The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith | Review

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m a shameless Harry Potter fan and, by association, a J K Rowling fan (not that that’s hard when she is so badass on Twitter all the time) so when I found out that Robert Galbraith was Rowling I had to test these new waters. I wonder if it was Rowling’s publisher who decided to spill the beans about Robert’s true identity (sales not going to well, perhaps), or maybe it was up to her? This is what interests me about pseudonyms…

I digress…

The “high profile”/”celebrity” characters in The Cuckoo’s Calling interested me a lot, in that I wondered how many of them were based on people Galbraith has come into contact with, following her post-Potter celebrity status.

The Cuckoo’s Calling is definitely not the greatest crime novel ever but it was an engrossing enough, easy read about a pretty cool detective (Cormoran Strike), his temp receptionist (Robin) and an interesting case with a twist I didn’t see coming and one that didn’t seem too unrealistic or contrived, which is usually my issue with the crime genre.

That’s the one thing that does seem to have followed Galbraith from her Rowling brain – those bizarre character names: Cormoran Strike. Why?

I think, and the ratings seem to agree, that these are characters one will become more involved with and interested in as the series continues, so I will get around to reading The Silkworm and Career of Evil soon. I hope to see more of Robin getting involved in solving cases and less of her twatty fiancé (unless it’s to further illustrate how much of a twat he is).

There was a hint of attraction between Strike and Robin in book #1, but I really hope that’s where it ends. Overall I liked this book, but books 2 and 3 will probably effect my overall feelings. However, as long as there’s not a romance (please don’t let there be a romance) I have high hopes.

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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green | Review

An Abundance of KatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’ve seen both movie adaptations of John Green’s books and enjoyed them. I’ve seen his YouTube videos and watched interviews with him and thought he was a pretty cool, smart dude, so thought it was probably time I actually read something he wrote. “An Abundance of Katherines” happened to be on the “recommended by our staff” shelf at the local library so I picked it up.

It wasn’t for me. The whole thing felt, not like a story being told but like a sequence of events being dictated: She did this, he did that, we felt this. The pacing was really rushed, and not in a fast-paced action way, in a “author is really trying to churn this out in 19 chapters for the quirk” kind of way. Nothing really even happens until the final 4 chapters which feel like they should be prefaced with “In conclusion…”.

The only part I did enjoy about “An Abundance of Katherines” were Green’s footnotes throughout, the only part of himself I felt like he really gave to this story. I probably wouldn’t read anything else by Green but I am still a fan of him generally. My recommendation: skip the story and read the footnotes and the Q+A at the end.

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