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Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

The sixth book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

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Harry Potter doesn't disappoint!

  • Jul 25, 2005
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J.K. Rowling continues to amaze me! Many good writers are capable of producing an excellent trilogy based on the same complete set of characters, however after book three their output tends to be uneven at best (think Frank Herbert with the Dune series, or even Arthur C. Clark with his Rama novels). But Rowling not only sustains the story line, her writing seems to improve with each effort.

Harry and his friends are back at Hogwarts for their sixth year, 16 years old and suffering from all the usual teen agonies. There are relationships to maintain, both romantic and platonic; academic tribulations, issues of trust, politics and more. Through it all, you find yourself hurrying from page to page because you're curious about what happens next or because you just care about Harry, Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore and everyone else. There are no cheap tricks here, you might expect that given the whole wizarding theme of the series, that one or more situation might be resolved by just a casual, unexplained flick of the wand, but no. Harry can be as tenacious as one of Scott Turow's lawyers. Hermione does her research in the library, sans Internet (not that there is anything wrong with the Internet of course... ).

As far as the plot goes, the threat posed by Voldemort is growing, with Harry and other students imperiled by his Death Eater followers. Thankfully for Harry (and us readers) Quidditch is once again being contested, providing a great diversion as well as more and more insight into the various relationships that complicate the lives of the teenage protagonists. Beyond that, events unfold that drive the story to the end of the Hogwarts' school year, setting things up quite nicely for the final book in the series. Now, you don't really want me to divulge any more detail than that do you?

As always, the story of Harry and his friends will satisfy young readers (or listeners being read to by parents or siblings). Or if you are an adult looking for additional depth and thematic elements, you might discover plenty of references to the global war on terror, journalistic and academic ethics, corporate corruption and the politics of personality. Is that pithy enough for you?

Oh... yes, there is a new teacher at Hogwarts, a name dropping self promoter that might give Gilderoy Lockhart a run for his money; Professor Dumbledore still reveals his secrets only when he's ready, and Severus Snape is just as ambiguously evil as ever.

I'd be tempted to beg Ms. Rowling to publish her next book as soon as possible, but given the quality of the first six, I can almost, almost be content waiting for her to release it only when she's ready. Please... please... Ms. Rowling, be ready soon!

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review by . February 05, 2010
Writing a fictional character from childhood to adulthood, as J. K. Rowling is doing in this series, is not easy; following a character from uncertainty to heroism, as Harry Potter has progressed in Half Blood Prince, is fraught with danger for the writer who attempts it.    And again, Rowling attempts all and succeeds. With one year to go, Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for Year 6, but not before dealing with lingering complications from the taut climax of Harry Potter and …
review by . July 02, 2010
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was released during a tragic period of my life, just when I thought that I had grown out of the series I'd loved as a child. I was entering my junior year in high school when my parents decided to move our family from the big city of Los Angeles, California to the small town of the Middle of Nowhere, Georgia. As an act of reconciliation, my brother in law purchased the book about 300 miles out of California. I was so depressed about my loss of friends …
review by . June 09, 2010
What was your emotional reaction as you read? Why?      I was excited to finally get the next Harry Potter book out and learn more abou tthe plot and discover the mysteries.        Who would you recommend this reading to and why?      Anyone who likes young adult and fantasy books. And if you like a book with a good mystery.        Consider the setting.      Its set in a mystical …
Quick Tip by . October 15, 2010
I was totally "blah" about this novel. It is purely a setup novel--creating the necessary ingredients for the finale. Its very much like laying out all the ingredients to make your own creme brulee. Gathering the ingredients is necessary to making the final product, but ... it isn't exactly all that fun. I didn't feel cheated by the novel, just not even remotely sated.
Quick Tip by . October 14, 2010
This is my favorite book in the series. It's the one that ends on the biggest cliffhanger. Appearances can be deceiving.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
The entire series are worth reading. They are full of imagination.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
Pivotal, but not as strong as other books in the series. A great many hints are dropped that are not necessarily "canon" (e.g., Dumbledore is gay?), and much background is filled in. Good, just a bit longer than I'd have liked (with apologies to the author!). Not the ending you'd expect.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
the half blood prince was a very good book. i liked it a lot. they certainly switched things around by making snape defense against the dark arts teacher in this book. and the horcruxes made voldemort just seem that much more evil. not like he was an angel but the things he did to become immortal are frightening, and very extreme. im going to get the griffindor house crest tattooed on my forearm because i like this series so much.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
harry learns the secret that will unlock his past and his future...a very thrilling and exciting read.
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
Great book! The story is a bit scary :)
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The long-awaited, eagerly anticipated, arguably over-hyped Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has arrived, and the question on the minds of kids, adults, fans, and skeptics alike is, "Is it worth the hype?" The answer, luckily, is simple: yep. A magnificent spectacle more than worth the price of admission, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will blow you away. However, given that so much has gone into protecting the secrets of the book (including armored trucks and injunctions), don't expect any spoilers in this review. It's much more fun not knowing what's coming--and in the case of Rowling's delicious sixth book, you don't want to know. Just sit tight, despite the earth-shattering revelations that will have your head in your hands as you hope the words will rearrange themselves into a different story. But take one warning to heart: do not open Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince until you have first found a secluded spot, safe from curious eyes, where you can tuck in for a good long read. Because once you start, you won't stop until you reach the very last page.

A darker book than any in the series thus far with a level of sophistication belying its genre, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince moves the series into murkier waters and marks the arrival of Rowling onto the adult literary scene. While she has long been praised for her cleverness and wit, the strength of Book 6 lies in her subtle development of key ...

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ISBN-13: 978-0439791328
Author: J. K. Rowling
Genre: Education, Juvenile Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Arthur a Levine, Scholastic
Date Published: July 16, 2005
Format: Novel
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