October 29, 2010

Review: James Potter books 1 and 2

Double review or else I'll forget later:

James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing by G. Norman Lippert
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Goodreads summary:
Based upon the characters and worlds of J. K. Rowling, this book tells the story of Harry Potter's son James, and his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

As far as fanfictions go, this one is ultimately one of the best I have ever read.

G. Norman Lippert has done something only a rare few can do, he has written a story based on characters/events/stories that already exist (a fan-fiction) and has made it seem like just another continuation of the story.

Lippert has taken the tales of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling and made a story that Harry Potter lovers will enjoy.

The downside:

This book is deffiantly not for the nity-grity or picky fans of Potter. As any human, Lippert gets things wrong. No fear, the details aren't huge like dates or places, but they're big enough for the hard-core-knows every line by heart fan- to notice.

For some time, I myself couldn't see what the big trouble was in Hogwarts. Was it just me, or did the introduction of the Progressive Elements confuse anyone else? For a while, I couldn't really understand what their problem was. It may have been just me.

Of course, during the reading, as much as you enjoyed it, you knew it wasn't real. Lippert is a good writer, but as he must hear often and once more, he is not J.K. Rowling.

the ups:

Lippert is a good writer. He knew he wasn't Rowling, and he didn't try to be. He adds his own little mix to the bowl by adding things we wouldn't dream would happen if Rowling wrote it. He tried his best to stay true to the plot and Rowling's inital characters, and he did a splendid job.

Another thing I loved was how he introduced the Americans so well. Trust me, I've read enough fanfics to see that idea go south. I'm not going to say it's 100% original, holding an exchange program, but the way he did it and introduced it was so well written and incorporated that it really did not matter.

So would I reccomend this book to people? Why yes I would.

Am I going to read the series? Why yes! I'll read whatever Lippert writes of James.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars. (Goodreads really needs to add a .5 system)

James Potter and the Curse of the Gate Keeper by G. Norman Lippert

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A continuation of Lippert's previous novel, James Potter and the Hall of Elder's Crossing. This takes place where the epilogue of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows leaves off. It follows Harry's two sons, James and Albus in their adventures in Hogwarts.

My review:

I have to admit, the first book was so much better than this one.

James Potter goes off once more Hogwarts, exactly during the time which the epilouge in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.

In Lippert's story, he incorporates many of the basic idea and concepts of the epilogue into the beginning of his story, and the best part is that it makes sense!

Yes, it is a fan-fiction and for those of you who don't know, a fan fiction is basically a writing done by a fan using the characters/plots/ideas of the original author. Of course, all fanfiction should be credited if characters from the original books are being used.

As said in the review of the first book, Lippert has managed to recreat the wizarding world for us, continuing on with the stories and adventures that happen in Hogwarts. He frequently revisits many of the books and the characters we love will adding in his own spins and turns to the story and new characters.

In this book, Zane has unfortunately returned to the States, but it is not the last we hear of him! New characters are introduced and you learn to love them just as well. With the characters of the last book, you learn new things that make you bond with them more and either love/hate them.

Some mysteries begin to arise and once more James is set a task worthy of a Potter. With unexpected events happening all around him, James needs his friends more than ever to keep him on his path, and not the one his father led.

The book actually deserves 3.5 stars, but goodreads does not award .5. It may also not be one of my best reviews, because after all it is three in the morning.


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