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So, I'm trying to re-read Order of the Phoenix in preparation for the release of the next HP book, and it's KILLING me. The first time I read this book, it didn't seem so bad. I mean, I'm not overly impressed with Rowling's writing, but her books are at least generally pretty fun. Last time I read OotP the story managed to keep me interested without feeling like torture. Now? Torture. I've been working on it for a week and I'm not even a 100 pages in yet. I keep telling myself that once the actual school term starts the story will pick up and it'll get better, but the more I read the more I remember what's to come and the more annoyed I get. Maybe I'll go back and re-read Azkaban instead and call it good enough.

Speaking of Harry Potter, I've got a dilemma. Half-Blood Prince is coming out during Comic-con (which I fully expect to generate utter madness, by the way). Do I pre-order my copy so that it's waiting for me when I get home, or do I assume we're going to have a chance to pick up a copy in San Diego? Can I wait until we get back to read it? Or, maybe I could have Amazon deliver the book to the hotel? But do I really wanna lug that thing around with me on vacation? I dunno. I need to find out what M's doing.

And who wants to bet that I won't make it 24 hours post-release before someone at Comic-con spoils me on who the half-blood prince is?

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(Anonymous)
Jun. 29th, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC)
Spoilers?
Seriously, I'm planning on wearing ear plugs so no one spoils me! And I say we find someplace in San Diego to get the books! :)

D.
austin360
Jun. 29th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
Ugh. OotP killed me too. I know we said we'd reread together, but I just can't. I really will have to get the Cliff Notes. In the meantime, I'm rereading Goblet of Fire. It's so much better. Let's hope Half-Blood Prince gets a better edit job.

And someone will totally spoil you while you're a Comic Con. Which is so totally wrong.

kelbelle
Jun. 29th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
And someone will totally spoil you while you're a Comic Con. Which is so totally wrong.

And they'll probably get a huge amount of glee doing it. Because people suck.
mcsister
Jun. 29th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
I was out in San Francisco when OotP was released and had that same dilemma about buying there and lugging or just waiting till I got home. Ended up getting it there, and I was very happy to have it to read in the airport and on the plane. It was amusing to see dozens of other folks doing the same thing. The only problem I ran into was having so many people who *hadn't* picked up a copy yet interrupting to ask how I was liking it. ;)
austin360
Jun. 29th, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
Sus, check this link. There will actually be a Scholastic booth with HBP copies at ComicCon.
elvenjen4
Jun. 29th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
I am in the same boat, OotP is killing me! I reread GoF last week (enjoyed it more than I remembered) and figured, well now I have to read OotP... and Harry's ticking me off, Umbridge just came in and now she's ticking me off... I know it gets better later...

(I don't have an HP icon to use, bah.)
astridv
Jul. 11th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
Hey,
I followed you to lj from the angel fanfic workshop where I just stumbled over your story 'Curses'.I liked the unbeta'ed version a lot and am now trying to hunt down a finished version.

And who wants to bet that I won't make it 24 hours post-release before someone at Comic-con spoils me on who the half-blood prince is?

Facing the same dilemma: my copy gets delivered to my house in Germany while I'm in San Diego. And I can just imagine sitting there, fingers in my ears, going, I can't HEAR you, lalala.

So I'm going to buy a second copy and try to resell it after I read it.

Okay, back to looking for your fanfic...
hannasus
Jul. 11th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you liked my story! But don't waste any more time looking for it, because you won't find the finished version online yet. I decided to let it steep for a bit before I did the revisions, and then I got sort of busy and haven't gotten back to it yet. Now it's going to have to wait until after Comic-con, but I'll post it here and to the angel_fanfic yahoo group as soon as it's done.
astridv
Jul. 11th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
Okay. I did a bit of browsing and I was thrilled to discover you have a whole series planned. Even more thrilled to have found, in a moment of serendipity, another writer who seems to like the kind of fic I do. Meaning, Angel-centric, gen, and focussing on plot and characterization instead of ship and smut (not that there's anything wrong with that... ;o) The not-quite-OC Aggie works well, too. I'd love to see more of her interacting with the vamps.

I friended you; hope that's okay. I definitely don't want to miss the fic, and I don't hang around the workshop much right now, for time reasons.
hannasus
Jul. 11th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC)
Yay! Another ally in fic land!
hannasus
Jul. 11th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
OMG! I just checked your LJ and realized you're the Astrid who did that wonderful Angel comic! I saw it rec'd on BetterBuffyFics and absolutely adored it! Really amazing work! And soooo much better than the licensed Angel comic book that just came out. I hope you're going to be promoting the heck out of yourself in San Diego this weekend.
astridv
Jul. 11th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
Heh, our comments crossed. You're on BBF? Small world fandom.

I hope you're going to be promoting the heck out of yourself in San Diego this weekend.

yeah... I actually got no plan; I thought I'd just have a look and see which opportunities might arise. I've never been to ComicCon before but I heard it's a monster of a Con. Not to compare with cozy UKcon. Should be interesting. Did you see the program? It's 63 pages long!
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