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review 2019-12-11 12:04
Strike, psia kostka!
Zabójcza biel - Robert Galbraith

Hmmm... kolejna część serii o Cormoranie Strike'u właściwie powiela wszystkie zalety i wady poprzednich tomów. Jest to w dodatku jedna z tych książek, które dobrze mi się czytało, ale w których łatwiej mi wymienić wady niż zalety, o czym zaraz się przekonacie.

 

Chciałbym powiedzieć, że jedna rzecz u Rowling, której mogę być pewny, to solidna i misterna konstrukcja kryminalnej intrygi. Chciałbym, ale jednak w przypadku „Zabójczej bieli” coś mi zgrzytało – mimo że na końcu dowiadujemy się, jak wiele szczegółów zostało rozrzuconych po całej powieści, to, no właśnie, staje się to dopiero i nagle na samym końcu, właściwie bez żadnego kulminacyjnego momentu w fabule. Przez całą opowieść nasi bohaterowie snują się w różnych miejscach, dowiadują nowych, coraz bardziej poplątanych informacji, a gdy wreszcie zostaje nam zaserwowane ostateczne rozwiązanie, to wcale nie okazuje się ono takie zaskakujące.

 

Sposób narracji, który w „Harrym Potterze” tak dobrze się sprawdzał, w kryminałach „dla dorosłych” niespecjalnie zdaje egzamin. A wciskanie tu i ówdzie wulgaryzmów jeszcze bardziej w mojej opinii pogarsza sprawę. Mam wrażenie, że autorka mając świadomość swojego trochę infantylnego stylu, na siłę umieszczała w powieści elementy, które miałyby ją „udoroślić”, co, jak można się spodziewać, potęguje tylko wrażenie sztuczności. Ale być może to tylko kwestia polskiego tłumaczenia.

 

No i ten ciągnący się przez wszystkie tomy romantyczny wątek pomiędzy Cormoranem a Robin... litości! Nie czytałem nigdy tanich romansideł, ale tak właśnie je sobie wyobrażam. Żeby nie było niedomówień, ja naprawdę lubię romantyczne wątki, więc nie mam nic przeciwko ich wprowadzaniu, ale przecież trzeba mieć jakieś standardy! Po prostu zadziwia mnie, że doświadczony pisarz może tak kiepsko opisywać uczucia, w dodatku opisywać je w nadmiarze: „on czuł to”, „ona czuła tamto”, „on myślał, że... a ona myślała, że...”. I tak już czwarty tom z rzędu, a ja ciągle nie mogę uwierzyć w to uczucie!

 

Ponarzekałem sobie trochę, lecz tak jak napisałem na wstępie, wcale nie czytało mi się tej książki tak źle, jak by można wywnioskować z moich żalów. Polecam więc przekonać się samemu, a ja dylemat, czy sięgnąć po następną część cyklu, pozostawię sobie do momentu jej wydania.

 

 

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review 2019-09-11 14:40
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2)
The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

I liked this book more than its predecessor, due in large part to the setting of the mystery. Messy publishing drama of the fictional variety is extremely my jam. It’s right up there with cheesy disaster flicks. Only more believable. I worked for a small press for a short time, and the drama that went on there was sometimes intense, sometimes trivial and petty, and always plentiful. It was entirely believable to me that half of the members of a small literary community could be suspects in the gruesome murder of an obnoxious author, and that made it that much easier to get sucked into the mystery.

 

The other thing that increased my enjoyment was Robin coming out of her shell a little more, standing up to both Strike and her fiancé and coming into her own as a fledgling detective. She’s hands down my favorite character.

 

Strike I liked a bit less this time around. He goes on an unapologetic people-using spree, and I just had no sympathy for him when things didn’t go his way. I’m hoping his behavior is part of a larger character arc and that his acting like a self-centered tit comes back to bite him in the ass sooner or later. Preferably sooner.

 

I did raise my eyebrow at the depiction of self-published authors. The sneering disdain was almost palpable. On the one hand, it makes me wonder what Rowling’s own attitude toward self-publishers is. And on the other hand, I have seen the real-life likes of the fictional Katheryn Kent in action on the internet, right down to their accurately depicted low-traffic, typo-ridden blogs.

 

I know this is a bit disjointed and rambly, but I’m actually doing pretty well for someone with a work-fried brain who can’t remember if she ate breakfast this morning. I mean, some of these sentences are actually coherent! Score! Anywho, the TL;DR version is: I liked it more than book one and I’m looking forward to book three.

 

(Read for Halloween Bingo 2019 Film at 11 square)

 

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review 2019-06-08 14:26
Lethal White ★★★★☆
Lethal White - Robert Galbraith

Another excellent entry in the Cormoran Strike series. I still love all the characters and how they are growing, but I could do without the elements of romance, even though I understand they are an important part of how each character is evolving.

 

Audio version through Audible, love the performance by Robert Glenister.

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review 2019-05-22 10:26
prefer her fantasy
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

Cormoran Strike has just broken up with his girlfriend, and he's living in his office. The latest in his long list of temporary secretaries (that he can barely afford) has just arrived so when a possible windfall of an investigation lands on his lap he doesn't hesitate. A troubled model fell from a balcony and her brother isn't sure that it was an accident. It drags him into a world where his father is better known than he is, his groupie mother died of a drugs overdose and his famous rock-star father won't be forgotten, even if Cormoran is an injured war veteran.

The building relationship between Cormoran and his secretary is interesting and the two of them work together as a team, but Cormoran needs to work on better team building. He often holds his cards very close to his chest. Not the best mystery series I've read but I will read more in this series.

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review 2019-05-07 00:28
A literary who-done-it.
The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

I have never read any Harry Potter and would probably not have read this if I hadn't been given the unabridged audio CDs by a friend. Happily it turned out to be an unexpected combination of good narration and mystery and kept my attention to the end.

 

Private investigator, Cormoran Strike, is visited by Eleanor Quine when her author husband can't be found. Owen Quine is known for his dramatic disappearances, so the alarm bells are slow to ring, but when Owen is found dead, Strike is the only person who believes that Eleanor is not guilty.

 

The character of Strike, a veteran of Afghanistan (where he lost half of one leg), is brought to life by the narration of Robert Glenister, as he attempts to make sense of the disappearance of the author. Just before he vanished, Quine released the manuscript of his new novel, full of insults and innuendos about the publishing community. Many people are angry and insulted and a whole host of possible murder suspects is produced.

 

Whilst I enjoyed the interaction between Strike and his assistant Robin, I was less convinced by Matthew, Robin's fiance, who objects to Robin's irregular hours and resents her devotion to her job. I hope the two of them make a go of it in subsequent books, because it seems just too obvious that they are heading for a split.

 

I was also not keen on the quotes at the beginning of every chapter. If you're reading, it's easy to skip these, but if you're listening they can become quite irritating. I've never understood why some authors feel that they are necessary at all.

 

I hadn't realised that I had started with book 2 of the series, not sure now, whether to go back to book 1 or move on to book 3.

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