Tag: Self-Referential

J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | Review

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Author: J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 344

Rating: 4*/5


J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


First of all, no matter how many times people call this ‘the eighth Harry Potter book’, I’m not going to do that. That implies that this is a new novel, but I rank it alongside books like Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. It’s more like a bonus book, and it’s written in the style of a play because… well, because it’s a play. But you can’t reproduce it without prior written consent from the Rowling estate.

The story itself follows the tale of what happens twenty years or so after the end of the original series, with the next generation interacting seamlessly with the characters that you know and love. We have the sons of Potters, Weasleys and Malfoys, and a story which uses time turners to show us alternative realities. It works, and it’s very self-referential, but it doesn’t have the same spark as the main series. At times, I even felt there were lines that the characters were saying that just didn’t sit quite right.

But other than that, it’s hard to fault it. It feels a little bit like a byproduct rather than a work in its own right – like it was created because the market demanded it, not because of its own merit. There’s also the fact that, as a stage play, it was occasionally difficult to picture how it would be acted out – in the back, there’s a list of all of the crew that worked on the original performance, and there are people doing all sorts of things, like working with wires.

Still, it was a new installment in the Harry Potter series, so of course I still enjoyed it. I wouldn’t recommend it to someone unless they were a massive Potterhead, though. If you read the books and merely thought they were ‘okay’, this one isn’t for you.


J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling


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Stephen H. Segal – Geek Wisdom | Review

Title: Geek Wisdom

Author: Stephen H. Segal

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 224

Rating: 4*/5


Stephen H. Segal - Geek Wisdom

Stephen H. Segal – Geek Wisdom


This book has its ups and downs, usually depending upon whether you’re familiar with the book, film or TV show that the authors are talking about. The book itself is split over around five different sections, with each section being further seperated into individual quotes with accompanying info on where the quote comes from and what it means to us in our day-to-day lives.

And that, in a nutshell, is what this is – almost a manual on how to live your life based on the teachings of classic geek culture. It’s well-written and often self-referential, and while it is a lot of fun while you’re reading it, it’s also just the right length. After a while, it would start to get tedious, but I think the authors did a good job of including only the very best of their material.

I got annoyed, once or twice, by an error which kept on reoccurring – sometimes words were preceded by a random apostrophe, like ‘this. It’s frustrating, but it wasn’t enough to hamper my enjoyment of what was otherwise a pretty good read, the sort of thing that you could receive as a gift and actually enjoy reading. As long as you’re a geek or nerd.


Stephen H. Segal

Stephen H. Segal


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