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(Reuters)   Britain's Isle of Man mints legal tender Harry Potter coins   ( divider line
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2001-09-06 09:16:44 AM  
Comming soon to e-bay...
2001-09-06 09:33:09 AM  
Is anyone else as farking sick of Harry Potter as I am?
2001-09-06 09:43:23 AM  
I just think it is a shame that kids reading HP dont get the opportunity to enjoy in their own way - Without merchandising deals and imagery and films. All the books I read as a kid never got this kind of attention. Unless you include Gene Wilder in Charlie and the chocolate factory and that was just Farked up!!
2001-09-06 09:53:47 AM  
yes, but where can I buy them?
2001-09-06 10:06:20 AM  
They have the best motorcycle race ever on the isle of man.
2001-09-06 10:20:21 AM  
I still can't believe that this dreck was awarded a Hugo Award.

2001-09-06 10:25:10 AM  
Yet another piece of shiat to hawk on TV, just like the Farking $20 Liberty holograph coins... for only $25! Too bad that it's 20 Liberian dollars... which amounts to somewhere in the range of $.06.
2001-09-06 10:28:50 AM  
Harry Potter is some damn good reading. But they should be selling invisablity cloaks, not coins.
2001-09-06 10:34:34 AM  
Reuters: Isle of Man

Throngs of idiots throng for idiotic idiocy.
Gory motorcycle race canceled as idiots scatter 'magic' coins on course in hopes of growing a 'magic fairy land' to escape their dreary lives in.
2001-09-06 10:57:20 AM  
Hmm, cloaks of invisibility...I'd buy one. That and the flying car...damned snowbirds out joyriding during rush many snowbirds, so little freezer space.
2001-09-06 11:10:14 AM  
Bjorky I thought the same as you. I just looked it up, and you're wrong.
20 liberian dollars = $20.21 USD (at least as of currency market when I posted). Needless to say, I was shocked.

It kind of annoys me so-called US History coins, minted by the "american" mint, and it's really Liberian????
2001-09-06 11:16:48 AM  
"... Man mints ..."

no thanks...
2001-09-06 11:21:14 AM  
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2001-09-06 11:22:02 AM  
Please.. Stop the madness
2001-09-06 11:47:16 AM  
Conne Chung thinks this is some stupid shiat. Stupid stupid shiat.
2001-09-06 11:48:43 AM  
I do not like the way Potter treated George Bailey.

I am amused, however, by the fact that "Muggles" is
old slang for weed.
2001-09-06 11:54:57 AM  
Right now I think Harry Potter is OK. The books are repetitive (the kid saves everyone's ass and everyone loves him, then a year later everyone thinks he's a phony again?!!) but it's got some good characters and mythology.

In a coupla months when this movie comes out and McDonalds is trying to shove Harry Potter Happy Meals up my arse everywhere I go I'll probably change my tune.
2001-09-06 12:13:21 PM  
The movie hasn't even come out and the merchandising is making me dizzy. I hope the movie sucks and all the merchants have to eat it. Much like the Phantom Menace or Atlantis, Lost Empire.
2001-09-06 12:59:37 PM  
(In a Bronx accent): I got your Hairy Potter RIGHT HERE!!!
2001-09-06 01:10:32 PM  
It's time to re-evaluate the collective IQs of the adult world population when you see wide-eyed, perfectly serious adults spouting on about "the next Harrryyy Poootttteerrrr" book or how soon they're going to get their backordered copies or....oh GAD.
2001-09-06 01:17:51 PM  
Isle of man TT grand prix, #9 Phil McCallen. Look at the backtire, its barely touching the road. Sweet man, sweet

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2001-09-06 01:33:58 PM  
Mindless drivel. The stories are involved as a Hardy boys/Nancy Drew shiat.
2001-09-06 01:39:58 PM  
Okay, seriously... my wife has been reading Harry Potter, and I'd like to get one of these (I think its value will grow as well); does anyone know if they're minting more, or someone that I can buy one from?
2001-09-06 01:48:08 PM  
You're all missing the point. The UK has private mints..? Damned if we don't need to get in on that action. Just imagine...

"No tables, eh, garcon? Maybe you should discuss this with my friend, Mr. Walken..."

*slips maitre' d a Walken $50*

"Ah, but of course, sir. Right this way."
2001-09-06 02:30:07 PM  
WallJasper At least they're farking reading better than watching that mindless drivel that passes as TV
2001-09-06 03:02:27 PM  
Crap. Drale just made me laugh out loud at work. I'm so busted...
2001-09-06 03:27:52 PM  
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2001-09-06 04:41:49 PM  
I think you have something there Creeto.
2001-09-06 04:44:20 PM  
Great, they're replacing their currency with an orphan, we replaced ours with a single mom. What a farkin' world.
2001-09-06 04:58:15 PM  
RPM: Twue, twue.
2001-09-06 05:43:38 PM  
Harry Potter, bah. If you want some real reading, go for the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.
2001-09-06 06:07:59 PM  
DustyL: I'm not sure I want to start reading a series of books that even the author says will probably not be finished before he dies.
2001-09-06 07:04:34 PM  
*pulls up soapbox*

Robert Jordan has not had an original thought in his fat farking head. I attempted to read the first of his "novels", and discovered that every plot point, character, and location was basically stolen directly from Tolkien.

Let's see... poor redneck from remote region gets talked into a dangerous quest by mysterious magician, takes friends (who grow into heroes on the way), gets attacked; one of the party is heir to famous throne; the mysterious wizard is a member of an equally mysterious sect with a hidden agenda; they travel by otherworldly maze to remote region and attempt to overthrow a Great Evil who is attempting to re-establish the control he once held.

Jordan sucks, and on top of it all, can't write descriptively. Everything is an extreme. Fark him.

*kicks soapbox aside*

You want some real reading, try the original. Written in the '40s, LOTR is often imitated, but never equalled. Other great fantasy is Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd/Mouser series (at least the first five, before he got neutered). No epic quests, no good-vs-evil battles, just good stories. The original Conan stuff was pretty good, too.

As for Harry Potter, I've noticed a strong correlation between being a Potter fan and owning a lot of cats.
2001-09-06 07:35:38 PM  
If I may, Woody?
For the younger Anglophiles,
try The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe.
Same basic epic plotline.
2001-09-06 08:27:50 PM  
LOTR is a good read. The Silmarillion, however, can put a meth freak with a bag of crystal to sleep.
2001-09-06 08:31:59 PM  
I never liked Tolkien, and couldn't stand LOTR. Robert Jordan isn't that great either. Anne Mcaffery was okay until she just totally sold out after the first three Dragonrider books.

I haven't read a well-written book in ages, except for maybe Piers Anthony. Oh well.
2001-09-06 09:04:43 PM  
Spell For Chameleon?
On A Pale Horse?
Splinter Of The Mind's Eye?
2001-09-06 09:06:08 PM  
Oops, that last was by Alan Dean Foster. My bad.
2001-09-06 09:52:08 PM  
"Splinter of the Mind's Eye" - Excellent. I might recommend John Varley's "Gaea" trilogy - "Titan", Wizard", and "Demon" To Dr. Washuu - Won both the Hugo and Nebula awards in the late '70's. And Creeto has a good point - the Susan B. Anthony and Sacajawea dollars are pretty friggin' stupid.
2001-09-06 11:06:06 PM  
Well done, Creeto!
2001-09-06 11:16:33 PM  
I just think it's amazing that one of the biggest, most popular things with kids right now is a book. A book!! A series of pretty huge ones, at that. I think it's absolutley excellent. Saddens me that they're trying to shift the focus from books to movies, television and toys, though. *sigh*

But wow. A book. when was that last time something like that has happened?
2001-09-06 11:17:48 PM  
Most people either say they love HP or they can't understand how anyone can read that crap. I don't understand why I love that crap so much. The books, when you step back and analyze them, are full of caricatures, are missing a lot of essential details about what life would be like at a school like that (where do they take showers in the morning? or any other time for that matter, except after they play Quidditch?), and lack any explanation of what wizards do besides go into the Ministry or run a joke shop. However, these are the only books I've ever read -- ever -- that I can't analyze when I'm reading them. They're too captivating. They speak to me like few other books I've read. They're frankly dangerous: I have no doubt that many people will end up in cults and witchcraft because they lost themselves in Harry Potter.

I have other issues with Pottermania, principally the merchandising that goes on in his name. If Harry makes a small pile of Galleons in JKR's bank account, that's one thing. But if his primary job these days is to fill the coffers of toy manufacturers, something has been perverted. By now, every Hogwarts backpack I see makes me sick.
2001-09-06 11:19:55 PM  
In case it didn't come through in that last post, I love reading HP. That, LOTR, and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Modern classics.
2001-09-06 11:21:38 PM  
TrentTheThief: what is this about a Hugo? That's for science fiction.
2001-09-07 12:02:32 AM  
Some good reading:
"The Stars My Destination" by Alfred Bester.Some good retro sci-fi.


"Dagon","The Temple",and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" by H.P. Lovecraft,who is also a good fantasy writer along with his horror work.

Just my suggestions.
2001-09-07 12:07:31 AM  
Everyone quit your griping. Everyone wants a break from reality. That's why we watch TV, go to movies, go on-line for that matter, or, in a more traditional manner - read books. And that is the bottom line here - It's got a lot of people reading again, especially young people. I think the biggest problem most of you have is that these books were not written when you were 13. Quit being so damned cynical or you will become that old bastard yelling,"get off my lawn!", before you're even grey-haired.
2001-09-07 05:23:08 AM  
What you guys have failed to appreciate is that the Isle of Man supports the most inbred bunch of wierdos in the world. The only reason people race their bikes there is because no-one dares stop still..
2001-09-07 06:24:07 AM  
Trapezoid's Humble Take On Harry Potter

Actually, I really enjoy the HP series... I could be upset by all the insane merchandising, but instead I choose to ignore it (!!)
The books are very good reads, and they have a lot more foreshadowing and such than a lot of other books. JK Rowling has set up a minefield of hidden meanings, subtle references, and characters with truly obscure names. Check out for tons of this sort of stuff.
Also, JK seems to be trying to lower all the hype. She's damn well taking her time with book 5, as a big metaphorical "Shhhhhhh...."
2001-09-07 12:03:04 PM  
"Get off my lawn!"

Whoops, it just kinda slipped out....

(WoodyTX is embarrased to report that he has indeed read three HP books, and kind of enjoyed them, as long as he didn't admit that he was enjoying an HP book.)

Fark! Did I just say that?
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