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August 15, 2011

music on monday: leave the light on
posted by soe 11:59 pm

I had a hard time picking a song for today, with only a few tracks from iTunes jumping out at me and most of those without videos.

Finally, though, I found the right song for today. From Chris Smither, “Leave the Light On,” the title track from his 2006 album:

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into the stacks: the harry potter series
posted by soe 1:13 am

For tonight, I’m skipping a review of Peter and Max in the interest of finishing a post and going to bed.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

From the jacket: From my brain: Honestly, you know the summaries as well as I do. Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, does not die when his parents are killed by the most evil wizard in ages. Instead, the one-year-old is sent to live with his non-magical and abusive aunt and uncle and cousin, where he survives until his 11th birthday, when he finds out he’s a wizard and that he’s going away to a special school for other magical British kids. Once at Hogwarts, he makes friends, has trouble with schoolwork, and flies on a broomstick — typical stuff for the average pre-teen. We follow Harry through the years as he’s nearly killed by a possessed teacher, a memory, a house-elf (okay, that time he was only nearly grievously injured), another possessed teacher, several other evil witches and wizards, and the wizard who killed his parents and who’s now gunning for him. Ultimately there’s a showdown between the two, but not before Harry builds himself the family he lost as a child and finds himself to be the leader he never expected to become.

My take: It seems only appropriate to list all seven books together, as the tale would be incomplete without reading them all.

I pulled them out earlier this spring, when I needed a refresher before seeing the last movie. It’s interesting to see how much of what I remember is clouded by having seen the movies over the years.

I can say that the books are just as enjoyable after the most recent reading as they’ve been all the other times I’ve read them. And if you’ve somehow missed out on reading the series, you are in for a treat.

Pages: 4,083

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