Today is the day the “last” Harry Potter book gets published. Crazed fans are besieging bookshops, which will start the sales frenzy at midnight. A lot of these crazed fans are adults. Now here’s something the government could do to help all of us: Gather up these people, and send them back to elementary school. Make them take part in forced literacy programs. I may believe that an educated person will read Harry Potter to find out what the hype is all about. I do not see how any educated and intelligent person would actually do so. And there is no way in hell either of the two would queue up for days or hours to get their hands on a stupid children’s book.
I just hope J. K. Rowlings had the guts to kill Harry Potter off, so that we will be spared this insanity in the future.
Update, much later: No such luck.
I did something this weekend that I have not done in a long time.
I actually read a book.
Yes, I know, it’s sad, but I haven’t read a book since my stay in the Novotel Kelsterbach. I know it’s sad, but I guess I have been so busy with all this other stuff that I didn’t really have the time for books.
Anyway, this changed on Saturday when some stuff arrived that I bought on eBay Germany. One of the books I got was “Storm Knights”, the first novel of the TORG trilogy. Since I had nothing to do on Saturday – I was supposed to go on a date but she asked me to meet on Sunday instead – I got lost in that novel and read from start to finish in one long session. Only 320 pages, so it’s not really an achievement.
“Storm Knights” itself is a fair book. The writing is okay, the story is okay, it’s not one of the best I read, but it’s not really horrible either. The main attraction is that the trilogy served as the introduction to the TORG game that was published by West End Games. If you know me, then you know that I absolutely love TORG. And “Storm Knights” does give some background and descriptions that really should have been in the TORG basic set.
So if you are a TORG fan like me, pick it up. Otherwise, don’t bother.