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review 2017-12-19 01:13
Strike and Robin investigating a suicide
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

My latest load of books. 

 

In the attempt to get a VIP card from a local bookstore, a brand from Taiwan, I have to buy a lot. 

 

So I tried and tried to find enough books for me to buy in order to become member. This is in the pile. 

 

The surprise is how readable this is. I read the latest one Career of Evil when it went on sale. This one didn't got my interest so much as I have already watched the TV series it based on.

 

The story has a bit of problem, the detective Strike seems sad, yet didn't really have a temper. Man who had a father who hardly knows his existence, and a career cut short because of injury. One must get frustrated in life and probably has a bit of temper. He is just not a cheerful guy but didn't really take it out on anyone really. 

 

As for his detective skill, it is a bit procedural. Who was there and why? Interviewing witnesses and tried to confirm the police didn't missed anything. 

 

The problem of watching the TV series first is the spoiler. I tried to forget the end bits to enjoy the progression of the book more. 

 

The story itself didn't have enough interactive actions that I like in detective story. But this is just preference. The story itself is doing fine. I would have to find out if this is a suicide or if someone has harmed this young woman. 

 

The middle bit is a bit of running around with glues. If only Strike revealed some of the clues to Robin, then it would get even better. 

 

The ending is fine. 

 

4.5 stars read. 

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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 2017-07-24 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 2017-07-09 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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