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Old 07-13-2013, 10:47 PM
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Post J.K. Rowling admits to writing released novel "The Cuckoo's Calling" under pseudonym

It has been revealed that the second published book by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was published this past April, but under a pseudonym - Robert Galbraith. The book, called The Cuckoo's Calling was released on April 30th under the same publisher, Little Brown, and editor. Rowling admitted that she was indeed the author of the book to The Telegraph recently - the book can be ordered right here.



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When approached this weekend, Miss Rowling said: “I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience. It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”

The book is described as “a gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London - from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho.”
The Cuckoo's Calling can be ordered now at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

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After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.
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Wow. I don't blame her for doing this at all.

This one sounds exciting, though, much more than The Casual Vacancy, plus the excerpt through Amazon reads nicely (and you can tell it's JKR from the writing style!). This could be a fun read.
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When she published The Casual Vacancy I was wondering if it wouldn't be better if she had done under a pseudonym... And now she did it, I think it should have bring back to her the emotion of publishing her first book. Interesting. Obviously I already clicked on the button "Surprise me!"/Amazon and read some pages... *sighes* It's really a pity that I have spent lot of money this month and it will take a month to buy it... Although I can ask someone to give me it as birthday's gift!!! Great idea! Thanks for sharing my thoughts!
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So... lower expectations = better reviews? Interesting.

After the Casual Vacancy experience though, I think I'll be checking this one out from the library before I buy it.
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So... lower expectations = better reviews? Interesting.

After the Casual Vacancy experience though, I think I'll be checking this one out from the library before I buy it.
I think she meant she'd get more honest and unbiased reviews, especially given all the backlash with The Casual Vacancy last year. Most of TCV's reviews were comparisons to Harry Potter and about Jo Rowling herself, and few just focused on the story. Since no one knew that TCC was hers, and believed it was just some random unknown author, they could review just on the book and not what the author had done in the past (and from what I can tell - I'm only early in the book now - the reviews are FAR more favourable for TCC than they were for TCV).
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I think she meant she'd get more honest and unbiased reviews, especially given all the backlash with The Casual Vacancy last year. Most of TCV's reviews were comparisons to Harry Potter and about Jo Rowling herself, and few just focused on the story. Since no one knew that TCC was hers, and believed it was just some random unknown author, they could review just on the book and not what the author had done in the past (and from what I can tell - I'm only early in the book now - the reviews are FAR more favourable for TCC than they were for TCV).
I find it rather interesting actually. Though, we all know sales will go up of the book. So, I wonder if she will publish under a different name if she ever writes something after this.

What I find the most interesting though is reading reviews on the book. For example, if you read them on goodreads they're predominantly positive, and I based wanting to read this book on those. I hope I can read it with a clear head and read it just for the book itself, not the author we all love.
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This is so great! The book itself sounds so interesting and is definitely the type I would pick up without even know the author. Knowing that J.K. wrote it just makes me want to start reading it like yesterday. It makes a lot more sense to get some real feedback on your work by being unknown. You have to wonder if any other famous authors ever did something like this and never revealed it...
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I love this. I absolutely love this. It must be so hard for Jo to write without feeling huge expectations, like when TCV came out, it was what she wanted to write, but too many Potter fans had problems with it. A lot of people, me included, got the book purely because we loved her from Harry Potter. I love how this shows that she is still a brilliant author and doesn't just have very loyal fans; if you look at the reviews on Amazon, so many say that the book is brilliant. It saddens me a little that she was found out so soon, because a load of us are going to go out and buy the book now, which could actually put other, adult readers off, but I think it's important that it has proved that J.K. Rowling can write. The book was not hugely popular, not so famous that everyone would read it, but so much that the people who did were probably more accustomed to reading, and therefore more critical, but they still gave brilliant reviews. I do honestly love this.

And the pseudonym is brilliant. I'm unsure of whether this is fully correct, but John Kennedy Galbraith was a famous political person, who, if you take his initials, was J.K. Galbraith. I can imagine J.K. taking the Galbraith from that, even if it isn't actually true, and taking the Robert from somewhere else. If this is true, I love that, because it's something meaningful... It just seems planned and clever and brilliant and I really do feel kind of proud right now.
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I'm definitely going to check this one out too... I just hope it's less than 500+ pages.
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I think she meant she'd get more honest and unbiased reviews, especially given all the backlash with The Casual Vacancy last year. Most of TCV's reviews were comparisons to Harry Potter and about Jo Rowling herself, and few just focused on the story. Since no one knew that TCC was hers, and believed it was just some random unknown author, they could review just on the book and not what the author had done in the past (and from what I can tell - I'm only early in the book now - the reviews are FAR more favourable for TCC than they were for TCV).
Yeah that's a good point. Still doesn't change how disappointed I was with The Casual Vacancy. Let's hope this one will be better? Seems that way!

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And the pseudonym is brilliant. I'm unsure of whether this is fully correct, but John Kennedy Galbraith was a famous political person, who, if you take his initials, was J.K. Galbraith. I can imagine J.K. taking the Galbraith from that, even if it isn't actually true, and taking the Robert from somewhere else. If this is true, I love that, because it's something meaningful... It just seems planned and clever and brilliant and I really do feel kind of proud right now.
If this connection is right... and it does seem like something she would do... that's really cool!
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Brilliant. No hype, such a good idea! I didn't read The Casual Vacancy tho, either. I might get around to reading them eventually.
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Yeah that's a good point. Still doesn't change how disappointed I was with The Casual Vacancy. Let's hope this one will be better? Seems that way!
Yea, I like really tried to read TCV without comparing it to the fact that she wrote HP. But even so it was still hard; however, her writing a book under a pseudonym is not surprising and awesome all the same. Good for her - shows that she wants to write still, but is trying to put HP behind her and write for pure pleasure of writing and NOT to be compared to past works.

Pity that some of the critics couldn't do the same for Casual Vacancy, but hopefully - and it looks like it is - TCC will be better in terms of not being compared to past works. I just hope that by revealing herself, it won't put a damper on the critiques.
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