向J.K. Rowling蘿琳致敬

自星期六下午拿到書後,白天、晚上,只要是空瑕的時間,就是在啃哈利波特第七部(Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)。閉上眼睡覺前都不放下,甚至作夢都會夢到。就是這樣的一本書。[中文版在10/20/07上市了: 死神的聖物]

剛剛終於完成這件大事。

不看任何新聞,就是為了避免像上次不小心知道校長之死的惡劣事件發生。我很討厭洩露劇情,所以不會做這樣的事。只想跟大家說,蘿琳,真的很了不起。 她寫出了一個不能在更棒更精采更感動的結局。

哈利波特是我開始的第一本原文書。就像外界說的,蘿琳最偉大的成就,就是讓很多不看書的人拾起書看(我認為,也可以用在外國人看原文書上)。我並不對這樣的故事特感興趣。看過第一部電影卻也沒有什麼共鳴。有年夏天(第四集出來約半年),因為實在很空閒,朋友借了我他手中的第四冊中譯本,簡直不可收拾,心裡想怎麼會這麼好看?人在美國,心想好吧,聽說並不難讀,第一冊也不厚,字也很大,就慢慢地看吧。看完第一部,我心裡想,我竟然錯過了這樣精采的故事,繼續了第二部,然後越來越厚的第三冊(我最喜歡之一)。看完第三冊,我開始嘗試其他原文書,慢慢地訓練下來,抱持著那麼厚的第五第六集哈利波特都看完了,有什麼好怕的精神,竟然讀完了一冊又一冊的原文小說。一切都要歸功哈利波特。

然後就是謝謝蘿琳在讀者們不抱太大期望下,給了我們這樣了不起的第七部。

謝謝蘿琳!

第七部的故事(Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows),縈繞在腦中,沒辦法看其他的書。停下來就是想到裡面發生的事。後座力真強!

Dear Rowling,

thank you for the extraordinary stories. what a joutney, what a journey!

剛剛看了一下其他人的回應,幾千個幾乎都是一面倒的5顆星,也有少數不滿意的。不 知道他們期待的是怎樣結局,呵。

書評(注意喔,BBC特別提到他們不想要洩漏故事劇情,可是為了以防萬一,不想知道任何一丁點的請止步):

Final Potter does not disappoint

By Greig Watson
BBC News

 

With the long wait for publication now over, the BBC News website brings you one of the first reviews of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Beware – book reviews inevitably contain plot spoilers. We will try to avoid these as much as possible, but if you DO NOT want to know what is in the new book, DO NOT READ ON.

Harry Potter’s world is falling apart. Dumbledore is dead, Professor Snape is revealed as a traitor and the forces of Lord Voldemort are gaining strength. The background for Deathly Hallows could hardly be darker.

It opens with one of the most chilling and gruesome scenes author JK Rowling has created. The Dark Lord, plotting his triumph while terrifying his followers, almost casually tortures an opponent.

Harry’s final outing is set to be an adventure for the stout of heart.

Dark arts

Without giving too much away, things manage to get worse, a lot worse, for Harry and his friends Hermione and Ron. As the power of the dark arts rises, much is at stake.

Those who wait feverishly for the last pages to see who meets a grisly end will find themselves surprised at how often – and how soon – they receive bad news.

Places and institutions which have become familiar over the past six books are sent tumbling to earth.

Previous misfortunes, reflected by an old “Harry Potter Stinks” badge that turns up, are nothing compared to what cruel fate now has in store. The boy with the lightning scar becomes a renegade as never before.

One thing keeps Harry going – the quest given him by Dumbledore to find the Horcruxes, the mysterious objects which may prove to be Voldemort’s only weakness.

Deathly Hallows delivers exactly what fans will expect of the series’ final instalment. It is written in a deceptively simple style that makes for easy reading but still manages to pack dramatic punch.

And sandwiched among the curses and crimes are Rowling’s trademark humour and her eye for human foibles: the banter between the friends; the embarrassing relatives; the shy kisses.

In another thumping tome – all 600-plus pages – so many secrets are revealed, so many loose ends tied up, that these periods of domestic calm come as handy pit-stops.

Magical conclusion

This is no computer game of disposable weapons and endless lives. When a friend dies, they are dead. And their loved ones mourn.

Beyond the Dickensian scenery and names, the Blyton-esque ideal of family and adventure and Tolkien-style monsters, is essentially a tale of vulnerable love.

For all the talk of charms and potions, this is a black-and-white tale about the value of life.

It is a compelling, powerful and entirely fulfilling end to this epic series.

Published: 2007/07/21 11:48:14 GMT

© BBC MMVII

Harry Potter finale sales hit 11m

The seventh and final Harry Potter book has broken sales records on both sides of the Atlantic, selling 11 million copies in its first 24 hours. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold 2.7 million copies in the UK and 8.3 million in the US.

The previous record for the fastest-selling book was held by the sixth Harry Potter novel, which sold nine million in its first day in 2005.

The long-awaited climax to JK Rowling’s series was released on Saturday.

It was published simultaneously in more than 90 countries.

UK publisher Bloomsbury said: “The response of the first readers to the seventh and final Harry Potter book has been wonderful.

“We’re grateful to all our printers, distributors and retailers worldwide for the most astoundingly successful book launch ever, and to JK Rowling for the most triumphant close to a magnificent series.” A decade after the first instalment, the running total for Harry Potter book sales was already at 325 million even before the seventh novel came out.

Author JK Rowling launched the final instalment with a reading session at the Natural History Museum in London, and signed 250 copies an hour for fans between midnight and 0630 BST.

Tens of thousands of devotees – many dressed as wizards and witches – turned up to midnight launch parties at 280 branches of book chain Waterstone’s, while many more took part in release parties all over the world.

Hysteria

UK supermarket Asda said The Deathly Hallows sold twice as quickly as its predecessor.

The store, which discounted the book from £17.99 to £5, said it shifted 97% of its 500,000 copies in the first 24 hours.

“The nation really has gone Potter potty,” said spokesman Ed Watson.

The book had a print run of 12 million in the US, compared with 10.8 million for the last book, according to Lisa Holton of the book’s US publisher Scholastic.

“The excitement, anticipation, and just plain hysteria that came over the entire country this weekend was a bit like the Beatles’ first visit to the US,” Ms Holton said.

“The conversations the readers have been waiting to have for 10 years have just begun. Congratulations to JK Rowling on her tremendous literary achievement.”

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/entertainment/6912529.stm

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3 thoughts on “向J.K. Rowling蘿琳致敬”

  1. 聽說有人買到缺一、二台的第七集,視為珍寶… XD

    現在期待史蒂芬‧金的七本黑塔(The Dark Tower)吧…

  2. なに!?ほんどが??妳有問Amazon嗎??我建議妳先去書店買,等Amazon送來妳再拿去書店退吧! 我就是這麼做的,我是在BN.com先預訂,但是星期六沒收到我就先到書店買,等星期一收到預購的,再把新的拿去書店退:D

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