Friday, August 19, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Published: July 2016 by Arthur A. Levine Books

Pages: 319

Genre: fantasy, young adult

Obtained: library


Summary: Harry Potter's son, Albus, is now at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  He was placed in Slytherin by the sorting hat and his best friend is Scorpious Malfoy.  Albus and Harry are struggling with their relationship.  Although Albus is different from his father in many ways, Albus ends up on a typical Harry Potter adventure with his best friend, of course. This time, unlike Harry,  Albus has his Dad to help save the world from dark magic.

Thoughts: This book is a play, not a novel.  Therefore, it is really not "the next Harry Potter book".  This is something different.  Since it is a play, it consists mostly of dialogue and the settings are limited.  It does not read like a book.
     I thought the characters from the Harry Potter book series remained true.  They changed somewhat, but they are nineteen years older.  The new characters seemed just as enjoyable as in the other Harry Potter books, especially Draco's son, Scorpious.  The dialogue was wonderful and I thought the play had more humor than the books.
     What was really missing when reading the play was the feeling of being in these magical places.  I'm sure if I was watching the play it would be there, but just reading it is different.  Also, there are not as many details in a play as there are in a novel.  The books had so much detail and many subplots going on.  You just don't get that here.
     I thought this was wonderful and really enjoyed it.  If you are expecting the next Harry Potter novel, you will be disappointed.


Tea: Dragon Well (Long Jing)

Company: Yezi Tea

Obtained: purchased

           I purchased the Farmer Favorites Tea Sampler from Yezi Tea.  The cost was only $5.99 for six samples and the shipping was free.  This is the first sample that I have tried from this company.
     The tea was packaged in an easy to open pouch.  It did not seal back up, but it does open easily and neatly so that you can roll down the top and clip it to keep the remaining tea fresh if you don't use it all at once.
     Long Jing or Dragon Well tea is a green tea grown in China.  Yezi Tea writes on their website that the tea is composed of unopened leaf buds called dragon sprouts or water lily hearts.  To me, the leaves were beautiful- big, long, light green leaves that looked like they had been pressed.  The leaves had a grassy, seaweed scent.
     I poured eight ounces of hot water over four teaspoons of leaves.  The leaves were hard to measure exactly because of their length.  I let this brew for a minute and thirty seconds.  The liquid was almost clear with a slight yellow tint.  The scent was of grass and leaves.  The taste was fresh, light, and vegetal.  After swallowing there was a spinach and seaweed taste, but very subtle.  It was not bitter at all and very refreshing.  
     I think this is the best straight green tea (not blended with something else) that I've ever had.  To me, some green teas can have an overpowering taste.  This one was more subtle, yet not weak at all.  Very refreshing!



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