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Mapping the World of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice: An Unauthorized Exploration of the Harry Potter Series (image via amazon.com)

Edited by Mercedes Lackey
Started: January 13
Finished: September 11

Mapping the World of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice made me feel like I was back in college, reading academic papers for my Communications classes. And you know what? That’s completely OK because that’s what this book is supposed to be: a bunch of academics and science fiction & fantasy writers  waxing intellectual  and critiquing the biggest literary and movie phenomenon during my lifetime.

It’s a hodge-podge of essays, covering everything from J.K. Rowling‘s purposeful painting of wizard society as completely secular and without any notion of religion, to a very specific fan fiction fandom focuses on Severus Snape erotica (yeah, that one was pretty weird). Those two essays stuck out the most, and keep in mind I did read this over the course of about eight months. I won’t lie and say every single piece in this anthology is thought-provoking and worthwhile–I did have to really trudge through a couple of essays, taking a break of a few days or even a few months–but if you’re yearning for some more about the boy wizard, Mapping is worth a read.




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  1. Each book must be read in it’s entirety to count towards the final total. Only made it halfway through? Doesn’t count towards the total!
  2. The book must be both started and finished in the calendar year.
  3. In be considered a “success”, the reader (that’s me!) must read the same number of books at the age she will turn in that calendar year.
  4. To count towards the total, the book must be blogged. Even if it’s just a picture of the cover with  “This book is about bananas. I don’t like bananas. Therefore, I don’t like this book.”
  5. NO HARRY POTTER! At least not the original 7 books by J.K. Rowling. More on why later.
  6. To count towards the final total, each book must be new to the reader. The only exception to this rule will be for adult books read before sophomore year of high school.
  7. The book must be made up of chapters, parts, or several short stories, collected together. IE: reading one Edgar Allen Poe short story does not count towards the total, but reading an anthology does.
  8. The book must be a new book, not a book I’ve already read. No exceptions. *
  9. Rules are subject to change…..because I don’t like following “rules.”

*Exception granted for books I read in high school or early in college that may benefit me more now. Example: “The Great Gatsby”. I absolutely hated that book in high school, but a classmate pointed out she re-read the novel after college and had a much deeper understanding and respect for the book.


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