So, for he record: if you do a lot of shopping on Amazon.com (as my mother, sister and I do) then Amazon Prime shipping is worth it. After spending several days trying to find a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in Baltimore (with my mom and sister searching here in D.C.) I broke down and overnighted two copies to myself (of course, I had to get one for Meri). Cost for shipping: $6.
I had the book at 3 p.m. yesterday, and finished at 2 a.m. (with a generous break for dinner with my family). Not the fastest read, but definitely rewarding. I don’t know what else to say about the book — it simply felt like Rowling was doing an immense service to me by writing the series.
Also, even today (five days after its release) the book is everywhere. I walked around the Capitol this afternoon (pictures to come tomorrow) and saw many people reading it on park benches and while sitting under trees. On the Metro ride home I saw 3 people reading it within a 6-foot radius.
OK, off to sleep (I stayed up too late last night for some reason). More tomorrow!