Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Otherwise known as Harry Potter and the Curse of the Sprained Shoulder, which is what this behemoth cost me lugging it around in my bag back and forth from work every day. Brutal.
Like the previous books, Phoenix was an easy read, but there was a time when I was reading it on the bus, at lunch, sneaking a page here and there at home, plowing through it while riding the bike at the gym — and there was just more book to keep going. I was also in a race to finish this since I got the 5th and 6th books out of the library at the same time and I can’t renew the 6th one, i.e. I absolutely have to finish it by the due date. At least Half-Blood Prince is over 200 pages shorter than Order of the Phoenix.
But enough carping about the length, the book is a darn good read with several different storylines going on at once: Harry’s romance with Cho Chang, the 5th year O.W.L tests, Hagrid’s secret mission, the Department of Mysteries mystery, the Weasley family crises, the Hogwarts Inquisitor and more. No wonder the book’s so bloody long. Would it have been worth it to have taken any of these threads out to save some trees? No. J.K. Rowling has created a complex world with many fascinating characters, so it would be a real loss to lose any of them.
I don’t want to give out any plot points or secrets so as not to ruin the book for any future readers. So, I’m just going to leave things here.Buy this book at Amazon.com!