Comments: 21
Linda Hilton 3 months ago
Liking in sympathy for your anger/sadness issues. You have been there for so many of us when we're hurting; here's a tiny token back at you. hugs hugs and ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
Thank you -- hugs right back! :) Glad to hear you're on the mend in turn!
Char's Horror Corner 3 months ago
Sending warm, calming thoughts your way. (And excellent review!)
Thank you! :)
Person Of Interest 3 months ago
I hear you, Themis. I've had some sad and down right crappy stuff going on in RL that would make more than a few people revel in Schadenfreude. The anger may not be productive or healthy but it is what it is. Take care of yourself and here's hoping better things are right around the corner... next to your favorite book store. :)
Thank you, and the very same to you, too! Negativity must be dealt with, and we all do it our own way (and it probably *is* way healthier to let it out than to just try and suppress it). Never mind what others think or say -- I know, only about a million times easier said than done -- and look for the light at the end of the tunnel, you,as well. And may there be the right books along the way for you as well ...
Murder by Death 3 months ago
Hell, they all said it better than I will - but booo to your RL issues. I hope Teddy and your mom are both good, and if so, Teddy is able to help in that special way cats have. We've all got your back. :)

And that was an excellent review! I agree with you on all of the Robin related stuff in principle (not having read the book myself).
Thank you, and yes, as you can tell Robin got on my nerves in a big way in this one. Well, at least I got to shout at her and let off some steam that way! :)
I was so very, very angry with Robin in this book for that act of stupidity. I think I ranted about it on here last year. Still looking forward to the next one though.
Murder by Death 3 months ago
Rage reading when you can scream at the characters can be VERY cathartic - I find it especially helpful in the car during my commute (listening to audiobooks of course, although the time I spend parked in our tunnel under the river would certainly be good for a chapter or two of print too). :)
@MbD: So long as you don't mistake the gas for the brake pedal ... :D

(These are the moments when I'm glad I'm driving on a stretch of freeway without any speed limit!)

@BHBS: Oh, I'm definitely looking forward to the next one, too. Judging by Rowling's tweets while she was approaching the finishing line, it's her longest Strike novel yet ... for whatever that's worth.
XOX 3 months ago
I share similar feeling towards Robin. She did have unrealistic expecting from Strike. And she wouldn't have gotten with so much if Strike didn't find her attractive. Compare to Strike, she really didn't have the right qualification or experience to be a PI. And there is much more things she should learn before even thinking of being a full partner.
I liked Robin in book 2; she showed some pretty positive bits of initiative there, and I was actually mad at Strike towards the end of that book for putting her life in danger the way he did at the end -- permitting her to be alone in a car with a suspected psychopath for a drive across half of London was at least as reckless as anything Robin herself did in book 3. But that doesn't make her actions in book 3 any more excusable in turn.

I'm not sure that the question whether or not Robin is attractive has anything to do with her and Strike's work relationship. Strike may be tempted, but he realizes (unlike her, apparently) that it would be unprofessional to have a personal relationship with her, and as I said in my review of book 2 (http://themisathena.booklikes.com/post/1655036/jacobean-revenge-tragedy-has-got-nothing-on-this), I think he himself carries such an incredible amount of baggage that weighing down their work relationship with all of that baggage in addition would be flat-out stupid. Well, make that "both of them carry a huge amount of baggage" now that we know about Robin's experience back in university -- in light of that, it would be an exercise in even more utter folly for them to be anything other than coworkers. Well, we'll see ... maybe she's exited his life for good. We'll soon find out, I suppose! :)
XOX 3 months ago
Mmm... I thought that is Strike showing that he trust her ability to be working on her own. Strike did feel stupid for letting her get hurt though.

I think Strike has fallen for Robin without really admitting it to himself fully. He knows she is getting married in book 2 and got married in book 3. But he really to be in her present. He worries that the new husband would not allow her to work this dangerous job any more. I think in some way, they are attracted to each other.
Yes, the fact that they are attracted to each other (or were ... until the end of book 3) is part of what creates tension in the books. That still doesn't mean it would be a good idea for them to take it to the next level -- as Strike, at any event, realizes. He'd have had several opportunities to make a go for it; he hasn't used a single one of them -- and I think at the end of book 3 he's probably glad that he didn't.
Life sucks and even when it doesn’t suck we ruminate about times it did suck and worry about future sucking. Eternal happiness is unattainable, suffering is inevitable – I learned to embrace and enjoy that. Hang in there! I've got two books hat I often use for situations like these: Marcus Aurelius's 'Meditations' has some excellent advice, including a good bit on the virtues of getting out of bed early; you might also consider Machiavelli's 'The Prince'. They're not self-help books. They're just help if you know what I mean...

I see you went for the 3rd volume, despite my warnings...good for you...don't mind me. I don't know anything...
"The Meditations" -- yeah, it just might be time to read that one again (I actually own it, too) ...
There's a disconnect between Robin's capability and her behaviour, and it doesn't immediately make sense why Strike or his badly paid receptionist job are at all appealing to her. The aftermath of the assault fills in the gap. It knocked her confidence, made her drop out of college, and made her reliant on her now fiance/doggedly loyal to him for not leaving her while she was struggling with it. With that back story in place, it then makes sense why Strike's world and his treatment of her as an equal start galvanising her rather than her taking one look around his crappy office and bolting because this guy may not be able to pay his staff at the end of the week. Robin is getting stronger and less victim which I like a lot. Not like loads of other crime dramas (True Detective and Luther springing to mind) where it's just some macho bloke(s) investigating the rape and murder of a bunch of women who are literally just plot devices.
What you're describing are precisely the reasons why I liked Robin in book 2. Even though we didn't know yet what had caused her to drop out of university, it was clear enough that it had to have been something fairly dramatic.

In book 3, no way. And as I already said in my review, no way does she get to blame her immature behavior on what we learn actually happened to her. For one thing, she'd signed up with a temp agency when she first walked into Strike's office, so this isn't about reentering the work force to begin with -- and as Rowling doesn't cease to remind us, Matthew actually wanted her to go for a higher-paying job (and hence, one that would have entailed a fair amount of responsibility as well). But the truth is that she's now hoping for a shortcut to the job she'd been dreaming about way back in university ... catch up with getting that position, that is, minus having to acquire the required practical experience on the ground first, and never mind her humongous insecurities. Which are genuine, but which are the *precise* reason why the shoes she's aspiring to fill are about 10 sizes too large for her at the moment. There is a disconnect, sure -- but that disconnect is called unrealistic expectations, disregarding or even lying to herself about her actual capabilities *at present* (never mind what she would have been able to accomplish once upon a time or might again, some years in the future), and grossly overreaching, with disastrous consequences not only for herself but also for others.
And "melikes" Galbraith's books better than I like Rowling's...
I like them both -- but for totally different reasons, and I can see why she initially thought it safer to publish the Cormoran Strike books under a different name.