In a message dated 8/1/2005 11:22:29 PM Central Daylight Time,
OK, this is where you lose me. To me, the response to a good book does not
include the "desire to pursue the story further." When you read LOTR, does
it leave you burning with desire to read the Further Adventures of Mayor
Sam? A good book is its own reward. When I read a good book, the desire
it leaves me with is the desire to read it again sometime.
Yes, good books are their own reward! But reading "The Fellowship" did make
me want to pick up "Two Towers" (amazingly, I've met people who *didn't* feel
that way -- the freaks. But I digress).
To me, HP Books #1 and #2 are unfinished stories. I thought that there was
too much unresolved for either to be considered complete. Yet I was not moved to
pick up the #3 because I considered the first two to be too . . . light. The
books weren't quite good enough on their own. Cotton candy tastes fine for a
few bites. It doesn't make me want to buy more. At least not right away. And
"Strong Poison" directly led me to wanting to read "Nine Tailors" and "Gaudy
Night" and "Busman's Honeymoon" and all the other Lord Peter books and short
stories. Not because I didn't think "Strong Poison" was it's own reward but
because I loved it so much and I wanted to know what else happened with these
And I'm huge on rereading books I love. Of course!
I agree that #5 was way too long, but I don't think the same way about #6.
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