harry potter and the deathly hallows

Today at 20 minutes after noon, just as I finished mowing the first half of my lawn, the postman rolled up in his SUV and delivered the new Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

I bought it from Amazon.com, as you can see from that picture to the left. I like how they customized their shipping cartons to go with the book.

Each side had something different with the back being the most elaborate. While my copy wasn't really delivered by an owl, it's nice having a picture of one on the box.

I was quite surprised to get the book today since I didn't pay any extra for the shipping. I bought the book back around 8 months ago and they reduced the price twice since then and charged me the lowest offered price. Pretty damn nice. Low price, free shipping, and no damn lines. LOL

And here's what the pretty little book looks like. Nice artwork, huh?

At 759 pages on good stock the book weighs quite a bit. It's a good thing the postman for my area has a SUV. According to him, the post office is ignoring their normal policies in delivering and they're hand delivering the books to locations that are usually only served by mail drop at the road. Nice to know that the Potter magic works on government employees too!

PS Mice weren't chewing on the book. The ragged edge is due to my having trouble tracing the bookcover in Photoshop with my trackball.


Mr. Althouse said…
Well I guess you have some reading to do! 759 pages! I thought about going down to my local Borders last night... It was a coin toss between bed and the bookstore. Bed won.

Michele sent me,

Tiffany said…
I hope you enjoy your book! Here via Michele today.
colleen said…
It's a blitz and a glut of Harry Potter out there. Our little bookstore in town had a party to celebrate. I'm sort of stuck in Heman and Hobbits...the stuff my sons liked when they were young. Do you think Michele has read Harry Potter?
Michele said…
Hello Utenzi,

Allow me to echo Mr. Althouse and say, "I guess you have some reading to do!"

Yesterday evening I went with a friend and her two daughters, to observe the Harry Potter celebration at a bookstore near us. I have not read any of the books, but the excitement surrounding this launch is something I do celebrate.

The packaging is, indeed, very nice and I love the graphics.

So tell me, why are you online when you could be following the adventures of Harry?
utenzi said…
Hi Michele! I probably won't get around to reading the new Potter book for a few weeks. I'm reading one of Jared Diamond's anthropology books right now and after that I'll read the 6th Potter book to remind me of what's going on--then I'll tackle the new one.
Paul Sveda said…
Enjoy your read.



Via Michele
kenju said…
I can't believe you didn't start reading it immediately! I bought my copy at 11 am and started reading it in the car! It is graet - as I knew it would be.

Michele, do yourself a favor - read the books! All of them!
Anonymous said…
I envy you so bad...I want to know I want to know I want to know...*pout*

I've heard all sorts of things...grr.

I have not a penny to my name. *cry*
Hey Dave...How WONDERFUL of Amazon to get it to you on THE very day, and at the most reduced price! I LOVE Amazon...!

How fasr into it are you? (lol)

You know I have never read any of the books or seen any of the films...I know, I'm weird...But, then that is not a new bit of information!
I LOVE that this book, and this series, has made serious readers of so very many people who might not have been....The lines at the Bookstores...WONDERFUL!

Michele sent me to you today, my dear....! Hope the rest of your weekend is as fabulous as today has been!
Charles in HK said…
Happy for the Harry Potter book. Can't honestly say that I have been bitten by the HP thing yet, though... for any of the books for that matter. However, I will say that I looked at the pic of your house and wow... lovely place in immaculate condition. I'm jealous... I live in a big highrise... nothing as sweet as your home. Michele sent me but I am not sending my wife here, because if she saw your house, she'd want one. Have a great weekend.
Catherine said…
That's pretty fast service! My daughter headed to the bookstore for hers (being in NZ the release time was a very polite 11a.m.) and she has already read it twice. Apparently it was actually available on the internet before release, if you knew where to look. So she read it then, and then read it again as soon as she got the book. It's strange that she's a big fan and yet can still criticize the slow plots, plodding prose etc. I read most of the first one and stopped there, they don't quite do it for me. I hope you enjoy it, though.
Michele sent me
utenzi said…
I agree with your daughter, Catherine. The Potter books have a lot of flaws which makes the International Phenomena of them so odd, but odd in a good way. The love of books isn't something I'll argue with!

I've read all the books and have liked them more and more as the series progresses. However, each and every one of them could easily be edited down to half the length. Rowling does love to hear her own voice! LOL
'B' said…
Lines?? We just walked into Borders and got our copy!!!

And, Borders had a special that if you pre-ordered by midnight Thursday, you got a free owl! I asked the manager if there were any spare as I forgot to pre-order, and I got one as well!!!
I will post about it (possibly tomorrow) with a photo...

Here from Michele's on a cold Sunday evening in Sydney...
kenju said…
I pre-ordered from Borders, but I didn't get an owl :-/

Michele sent me this morning. How many pages have you read in it so far? I am at 320 now, I think.
My niece and another nephew bought a copy each. Do you they will loan it to me after they finish?

Michele asks how is it going?
Michele said…
Note to everyone:

Okay, I ma here to answer all the "how far into the book are you" questions.

Utenzi, will not be reading it for a few weeks, after all, he is reading one of Jared Diamond's anthropology books right now. Then, he will read the 6th Potter, simply as a refresher. Then, and only then, will he begin the new one.

Okay. my work here is done.

Note to Utenzi:

Have you read the book "Collapse"? That is one of my favourite Diamond books. Hmm, you didn't think I read his books, did you? C'mon you can admit it.
Liz said…
I am going to start the book later today. I bought mine at Borders yesterday (not reserved ... just walked in and bought it).
craziequeen said…
Hi Dave, hope you are enjoying Master Potter in his last adventure.

Apparently the Childline Charity here in the UK (a help phoneline created to help abused and distressed children) are laying on extra staff to cope with the distress expected over the death of familiar characters - I mean, puhlease........

I'm reading Priestess of the White - grown up magic! :-)

Michele sent me here again :-)

MissMeliss said…
I also received my copy via Amazon. Several us at ComedySportz had our copies with us on Saturday evening, but when we went to dinner, we were seated in a place where it was too dark to read.

I stayed up til 6AM to finish it...
Deana said…
I keep wanting to cheat and find out who dies from a fellow blogger that reads the stuff. I don't read it but I love the movies!
Nancy said…
We got ours from Amazon, too. And, it was a gift. Woo-HOO! And, not my gift so my son gets to read it first.

Are you done yet?
Anonymous said…
Who decides which books get press (Harry Potter) and which get censored? After all, censorship is becoming America's favorite past-time. The US gov't (and their corporate friends), already detain protesters, ban books like "America Deceived" from Amazon and Wikipedia, shut down Imus and fire 21-year tenured, BYU physics professor Steven Jones because he proved explosives, thermite in particular, took down the WTC buildings. Free Speech forever (especially for books).
Last link (before Google Books caves to pressure and drops the title):
America Deceived (book)

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