I was right -- didn't get any sleep last night.
Finished the book at 7:00 this morning -- and crashed and burned shortly thereafter. Can't remember for sure (I wasn't paying real close attention) but I think I staggered out of bed somewhere around 1:00 this afternoon. It's sure a good thing I didn't have anything urgent or important scheduled for today because I can guarantee I'd have blown it. See that picture of Garfield? That's pretty much the way I've looked -- and felt -- all day.
Not that I regret the endurance read. Some books simply demand that of you and I'm willing, every time. How can I not be grateful that there are books that will draw you in like that? More of them, I say. More!
Since there are still a lot of folks who haven't had a chance to read The Deathly Hallows yet, I won't comment on it -- except to say I was not disappointed. Not at all. I do have a mild criticism in regard to treatment, and I believe the book would have been better had Rowling done this particular thing. On the other hand, she has consistently held the attention and loyalty of a huge number of readers through a nearly ten-year span and that takes real skill and talent. It ain't the luck of the draw. Somehow, I don't feel she would be interested in my suggestions. (Insert smile.)
And now, Coffee Mates, I'm going to tuck myself into bed. I do not recover from all-nighters the way I used to. Can't imagine why.