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3.0 out of 5 stars a good but ultimately shallow book, 24 Mar 2004
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This review is from: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) (Hardcover)
Firstly id like to mention i didnt like book 1 or 2 at all, this book belongs to my sister and i read it (as with 1 and 2) because i had no other books to read. as an 18 year old whos favourite authors include Trevanian and Roger Zelazny i am a lover of an interesting plot and well written descriptions. with the plot i wasnt let down. the story is full of almost everything a reader could want: an interesting (if stereotypical) hero, a heated rivalry, plenty of action scenes. However where the book fails is in its length. Rowling seems unsure whether the book is for adults or children. If for children it seems a little complex and possibly frightening, but if for adults the book should have left people feeling a little empty. the book could have been two or three times as long whilst still being as interesting and hold the readers attention. Emotions are skimmed over and Rowling seems to want to not so much as give the reader an in depth look at wizards, witches and other wonders as to allow the tiniest glimpse. As the book was started for children it is not a fault in the writing as such, just a dissapointment to adults who can see past the hype and wonder what could have been had it been explored as deep as it could. Instead it only skims the surface.
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Initial post: 9 Jun 2012 00:49:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jun 2012 00:51:18 BDT
CrowScare says:
I think you hit the nerve of the matter there.

That is indeed one of the flaws of the books, the fact that they consistently do not know whether their target audience are adults or children and so it wavers between the two creating a very broken and, at times, slightly disturbing piece of work.

Which is precisely why I love these books. Because they are an endlessly fascinating (clearly a), first writer piece of work, that are raw and imperfect which is exactly their appeal.
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