So, I’m not going to continue this way… Next time, I’m just going to do a review of the book instead of chapter by chapter. Oi, this is a lot of work.
The next book on my list is The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. This is a massive tome coming in at just over 1000 pages. It’s going to take a while. Now, onto the review!
So, Hagrid let slip the name Nicolas Flamel, and now our three heroes are digging around for it, and having no luck. My one question, mainly because my mother is a librarian. Why not ask the librarian? Or what about a card catalog? This is 1991 (give or take), right? How is it that the real world is so much more advanced?
We do see that Ron is a great chess player. Although, that never comes up after this book. Is he a good strategist then?
I was hoping to have this done a lot sooner. I guess real life does that.
Say goodbye to the normal world. We won’t be seeing it till the end of the book. And even then, only a brief glimpse.
This chapter could probably be titled as a Prologue. Only in the sense that all other chapters in the book are from Harry’s perspective, and if I was writing it, I might do it that way.
I do like that there are 2 POVs though. JKR did very well giving us the impression of how the Dursley’s view the world: normal and abnormal. And we only see small glimpses of the abnormal. That is better, because then there is plenty of room to grow through the rest of the book. Even though the magical does get introduced fairly quickly.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the first in the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. It was published in 1997 by Scholastic here in the US.
I wanted to read through Harry because, in some form, it’s similar to what I want to be writing: young man who ends up in a large adventure. Although, mine doesn’t have a separate magical world.
I’m not sure what else to say. I enjoy the story, and think that (as a first book) it’s well written. The story itself is engaging, and keeps moving. These days, that is important to a story. Modern novels keep the suspense going, the action is moving at a fairly consistent pace.
Beware, there will probably be spoilers. So if you haven’t read it, you might not want to read my Readthrough.
I will be abbreviating the title in the future. Look for the tag HPatSS. Or look under the Harry Potter category.