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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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review 2017-04-04 20:46
#23 - The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

I have no idea how to rate this book. I gave it 3/5 stars because it was not really my cup of tea. Doing this, I feel like I don't do it justice because I only rate it based on my apreciation and not based on the book itself. I always have difficulties reviewing genres I'm not used to reading. I enjoyed the story and I liked the writing. But I was not hooked, it took me quite a long time to read it and I don't like that when I feel like I'm not progressing on a book. it means I'm not really into it. 

 

Anyway, the book may be really great, I cannot say. I was too focused on the fact that it was not the type of book I usally read and it got me stuck. That's a shame, really. I don't know if you experience the same thing while reading things you're not used to. I feel like I have to do it so I don't enjoy it. I kind of force myself actually. And I could like the book a lot, but because I feel obliged to do it, I don't. That is stupid, I know (because nobody forced me to read it, obviously). 

 

Have you read it? What did you think?

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review 2016-08-27 17:55
The Silkworm
The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

It took me only 3 days to finish this book with its 600 pages, so the term "compulsive reading" surely applies to The Silkworm (or The Cuckoo´s Calling for that matter). Unfortunately the Cormoran Stike novels never manage to be more than an enjoyable read for me with some flaws.

 

The biggest problem I have with the series is that J.K. Rowling heavily relies on Deus Ex Machina moments. Strike has to solve a mysterious death and he doesn´t have an awful lot to work with (there isn´t any incriminating evidence at the murder scene). There are a lot of suspects, everyone could be the murderer and the only thing Strike does throughout the novel is to interrogate the suspects. And then, towards the end, this is happening:

 

All of a sudden Strike has a revelation, he remembers something he has heard in a conversation or read in magazine, and suddenly he just knows who the murderer is. Not in a million years could I come up with such a farfetched solution to the case, but Strike just pulls it of.

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Another thing I haven´t been particularly fond of in this book is the relationship between Strike, Robin and her fiance Matthew (I could perfectly do without all the jealousy). I would prefer a platonic friendship between Strike and Robin and that they just team up in a professional manner. I just can´t stand unnecessary relationsship drama.

 

Despite its flaws I´m looking forward to the next installment in the series. The Cormoran Strike novels are my guilty pleasure reads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2016-06-29 10:37
“The whole world's writing novels, but nobody's reading them.” - Robert Galbraith
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review 2016-03-12 07:33
"You can't plot murder like a novel."
The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm

by Robert Galbraith

 

First, the disclaimer: I listened to this on audio, mostly while out biking with rain beating on my helmet, so my recollections way off. However, the audio has been reclaimed by Overdrive, so that's just how it's going to be.

 

J. K. Rowling has a true gift for creating compulsively readable books. I loved the Harry Potter books growing up, and I think the Strike series shows that Rowling can do hardboiled just as well as she can do children's fantasy. It doesn't hurt that Rowling seems to focus on topics she feels strongly about. The first book dealt with the monstrosity of fame. This book is all about the publishing industry, and Rowling certainly has a lot to say. Drunken editors, conniving agents, overweening authors, delusional SPAs... this book has them all in droves. As always, the cast is colorful, even if Rowling's portrait of them is less than charitable.

 

At the same time, despite all the graphic disturbing novel-within-a-novel content that I could really have done without (one reason not to listen to this on audio: those passages are a lot harder to skim or skip), the plot of The Silkworm reminded me strongly of an Agatha Christie mystery, and despite my deep and abiding fondness for the queen of Golden Age mystery, that is not a compliment.

Seriously? We're going with the "mannish" career woman twisted by her inability to get a man? What century are we in here? That bit at the end, with Liz all vulnerable, her fatal weakness of being insufficiently attractive exposed? Really?

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I thoroughly enjoy the relationship between Robin and Strike, but in all honesty, I wish they'd keep it platonic. It's obviously not going to stay that way; the clearest indicator is the way in which Rowling continues her work of villifying Matthew. In the first book, Matthew was just a bit stiff, proud, and unempathetic, and I had hope that he might develop into a rounded character. In Silkworm, Rowling is no longer doing her audience the courtesy of giving them a choice of who to sympathize with. Matthew has been flattened into a vain, obsessive, jealous, vindictive, emotionally abusive villain. He pretty much exists solely to create conflict and to act as a foil for Strike. Robin's continued relationship with him is intensely frustrating and depressing. As a reader, I only sees his jealous, spiteful, controlling, emotionally abusive side, so Robin's fondness for him is utterly mystifying to me. 

All the same, I was kind of on Matthew's side for Robin's jaunt into the country. Can you imagine your SO leaving you alone to deal with the death of your mother while (s)he joyrides away into the country? Why wasn't she with him at a time like that?

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I've read the next one already, so I know where this is going, but treating this book in isolation, I wish Rowling didn't make it quite so clear that she despises Matthew.

Anyway, despite a few flaws, The Silkworm is an entertaining continuation of a captivating series. I'm looking forward to more cases with Strike.

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