Friday, July 27, 2007


Done, done, done. Loved it. I laughed, I cried, it was better than "Cats." I'm actually feeling a little bereft that there is no more. I'm not going to write a review, because I find it rather difficult to think critically about these books. I'm not quite a rabid fangirl. If others offer up a critique, I can say, yeah, I guess I can see your point. I can see some things I find weaker in Ms. Rowling's writing. But quite simply, it doesn't matter. Rowling's writing is intricate and so...sensory? What would be the word? I can see it, hear it, feel it. Every time I opened the book, I got swallowed up in it. On Wednesday evening I stopped because I felt it was entering the end game. Sure enough, when I picked it up Thursday evening, I knew right away there was no way I was going to bed without finishing the book. The action really jacked up, and questions started to get answered.

Some things: I was surprised to find myself crying over a particular character, and crying hard. I really liked many things about the ending chapters: how different threads were finished, how different characters were used. My department head made the controversial decision to put all the books in YA, due to torture/violence. Any thoughts? I've got to run, but now I am free to blog hop. Mailyn and Margee, I'll be coming after you.


Mailyn said...

OK, I am DYING to know who you cried over because I absolutely BAWLED over two characters. third hit me hard but those two, I thought I was going into shock or something.


Loved it! I think I heard somewhere that Rowlings is planning another book but more like Hogwarts: A History so we can catch up and see what the characters are doing in.

Devon said...

It was a character that annoyed Harry (and me) in the past. One who played a decent size role in books 2 and 4.

What side were you on in the Snape-- good or evil? debate? Are you vindicated or bummed?

Mailyn said...

Dang it now I'm intrigued because I can't remember for the life of me. LOL.

Snape is always good! He is a saintly saint!

I think you can tell I'm a Snape fangirl. BUMMED. He deserved a way know what. Dang it, people hurry up and read the book! I need to talk about the spoilers!!! LOL

Lyn LeJeune said...

New Orleans - rebuilding the public libraries

�Every culture in the world is just one good shove away from the precipice of barbarism.� Dan Fesperman, author of The Prisoner of Guantanamo and The Amateur Spy. One reason why public libraries must survive.

Dear Devon

The year after Hurricane Betsy, I enrolled in college at USLNO. I had to take a two-hour bus trip on the New Orleans transit line from St. Bernard Parish out to Lake Pontchartrain. I hated trigonometry, and anyway, I didn�t think it would help me escape my life near the Mississippi levee or the constant smell spewing from the sugar plant. So I usually ended up at the downtown public library, then later headed to Jackson Square for a couple of Jax brews. That public library was my sanctuary. After Katrina, I decided to write THE book, start The Beatitudes Network, and donate all royalties from sale of The Beatitudes to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation to help rebuild the libraries. I give you and NOLA The Beatitudes�

Out of New Orleans before the catastrophe that was made by a hurricane and, as Dante wrote, �of false gods who lied,� comes The Beatitudes, part one in the New Orleans Trilogy. The Beatitudes portrays New Orleans as Dante�s purgatory, a place where the sins of men are exposed for all to see, where redemption is close at hand but most often lost.

This world is revealed by the lives of two social workers, Hannah Dubois (white and nicknamed Scrimp) and Earlene Washington (African-American and nicknamed Pinch), who start their own business, Social Investigations, in order to solve the murders of ten foster children in New Orleans, Louisiana. The NOPD, the Catholic Church, and politicians have sidestepped clues that point to those who hold great power. As Hannah and Earlene find more and more evidence, they also know that they are dealing with a force that crosses into the realm of the paranormal. The murderers are part of a secret organization called the White Army (la Armee Blanc), centered in New Orleans, but rooted in Medieval Europe and the Children�s Crusades. Each clue leads to a beatitude and each chapter defines the novel: The Pure of Heart, The Persecuted, The Merciful, The Sorrowful, The Peacemakers, The Meek, The Poor in Spirit, and Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Justice. The Beatitudes is thus a study of good and evil, and that act, the murder of innocent children, which encompasses all of the seven deadly sins. The Beatitudes is Book I in The New Orleans Trilogy.

Please give me the opportunity to send you a "mini book" so that you may read part of the book before its release. Then if you like it let me know by replying to this email ( and I will soon send you information about ordering the book. Remember, all royalties go directly to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation.
Just send me an address, either email or snail mail, and I will get the "mini-book" out to you. Also, if you go to you will see that many prominent authors such as Julie Smith, Alafair Burke, Ken Bruen and many others support The Beatitudes Network. The site also has news about New Orleans, writing, Cajun recipes, and excerpts from The Beatitudes.

If you wish, I will link to your blog and post it on my blog, along with a one or two sentence description you send me. My campaign starts �all in� this August, 2007 and will continue into 2008, including book fairs, speaking engagements, bookstores, web campaign and much more. So join us in this worthy cause to help save a great American city � New Orleans, The Heavenly City, The Crescent City, The City That Care Forgot, The City of Sin, The City of the Dead��
MERCI MILLE FOIS - THANKS A MILLION - and pass the word along about this worthy project and how authors can help. Lyn LeJeune.