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Driving around town on a Saturday afternoon is no longer the easy journey it used to be. A car park is a tricky thing to find close to the shops, and there are just people everywhere. When I was growing up, the shops were just starting to open on Saturday mornings, but you can guarantee that by one p.m. the town was pretty much deserted apart from near the movie theatres.

Now, many years later, our shops are open all weekend, many from nine to five, Saturday and Sunday. People save up their shopping for the weekend. All the market shops open and there are usually many bargains to be had.

Trouble with all this is that the mad drivers come to town. Christy and I were overwhelmed by the rampaging stupidity of many people on the road as we headed into Borders to get our copy of Harry Potter and free beanie owl *g* I haven't even looked at the first page yet. Maybe tomorrow night. And I don't know why people like to knock HP, after all, it is consistently the most popular book to read aloud in our house, not too much description, easy to follow dialogue, undemanding and yet creative imagery and language for young minds. We enjoy it.

So, the children want me to read Harry to them. I don't mind. I'm sure the cat can't wait. Do you recall how obsessed with HP she was? She would leave the heater every night to join us for the reading of HP no matter whose bedroom we congregated in, she would listen, roll round on the floor in joy, and then leave when I did. She never entered the children's bedrooms at any other time. She never left the living room in the evenings at any other time. And when I read Stormbreaker, and Inkheart, the cat didn't stay. We also have video tapes of her refusing to get out of the middle of Finn's HP Lego - remember this pic?
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I wonder if she'll join us again this time round.

We suspect she is the reincarnation of Voldemort...


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Jul. 21st, 2007 06:46 am (UTC)
We don't have our copies of HP yet, I'm going into town to collect them this morning though they went on sale at midnight here so if I had been really keen I could have collected and just about finished reading by now.

People love to criticise anything which is hugely successful, and very few books have managed to achieve the popularity that Harry Potter has, it is loved by adults and children, and obviously cats too!! I hope you all enjoy it, it will certainly dominate my day!!!
Jul. 21st, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
I am going to - believe it or not - a Tupperware party LOL! My friend's daughter organised it for some reason, so I'm taking Christy too!! Wonder what we'll buy...

-People love to criticise anything which is hugely successful, and very few books have managed to achieve the popularity that Harry Potter has
True. The old tall poppy syndrome.

Happy reading then!
Jul. 21st, 2007 09:10 am (UTC)
I haven't even got kids, or a cat, to justify it, but I've pre-ordered the book and expect it to arrive today. I've waited and borrowed all the others but the last one has to be read before all the papers and internet are full of it!

I thought what JKR achieved in making kids read long books without illustrations was little short of a miracle and I think she deserves her millions. Yes, the language is less than challenging, but that's why so many youngsters are able to stick with such long stories. And even for adults - this one, anyway - the story itself is sufficiently entertaining to keep reading! The only other writer I know who brings masses of parents and children together in the same way is Terry Pratchett. And he's actually a harder read.

I am amazed and fascinated by your cat!! Let us know if she rediscovers her addiction!!! :)
Jul. 21st, 2007 11:07 am (UTC)
I'm glad you have the book on the way. Exciting!!! You're probably reading now, while I go off to bed! I wish I could read it to the boys before they go back to school. I know some of their friends will have devoured the whole thing over the weekend and will let the cat out of the bag, for sure.

I agree, JK Rowling did a great job, no matter what people think. And I'm talking from first hand experience with children. She touched many, many people. And I never had to stop reading to say, 'what the hell' or 'this is such bad writing'

-I am amazed and fascinated by your cat!! Let us know if she rediscovers her addiction!!! :)
Heh, I can't wait to see if she is still interested. She even found a patch of carpet in the boys' room that she decided was something special. Figure that out. The carpet was recently second hand from our friends along the road, so maybe just there... *shrug* whatever, the cat would find that spot in the carpet and while I read she would roll, and roll, and roll...
Jul. 21st, 2007 11:40 am (UTC)
It hasn't arrived yet!! (*stamps and cries and curses book club delivery people*)

I also speak from first hand experience. Not many authors can have the brightest in the class and the dullest hanging on every word when you read aloud. It's easy to hook bright kids, not so easy to appeal to the less bright without talking down to them. I really admire her.
Jul. 23rd, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
Ooh and I forgot to say, your postcard arrived from France - whee!!! Thank you so much, it's lovely! You are so thoughtful.
Jul. 23rd, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
HP came Saturday lunch time. Whereupon I dropped everything until I'd finished it! How is the cat enjoying it?

I 'took' the original Moth (H's little sister) to France and have written up her experiences in his journal.

I have a small travel address book with a list of essential postcard recipients in the front. After that, it's easy!

Jul. 21st, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
I've noticed that about Saturdays too. They are crazy busy! I'm sure work is going to be pretty stressful today.

And yay for your cat for appreciating a good book. I still haven't read the sixth yet, so I'm pretty behind, but I've always enjoyed Harry Potter.
Jul. 22nd, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
I hope your Saturday wasn't too busy after all.

-And yay for your cat for appreciating a good book.
Heh. Maybe I'll read her some Nick Earls! See if she likes Australian.
Jul. 21st, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
I was disappointed to see that someone let the ending be known in the internet (here anyway) and what happens to the characters....I think it was 3 days ago now. I know JR was furious too,no wonder .

Then I saw a "funny " thing in the UK news that said " parents must be aware that their children may suffer from bereavement after reading the final Harry Potter book".......
Jul. 22nd, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
-parents must be aware that their children may suffer from bereavement after reading the final Harry Potter book"......
IF that is a spoiler, then I'm going to be really
Jul. 23rd, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
I think they meant withdrawal symptoms, as it's the last book!
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