This blog is for me to keep track of and review the books I read for the 100+ Book Challenge.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
#98 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
This was a reread for me. I really think I enjoyed this book even more the second time around. Instead of being in a rush to finish it, I already knew what was coming and was able to savor the story as well as pick up on a few details that I missed the first time around. Part of the beauty of having read the story before is being able to catch those little nuances that foreshadow what's to come. Once again, a five star star read. Here's a synopsis (copied from Amazon) for those of you not familiar with the story:
Even without the unprecedented media attention and popularity her magical series has attracted, it would seem too much to hope that Rowling could sustain the brilliance and wit of her first three novels. Astonishingly, Rowling seems to have the spell-casting powers she assigns her characters: this fourth volume might be her most thrilling yet. The novel opens as a confused Muggle overhears Lord Voldemort and his henchman, Wormtail (the escapee from book three, Azkaban) discussing a murder and plotting more deaths (and invoking Harry Potter's name); clues suggest that Voldemort and Wormtail's location will prove highly significant. From here it takes a while (perhaps slightly too long a while) for Harry and his friends to get back to the Hogwarts school, where Rowling is on surest footing. Headmaster Dumbledore appalls everyone by declaring that Quidditch competition has been canceled for the year; then he makes the exciting announcement that the Triwizard Tournament is to be held after a cessation of many hundred years (it was discontinued, he explains, because the death toll mounted so high). One representative from each of the three largest wizardry schools of Europe (sinister Durmstrang, luxurious Beauxbatons and Hogwarts) are to be chosen by the Goblet of Fire; because of the mortal dangers, Dumbledore casts a spell that allows only students who are at least 17 to drop their names into the Goblet. Thus no one foresees that the Goblet will announce a fourth candidate: Harry. Who has put his name into the Goblet, and how is his participation in the tournament linked, as it surely must be, to Voldemort's newest plot? The details are as ingenious and original as ever, and somehow (for catching readers off-guard must certainly get more difficult with each successive volume) Rowling plants the red herrings, the artful clues and tricky surprises that disarm the most attentive audience. A climax even more spectacular than that of Azkaban will leave readers breathless. The muscle-building heft of this volume notwithstanding, the clamor for book five will begin as soon as readers finish installment four.
My progress in the 100 Book Challenge so far:
1. An Idiot Girl's Christmas - Laurie Notaro - 142 pages 2. The Missing - Chris Mooney - 360 pages 3. All the Numbers - Judy Merrill Larsen - 269 pages 4. The Quickie - James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge - 274 pages 5. The Darkest Evening of the Year - Dean Koontz - 354 pages 6. Plea of Insanity - Jilliane Hoffman - 598 pages 7. When Madeline Was Young - Jane Hamilton - 274 pages 8. Sunshine - Robin McKinley - 405 pages 9. Spying in High Heels - Gemma Halliday - 318 pages 10. I Am Legend - Richard Matheson - 312 pages 11. New Moon - Stephenie Meyer - 563 pages 12. Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City - Kirsten Miller - 380 pages 13. The Husband - Dean Koontz - 415 pages 14. Kiki Strike: The Empress's Tomb - Kirsten Miller - 369 pages 15. Plum Lucky - Janet Evanovich - 166 pages 16. Blood Rites - Jim Butcher - 372 pages 17. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - 245 pages 18. Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist - 513 pages 19. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz - 368 pages 20. Little Stalker - Jennifer Belle - 333 pages 21. Watchers - Dean Koontz - 352 pages 22. Lost and Found - Carolyn Parkhurst - 289 pages 23. Dead Beat - Jim Butcher - 396 pages 24. Steve & Me - Terri Irwin - 273 pages 25. Bright Lights, Big Ass - Jen Lancaster - 385 pages 26. Curse of the Spellmans - Lisa Lutz - 407 pages 27. Bleeding Kansas - Sara Paretsky - 431 pages 28. Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison - 416 pages 29. The Abstinence Teacher - Tom Perrotta - 358 pages 30. The Good Guy - Dean Koontz - 493 pages 31. The Double Bind - Chris Bohjalian - 368 pages 32. Dork Whore - Iris Bahr - 216 pages 33. Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer - 629 pages 34. Monkeewrench - P. J. Tracy - 404 pages 35. Diablerie - Walter Mosley - 180 pages 36. After Dark - Haruki Murakami - 191 pages 37. Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella - 389 pages 38. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson - 246 pages 39. Heart Sick - Chelsea Cain - 324 pages 40. Dearly Devoted Dexter - Jeff Lindsay - 292 pages 41. Ice Trap - Kitty Sewell - 340 pages 42. The Bad Place - Dean Koontz - 381 pages 43. All We Know of Heaven - Jacquelyn Mitchard - 310 pages 44. The Dollmaker - Amanda Stevens - 376 pages 45. Shakespeare's Landlord - Charlaine Harris - 214 pages 46. The Senator's Wife - Sue Miller - 306 pages 47. The Crimson Petal and the White - Michel Faber - 895 pages 48. Dexter in the Dark - Jeff Lindsay - 303 pages 49. Gods Behaving Badly - Marie Phillips - 293 pages 50. Earthly Pleasures - Karen Neches - 311 pages 51. Proven Guilty - Jim Butcher - 406 pages 52. Such a Pretty Fat - Jen Lancaster - 379 pages 53. Obedience - Will Lavender - 287 pages 54. The Fifth Vial - Michael Palmer - 372 pages 55. 2060:The Newton Prophecies - Keith Katsikas - 338 pages 56. The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry - 392 pages 57. White Night - Jim Butcher - 407 pages 58. Mordred, Bastard Son - Douglas Clegg - 260 pages 59. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini - 372 pages 60. Good Omens - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - 412 pages 61. The Magician's Nephew - C. S. Lewis - 106 pages 62. The Gunslinger Born - Stephen King, Peter David, Robin Furth, Jae Lee, Richard Isanove - 240 pages 63. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J. K. Rowling - 312 pages 64. Curves - Gary Heavin & Carol Colman - 334 pages 65. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon - 850 pages 66. Night - Elie Wiesel - 83 pages 67. What Dreams May Come - Richard Matheson - 278 pages 68. Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon - 947 pages 69. Voyager - Diana Gabaldon - 1059 pages 70. Naked - David Sedaris - 291 pages 71. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett - 230 pages 72. Morrigan's Cross - Nora Roberts - 326 pages 73. Big Stone Gap - Adriana Trigiani - 269 pages 74. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden - 503 pages 75. Tuesdays With Morrie - Mitch Albom - 192 pages 76. Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach - 127 pages 77. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger - 536 pages 78. Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer - 756 pages 79. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis - 90 pages 80. I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman - Nora Ephron - 137 pages 81. Drums of Autumn - Diana Gabaldon - 1010 pages 82. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - 371 pages 83. Dragonsong - Anne McCaffrey - 202 pages 84. The Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum - 535 pages 85. Fearless Fourteen - Janet Evanovich - 310 pages 86. Sign of the Beaver - Elizabeth George Speare - 135 pages 87. American Gods - Neil Gaiman - 592 pages 88. All the Pretty Girls - J. T. Ellison - 411 pages 89. The Appeal - John Grisham - 358 pages 90. Dance of the Gods - Nora Roberts - 316 pages 91. The Neverending Story - Michael Ende - 396 pages 92. Valley of Silence - Nora Roberts - 323 pages 93. Dragonsinger - Anne McCaffrey - 264 pages 94. A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin - 835 pages 95. The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie - 547 pages 96. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro - 245 pages 97. Atonement - Ian McEwan - 613 pages (large print) 98. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J. K. Rowling - 734 pages