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a good but ultimately shallow book
, 24 Mar. 2004
By A Customer
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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