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1.0 out of 5 stars Will the real JK Rowling please stand up?, 28 Mar 2006
This review is from: Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince: Children's Edition (Harry Potter 6) (Hardcover)
This book missed the perfection of the first four books so badly that my husband and I still wonder what went wrong. I think that JK has a lot more going on in her life now and that she had a ghost writer do a lousy job of putting her ideas on paper. The whole tone of the thing felt like a stranger's hand. Maybe a JK-wannabee broke into her office and switched manuscripts, or maybe someone had a vendetta. The editor? Maybe JK doesn't care as much anymore? Not only was the content overlong and boggy, it was minus the quality of her best writing style. At times it hurt to read. I slogged through hoping to get past the blah-blah-blah and awkward bits. Not so the first four books. In the first Harry Potter book JK infused every sentence with wit and spirit, every sentence flowed brilliantly to the next, which is why neither children nor adults could stop turning its pages and were left wanting more. Now, they're just left wanting. The Half-Blood Prince is an enormous canvas devoid of content. And really, some of the phrases and some of the scenes convince me that someone else's hand was at work in this volume. I feel that this book was a giant waste: it doesn't evince JK's gifted writing abilities, which is sad; rather, it seems like bulk that somehow doesn't fit in with the previous superior HP volumes.
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