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21st-Jun-2003 11:23 pm
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
Went driving again this morning. Since it was a Saturday, the circuit was unseasonably crowded. Discovered to my horror that am not good in the presence of many other vehicles. I start to panic, if subconsciously. And there were... cars to the left of me, 'cycles to the right...

*laughter* Right in line with my first driving lesson, which began in the rain.

Just am thankful that the second driving lesson occurred on a relatively quiet morning.

Achievement! Only stalled the car twice today! *laughter* Though demonstrated a shameful level of anxiety on the road, and an equally painful lack of coordination.

Went to Great World City to watch the Matrix Reloaded on IMAX. Dad and Mom hadn't seen it. and Dad had been talking incessantly about it ^_^ It was wonderful seeing Agent Smith again! ^_^

In my opinion, however, IMAX only makes the digital scenes more impressive, such as the scrolling code shots. For most part, it was just like a big movie screen. Oh, and the fact that you get to see the uncensored version, which is only more of Neo and Trinity than you'd ever care to see. Than I'd ever care to see, that is. You're not missing anything if you don't see the full version. Unless you'd care to see Keanu and Carrie-Ann in the buff. *winces* Me, I'd rather not.

Had dinner at Great World City, then came home. En route to parking lot, heard kids outside the pet shop. Very disturbing. They were looking at a window-ful of rabbits and hamsters, and I distinctly heard one of the kids demand, "Who said they were poisonous?"

Did he mean poisonous hamsters? Strangely, that thought amused me to no end.

Biggest Irony of Day

The car park signs read "Exit: Zion Road".

Repeatedly.

Welcome Back, Harry!

Spent a delightful 9 3/4 - 9 = 3/4 of an hour today at Borders, evilly scanning Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to find out Who Bought It. I didn't think I'd be so delighted to see the book, but I was. My idea of an excellent book is one that you fall into the instant you pick it up and turn the pages, where the story builds up around you and draws you in. That's what a good book is, for me. And after a time, you become so engrossed that you just keep on reading. That's why the fantasy section at Borders is such a minefield for me! *laughter* I go there, look at one book, read it, then catch sight of another, which looks equally interesting, and then as I bring myself to put it down, I glimpse yet another. *laughter*

For anyone who's interested, the book's available in Borders in all three covers. And it's sold at what MPH calls the "pre-order price". So there was no need to pre-order. Did not bother, in any case.



Order of the Phoenix has some beautiful backstory on why Harry, despite Hogwarts, continues staying with the unendurable Dursleys. It has a look into the Marauders' and Snape's pasts.

It takes up the House Elf issue in ways I never thought JKR would ever dare to handle. I guess it was the whole idea of SPEW (Society for the Protection of Elf Welfare) that turned me off. The Elf Issue gets development it truly deserves in this book. That, along with Dobby and Winky's compulsively self-brutalising habits. *winces*

If anyone has to know who bought it, just ask me. I am selfishly glad that it wasn't anyone I really cared about.

Though personally, I doubt that killing off one's characters is a way to demonstrate the maturity of your writing. It's the cheap and easy way out. Throw in death, and have critics coo over how you're not afraid to deal with dark themes. There are other paths to maturity. But I've gotta remember that this is a kid's book. A darned good one at that! *beams*

Order of the Phoenix goes back into the past as I never thought it would, and I'm glad. From what it looks like so far, big-picture wise, this book is way better than the Goblet of Fire. (which, to me, sounded like great fun when I first heard of the idea, but began to bore me when I opened the book. The reverse is true for Order of the Phoenix.)

Also, I have the feeling that JKR knows what's going on in her fandom. Watch what happens to Snape. And to Ginny. I shall enthusiastically point out the fandom parallels to anyone who'd care. *laughter* Though those who care would undoubtedly already know.

Comments 
21st-Jun-2003 09:01 am (UTC)
Haven't got OOTP yet, and wasn't planning to, either. But your spoilers [Yes, I read spoilers. Bad me. ::irons hands::] make it seems worth buying ...

If I get it, and it's good, then I'll have you to thank. *g*
21st-Jun-2003 09:15 am (UTC) - *smiles*
If you want more specific spoilers, I'd be more than happy to oblige ^_^

Especially for my definition of the one who was killed off. Lots of people love that character.

*wails* Your poor hands! I read spoilers all the time!

*offers you the Sock of Freedom*

No more irons! ^_^
21st-Jun-2003 09:32 am (UTC) - Re: *smiles*
No! Don't tell me who dies! Hehehe. I want it to be a surprise. But tell me, are they killed off at the beginning, or the end? I'm going to have to read the book *soon*, because I can't take the suspense anymore.

*grabs the Sock of Freedom and runs around gleefully ...* Whee! I'm a Rivendell Elf with a Sock of Freedom and a sugar high! Fear me!
21st-Jun-2003 09:41 am (UTC) - No problem ^_^
Character gets killed off at the end. My guess is that JKR was afraid that if she wrote the death right at the beginning, quite a few readers would put the book down at that moment.

I'm terrible at taking suspense - I'd flip right to the back of the book to find out how the story ended. Only then would I be able to enjoy the book in peace. (strange, yes ^_^ )

Sugar highs are good. ^_^ And to be feared!

*smiles at the Elf Princess*
21st-Jun-2003 09:54 am (UTC) - Re: No problem ^_^
Gah! The end! No! That means I actually have to read the entire book! This freedom-sock-wielding Elf doesn't have time for that! And I have to wait until tomorrow (gah) to find out if my dad could even manage to get a copy while he was in England ...

I'm going to be in suspense for ages ...

Alright, please, just tell me ... who dies?

The only thing worse than a sugar high ... is a squeezure.
21st-Jun-2003 10:22 am (UTC) - Re: No problem ^_^
i'd like to point out that i find that squeezure word darn amusing..>:D

*mopes over Ootp*
21st-Jun-2003 10:32 am (UTC) - *consoles you*
Mope not... *comforts*

Have no idea what squeezure is yet, so am speculating that it is a squee-induced seizure. This is like me speculating on what a t00b is. All I know is the History of t00b - it once, really, meant "tube". And now...
21st-Jun-2003 10:35 am (UTC) - Re: *consoles you*
O-o hehe that's like scrutinizing the word .."w0rd" no idea if it's Weird or Word. or..both? *confused* >_< I KNOW SIRIUS DIES!!! OH THE INJUSTICE!!!!!!! *gnaws on pencil*
21st-Jun-2003 10:47 am (UTC) - *pats*
I know, I know... *comforts*

I never expected it to be him, though.

I always thought w0rd = word. Weird would be... W3rd, or something to that effect? (Net Lingo completely eludes me.)
21st-Jun-2003 10:50 am (UTC) - Oh, and cute icon!
Elves on Campus, if I'm not wrong? ^_^

The Paint My Nails comic never fails to get me. ^_^
22nd-Jun-2003 06:15 am (UTC) - Re: Oh, and cute icon!
I wanna paint my nails!!!

But am lousy at it :D
22nd-Jun-2003 07:28 am (UTC) - *amused*
I could always try painting yours for you. But I'm too tired right now.

Or you could ask Isilme...

Or Cupcake here... *laughter*
21st-Jun-2003 10:58 am (UTC) - *hides*
Argh, just read your LJ.

*apologises*

Chibi Harry and Chibi Draco!
22nd-Jun-2003 06:14 am (UTC) - Siiiiiiriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuuuuuuuuuussssssssss.................
*can't put it in words*

*hugz cupcake randomly*
22nd-Jun-2003 07:27 am (UTC) - *buries head in hands*
Am now playing a game where I have to find muffins.

I am so bad at the game. And when I find the muffins -

They are the Wrong Muffins!

Gah Pastry. Gah.
21st-Jun-2003 10:30 am (UTC) - Spoiler Ahoy!
Spoiler Ahead!

Sirius Black dies.

Could always flip to the back as I usually (evilly) do.

If you want to be un-suspensed about other aspects of the book, just let me know ^_~

Whoa! Have no idea what a squeezure is... A combination of a squee and a seizure? A squee-induced seizure?
21st-Jun-2003 10:44 am (UTC) - Re: Spoiler Ahoy!
It's a squee-induced seizure, sometimes quite deadly (but always amusing), brought upon by the sighting of your favourite LotR-related actor. I had a squeezure when Billy Boyd smiled, waved, and mouthed "Pervy Hobbit Fancier" at me. ::dies of a squeezure all over again::
21st-Jun-2003 10:49 am (UTC) - *expires of envy*
Were I you, I never would have awakened from that squeezure! ^_^

What a memory!

*envies you again*

Oh for a videocamera! ^_^ But you have the best thing of all - the memory that it happened to you.

*beams*

*has an empathetic squeezure*
21st-Jun-2003 12:48 pm (UTC) - Re: *expires of envy*
*dies* At least I have a photo.
22nd-Jun-2003 01:00 am (UTC) - *huge grin*
That's wonderful! *beams*

I'dve made no end of duplicates of that picture ^_^
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