Have you had the chance to read The Cuckoo's Calling by author JK Rowling... I mean, Robert Galbraith? There have been many reviews online about how wonderfully this mystery novel was written along with exciting character development and plot build within the story that returns us back to Rowling-esque form as compared to The Casual Vacancy (which this editor loved but many others did not like).
Our own editorial writer, hpboy13, brings us a relatively "spoiler-free" review in which he describes favorite moments, characterizations, and the return of Rowling's greatness, although some scenes bring us back to the comparison of the Harry Potter series relationship. He writes:
An interesting thing Jo does is have her characters know far more than the reader. Strike solves the mystery at about the 2/3 mark in the book, but we are not privy to the solution until it is unveiled at the very end. This has the potential to be disastrous – in fact, the one time Jo tried this in HP, the result was perhaps the clumsiest passage in the series. I am referring to the chapter in Half-Blood Prince where Harry pretends to spike Ron’s pumpkin juice with Felix Felicis and lets Hermione catch him so Ron would get a confidence boost. There was almost a slight sense of betrayal during that passage – having been inside Harry’s head for so many years, we expect to be privy to all his thoughts, and this just felt wildly out of place.
We will be bringing you another review later on that has spoilers in it, but for now, head on over to the The Three Broomsticks, and check out this review along with all of the other Harry Potter editorials by hpboy13.
Posted by Keith
10-24-2013 at 12:30 AM