Friday, July 19, 2013

New J.K. Rowling Book? What?

I've been watching with interest the stories this week about the whole J.K. Rowling pseudonym debacle. For any of you not up to date on your minor news stories, here's a decent recap here, although more recent stories have revealed how the news was leaked by a partner at the law firm that represents Rowling to his wife's best friend who then tweeted it to the world. As the wife of a future lawyer, I found that part extremely interesting. I mean, what a juicy secret! I sure hope my husband never has to keep such juicy little tidbits from me. Although, really, who do I have to share such things with? All seven of the people who follow me on twitter? His secrets are all probably very safe with me. Not that he will ever be representing the likes of J.K. Rowling. His future firm is more in the line of representing oil companies, which I find far less intriguing (downright boring, if we're being honest).

Back to the point. I've been anxiously reading reviews of this book, The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, trying to decide if I want to read this one. Like most bookish nerds of my generation, I'm an avid Rowling fan and think she is a brilliant writer, but I'm not going to lie, The Casual Vacancy was a hard read for me. I mean, it was still brilliantly written, but the hardcore subject matter and generally depressing reality of it all made me wish Rowling had never strayed from the fantasy world she did so well. I mean, I can understand her desire to break out of a rather defining genre; she said herself she never intended to write young adult fiction. But The Casual Vacancy was just so difficult that I'm really pausing over this new one. My gut instinct is to jump on the bandwagon and snap up a copy of The Cuckoo's Calling because, for crying out loud, it's J.K. Rowling! And the book has some decent reviews (unlike The Casual Vacancy) and people seem to like it. But it's a detective/murder mystery, and that's never been my favorite genre. So I'm just not sure.

Anyone planning to read it? Anyone read it yet who can recommend?

1 comment:

  1. If you read it, I will definitely be interested in hearing your thoughts. I found this whole news story quite fascinating and entertaining.