Monday, January 3, 2011
Rowling has never had a way with words, but this was abysmal. The writing was choppy and stilted, with a tiny vocabulary (even for kid's stories) except where a thesaurus seems to have been used to stick in more interesting words that stick out like a sore thumb in Rowling's weak sentence structure. This book looks bigger than it is because of the large, double-spaced font with HUGE margins. If you put it into a normal-ish format this would barely qualify as more than a pamphlet. Dumbledore's notes were obvious and uninteresting, with feeble attempts at wittiness that just made me wince.
Harry Potter diehards will probably find the scant few hints about the Wizarding World worth the quick stories, but casual fans will probably want to skip.
Posted by Tompkins County Public Library at 6:20 PM