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What are YOU reading next?

Posted by Patrick on 24 Jul 2007

I’ve heard it called the AH (after Harry) era, the post-HP era, the “end of the tunnel”, the second age of children’s literature, and a few other things.  I’m talking about the going-forward nature of all the millions of Harry Potter fans that, after having consumed HP:DH to their heart’s content, now find themselves in sheer lack of anticipation for another book in the series.

So, the question is out there:

What are you reading next?

For me, the answer is that I’m reading ハリー・ポッターと謎のプリンス which would be the Japanese translation of HP:HBP.  I do it for language study – the Japanese language is so much more consise than English.  HP:DH in Japanese evidently doesn’t even have a release date yet, but it is usually around 1 year behind the main language translations.

After that, I don’t really have a plan.  Open for suggestions!

HP:HBP Japanese translation. Can you tell what scene this is?

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6 Responses to “What are YOU reading next?”

  1. Wallace said

    Who decides which books get press (Harry Potter) and which get censored? After all, censorship is becoming America’s favorite past-time. The US gov’t (and their corporate friends), already detain protesters, ban books like “America Deceived” from Amazon and Wikipedia, shut down Imus and fire 21-year tenured, BYU physics professor Steven Jones because he proved explosives, thermite in particular, took down the WTC buildings. Free Speech forever (especially for books).
    Last link (before Google Books caves to pressure and drops the title):
    America Deceived (book)

  2. Patrick said

    Wallace, while I think your comment is valid — and the answer to which is probably the publishing companies who stand to profit from publishing a book — I don’t want to get into a debate about American rights with a simple question about what books people plan to read after Harry Potter.

    You must consider that not everyone who uses the Internet has the same rights as Americans. Future comments on the line of debating this issue will be deleted.

    You could have just said America Deceived by E.A. Blayre III and told me why, after all.

  3. leslie said

    I just bought “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” but I don’t know if I am smart enough to even comprehend it. 🙂
    Have you heard about “The Golden Compass”? It sounds kinda cool. I may check it out.
    Let us know how the Japanese translation is. Actuall, I studied Nihongo for about 5 years!

  4. Patrick said

    awesome Leslie. I’ll spill on the translation — I’m nearly done. It uses word approximations where there aren’t any real words in Japanese for the exact meaning in English, but in some cases it goes a little deeper, just because there aren’t many Japanese words with ambiguous meanings (written words) so it’s always clear — if you know what the words mean I guess 🙂

    I edited this post to include a link to one of the pages. Use your study and tell me what scene that is! 😀

    Isn’t the Golden Compass going to be a movie soon? I may have to dive into that one as well then.

    I have officially lined up a book for after this — it’s kinda dorky but it’s called “The God Effect” and it’s about dork stuff, not religion.

  5. leslie said

    Omg, did I say I studied for 5 years?? Because it certainly didn’t feel like it after I looked at your link! I can’t read the kanji 😦 I see the katakana for Snape in the first sentence though… heehee

  6. Patrick said

    Well, you’d be right ~ as a big ol’ hint it’s a scene critical to the story. Loosely, the first sentence says:

    “‘This boy doesn’t appear to be able to perform-‘ just then, someone else softly called Snape’s name”

    now can you tell? 😀

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