At 12:01am, sales of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince went on sale. In anticipation of this, lots and lots of bookstores all over opened late, with balloons and witches and cookies and drinks and whatnot.
Which I know cos just after midnight, I was home. But soon after, I wasn’t:p
We walked a bit further to go to the Other Change of Hobbit. Well, you know all about how I feel about independent bookstores vs. large discount chains.
Here is the guy who sold me my book. He remembered me from when I bought an account, and pre-ordered Harry Potter. So even though I had id ready, we didn’t need it. He found all of my information without me needing anything. Plus everyone was super friendly. No party with hats and capes and cookies, but I don’t care:p
On our way back, Barnes & Noble still had plenty of people. And this doesn’t count all the people around who we saw walking around with bags or books:) Including me, grinning stupidly, but no pictures:p
Anyhows, I’ve finished it now, and my first impression is that this is the best one since Azkaban. Which is saying a lot since Azkaban is my fave. Now I don’t know, shall have to re-read:) Plus this one is a smaller volume than the previous two. I started feeling that books 4 and 5 (Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix) needed extra editing:p I don’t want to say too much more for fear I’ll say something, but anyhows it was great, should definitely read it asap:)
And to all the haters with their hateration:
Okay, so maybe the whole Harry Potter thing’s gotten faddish. And maybe in the end people won’t judge it to be “literature.” But goddamn it’s entertaining! I think at the very least it will remain popular as children’s fiction. Also, a bunch of small independent bookstores are counting on Harry Potter to do well. Also, anything that brings a bunch of kids and adults out Friday night to a bookstore is a good thing in my book(:p). So SUCK IT:p