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Personal: Harry Potter Waiting 
2nd-Jul-2007 11:20 am
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Once again, I'm starting to see the postings warning people to keep spoilers for the next Harry Potter novel kept safely behind cuts in their LiveJournals. Since I love reading the actual book in British English and not edited with Americanisms replacing British terms and slang (even with such confusions as "spotted dick," which sounds less like a dessert to the American ear than like a venereal disease), I've once again ordered the British version from Amazon in Canada and am worried about all the things I might hear or read while waiting through the extra shipping time. I remain, of course, still very proud of my 2005 practical joke of posting (without a cut) a fake spoiler of a very plausible sort, building off of a known character tension, and yet not giving away too much detail, as though I stupidly thought that I was still being discriminating in my commentary.

Last time, Amazon Canada tricked me into looking at my shipping right before the release, which somehow caused my book to go to the end of the queue in being sent out, instead of where in line my six-month pre-order should have had me. I am determinedly not checking now, even though I really wonder what speed of shipping I signed up for. I don't think I went with the very fastest/most expensive, but I'm hoping that once again signing up as far in advance as I could will offset some of the damage in coming from another country. They will, apparently, send things out ahead of the release date in order to try to time the arrival by the official release. I've been re-reading the entire set at my meal reading the last week or so, particularly when I was walloped by the bad tuna I ate last week, and so that's had my anticipation building, along with the trailers for the July 11th release of the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

2nd-Jul-2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
i can feel the anticipation building, on my friends list and among my rl friends. there'll be the big pay-off this time! pretty exciting. maybe i'll even try to read the book for a change.
3rd-Jul-2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
You haven't read the books? As always, so much more fun....
2nd-Jul-2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry the book won't come out while I'm here in the UK, though I'll be glad to be home when it does come out.
3rd-Jul-2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
That would be sweet for you: the British adult cover art is so much better, which is another reason I send off to Canada. I loathe the American art with great loathing.
2nd-Jul-2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
Now that I'm done with Truman, it's time to re-read Half-Blood Prince. I've already re-read the others. But not the British versions.

I'm interested to see if my prophesy-style prediction regarding Deathly Hallows is true. I don't remember much of it, but I dictated it to Jen the morning after I dreamt it, and she sealed it away to be opened after we've both read the final book. Super dorks!
2nd-Jul-2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
Harry dies!
2nd-Jul-2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
Go read Books 5 and 6. Then get back to me. Soon.
3rd-Jul-2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
That sounds fabulous: Jen sounds the coolest. You have to post about the reading. I just saw something in The Goblet of Fire that I fear is the clue as to how it must end, and it ain't pretty....
3rd-Jul-2007 11:01 am (UTC)
I've just re-read the half blood prince... Harry can't die... What about poor Ginny, she loves Harry... she would be heartbroken...

I had a theory on who R.A.B might be... I thought the B might stand for Black... Sirius having a brother called Regulus... I looked this up on Wiki...
the results for Regulus were... interesting...
3rd-Jul-2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
Hey Amsterdam, thanks for the comment. Go ahead and introduce yourself!

Yes, I'm figuring on Regulus, too....
3rd-Jul-2007 01:17 pm (UTC)
I started re-reading Half-Blood Prince last night. Hard to put it down.
3rd-Jul-2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
Me, too.
3rd-Jul-2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
Amazon guarantee delivery on day of release here - nice!
3rd-Jul-2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
They've had that here and with my Canadian order, too, but not with the Canadian order crossing the border....

3rd-Jul-2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
By the way, I got your CD on Amazon - no distortion! It's very good, very professional.
3rd-Jul-2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
Seriously? Amazon? I have no idea how that happened.

Oh, or do you mean iTunes? That would be great to know: the crappy quality of the samples really pisses me off.

Eek. Thanks, Jen: I hope you enjoy the songs.
4th-Jul-2007 10:45 am (UTC)
Oh, yes I meant iTunes! It's good quality, none of the distortion I heard on the sample tracks. I like the stuff - very relaxing, and very well done. I need to listen more before I can choose favourite though!
5th-Jul-2007 04:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's a quieter project than I'd expected: the two tracks that ended up being cut were a very uptempo rock piece that had morphed into something more world beat, and a hard rock piece that I was rewriting at the time. But perhaps it was random enough in styles with what's there now. But it was an utter blast to make, and a huge learning experience. Instrumentally, you'd have loved to mess around with the new custom-made six-string bass my bassist was playing....

You'd do me a big favour, though, in posting a review on iTunes, even just to say that the quality of the samples is not representative of the actual tracks. So was that on the UK iTunes, or do you have an account on the USA iTunes?
5th-Jul-2007 09:43 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, good idea. It's the UK iTunes.

I'm still betting a bit lost on my new 5-string - a 6-string would take even more getting used to! I can't really see the use of an extra bottom string though, other than the odd bit of transposition. It's certainly not needed in jazz, funk or blues that I can imagine. I've heard rock and other modern bands like it for an extra low note, but that would be out of place in jazz - clarity is the thing.
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