Dec 26, 2014
I'm changing media, moving the podcasts into book blogs, so you can read what I think about the books that I really, really like on katemacdonald.net. The beauty of a blogsite is that I can recycle the scripts from the podcasts, so look out for those too, part of the same blogroll, probably once a week. You can follow...
Dec 12, 2014
It's the last Harry Potter book, and what a finale. All ends tied up, nothing flapping loose, all deaths accounted for, grudges paid off, revenges taken, and people growing up. For readers who like to see the workings exposed and a story told well.
Nov 28, 2014
The gloom increases in Hary Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and there are devious dark doings in Voldemort's camp for us to worry about as well. Horcruxes become especially tricky. Ginny and Harry become an item. Bellatrix does a lot of shrieking stroppy. The tension gets strenuous.
Nov 14, 2014
It just gets gloomier as the Ministry of Magic gets more authoritarian. The Order of the Phoenix is part teenage angst festival, and part 1984 with wands. Everything that could go wrong when teenagers are left to sort the world out nearly does. For extra depression: the world's worst first kiss ever. But the book is...
Oct 31, 2014
The biggest, the most dangerous, the emotionally tormenting so far, The Goblet of Fire is where Ron starts getting stroppy, Harry gets butterflies in his stomach, and Cedric doesn't do so well. It's a massive novel, and the subtext is very politically dark.