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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-04-04 13:20
Jacobean Revenge Tragedy Has Got Nothing on This
The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith,Robert Glenister

Jesus H. Christ, where did that come from???   Oh man, talk about "leagues from Harry Potter" ... more like, in a different galaxy.  And I mean content-, not quality-wise.

 

It's no coincidence that every single chapter of this book is prefaced by a quote from a different 16th / 17th century revenge tragedy: This is not a book for the faint of heart, dealing as it does with

(1) a seriously twisted, depraved book [whose content is laid out in some detail] and (2) that book's author, who weeks after having disappeared is found murdered, with his now rotting corpse having been made the sick centerpiece of a [graphically described] scene that exactly replicates the end of his final book.

(spoiler show)

I have to confess it was at this point that I almost stopped listening, and it was only the author's s skill as a writer that pulled me back into the story and made me care about what happened next at all.

 

In terms of the technique(s) of crime writing and character development, this is even better than the first Cormoran Strike novel, The Cuckoo's Calling; and I admit one other factor that kept me glued to the book until the end was the very skillfully unraveled backstory of Strike and his ex-fiancée Charlotte, or rather, their final breakup.  If there had been one thing that had left me mildly unsatisfied at the end of the first book, it was not having learned what precisely was behind Charlotte's explosive exit from Strike's office, with which the first book opens, and the specific reason for which -- and the reason for their final dispute and breakup -- was at best hinted at in book 1.  Well, curiosity satisfied now, and boy is it ever. -- Now if Robin would finally get rid of Michael ... (That being said, I'm not sure I want Strike to be her next boyfriend, even though that seems to be where we are headed.  They work increasingly well together as a team, but Strike is carrying a heck of a lot of baggage, and I'm not sure at all that their professional relationship would benefit from a change of dynamics that would bring all of that baggage AND emotions into the mix as well.)

 

So, 4 stars with a golden ribbon on top for the writing and character development (not only of Strike and Robin, but also of this story's supporting cast of murder suspects and their respective entourage), and extra kudo points for the sheer chutzpah of ditching every last expectation that readers coming to this book straight from Harry Potter might be bringing, and for taking a full-blown, unflinching dive in the opposite direction instead.  That self-same latter dive is, however, also the reason why I'm subtracting a half star from my overall rating.  It's going to take some time and a considerable amount of mind bleach to rid my brain of the images

of that murder scene ... and the imagery of the [fictional] book inspiring it.

(spoiler show)
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-19 13:47
Strike helped find a missing person and solved a murder
The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

Carmoran Strike is more caring than he admit to himself. He taken up this case because the woman really need help.

 

The husband has gone missing, and this is not the first time. Owen, the writer, was a self-obsessed jerk. He did this disappearing act for attention and hope to get publicity. 

 

Now he was found dead. Who killed this person?

 

The detective who is on this case is a friend of Strike. More than friend as Strike has saved his life. 

 

The way the backstory given Strike a bit more dimension, or how he interacted with other characters. 

 

Also, the story involved his younger brother Al. Al is a rich kid being the son of a rock star. He wanted to stay connected to his brother. 

 

Robin is also better as a character. She really wants to be a detective in training. She had advanced driver training and has saved Strike and herself from a car accident. 

 

Really like the bit about Strike giving remarks on how pretty Robin is, how she needs to disguise herself. 


Matthew is loved by Robin and just not that likable, selfish bastard. 

 

He didn't like Robin to have this job and he dislike Strike. 

 

The story itself has some twists and turns. Keep the readers guessing. Good detective book. 

 

Really enjoyed this. 5 stars work. 

 

 

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text 2018-03-17 08:23
Reading progress update: I've read 320 out of 592 pages.
The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

Strike investigating, first a disapparence, then a murder. 

 

The side story is actually a background story about his past ans how he lost his leg, and how he saved someone life. 

 

His disability is limiting him  in way that is frustrating. He has to drive automatic as his knee is injured and he is in pain. 

 

Robin offered to drive him and he finally taken up her offer. The driving itself is a turning point for Strike to put even more trust into her. She had advanced driving skill. 

 

Cool. Enjoying this. 

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text 2018-03-13 09:10
Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 592 pages.
The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

Strike has taken a client that he is not sure would get his fee back.

 

An arrogant writer has disappeared. And this is not the first time. His wife has asked Strike to find him and told him that his publisher would pay him.

 

Now the publisher is actually pretty pissed with the writer for written a scandalous book that is gross and sad and based on the who's who in the publishing industry. 

 

As the side story. Robin has set the date for he wedding and invited Strike.

 

It is known that Strike doesn't like Robin's fiance Matthew and vice versa. 

 

The book is a bit too much for most, but harmless enough to be publishable. 

 

Only at 160 pages and still not sure if we want this mean writer  

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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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