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I agree that Ivanhoe was good.
But regarding Harry Potter, perhaps you could clean your glasses for another look. The constant themes of the stories are love, friendship and self-sacrifice, wonderfully told as JK is very good at hitting all the emotional pressure points.

"Also I think that the likes of Merlin and Gandalf would be offended by her confusion of the words 'Wizard' and 'Warlock'" - oh give me a break.

What themes run through LOTR? (Apart for a nasty little misogynist undercurrent).

And now, as he looked and saw the whole Hellespont covered with the vessels of his fleet, and all the shore and every plain about Abydos as full as possible of men, Xerxes congratulated himself on his good fortune; but after a little while he wept...
Asked why he was weeping he replied
..."There came upon me," replied he, "a sudden pity, when I thought of the shortness of man's life, and considered that of all this host, so numerous as it is, not one will be alive when a hundred years are gone by."
The History of Herodotus By Herodotus Written about 440 B.C.

In reply to Re: Scott by Jonathan
in thread The sort of fiction you're most likely to find me reading: by Petruchio

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