I'll comment more lengthily when I've stopped reeling from it at a later time. I promise, no spoilers here, just vague stuff.
I decided not to speed read it, because I did that for both Goblet of Fire
and Order of the Phoenix
, and I didn't read either again for over a year. I made that choice because I didn't want to feel the pressure to read it first
- and, hah, fat chance of that for living in California, one of the last time zones to receive the book. I'm glad I made that choice to read Half-Blood Prince
with that in mind.
It's good, really good, until probably the last chapter, but god, I've just spent the last 16 hours reading, interspersed with several hours of sleep, and . . . it's just that good.
I'm disappointed that the spoiler I saw was correct, and that guy should burn in hell for being an asshole; however, it didn't do much to affect me, because I kept forgetting I'd seen that rumor and it made sense
when it happened. I see what happened as a sign of something much larger, which as I said, to anyone who cares, I'll discuss later. I'm amused to reflect that I was sure I knew who the Half-Blood Prince was as I got into the book and was duly thwarted by my own thoughts and plot occurences, which thereafter I was kicked in the butt and turned out to be right in the first place. I'm also disappointed in certain characters' actions and certain characters' pairings (which seemed, at best, half-assed and not fleshed out), but again I'll talk about that later.
Oh, JKR, a mixture of love and frustration goes out to you, but thank you.