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Post  ActonBell on Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:07 pm

I think one of the problems of successful authors is that their editors become very wary of offending them or offering constructive criticism so the work doesn't get pared down the way it should. This might have been a good 250 page book, but at 600 pages it's rambling and soporific.
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Re: The Other Works of JK Rowling

Post  big chicken on Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:26 pm

JR ROWLING HAS WRITTEN A CRIME NOVEL CALLED THE CUCKOO'S CALLING It is already out.

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Post  Author By Night on Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:56 pm

big chicken wrote:JR ROWLING HAS WRITTEN A CRIME NOVEL CALLED THE CUCKOO'S CALLING It is already out.

I had a feeling she'd write crime/mystery. One of the things I loved most about the HP books was that the twists were always brilliant, so I expect no less from her. I'm not a huge crime novel person, but I may give it a shot. Has anyone read this?

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Post  dinahmoe on Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:08 pm

Just bought it for my nook. Crime fiction is my FAVORITE! Will report back. It will be a while, though because I am about halfway through "Devil in the White City". True crime is my second favorite.
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Re: The Other Works of JK Rowling

Post  big chicken on Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:09 pm

I remember JKR saying she would probably publish any non-Potter book under a pseudonym but when Casual Vacancy came out under her own name I figured she'd had given up on that idea.  But she did both.  She's so tricky.  

The reviews for the book seem to have been good overall and the mystery aspect of the first Potter books were what drew me in so I have a feeling I'm going to really like this.

I love the pack of lies which is Robert Galbraith's author bio:

After several years with the Royal Military Police, Robert Galbraith was attached to the SIB (Special Investigative Branch), the plain-clothes branch of the RMP. He left the military in 2003 and has been working since then in the civilian security industry. The idea for Cormoran Strike grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends who returned to the civilian world. 'Robert Galbraith' is a pseudonym.

The only truthful thing is Robert Galbraith being a pseudonym.

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Post  Gillian on Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:20 am

Sweet, the library by my apartment has a copy available. I just put that sucker on hold. I still haven't gotten around to reading The Casual Vacancy, but I love crime fiction, so I'm really eager to read this.

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Post  ActonBell on Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:54 am

Same here. I love crime fiction so I can't wait to read this -- I hadn't heard good things about A Casual Vacancy from friends who had read it, so I had never gotten around to reading it.
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Post  SarahJanet on Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:49 pm

I finished it this afternoon, and liked it quite a lot. I don't read a ton of detective fiction but will occasionally, and this was a good example of it. Well-written and quite compelling.

I wish it had been funnier. One of the things I like best about HP is that even when it's grim, it's hilarious. I think what it really boils down to is I just really want another Harry Potter book. Sigh.

I haven't read Casual Vacancy yet, but I recommend this one. Good characters, good story, good writing. But it's no Harry Potter.

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Post  big chicken on Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:14 am

I look forward to the Harry Potter/Cuckoo's Calling fanfic. An epic Auror/Coroman Strike fic has got to be germinating in someone's brain.

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Re: The Other Works of JK Rowling

Post  particle_person on Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:57 pm

My book came yesterday! I bought hardcover, gambling that the price of the book might go up in a few years since this printing will sell out instantly (it already has...). In other news, JK Rowling discovers lawyers are gossips too:

https://t.co/7Csyk3BA1K

She is "very angry."

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Post  Gilraen on Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:04 pm

She should be; yikes, that is "maintaining client confidences 101."

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Post  particle_person on Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:15 pm

Honestly, maybe she should be angry at them, but my experience is that the juicier a secret, the shorter it will remain secret. And that one was a doozy. If it hadn't been this, I think it would have been something else.

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Post  Gilraen on Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:17 pm

It's true; but your lawyer is the one person you should be able to expect will never leak anything to the press you don't want leaked.

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Post  particle_person on Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:28 pm

Yeah, but he didn't leak it to the press, he told his wife's best friend. That's still wrong (and it's pretty unsurprising that it got to the press from there...) but it's not like he spouted off in public. I imagine JKR isn't the only one who feels betrayed today.

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Re: The Other Works of JK Rowling

Post  QueenSix on Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:47 pm

What's he doing telling his wife's best friend anything? Especially when it relates to a client of his law firm. Confidentiality and all that.

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Re: The Other Works of JK Rowling

Post  Author By Night on Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:19 pm

I think both are to blame. Fight Club rules sometimes apply at work - don't talk about Fight Club. The lawyer was foolish, and really, it's disturbing to think about what other stuff he's or might have said that could possibly be leaked, things that could actually hurt people. I realize this is different from someone's safety and well being, but it comes down to trust that business will stay in the office. Meanwhile, his "friend" intentionally divulged the information to the twittersphere, which in my eyes makes her at fault, too. Perhaps more at fault, since this was intentional.



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Post  particle_person on Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:28 pm

Yeah. I blame them both, but her even more than him. There's no way she didn't realize that was wildly wrong.

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Re: The Other Works of JK Rowling

Post  laddical on Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:46 pm

The one comment at the link about not having any sympathy for JK because she committed fraud by giving her pseudonym a fake bio for the dust jacket? So much facepalm.
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Re: The Other Works of JK Rowling

Post  Arabella on Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:45 pm

The story I read gave me the impression the husband told the wife who told her best friend, but in any case, lawyer guy might want to start polishing up the CV right about now.  Too bad for him this is the real world and he can't just blame this info getting out on on Rita Skeeter and her nefarious methods...

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Re: The Other Works of JK Rowling

Post  emrie on Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:25 am

Well, setting aside the legal drama, I downloaded the book on Sunday evening (audiobook) and have been listening to it pretty much nonstop ever since. Just finished it tonight and I really really enjoyed it. It doesn't have the pure inventive genius of Harry Potter - although I wouldn't expect that lightning to strike twice - but it does a really good job within the genre while still creating an interesting, funny, compelling set of characters. I realized I kept getting frustrated that I couldn't Google Lula Landry and Guy Soume and look at this stuff in real life - it felt that vivid! Also I spent the whole time thinking:
Spoiler:
John would be the perfect twist villain - but he can't be because he hired the detective - but what if he killed his brother? - but he can't because he's the client! So I gave myself partial credit for that one; I should have been tipped off by the rodent-y teeth - never a good JK Rowling sign (see: Pettigrew, Peter). Also, I loved the Comoran got to bone the supermodel, poor guy. He needed a break.


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Re: The Other Works of JK Rowling

Post  slmader on Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:26 am

Yeah. I'll be very surprised if that lawyer isn't sacked. They've basically declared to the world that client confidentiality is not that important to them. They'll lose a lot of business because of this.

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Post  Poubelle on Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:10 pm

Like, at least the woman who leaked the info didn't have a professional duty to keep the information privileged. She shouldn't have had the information in the first place to leak. I hope the guy has other career ideas in mind. Attorney-client privilege is one of the more basic parts of the job. If you can understand the intricacies the law, if you're capable of complex legal arguments, surely you can keep your mouth shut.

Also, should I ever require legal counsel in the UK, I know where I'm definitely NOT going.
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Re: The Other Works of JK Rowling

Post  choubetcha on Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:56 pm

Did anyone come across a comment somewhere by a guy who was upset she used a male pseudonym as he only reads male authors and now he can't be sure who's male so has to stick to only very established (male) writers? I think I saw book smugglers cite it on twitter but can't find the reference now.

I snapped the book up from the library as soon as they bought it, gotta get on it before it's due back! I don't even want to know how long the waitlist is.

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Re: The Other Works of JK Rowling

Post  big chicken on Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:43 pm

Frankly, that guy deserves whatever reading anguish he's going through if he's so adamant about reading only male authors that he can't even bear the thought of accidentally reading a book written by a woman.

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Post  particle_person on Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:48 pm

Honestly that is the saddest funniest thing I have read today. Instead of drawing the conclusion that, "hey, I liked that, maybe I can't actually tell the difference between female and male authors, perhaps I should give more women a try," he's like OH NOEZ I AM BURNED RETREAT RETREAT!
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I started the book yesterday, and I'm liking it so far.

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