Well, let's start with the obvious. I was, of course, disappointed that Susan Bones did not have a larger role to play in this book, though it was a something of a relief to see her at all given what I read on page four. Let me tell you, I felt an icy hand around my heart when I read — on the fourth page! — Fudge's comment about the Bones murder. I was relieved to find out it was only Amelia, which in retrospect I felt a little guilty about.
Susan's one appearance in the book was a memorable one, and I'm very proud that she was the very first Hogwarts student to successfully Apparate. Well, mostly successfully. It was merely a flesh wound! The fact remains that she transported the vast majority of her body from one place to another well before anyone else transported any of theirs. So there.
Thus ends the list of Bones family-related portions of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I can't help but feel that there were many missed opportunities for more appearances by Susan. There were, for example, at least two scenes took place during Herbology lessons, and I have to assume that Susan was somewhere to be found in those classes. One would expect Hufflepuffs to be loyal to their Head of House, right?
I also feel as though J. K. Rowling may have overdone it slightly in her attempt to divert attention away from Harry and Susan's future romantic relationship, I mean, a red herring (or, heh, a red hair-ing) is all well and good, but really, this whole thing with Ginny is taking it a bit too far. Anyway, I've always assumed that Harry and Susan would get together post-Hogwarts, and that Harry would enjoy a brief dalliance with Ginny along the way, so in truth there was nothing in HBP to make me think Harry/Susan is any less plausible now than it ever has been.
More tomorrow. I have the day off, so I should have time to think about the book and write.