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The Fixer
Bernard Malamud, Jonathan Safran Foer
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John Steinbeck

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré the last 200 pages of this book were awesome. the rest was really kind of so-so, but she came through with the ending of this series in a big way.story-wise, i'd finally been convinced that snape wasn't good at the end of book 6 (i tried hard to figure out how his killing dumbledore wouldn't make him bad but couldn't) so she really surprised me with how that turned out. i was really glad that so many people that we'd seen throughout the series were instrumental at the end, and that everyone was brought back for the climax, even if they didn't all survive.a quote from this book that i think is a good one to represent the entire series:"'Tell me one last thing,' said Harry. 'Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?'...'Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?'"as for the series, i think she did a good job of adjusting the writing and vocabulary in each book to match the age of the main characters. i also think that she just became a better writer in the years between the early books and the late ones (although her writing was never stellar.) book 5 is the only book that i really feel like was great from the first page to the last; all the others started slow and built up to a really exciting and fun climax, but were lacking in the lead-up. i was really surprised that she killed dumbledore, that's probably the least predictable thing she did. all of that said, i'm impressed with her vision and her creativity; there's a lot going on in all of these books, and quite a bit that she had to keep track of and put together for us. i almost wonder if that is why these books were so popular - because there are a lot of young adult books out there and these don't seem spectacular in anything but her vision. (sorry, people.) but i really had a good time reading these. i'm glad i'm done, but i'm going to miss them!