Harry Potter Paperback Boxed Set (Books 1-5) Paperback
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The saga of Harry Potter and his creator has almost reached the status of myth ... The books strike as deeply as the most timeless of fairy tales. -- Macleans --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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J. K. Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter series, the best selling children's books in the world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As for this set however I really don't see why anyone would buy it.
If you haven't read the books (shame on you), buy or borrow the paperbacks.
If you are a true Hary Potter fan, then buying a set with the terrible american covers, and the idiotic american title for the original novel (it's the PHILOSOPHER'S stone, not the sorcerer's stone), seems a little heretical to me. If you want a collector's item surely the original covers and the proper titles are more worth collecting?
The main issue I have with this set though is the same issue I have with DVD box sets that come out when you KNOW there will be more titles available (Star Wars episode 1&2 for example). Why do it? You know that you'll only end up buying a box set with all 9 novels in, and you'll never be able to sell the 5 novel set afterwards.
This is expensive and pointless.
At Conjecture, an author said that a good mystery novel is one where everything is there for you from the beginning ... and you don't make the connections. It's easy to cheat, he said, to only give the necessary clue at the very end, but a good mystery novelist doesn't cheat. J.K. Rowling doesn't cheat. She gives all the clues to deciphering the mystery of Rita Skeeter in book 4, but I never put them together.
As you start Phoenix, there are all manner of questions left from the previous books. And ... I can't mention one of 'em here <mutter>. It would ruin a five book set. Still, what better tribute to the series' success as an extended mystery than the legions of websites where fans debate answers?
Many of us started after Chamber of Secrets and Sorceror's Stone, but after seeing the movies, the books couldn't be a mystery novel. We knew the ending, and movies do not do mystery novels justice, as a rule. The clues in a movie can be overlooked as you focus on the expression on an actor's face or fix on one corner of the screen and ignore another. In a written work, though, it's impossible to entirely miss a clue. It's simply that you overlook it, or do not attach proper significance to it.
It's one reason her novels are so good. The second and third time through you can still see small clues she gave you, in a very fair, open fashion, but which slipped by you at the time. When the books are read and the mysteries of a given novel are plumbed, there are still the greater mysteries. It makes you wonder what clues she's given, small things she's told us that we haven't attached significance to yet.Read more ›
Disappointed with the packaging of this set is really the best way to describe my experience it. First of all, it is really one set of books made up of one set of books 1-4 and book 5 crammed in for good measure inside of a nice "New Limited Edition Box". The publisher must of had trouble moving the last Limited Edition Box of books 1-4. Then the Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix leather book mark IS NOT LEATHER BUT IT'S COUSIN LEATHERETTE. Yes, Leatherette which is made from that elusive snipe found only in the wild of adult's imagination to torment kids. It is cheap and tacky and I expected something more substantial from this box set. I've seen Harry Potter bookmarks at the bookstore that were extremely pleasant. This is not one of those.
That being said, the bottom line is this is a great series of books to own if you are looking for Hard Cover copies of this series but this package is sure to leave you disappointed.
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I love these books! Rowling is an author who follows in the footsteps of the best fantasy authors such as Tolkien and Lewis. These books will be cherished for genarations to come. Read morePublished on July 18 2004
These are the best books I've ever read in my entire life! There's something for everyone in them, whether it's the fantasy world at Hogwarts and Diagon Alley or any of Harry's... Read morePublished on July 17 2004
First things first: The magical world of Harry Potter created by J.K. Rowling is the greatest journey that the imagination can take at Platform 9 and 3/4. Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by Impossible Prince
This is a wonderful story. What J.K Rowling has given to us is beyond great.
The characters are so vivid and the stories are quick, and easy to read through. Read more
SO we've read them all, together. Who knew that I would be the one who couldn't wait for her to come home from school so we could continue on with our readings. Read morePublished on June 18 2004
On the note of the fact that in England the name of the 1st book is "Philosopher's Stone", I can explain it. Read morePublished on June 16 2004
I bought this set because I wanted all 5 books in hardback, but as another reviewer wrote, it is like they made a cheap outside cover for the box set of books 1-4 & threw in book... Read morePublished on June 16 2004
I initally purchased and read the paperback copies. I love the book series and purchased the "Special Edition" copies as well so I would have a collectable. Read morePublished on June 16 2004
J.K. Rowling's books tell the amazing tale of the boy who lived, Harry Potter. Harry, protected by the undying love of his parents, survived when the evil Lord Voldemort tried to... Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by J. Naft