- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Classic celebratory ed edition (6 July 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747598460
- ISBN-13: 978-0747598466
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,594 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Paperback – 6 Jul 2009
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The Half Blood Price picks up directly where the Order of the Phoenix picks up and now, more than ever, feels like a piece of a bigger story rather than a stand-alone tale. The first 4 Harry Potter books did provide some direction as to where the overall story was going but were far more self contained. OOTP really stepped away from this and was much more in the style of a Lord of the Rings book, definitely a part of a whole. This is why I believe it was not as well received but will only be truly be judged when all 7 books have been completed. HBP is very much in the same vein but really points you more clearly than ever to the tasks that Harry most overcome to finally rid himself of the loathsome burdens that he must bear.
For the first time I felt I picked up upon a major twist in the story, after about 250 - 300 pages I had figured out who the Half Blood Prince was, although I didn't really believe it until it was written. This I feel I was deliberately allowed to figure out as once I began thinking this way I was really thrown off the scent of what was actually going to happen at the climax of the book, a really skilful piece of writing.Read more ›
Firstly, the main storyline is Harry/ Voldemort which has required us to wait 5 books for adult Harry to emerge so that he is in a position to fight him.
Secondly, the 'dispensable', 'unnecessary', 'missed-in-editing' subplots are what make Harry Potter books stand out from the rest of their neighbours in the Fantasy section. This is a character driven series. JKR has used standard narrative devices, mythological ideas and the wizard/magic genre in all her books and combined them with an ordinary school lifetime. One doesn't have to delve far into the Net to find fans passionate about fan-fiction; who are passionate about the weasley family, or Snape, or Sirius or any of them. Every character and every subplot is what makes the series so well rounded and so universally appealing. If you want good and evil, read Lord of the Rings or just wait and read the 7th Harry novel.Read more ›
Most people should love this welcome escape into Harry's world but others, I fear, will either be left wanting more or left wanting none at all.
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