July 11, 2003


Done with Goblet of Fire.

Yes, it was a very good book. Yes, I look forward to Order of the Phoenix. But...

One of my pet peeves (yes, another one) is complex story lines that get sorted out by having one of the characters suddenly confess [as in this book] or remember [as in the movie Conspiracy Theory]. It seems sloppy, or perhaps lazy, to me - as if the author was unable to unravel their storyline.

So, we have hints dropped throughout the story but she isn't quite able to fit them all together on their own. I thought it was a strong enough story to stand on it's own - if she could have brought those plot points out in a more natural progression. Instead, our heroes use truth serum on the villian and he tells them everything. In this book she actually used several no-no's, or at least variants, from the Evil Overlord List (#6, 7, 10, 11, 18, 24, 34, 37, 47, 55, 62, 73, 75, 78, 91, 93)

All in all it was a great story. Other than that one chapter, it was pretty tightly written. The book is over 700 pages as it is - maybe she just wanted to wrap it up.

Posted by Vox at July 11, 2003 08:41 PM | books , peeves