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Friday, August 13, 2010

Finished Harry Potter

On Sunday I finished reading Harry Potter. Yes I'm several years late in reading it!!

It took me about 100 pages to really get into it. I'm just not that into fantasy books. I'm more of a chick-lit kinda girl. But once I got into it, it was really good!

Last night D and I watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (why do they call it the Sorcerer's stone in the movie and the Philosopher's stone in the book??). I really liked it and it was neat to see how I imagined the characters to look to how they were presented in the movie. Usually once I have read a book that has been made into a movie I always think the book is better, however in this case I think they did an excellent job at sticking to the storyline.

Now I am reading Generation A by Douglas Coupland. Anyone heard of it before?? He also writes J-Pod and Generation X which I think are his more popular novels. I am about one-third of the way through and it's been quite humourous and a little strange. Basically it's about 5 people (each chapter is written from a different character's perception) in different parts of the world. It takes place in the future 2024ish. All the bees on the planet have vanished, so it's a darker world without the pollenation of bees, and then these 5 people get stung by a bee in their part of the world. They are taken in for testing to see if they are connected in some way.

It's been an interesting read so far. D recommended the book to me. It's funny and I like learning about the personalities of the 5 characters. For example, one is addicted to World of Warcraft, one is from North Bay, Ontario and has Tourettes, one lost his family in a tsunami, and another is a very interesting corn farmer. Hope to do a little more reading today!


  1. That book sounds quite intesting. I might have to take a look at it. :)

  2. I think I'll look into those books too :) About the Harry Potter Sorcerer/Philosopher thing, maybe you're reading the British version? I thought they called in the Philosopher's Stone, because I just reread some of the books and I swear they called it the Sorcerer's Stone? I could be wrong, though.

  3. Glad you enjoyed Harry...they really only get better from there.

    Re: Sorcerer's Stone and Philosopher's Stone: Apparently, it was changed to Sorcerer's Stone specifically for the USA. Apparently, they did so because they felt that the US readers might not know of the legend of the philosopher's Stone. They also changed little things in the US version of the book. "Lifts" were changed to "elevators", "car park" to "parking lot", "rubbish bin" to "garbage can". I have also read that they changed "mum" to "mom" and "jumper" to "sweater" in the US version.

  4. ditto above. Canada's released followed the UK 'philosopher's' title while the US ones went with Socerer's.

  5. Yay for Harry Potter! I finished re-reading that book last week!

    Douglas Coupland is one of my favorite authors, I cannot wait to read Generation A! I want to get it but since I never know what to ask for at Christmas I'm waiting.