s original book, The Girl on the Dock. I am now reading the third James Potter, the Vault of Destinies.

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These books are unlike anything I have read before (as I mentioned I’ve never done this fan fiction thing before), and at times I am impressed at Lippert’s writing, and use of Rowling’s world and characters. But other times I find it somewhat lacking, in a way I can’t quite describe. Often it is clear that it is Lippert writing and not Rowling, which is both a good and bad thing I suppose, depending on how you look at it.

I did thoroughly enjoy reading The Girl on the Dock (available on iTunes), Lippert’s original work (and felt a little better for actually giving him some money, as he doesn’t make any money from the James Potter books). It is obvious at times that Lippert is dancing around using Rowling’s ideas, and it can be somewhat strained because of it. But overall, definitely enjoyable.

If you liked the Harry Potter books, give these a try. He’s apparently working on the fourth now, and as long as he’s nothing like G. R. R. Martin, we’re sure to see that one soon. I won’t promise you’ll love them, but you might enjoy the ride.

Happy New Year to you all! May 2013 be full of good books to read and great people to share them with.

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