The second book in J. K. Rowling's famous series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, can be quickly reviewed: except for one chapter of action it's rather less interesting than its predecessor Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Not much character development, not much new atmosphere, not much striking use of language. All plot twists could have been short-circuited if any of the kids spoke to any responsible adult at any appropriate moment. Daniel Pinkwater did this sort of thing better and funnier. I need to re-read The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, or look for some other Pinkwater stories. Potter can wait.
(cf. Mr. Wizard) - ^z - 2010-03-09