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review 2017-07-24 19:13
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling is another book that’s been on my tbr for a really long time, but I’m not big on the genre so kept on passing it up. It’s also written by J.K. Rowling (who goes under a pen name here) and I was a bit nervous about reading something written by her that isn’t Harry Potter. But when I hit on the booklikesopoly square that told me to read a thriller or adventure, I decided to change that and give this a try. I needn’t have been worried that I wouldn’t like it because I ended up loving it and plan to read the rest of the series just as soon as I’m ready for it.

 

The book follows Cormoron Strike, ex-military turned private eye who’s very much down on his luck. When we meet him he’s just broken up with his girlfriend, doesn’t have a place to call home and is up to his eyes in debt.

 

A temp from a recruitment agency he’s been using, Robin, turns up and before he can ask her to leave (because he can’t afford her), she helps him out with the case he’s taken on and they strike up a relationship that’s the cornerstone of the novel.

 

Even though I found the plot a little convoluted at times, I loved the characters. What I especially loved was their interactions. For example, the relationship between Cormoran and Robin was so authentic, underscored perfectly by the excellent dialogue they exchanged with one another. I felt I really got to know Cormoran, especially his prosthetic limb!

 

All of this is not to say I didn’t have problems with the novel. To me the ending verged on theridiculous and spoiled some of my enjoyment. I did (for a fleeting moment earlier in the novel) consider that the person who turned out to be the killer was the killer, but I quickly discarded it because it seemed so ludicrous. But then it actually was this person! The characters made up for it, though, and I can’t wait to read more.

 

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text 2017-07-15 22:35
Multi-Author Mystery and Thriller Sale (My rare promotional post)
The Calling (Mae Martin Mysteries Book 1) - Amber Foxx

Since a  lot of the people who follow this review blog are mystery fans, I thought you might like to know where you can find  some mystery and thriller bargains this weekend. Book One in the Mae Martin Psychic Mystery Series, The Calling, is on sale for 99 cents along with many others, spanning all aspects of the mystery and thriller genres.

 

For my fellow Nook owners and others who read on something other than a Kindle, my books are on all e-book retail sites, never just Amazon.

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text 2017-07-09 16:15
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

Other than the ending, which I'm really not sure about, I enjoyed this a lot.

 

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text 2017-07-07 20:40
Reading progress update: I've read 56%.
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

I'm loving this! The characterisation is so vivid that I don't even care about the plot! The plot's excellent, though, don't get me wrong. And there are another couple of books in the series. Result!

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review 2017-06-26 06:18
Calling on Dragons
Calling on Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede

I completely forgot about this book. Seriously, when I started reading it I couldn't remember a single thing other than I had an immediate need to read book 4 after finishing this one.

 

Definitely feels like the weakest in the series and reading Wrede's introduction (after I reread the book) I wasn't surprised to see that she was reluctant when writing this one.

 

If I were to do another reread of the series, I would start with book 4, read 1 and 2 and skip 3.

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