Recent reads: Sequels

Since the Christmas season ended, I’ve been able to finish two books and am working on two others.

916raivjsblThe first post-Christmas read I finished was “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

If you’re not yet aware, this is NOT a novel. It’s the script of a play, which means it’s mostly dialogue. There is some description in the form of stage directions and the occasional intro, but you’re left to rely on past knowledge of the HP universe and your imagination.

It’s also a pretty fast read – I finished in less than 2 hours. It’s double-spaced.

It’s an okay continuation. I think there’s a few continuity issues.

(SPOILER: Wouldn’t we have seen Bellatrix pregnant sometime during the two years Voldemort was alive in a human form?)

But the play is cool in a way because not only does it show the future (Harry’s son), it gives some light to the past. Which ends up being a somewhat nice tie-in to the four-part film series their doing based on “Fantastic Beasts” when Voldemort was still Tom Riddle.

815mzsz5y0lThe second book I read was “Hollow City,” the second book in the “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

The pace is pretty clip in this one as the children hop in and out of different loops, while still progressing in their own World War II based timeline.

Along the way, they bump into some other peculiars.

The ending comes with a big surprise, which will lead to their adventures in the third book, “Library of Souls.”

I don’t own that one yet, but I’m sure I’ll be finished it, just as soon as I get it home.