Don't these guys have better things to do or critique? Maybe they want to kill the bastard themselves... I'm having trouble picturing Stephen King having a soft spot for Harry Potter.
In his memoirs, published in 2000, King included a book list. He explains:
These are the best books I've read over the last there or four years ... As you scan this list, remember that I'm not Oprah and this isn't my book club. These are the ones that worked for me, that's all. But you could do worse, and a good many of these might show you some new ways of doing your work. Even if they don't, they're apt to entertain you. They certainly entertained me.
The list contains approximately 90 books, nearly all of them fiction; it includes all three Harry Potter books that were "in the zone" for consideration at that time.
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