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On not yet reading Book Seven

We drove out to the Gallions Reach Borders for the midnight launch of book 7. Despite having the best name of all DLR stops, the region around Gallions Reach is ex-industrial wasteland converted to large-scale stripmalls. The Borders was one of the few within fifty miles of us which wasn't doing much special to celebrate the launch - which is to say, they didn't have visiting owls, or authors reading the previous book, or coloring games to pass away the evening. That's not why we went there - we went because it was relatively convenient and offered at least a little more drama than Tesco was likely to.

The drama was slight. No cake this time, alas! (All book launches should have cake. The last HP book launch I went to was at Toronto's flagship Indigo store. There was cake.) The queue only started forming about 20 minutes before minute, although it wrapped around the store by the time midnight struck. Their token wizards left the store at a quarter till midnight. The bookstore staff couldn't quite agree on what time it was, and when they did, they eventually did a countdown with confetti packets. Only then did they go through the line to figure out who had pre-ordered the book and hand them slips.

But despite the mild anticlimax of the whole thing, we emerged with stickers and certificates advertising where we purchased the book, a dedicated shopping bag advertising the book, and - of course - the book itself.

And so it seems even more anticlimactic - now that I have this long-awaited book in my hands as much as eight hours before some of the rest of you are allowed to buy it! - that I am tired and need sleep before reading.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 21st, 2007 10:33 am (UTC)
A. got her copy delivered thanks to amazon at 8am this morning. She is onto page 80 already which is fast going for her.

Jul. 21st, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
Do you get to read it only once she's finished?
Jul. 27th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
I gave up on HP after "the goblet of fire", I enjoyed the first three books though.

Jul. 21st, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
cake of a sort
we picked up hp7 last night at the local bookshop where a small party was being hosted. there were tiny muffins (which i guess might qualify as cake) that had been decorated with HP, lightning bolts, or round glass frames.

we had also read online that the book was being released simultaneously round the world at midnight gmt which was leading me to think that i had been wrongly teasing pittenweem (sorry, don't know how to link it) about our 5 hour advance on her. what do you know about this story?

Jul. 21st, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
Re: cake of a sort
You had cake! I'm jealous. I don't know about the simultaneous release and haven't read enough of the online world in the past 24 hours to know from that either.
Jul. 21st, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
Still on Russian time, I was too sleepy last night and so I gave up on going to Mondadori near Piazza San Marco at midnight. But I did go to the Libreria Goldoni at 10 this morning for my copy. We have the children's cover. Geesepalace is reading it now, on the condition that he finishes it by the time I have my flight in a couple of days. The Gazzettino gave away major plot details in yesterday's paper.
Jul. 21st, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
Shame on the Gazzettino!
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