#BookReview ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows’ by J.K.Rowling #TuesdayBookBlog #ccbookreview

Today I’m reviewing the last book in the Harry Potter series. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows” by J.K.Rowling

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Blurb (from Amazon):

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is now broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves, and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin – Harry must stand and face his enemy.

Did I like it?

It is certainly not the best book in the series. But at least a good finish to the story. Even if the end is as foreseeable as can be. You have nearly all the revelation you need. Some things are still left unsaid but it works (for me)

What I didn’t like

Why did Harry split up with Ginny at the end of book 6. His reason for it doesn’t make sense. He could use exactly the same reasoning for not pursuing his quest with Ron and Hermione. Which he’s not doing. He has doubts about Dumbledore’s actions and the reasoning behind them. But he still keeps his promise (Not revealing his quest to anyone other than Ron and Hermione) Makes not really sense to me. Why the sons of Death Eaters are at Hogwarts and kind of unsupervised is hard to swallow. Why Dumbledore didn’t reveal Snape’s role to Harry only Mrs Rowling knows.

Would I recommend it?

As a standalone novel books 1 and 2 are working. From book 3 on you need the series. If you’ve read the series, read this one too. I’ve read that the series was written for readers from age 8 on. Maybe the first 2 books. At least not books 5 and 6. 16.5 out of 20 points

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Ausone’s notebook, 61.st instalment #amwriting #mondayblogs #cats #IARTG

Good Morning Humans. Can you hear that? Can you hear that you hear nothing? Can you hear the silence? No elections, no news from the (future) bad guy. Just calm. Last week there was a bank holiday in the US of A and it seems like everything has calmed down over the weekend. Like the politicians are hibernating? Or preparing something bad in hiding?

Or that the view is simply just euro/western-centric? The war in Syria hasn’t stopped. There are still people dying. In Asia, in a Buddhist country, now called Myanmar, before it was called Burma. There is a minority who believe in something else. They are Muslims thus they are oppressed, used as a scapegoat, they are called Rohingya. The country is lead, at the moment, by someone who received the Noble Peace prize, Aung Sun Suu Kyi. Does she do anything? Just speak out, something like saying: This is wrong, stop it! No, not a word.

Did you hear anything about that? Nope, you’re hearing something about yesterday’s soccer results. That a millionaire run around a circuit with his hyper-expensive car that NO ONE can use on a street. Lucky me, less idiots trying to kill me with a car. Yesterday’s results! If there’s anyone who’s interested in these results. I’m pretty sure he knows already. So, what’s the sense? Do you think Africa, the continent where life originated on this planet, has fallen entirely asleep? That there are no people dying of starvation. That there is not a place where one group is trying to kill another. For completely senseless reasons. Like, for instance group A is believing in another god than group B.  This is only working if there is something like a god. If there is one, he (or she or it) seems to have a very strange sense of humour. Or he/she/it is just a bad person. Your choice. If there is none, all your arguments ‘my god is better than your god’ ‘you are not allowed to make a picture of my god’. ‘If you don’t believe in my god I have to kill you.’ Fall to pieces. You do what then? I’m quite sure you’ll find another reason to kill one another..

Sorry Kitteny, again big words.

On a more personal side note. 2 things.

First, I’ve heard that my humans will spend next Sunday away. Leaving in the morning coming back late evening. And me? And crappy purebred? OK, crappy purebred will sleep the whole day, as he’s doing every day. But me? If I’m back from my morning stroll in time, I will be imprisoned the whole day. Spending the whole day with purebred. No chance to get away. If not, I will have to stay the whole day in the cold. I do not think that I like even one of these two alternatives.

Second, I kind of hinted that my preferred photographer hasn’t taken any new pictures of me. As she’s doing some kind of tailoring as a hobby. And at the moment she’s heavy into making something she calls ‘snood’. She recently did one for a fur puller. As there are no fur pullers here (lucky me). She used ME as a model. And she took some photos of me. Thus in today’s photo you can see me, used as a fashion model for fur pullers. It didn’t hurt, but nevertheless.

Hope that you, at least, like the photo.

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See you next Monday

Yours

Ausone

NB: I will not comment on the remarks I’ve had to read of certain people about the dead of the former president of Cuba. Just one thing to keep in mind for these people. Something in Latin: “De mortuis nihil nisi bene”

#FridayBookShare ‘A Zen for Murder’ by Leighann Dobbs #cozymystery #BookReview

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Shelley Wilson created the Friday Book Share Game to help search for that ideal novel/author. (Mille fois merci)

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you enjoyed reading (old or new) and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare – Simples!

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

I finished the book yesterday and wanted to write a review this morning. While checking my inbox there was a mail about Shelley’s last blog post (HH’s cat). So why not give it a go.

First line of the book.

Claire Watkins tossed a dead rose stem from her spacious garden into the small wheelbarrow just as the sun made its appearance, splashing the blue Atlantic Ocean with a wash of pink.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Tourist season is about to start, and murder is the last thing on the minds of the locals in Mooseamuck Island, Maine … but that’s about to change.

When local psychic Zoila Rivers is found dead at the zen garden, retired police consultants Dominic Benedetti and Claire Watkins are forced to team up to catch the killer. Too bad Claire and Dom don’t always see eye to eye.

But with an island full of locals who all have secrets, Claire and Dom have to put aside their differences in order to solve the case before the police arrest the wrong person and a killer goes free.

Will Claire and Dom figure out whose secret was worth killing for in time to stop the killer from claiming another victim?

Introduce the main character using only three words.

There are two:

Claire-local, emotion based, doubtful

Dominic-not so local, evidence-based, doubtful

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

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Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Anyone who likes a cozy mystery, there’s even a cat in it

Your favourite line/scene.

Dom laid down his fork with a satisfied sigh as he finished the last bite of a small sampling of Sarah’s ricotta pie. It was creamy and sweet— just the way he liked it. He leaned back in his chair, remembering how his Nonna would sometimes add lemon or chocolate chips to the batter.

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Ausone’s notebook, 60.th instalment #amwriting #mondayblogs #cats #IARTG

Good morning Humans.

I really didn’t want to talk about politics again but how could I?

This morning, while having my second breakfast, I had to listen to the news on the radio. Parts of it were not that bad. Sarkozy not qualified for the second tour of the conservative preliminaries in France. They transmitted parts of the speech of Sarkozy on the radio. He admitted that he hasn’t made it to the second round. You could hear from the public “Bravo”. Bravo for what? That a politician admits that he lost? Shouldn’t this be normal behaviour? The radio, then talked to a younger female who was in tears. “They didn’t vote for him. I don’t get it. I don’t understand the French.” Maybe you don’t get it? They already had him as president. Maybe they just don’t want to have the same crap again? OK, Germans want to have the same crap again. Merkel, the woman without any plan besides “I want power and I want to keep it”. 53% of Germans would vote for the CDU if there were elections now. You have to see this positive, 53% who wouldn’t vote far right at the moment.

After I’ve tried to keep my breakfast down, successfully. I went upstairs to see what my favourite human was doing. He tweeted a message from an American actor, George Takei. (here: https://medium.com/to-the-left/we-cant-go-back-41da17a1cd01#.89mgr9hmi) Mr Takei is a double minority. Asian origin and gay. In his article Mr Takei is telling his story, what happened to a minority in the USA in the 1940s. They were sent to an internment camp for being parts of a minority. Something that some American politicians want to do now. With people who believe in something different than the mainstream. Humans is it possible that you just stop with your crappy ideas? I really like it when my breakfast stays down.

I so wanted to ignore Belgian politics this time. But… A Belgian politician, former president of the Senate. Twice, now vice president of the Senate. Is having something like an affair at the moment. He, and his law firm worked for a Belgian billionaire with Kazakh origin for a shitload of money. Saturday this guy put his party functions on hold because there is too much noise in the press. Let me get that right. He put his party functions on hold. Not his position as a mayor nor his position as vice-president of the Senate? Let’s just say I don’t get that. If you think you’ve done nothing wrong than why put your party function on hold? And why not the functions for the state? And your function as mayor of Uccle? Not talking about how could you do two things at the same time? I can’t Either I’m hunting or I’m sleeping I can’t do both things at the same time. But I’m not a politician.

And just for the record. If you want to get a bit more about race and bad things about feeling better cause you’re pure bred. Read the Potter series. Yup, there are a lot of pure breeds. Muggles, muggle born wizards. In an easy going way you may even learn something.

Sorry Kitteny, even if I want to I can’t. I have to use big words.

Favourite photographer was doing a bit her job. Thus some new photos. Majority of the photos are pure breed. But who cares? First and foremost he’s a cat too.

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See you next week, hopefully without politics

Yours

Ausone