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Gorgeous Set but the Box Itself Is too Small!!
on 19 August 2017
5 stars for the HP stories (obviously), but 3 stars for this specific Bloomsbury hardcover box set, for the following reasons:
CONS: The box size is the main reason for the 3 stars - and I've seen other reviewers complain about this too. It is simply too small to fit all 7 books and their dust jackets. When I first opened the new set, I had such a hard time getting the books out of the box because it was such a tight fit. I was afraid the box would break (as it happened to another reviewer). Now that the books have been read and naturally stretched out a bit, I have not been able to put them properly back in the box. I had to remove all the dust jackets and still it's an incredibly tight squeeze. I'm sure that after a few more times of taking them in and out, the box will break. As it is, the hardcovers are already wearing due to trying to pull them out and push them back in.
- Speaking of the hardcovers, there is something wrong with their binding (maybe the glue or material): every time I open one of the books, the spine and general cover area makes cracking sounds as if they are breaking away from something. It's a unnerving (for a book lover).
- Lastly, there were some odd printing issues in a few of the 7 books. For example, in one book, there were some lines without a single space between words (see the second-last line of the attached image). This is obviously a publishing error...
PROS: The dust jackets, colors, box design, etc. are all exquisitely beautiful. It's a pity that I have to worry about the durability.