current mood: Microwave going to eat me
current song: Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
Oh, that silly J.K. Rowling.
I've just gone and stayed up 2 hours to finish off J.K. Rowling's sixth book in the Harry Potter series - the Half-Blood Prince.
Now, I warn you, if you haven't read the book, and you don't want any spoilers, stop reading.
With that being said, I found the book exhilirating near the end like the past couple of books, however I can safely say I'm satisfied with how it turned out. I remember hypothesising about all sorts of thing when I started reading the book around the time Goblet of Fire came out. Suffice to say, mostly none of my guesses panned out. They were centred around Ron turning evil and the ilk, but as any reader who has finished Prince would see, it doesn't appear to be likely.
I was kind of amazed at Snape's betrayel, and Dumbledore's apparent wearkening before his death. Also, as in most of the HP books, I scream at Harry all the time about what he's done or should have done to save the day as in this case, reveal that he's been cheating using the Half-Blood Prince's potions book. I was thoroughly amazed that Snape was the Half-Blood Prince as by my discussions with Kiri where she told me that apparently J.K. had leaked that Rufus Scrimgeour was the half-blood prince, or hinted to the fact that the prince would be lion-like in character, and the early description of Scrimgeour as having a mane immediately led me to believe that he was it even though there was no corroborating evidence.
As for Snape's betrayel, my friend had already shown me a site which has since been taken down (but a mirror can be found here) that was taken from a page in the book where Harry tells Hagrid about Snape killing Dumbledore. The only descrepency I found between the leaked page and the one in the book is that the page numbers are different.
Overall, I cried when they buried Dumbledore just because of my feeling of loss that I'm sure J.K. wanted. Without a father figure in my life, I feel sad when one departs or when one is praised, just because it motivates me to be like such a figure, and makes me yearn for the ability to have one.
Oh, and on the question of who R.A.B. is, I was told that it quite possibly could be Regulus Black, which might work, however, I was always under the impression that he was evil. Oh well, only a couple of more years til we find out - or whenever the next book comes out.
Oh, here's a wikipedia article regarding some of the speculation about Prince that has led up to the book being released. Here's the wikipedia regarding the book.