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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess that means nobody has much of an opinion yet on whether they'll read an as-yet-unpublished book by a gazillion-selling author. Laughing

It was worth a try...
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will give it a fair read, but not in the near future.

I agree her writing style improved significantly over the Harry Potter series and I hope her new book is as interesting a read as her other books were.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*chuckle*
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am undecided as to whether I shall read it or not. I have heard nothing else about it. Will have to wait for reviews to see what the subject is and if it is worth my time.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DoctorGamgee wrote:
{Deleted part as it is called the JKRowling thread, not the Potter. }

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First review is in: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/magic-rowling-new-book-casual-vacancy-full-unforgettable-profanity-article-1.1168323

Essentially, it sounds like Rowling may be wallowing in the new found liberties she can take when not writing for children.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm. The writer of the article, to paraphrase, said "She used bad wooooords! There was some good stuff, but there was boring stuff and other people wrote better. Hmph!!"
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i still need to read the Potter books before I tackle the adult novel...
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

do so when you can, sarge. I would love to get the dissections up and running again. perhaps someone new to the series would enjoy taking on a chapter or thirty... Wink

keep in mind the novels were written for readers the same age as Harry is in each book. so the first few are more...uhm...I guess I would say lightweight than the later ones.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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i still need to read the Potter books before I tackle the adult novel...


I'm not sure you do. After all, it might even be better not to. It's not a sequel. Unless she fiddles around with things, it has nothing to do with HP at all. Though I'm sure there will be fanfic.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was released last week, we had only 3 on pre-order at our book shop, which surprised me
It's called The Casual Vacency and tells the tale of small English town in the aftermath of the death of one of the town councilors
Huh?
Having flicked through it at work, I am in no hurry to actually buy a copy, it just sound so dull!
Ok, so she's done with Harry, but this seems like the ultimate opposite of her previous work, and if she is really trying to break away from hogwarts, then why publish as JK Rowling and not Joanne Rowling (which she says she only used so that boys would not be put off a female author)

Al in all...

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I understand that people love the Harry Potter books and that there is quality in there in terms of characterisation and complexity of plot and ideas. However, the bits that I have read and my experience of watching the films all suggested to me that this was a gifted writer of books for coming-of-age teenagers. Nothing in them appealed to me as an adult. I'm not sure what made her think that she had to try and write an 'adult' novel. What would have been wrong with writing a teenage novel but set in the real world. There is plenty of 'magic' in our ordinary world and I think someone like Rowling would be able to access that with a bit of imagination.

Also, what would be wrong with doing what every other fantasy author does when their world gets played out, imagine a new one!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll get this with new, successful, untested authors. A lot of times, they get this idea that they are great literary writers, and when they feel the 'establishment' does not take them seriously, they get into the "I'll show them!" mind set. Rowling does not care about writing about 'magic'. She wants to be taken seriously as a writer. What she does in the future will demonstrate what type of person she actually is.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rowling has enough bank to write whatever she likes. i think it is smart to do something so far removed from the world of Potter.

has she ruled out ever returning to ?Hogwarts?
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