Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Reread

The Harry Potter Reread continues, after enjoying myself thoroughly in Philosopher’s Stone, we move on to Chamber of Secrets. (just a heads up that there is a spoiler for the whole series in this post, you are warned, even though what have you been doing not reading the whole series?)

The famed Ford Angela
The famed Ford Angela

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Le Petit Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This is the first novel I’ve read completely in French, and the first one I’ve read in a native language other than English. So it was quite exciting from that perspective. It’s also quite a classic in its own right. It’s fairly short, and has some lovely illustrations.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Reread

It’s been over 5 years since I last reread the series. I not that long ago went to the Warner Brothers Studio in London on the Harry Potter Studio tour, and a group of friends decided to start a reread, so why not.

Hogwarts Express - Taken at The Harry Potter Studio Tour
Hogwarts Express – Taken at The Harry Potter Studio Tour

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Death on the Nile – Poirot

This is my first foray into Agatha Christie and Poirot, I have never read any of her work, or watched any of the countless TV shows based on it. So this was quite exciting to see what this classic mystery author had in store for me.

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Chimera – Mira Grant

This is the finale for the Parisitology series by Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire), my reviews of Parasite and Symbiont can be found there. While I enjoyed the previous books, the second book wasn’t as good as I hoped. But this conclusion was satisfying, and redeemed the series a bit. It still isn’t amazing, it’s good, but not quite up to the Newsflesh level of amazingness. 

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Guns, Germs and Steel

The reason why I read this book is because of the podcast Hello Internet, hosted by CGP Grey and Brady Haran, both of whom are educational Youtubers. They discussed this book on a recent podcast, mainly spurred on by the fact that Grey did a video on Americapox, and why the Native Americans were wiped out by disease when Europeans arrived, and not the other way around. You can see that video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEYh5WACqEk

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Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

This is the second time that I have read these two stories. The first time was a number of years ago, and if I remember correctly I read them on my Nintendo DS after buying a 100 classic books ‘game’, which was not at all game like, but just shows what a child I was. Though I think I ended up reading 4 of those books, which says perhaps more about me? Anyway, this time, I once again read them electronically. Which is actually quite rare for me, I don’t have a dedicated e-reader, nor any tablet. So I was reading them on my phone, which is something I am not inclined to do that often. The brevity of these two stories (and their free-ness in ebook) are what made me read them like this. I do have to say though it is so convenient to just pull out your phone and keep reading, as opposed to needing to carry about your book. But I don’t think I’d find a dedicated e-reader that more convenient compared to a book, cause you still need to have that with you. I’ve spoken about ebooks previously, so I’ll leave this there, and move on to the actual books.

Original illustration (1865) by John Tenniel
Original illustration (1865) by John Tenniel

Both of these books have spawned a lot of movies (23 of them in fact), and they have been extremely influential works for the fantasy genre. The thing is that for modern audiences, I don’t think there’s much enjoyment from the stories themselves. Due to how exposed we have been to the stories already, reading them doesn’t really add a whole lot. We just have to deal with the differences in writing, which are more a detriment than anything. The real interest is to see what the original source material was, and how the movies differ.

They really are very nonsensical stories, and their endings are so abrupt. The various poems and songs littered throughout the stories were interesting, but sometimes became a bit too much. And the number of references that modern readers no longer get is quite high.

Overall, I will not be reading these again. They became more of a chore to get through than an enjoyment.