"J.K. Rowling’s monumental, spell-binding epic, 10 years in the making, is deeply rooted in traditional literature and Hollywood sagas — from the Greek myths to Dickens and Tolkien to Star Wars — and true to its roots, it ends not with modernist, Soprano-esque equivocation, but with good old-fashioned closure: a big screen, heart-racing, bone-chilling confrontation and an epilogue that clearly lays out people’s fates. Getting to the finish line is not seamless — the last portion of the final book has some lumpy passages of exposition and a couple of clunky detours — but the overall conclusion of the series and its determination of the main characters’ storylines possess a convincing inevitability that make some of the pre-publication speculation seem curiously blinkered in retrospect."
ADDED: Where did she get her copy? At the bookstore apparently...
"A copy of [the book]...was purchased at a New York City retail outlet today, although the book is embargoed for release until 12:01 a.m. this Saturday."
Okay, I'm, like blogging the review as I read it. I'm going to stop, read the whole thing, and then blog it.
ADDED: Okay, it turns out there are too many spoilers in the NYT review (!), so I'm not going to read it until after I read the book.