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Harry Palmer [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Tracy

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Harry Palmer is a very funny look at the escapades of a juvenile delinquent, which have more down-to-earth explanations than the outlandish stories about a "magical boy" you may have heard. Pretending to have an interest in magic is how Harry ingratiates himself with a senile old headmaster, whose interest in witchcraft blinds him to what Harry’s really up to. Rather than Quidditch (lolwut?), the school is mad for polo, but Harry isn’t the star of his house’s team. The closest he gets to the action is the bets he makes on the games.

Scheming Harry is surrounded by other memorable characters, including the puny, conniving, and animal-hating groundskeeper, Haggard; Drake Mollify, a straight-shooting boy with a critical father he can't seem to please, and Drake's two close friends. Denis Crumbe and Geoffrey Galle are small and shy but have acerbic wits (they like word-play and puns). Their sarcasm is a trait they share with Professor Snide, housemaster of Serpentine. All of them offer wry commentary on Harry and the thuggish Juan Walsey and Juan's older twin brothers, who are the school bullies and Drake’s main polo rivals. Then there's Perdita Grungy, who seeks approval from her peers by trying to be seductive and worldly, although she usually ends up falling flat on her face and looking very un-sexy.

You've heard the tall tales told by Harry to a sympathetic (or is that gullible?) best-selling author. Now here's the real story, told by the victims of his pranks.

About the Author

Thomas Tracy has been personally acquainted with many juvenile delinquents.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 312 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453686630
  • Publisher: (2 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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1.0 out of 5 stars Took a chance, left disappointed 30 Jun. 2011
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Took a chance on buying this despite not finding any reviews online because the premise sounded like fun: What if Harry Potter wasn't a magical boy? What if, in fact, he was a rotten, juvenile delinquent who preferred smoking cigs and gambling to saving the day at Hogwarts? For someone who is a pretty big Potter fan, this sounded like fun.

Except it wasn't.

First, it's a self-published book. Riddled with typos, wonky sentences... as someone who edits for a living it made my teeth itch to try to enjoy something I was picking apart the whole time.

Second, the story was just... boring. I was expecting to smile and even giggle a lot more than I did. I would have had a lot more fun with this story, which I still think is an excellent premise, if the author had chosen to use Harry's point of view in the book, as Rowling did in her series. I would have much preferred to hear about Harry's antics from him, instead of being stuck inside other characters' heads - the honorable and athletic Drake, wise Professor Snide, and a few others who all told their stories as if they were the same person. Most of the time, I was left wondering what mean, miserable little Palmer was thinking, and trudging through the book hoping it would get better and hoping I would see more of him.

I did have a few chuckles at the beginning of the book, but for the most part I was left feeling disappointed that I'd bought it at all. I even left it alone for a long, long time, but didn't feel any less bored when I picked it back up in an attempt to finish.

Sorry Mr. Tracy, you had a fantastic idea, you just didn't execute it very well.
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