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Lost the Plot – Episode 17

Hi everyone, I’m super excited to announce the launch of Season 2 of Lost the Plot together with my new Patreon page! If you like my podcast, please check it out and consider supporting. Thanks so much!

Also available via iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/lost-the-plot-podacast/id1185190716

Show Notes:

Lost the Plot Patreon Page
www.patreon.com/TintedEdges

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
www.universalstudioshollywood.com/things-t…-potter/

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Interactive Wands
shop.universalorlando.com/c/Harry-Pott…e-Wands.html

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Library Bar
www.librarybarla.com/

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Little Free Libraries
littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/

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Friends of the Library
sanclementefotl.org/san-clemente-fr…ends-bookstore/

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Five Weeks of American Literature
https://tintededges.com/tag/five-weeks-of-american-literature/

Steinbeck and Copyright
www.theguardian.com/world/2006/jun/…ooks.booksnews1
www.smh.com.au/comment/the-produ…61220-gtevie.html
www.ag.gov.au/RightsAndProtectio…ht-October2012.pdf
copyright.cornell.edu/publicdomain
www.businessinsider.com/ap-john-stein…-8/?r=AU&IR=T

Beyond Q Bookshop

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www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/fea…-gxvi0w.html
beyondq.com.au/
www.canberrahistory.org.au/CurtinLivin…Maddox.html
www.facebook.com/BeyondQ/

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Lost the Plot – Episode 16

Also available via iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/lost-the-plot-podacast/id1185190716

Noted Artwork
Tinted Edges Artwork
https://theshaunacorner.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/noted-festival-art-day-1-on-may-4th-2017/

ACT Lit Bloggers of the Future
Hugh Mackay
https://whisperinggums.com/2017/06/12/monday-musings-on-australian-literature-act-writers-centre/
https://actwritersblog.com/2017/06/23/author-talk-with-hugh-mackay-selling-the-dream/

Geeks Doing Good
http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2017/06/geeks-doing-good-2017/

Colombia’s Lord of the Books
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/05/bogota-bibliophile-trash-collector-rescues-books-170522084707682.html

Man Booker International Prize
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/books/a-horse-walks-into-a-bar-wins-man-booker-international-prize.html?_r=0

Miles Franklin Award
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/books/miles-franklin-award-2017-shortlist-announced/news-story/422b5d83c594622450fceb7c0b4857d1

Nobel Prize in Literature
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-15/did-bob-dylan-plagiarise-his-nobel-acceptance-speech/8620786?sf88788951=1
https://youtu.be/6TlcPRlau2Q

Australian Library Design Awards
https://www.alia.org.au/media-releases/innovative-libraries-delivering-good-design

Roxane Gay and Mia Freedman
http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/celebrity/cruel-and-humiliating-bad-feminist-author-roxane-gay-calls-out-treatment-by-mamamia-20170613-gwq7i5.html
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jun/13/roxane-gay-labels-mamamia-cruel-and-humiliating-will-she-fit-into-the-office-lift?CMP=soc_567

Clementine Ford and Avid Reader
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jun/27/how-an-independent-bookstore-took-on-anti-feminist-trolls-and-won?CMP=share_btn_fb

Rare Shakespeare Folio Goes to Queensland
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-06/rare-shakespeare-book-gets-vip-treatment/8594326

Book Auction
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jun/03/historic-irish-library-could-make-more-than-18m-at-auction?CMP=share_btn_fb

Book Crime
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-21/trace-the-unsolved-murder-of-maria-james/8612964

New John Green Book
https://www.buzzfeed.com/farrahpenn/john-green-has-a-new-book-coming-out-and-it-sounds?utm_term=.gu02aVDXg&bffbbooks#.kyPmWr9pN

Hani Abdile
http://www.australiaplus.com/international/in-person/somali-poet-writes-her-way-out-of-detention/8614040?sf89831986=1
http://writingthroughfences.org/sample-page/

New Tolkein Book
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-01/tolkien-book-beren-and-luthien-published-after-100-years/8582034?sf84354955=1&smid=Page:%20ABC%20News-Facebook_Organic&WT.tsrc=Facebook_Organic

Paddington Bear
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jun/28/paddington-bear-author-michael-bond-dies-aged-91

Dr Seuss Museum
http://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/first-dr-seuss-museum-springfield

Julia Baird
Julia Baird event

Harry Potter
https://www.theguardian.com/books/1997/jul/08/booksforchildrenandteenagers.danglaister
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/28/opinion/harry-potter-rowling-corbyn-muggle.html?nytmobile=0
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-26/harry-potter-the-boy-whose-fandom-lives-on-20-years-later/8644838
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-26/harry-potters-billion-dollar-entertainment-franchise/8627442
https://my.pottermore.com/wizarding-world-book-club
https://www.pottermore.com/news/open-casting-call-for-young-people-announced-for-fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them-sequel
http://hercanberra.com.au/cpnews/palace-electric-hosting-harry-potter-marathon/

Libraries ACT Harry Potter Event
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 20th Anniversary Hogwarts Edition

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Donna Hosie
http://donnahosie.wixsite.com/website

Manx Cat
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manx_cat

The Leaky Cauldron
http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/

JK Rowling’s wonderful website, then and now
http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/J._K._Rowling%27s_official_site
https://www.jkrowling.com/

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

If you spend any time on the internet at all, you might have noticed that 26 June 2017 was the 20 year anniversary of the publication of one of the most famous books of our time. I don’t reread many books these days, but I thought I would make an exception for this one. I also want to talk about some of the beautiful new editions.

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“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by J K Rowling is the first in a children’s book series that took the world by storm. The story follows Harry Potter, an orphan boy who discovers he is actually a wizard, as he learns about his identity, the secret wizarding world and the magical boarding school of Hogwarts. Harry navigates schoolwork, friendship and his newfound fame as the Boy Who Lived with his new friends Hermione and Ron. Together, the three uncover a plot that could spell disaster for not only themselves and their school, but all the wizarding world.

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I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve read this story, but it has been a while since the last time. I recently bought the Bloomsbury 20th Anniversary Edition (pictured at the top) which was available both in paperback and hardback in each of the four Hogwarts house colours. I have come to terms with the fact that I am a Hufflepuff so I bought the Hufflepuff hardcover edition with the yellow and black tinted edges. This edition is simply gorgeous and has plenty of great new content about the house, the common room, famous Hufflepuffs and Hogwarts as a whole.

Last year I also bought the illustrated edition (pictured above) so after having a flick through the bonus content in the anniversary edition, I decided that I’d reread the story together with Jim Kay’s beautiful watercolour artworks. They are absolutely stunning, but there weren’t quite as many as I had expected. There are lots of character studies and sweeping scenery (the Hogwarts Express and Hagrid’s Hut really stand out), but I had expected a little bit more magic.

Then, as a reward for completing something really long and boring last year, I bought this great Harry Potter set where the spines all line up together to make a picture of Hogwarts (pictured below). It matches a similar set I have of the Narnia series where the spines make an image of Cair Paravel. Unfortunately, there’s no bonus illustrations or information in this edition but gosh it looks wonderful on my bookshelf.

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Anyway, enough about editions – the story. It’s been 20 years since this book was published, and I really think that J K Rowling has written something timeless. Apart from the fact that she’s still releasing new books and the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” movie franchise is going gangbusters, there is a whole new generation of kids who are starting to read these books. At the heart of this story is the classic fantasy premise of:

  • orphan boy discovers magical powers
  • orphan boy goes on an adventure to learn how to use them
  • orphan boy recovers magical object
  • orphan boy save the world from evil

You know, the fantasy story that everyone knows and loves. However, by setting her story with one foot in a magical world (heavily inspired by European mythology) and the other in 1990s England (with all its accompanying cultural references), this book has a modern relevance that no ordinary high fantasy novel can achieve.

I first read this book when I was about nine years old after a friend of mine recommended it to me. Even though I was skeptical of a book called “Harry Potter” (my own nickname being Harry), I was absolutely blown away by what I read. I was also completely swept up in the Harry Potter hype which culminated in the release of the seventh and final book in the series in 2007, and which had a small revival last year. Rereading this book as an adult, I have a more critical eye, but I think this is still an ideal book for children. Scattered with equal parts wonder, humour and social commentary, it’s little wonder children devoured, and continue to devour, this book. The rest of the series grows darker and more mature, and this really is a story that grows up with a child as the child reads it.

Reading it now, it’s not perfect but it’s pretty close. Rowling cleverly drops little hints throughout the first book that have relevance not only to the ending of that book, but to the series as a whole. It’s an ideal book for an 11 year old – the same age as Harry himself – to immerse themselves in and picture themselves getting their Hogwarts letter (I’m still waiting for mine), learning that they are special and going to exciting classes to learn spells. Some of the writing is admittedly a bit simplistic – even for a children’s book. However, that simplicity is also what makes some of it incredibly funny, even all these years after I first read it. There are also a couple of inconsistencies which become a bit more apparent as time goes on. One of these is the rule that underage (or expelled) witches and wizards aren’t allowed to do magic at home, a rule that Hermione, Lily Potter and even Hagrid all break at some stage in this book. Harry has to buy a pointed hat for his school uniform, something which I don’t think we ever see him or his peers wear. The number of witches and wizards in Hogwarts (and in the wider wizarding community) is also not really clear. You’re never really sure if there are 140 or 1400 in Hogwarts, or how many live in the UK as a whole.

“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” is a much shorter story that the rest of the books in the series, and you do at times feel like some of the detail of how magic works is glossed over a bit. For example, if transfiguration is turning one thing into another, how exactly is bringing chess pieces to life transfiguration? Wouldn’t that be charms? I feel like Rowling takes her time with this aspect of the story more in the later books as magic and spells are more relevant to the plot. However they are nevertheless a bit relevant to this plot and I think she could have fleshed her concepts out a bit further.

Ultimately though, I only have to ask myself a few questions to determine how I feel about this book. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Would I read it to my children? Yes. Will I keep on engaging with new content like the “Fantastic Beasts” film franchise and the Pottermore website? Yes. Yes. Unashamedly yes. 20 years on this book is just as popular as ever. It’s now published in nearly 70 languages including Latin and Welsh. It is a literary phenomenon that spoke to a generation and is already speaking to the next.

There will always be Harry Potter books on my bookshelf.

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Lost the Plot – Episode 15

Also available via iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/lost-the-plot-podacast/id1185190716

Future Library
www.facebook.com/Futurelibrary.no…/756937187813455
www.futurelibrary.no/

Lost Rocks
www.apublishedevent.net/projects/lost…lishing-event

Tasmania Mineral

Lost Rocks

ACT Lit Bloggers of the Future
actwritersblog.com/2017/05/19/act-…e-2017-program/

Whispering Gums
whisperinggums.com/

Book Awards
abiawards.com.au/general/the-17th…nners-announced/
www.perpetual.com.au/MilesFranklin/…and-Recipients
www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/may/…literary-awards

William Caxton’s lost pages
www.bbc.com/news/education-39846929

Jane Austen’s Secret Love
www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/…9de0b04b64a6

Pride and Prejudice House for Sale
www.buzzfeed.com/laraparker/empty…books#.mmR7Ok09e

Taiwanese Author Commits Suicide
www.buzzfeed.com/kassycho/author-…books#.alAnbdlY9

Support Resources
www.lifeline.org.au/
www.1800respect.org.au/

N K Jemisin in the world’s worst interview
storify.com/nkjemisin/how-not-t…interview-an-author
archive.is/DnQ3H

…except maybe Paul Beatty’s
www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/…MP=share_btn_fb

Top Borrowed Books in Australia
www.alia.org.au/news/15524/aussie…and-relationships

Street Library Controversy
www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/ho…068c3975?%3F

The Book of Dust
www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/…clusive-extract

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/…oidApp_Facebook

Islamophobia Teen Romance Novel
mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-31/…-romance/8574990

The Dark Tower
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjwfqXTebIY

Game of Thrones
www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/…winds-of-winter

Harry Potter News
www.pottermore.com/news/wizarding-…n-to-pottermore
www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-12/h…anic&sf78322054=1
www.buzzfeed.com/matthewchampion/…books#.ktAP7zvrq
www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-20/h…anic&sf80469336=1

Canberra & District Historical Society

Canberra and District Historical Society

Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day

Meg and Tom Keneally

Meg and Tom Keneally

Jenevieve Chang

Jenevieve Chang

Noted Writers Festival

Noted Festival Launch

Canberra Women Writers Network
www.facebook.com/canberrawomenwriters/

Pulpture
www.blemishbooks.com.au/pulpture/
kbreyd.com/pulpture

Blemish Books - Tinted Edges

Pulpture - Books

Tinted Edges Pulpture

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (No Spoilers)

I think it’s safe to say that the book that has generated the most hype this year is “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”. I have vivid memories of lining up early to get my pre-ordered copy of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” back in 2007. At the time, there was no doubt in my mind that Harry Potter was over. I had grown up with this book series, and this was its end. So when I found out that I was going to be able to experience the excitement of the release of a Harry Potter book one more time, well, needless to say I was beside myself with anticipation.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne is the script of the play of the same name currently showing in London. The story picks up after the Harry Potter series finishes and for all intents and purposes can be considered the eighth Harry Potter book. The story is centred on Harry Potter’s second son Albus, a troubled teen wizard who struggles with living in the shadow of his father’s fame. Albus is determined to forge his own path but things don’t quite work out as expected and in trying to fix them, Albus risks disaster and losing everything he cares about – including himself.

I really don’t want to give away too much in this review because I genuinely think that spoilers would ruin it, so I’ll try to keep this as vague as possible. I absolutely enjoyed every minute of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”. This book is a good mix of old and new with enough references to past events that it’s familiar, and enough new content that it’s engaging. For the most part, the plot held up and the characters were good. I thought that in particular the new character Scorpius, the son of Draco Malfoy, was outstanding and possibly even the highlight of the book. Harry is still very much Harry. Hermione is fantastic in some points but not so much in others. Ron is hopeless, but Draco is pretty good. The antagonist beggars belief and is probably the weakest part of the whole book, but there is enough going on with the other characters to hold up the story on either side. There are surprises, there are laughs and there are tears. I thought reading it as a play rather than a novel was going to be clunky, but actually it flowed really well.

So, is “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” as good as “Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban” or “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (what I consider to be the pinnacle of the series)? No. Is it as good as the other books in the series? Probably not. Did I love it anyway? Yes. Definitely yes. The enormous nostalgia factor of this book forgives a lot of the issues with plot, character and continuity. Considering nine years ago I thought that I had stepped into the wizarding world for the last time, it was simply a joy to experience the hype and the magic of Harry Potter once more. Sometimes a bit of joy is all you need.

Ten points to Gryffindor.

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Lost the Plot – Episode 5

Hi guys, check out Episode 5 of my podcast, Lost the Plot! This month is a special Harry Potter themed episode all about that time I tried to go to Harry Potter three launch parties in a morning.

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Links:

Books for the World
books4theworld.com/

Book Club Jailed in Angola Released
www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/…itional-release

Pop Up Book Shop
www.hotel-hotel.com.au/blog/whats_on…rt-book-shop/

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever
themostwutheringheightsdayever.com/

www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-16/t…-day-ever/7635120

The Queen’s Bindery Apprenticeship
www.royalcollection.org.uk/news/the-qu…s-announced

The Rare Book Detective
www.kickstarter.com/projects/booksl…rks/description

American Gods Photos
www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/…z-yetide-badaki

www.ew.com/article/2016/07/20/…_socialflow_twitter

American Gods Footage
www.tor.com/2016/07/22/feast-yo…from-american-gods/

Atlas Obscura Book
www.atlasobscura.com/books/pre-orde…ium=atlas-page

Money to Read
moneytoread.mmmm.tv/

Beatrix Potter Illustrations Discovered
www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/…in-stately-home

Beatrix Potter’s Birthday
blogs.slv.vic.gov.au/our-stories/15…eatrix-potter/

www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/…sary?CMP=twt_gu

Australia’s Dropbears win Quidditch World Cup
www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-25/a…mpionship/7658246

New Fantastic Beasts Trailer
www.facebook.com/FantasticBeastsU…037985102943783/

 

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