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Old 12-22-2013, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Besides Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling has written the Casual Vacancy and Cuckoo's Calling. I have read both and personally enjoyed both! Rowling's amazing ability to develop characters makes any tale she spins absolutely amazing. Of the two, Casual Vacancy was my favorite due to the glimpse inside a town that is terribly normal despite harboring some very dark secrets. Cuckoo's Calling is well worth a read also, with the author giving us a harrowing crime novel (despite a somewhat predictable ending).

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I really enjoyed the Casual Vacancy! It was brilliantly written from so many vastly different perspectives and you believed the voice of every single one of them. It was also refreshing to see the more mature side of her writing. Although the story was very British in nature, I can picture towns just like that near where I live on the other side of the world. A very good read.

I have purchased the Cuckoo's Calling but I haven't read it yet. It's on my pile of stuff to read, near the top.
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I just reread Cuckoo's Calling, and I still think it is wonderfully written. The Casual Vacancy I thought was very good as well, I just liked TCC better.
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I've read both twice. The Casual Vacancy has, IMO, a very slow start. The first 250 pages or so, are mainly used to set up the backdrop for the story; introducing characters, their relationships with each other, the town, the counsel and conflicts and so forth. This part I find exceedingly boring. After this, the story picks up. While it's a grim tale, to me it is clear that Jo wished to use her fame to attract the world's eyes to certain problems and their causes. Knowing millions of people would read her novel.


The Cuckoo's Calling was an interesting crime story. When I first read it I kept mixing certain things up, and had the disappointing feeling that Jo sprung the murderer upon us without a hint or a clue beforehand. However, my re-read proved this wrong. There are some very subtle hints. Really after seven HP books I should no better than not paying attention to the slightest details of hers...

I really liked the relationship between Cormoran and Robin and am looking forward to reading the sequel The Silkworm which is set for release 19 June 2014 in England, and I think 24 June in the US.

One thing I missed, was Jo's ironic humour, which I fear was cut off to make the book distinctly different from her other books in order for her secret (that she wrote it) to remain a secret. There are humour for sure, but much more subtle than in HP. Still I liked it a lot, and unlike AurorAvis I didn't find the ending predictable at all.
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I've finally picked up The Cuckoo's Calling and I really like it so far! I just love her style of writing and the story is wide open at the moment. No clue whodunnit yet but I have suspicions. These forays into adult lit are well worth the read!
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