Harry Potter and Destroy All Humans!

I rented Destroy All Humans! from Gamefly (the Xbox version). I liked it but it's incredibily short (and I don't usually knock games for shortness). Put it this way - I received it Wednesday (and Karin and I went out Wednesday night so I only got to play it about an hour), and sent it back on Saturday, after finishing this story mode. It's fun, and some of the dialog is great, but I'm hard pressed to put a ringing endorsement on a game that only had about 7-8 hours of play. I'd certainly be upset if I paid $40 or $50 for it. It's worth renting, but I'd have to recommend a pass on buying until it hits $20 or so.

And that's even with only playing about an hour on Friday - as I spent most of Friday rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in preparation for the release of the new one.

I like the new Harry Potter a great deal - more than Order of the Phoenix. Without getting into spoiler territory Harry is still a teenager but he's moved past the whining and complaining and general snottiness that dominated a lot of volume 5. I read #6 entirely yesterday which I did not mean to do but it is a real page-turner. I'm not sure if I think it's as good as the first or second books - the tone of the series has developed and changed so much that they are sort of apples and oranges. It's much darker and grimmer - which is good for most fiction but has this weird feeling of . . . meanness when applied to what was once seen as a children's story. I'm not sure that's the right word but a lot has happened and people have changed quite a bit from a Harry that couldn't quite believe that magic was real and was excited by Chocolate Frogs and Every Flavor Beans.

It does make me impatient for volume seven, but I imagine that's a way off. I should have a book on the shelves before seven hits. :-)