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review 2017-10-25 18:27
Der Seidenspinner: Roman - Robert Galbraith

Can you imagine that Agatha Christie's Poirot like Cormoran Strike here sleeps with Pop Stars. They both are fat too, by the way. Modern times you will say. Maybe. But I think Christie knew that too and nevertheless (mark it) compensated the lack of "modernization" in her books by carefully manipulation of the psychological treats of her characters. By giving them "biblical devilishness or goodness".


I'm old fashioned in detectives, so 3 of 5.

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review 2017-09-23 03:19
The Cuckoo's Calling
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

I don’t always feel the need to write detailed reviews of books that have already been reviewed up the wazoo. This is one of those times, so I’m just going to jot down some impressions I want to remember.


If Galbraith had never been outed as JK Rowling, I totally would have believed this book was written by a man based on nothing more than how at least 90% of the female characters were written as manipulative, conniving, spoiled bitches, including the dead woman. The male characters fall victim to the same traits, but if I wasn’t aware of the name behind the pen name, I’d probably put this down to trying to make Strike look even better by comparison. Also, accidentally grabbing a woman’s breast (hard enough to leave bruises) to save her from falling down a flight of stairs seems like something a guy would come up with (or an animé cliché). Also, Strike’s love life sometimes smacks of wish fulfillment. I didn’t make a note of every time it was mentioned how people marveled that Strike could attract such gorgeous women, but it seemed like a lot.


Randomness: Both Strike and the victim had a million nicknames. What’s up with that?


The mystery is decent, the prose is good, the dialogue is snappy. The characters are a mix of stereotyped cardboard cutouts and interesting fleshed-out individuals. The denouement felt like it dragged on for aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages. I enjoyed it a lot more than Casual Vacancy (which I thought was well-written but meh) and I’ll continue with the series.

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review 2017-09-21 02:00
Strike was investigating a mystery of a woman's leg sent to his office
Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith

Reading this for Terrifying women. 


And it is better than I thought. 


A leg was sent to Strike' office and was addressed to Robin, his assistant. 


Who would send a leg to him? And is the leg's owner still alive?


25% finished and it is not even close to getting to who he is.


But the threat is there, and it is following Robin.


Not much is happening yet. A lot of talking and meeting and information gathering. With the sideline story of Robin preparing for her wedding.


Liking it so far. 


Robin turned out to be quite capable. Strike is sort of capable but not really good at expressing himself.


Still a pretty decent story. 

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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 2017-07-17 21:04
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

This is good and keeping me entertained, but I'm just not in the mood for it. My heads a bit messy with some medication, so I need something easy to follow. There are just too many characters! As I say, it's good, so I'll get back to it soon. I rolled ahead yesterday, but what with the aforementioned medication, I haven't got round to posting about it yet. I hope to tomorrow.

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