First things first: I’m postponing our reading of Oryx and Crake. I’ve been out of town and away from a computer, and one of our members hasn’t received the book yet, so we’ll begin on the 27th. That gives you time to try and convince at least two or three more people to join the group.
I’ll be back home today, but don’t expect a lot of posts until the middle of next week. The new Harry Potter comes out tonight but since I know I won’t get around to reading it until Monday, I’m not risking a trip to the ‘ole information superhighway without discovering the end of the book on my own. I narrowly avoided having the end of Half-Blooded Prince ruined by the internets two years ago, and I’m damn sure not going to have this one ruin by some jagoff who wants some attention. So I’m avoiding the tubes.
And let me say this to you potential ending-revealers: Not all Potter fans are bespeckled and acne-ridden nerds. You start screaming the end of the book while I’m in line at B&N and you’d better be prepared to run your jokester-ass as fast as you can. Because if you can’t, that little yuk-yuk will cost you a hospital visit.
Oh, and I know this book is supposed to be much darker than the previous ones, but I was shocked when I saw this publicity still for the new book (The smiley face wasn’t in the original. I wanted to spare you the shock of seeing Potter’s “wand” unsheathed):
Good gracious! I can only assume that during the ultimate fight with Voldemort Harry’s clothes get burned off by a particularly strong spell and he is forced to make the long journey back to Hogwarts via horse, because the shock of the duel caused him to forget how to apparate.