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It's OK - no spoilers

I queued for The Book last night, as planned, and all was good - despite both the rain and Waterstone's bizarre attempts to turn the world's simplest and most effective system for ensuring that everyone is served in a fair order (viz., The Queue) into a confused mess by super-imposing a numbered ticketing system onto it without offering any clear explanation of how this was supposed to work. Enjoyed immensely turning to the back and skimming hastily through relevant-looking pages right there in the shop to establish the major plot points, sproingled rather randomly and over-tiredly at nalsa and his lady for a while, and finally got home with it about 1:30ish (yes, Waterstone's were inefficient as well - I heartily wish I'd pre-ordered at WHSmith instead). I ploughed on with The Half-Blood Prince for a while, which I'd been reading all day in an attempt to get back up to speed, but I was pretty near the end of it anyway, and after an hour or so I couldn't resist the pull of the new one any longer. So I retired to bed with it around 3ish, intending to just read a chapter or two and then go to sleep, but didn't actually put it down until 5:30 and the end of chapter 7. Well, I couldn't stop reading while they were all still... No. I promised you no spoilers, didn't I?

Since then, though, I've only got as far as chapter 12, due to sleeping until 1 and then attending a lovely party at miss_dark's all afternoon. So I've accepted that I'm not going to finish it with the speed of the last one - but that's OK. Like I said, I know what happens, so I can read other people's posts about it quite merrily. And anyway, why should I rush it? It's the last one, after all. I want to enjoy it at my own snail-like pace.

Besides, it would clearly be a very bad idea to stay up all night tonight trying to finish it, as I realised on Friday that I've been ill for a few days, and my parents are coming up to Leeds again tomorrow to help with house stuff, so I need to be well-rested and compos mentis before they do. I'm not quite sure what was wrong with me, but I'm guessing it was basically down to performing an incredibly intensive mental task followed by an incredibly intensive physical task, not giving myself enough time to recover, and probably also eating something a bit dodgy. I think I'm on the mend now, but tired, what with that and the reading-till-dawn thing, so I don't want to push my luck.

Happily, I was in good health and spirits this afternoon to enjoy miss_dark's 'Three Years With dedbutdrmng' party, though, which was a jolly good thing as it was ace! miss_dark's flat turned out to be a splendid palace, whose walls were lined with shoes, and she had done an excellent job of filling it full of splendid people for the afternoon. I didn't get to chat to everyone there, but I enjoyed the company of familiar faces, and met some fab new people - including the marvellously history-geeky vonheath, whom I think I shall dash off and friend once I've finished writing this. There were also small children with bubbles, three nearly-identical cats and a cracking anecdote about a bracelet which miss_dark had bought for ms_siobhan. So an excellent way to spend the afternoon, and I only hope my house-warming goes as well!


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Jul. 21st, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
You read the end first? You... you philistine!

Of course, I sometimes have to read with my hand blocking the text further down the page to make sure I don't accidentally see something ahead of time....
Jul. 22nd, 2007 08:05 am (UTC)
Yes, because how else would I know where it was all going, so that I could spot significant developments, enjoy dramatic irony and feel sorry for the right characters in their final hours? Did it spoil 'Oedipus Rex' for its original audience that they knew Oedipus would turn out to have murdered his father and married his mother, eh?
Jul. 22nd, 2007 09:04 am (UTC)
Ah, but that's the beauty of the re-read! For me, that first read through where you truly don't know what is going to happen and have to see if you can guess using clues provided and also the basic balance of storytelling as you go along.

Although the classical storytelling convention of knowing the story has always been my favourite way of explaining the joys of fanfiction. Really, that's what all the Greek plays (and epic poems) were, after all. The authors revisiting myths to explore how their favourite characters felt.
Jul. 22nd, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
Oops. I got carried away and left myself with a sentence fragment up there. I meant to say that first read through, blah blah blah, is sacred.
Jul. 22nd, 2007 11:14 am (UTC)
"Did it spoil 'Oedipus Rex' for its original audience that they knew Oedipus would turn out to have murdered his father and married his mother, eh?"

It did, there was a riot after people stormed the box office demanding their money back *grin*

I'm sure your party will be equally lovely too.
Jul. 23rd, 2007 07:13 am (UTC)
Aw thank you! *beam* It was really good of you to come, I feel like I got to know you a bit better and that we are proper neighbours now! *beam* I can't wait for your housewarming I'm sure it will be splendid I am so excited about seeing your lovely house!!!! *beam*

I picked up my Deathly Hallows from the sorting office this morning as they claimed I wasn't in on Saturday when they tried to deliver it! *pfft*
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