The cuckoo's calling.

Discuss the September 2013 book of the month The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K Rowling).
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Post by Mdoucet1086 » 16 Aug 2015, 14:21

I just got this book, I' haven't started reading it yet but I hope it is better then Casual Vacancy was ( plot wise, writing wise it was fine).

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Post by bookowlie » 16 Aug 2015, 18:23

Mdoucet1086 wrote:I just got this book, I' haven't started reading it yet but I hope it is better then Casual Vacancy was ( plot wise, writing wise it was fine).
I read The Cuckoo's Calling last year and enjoyed it. I didn't love the mystery, but the main character and his assistant are great characters. This is the first book of a series with these two characters.

As for Casual Vacancy, I couldn't get past the first chapter. I found the writing style too wordy and uninteresting. I think J.K. Rowling took the constructive criticism from the book negative reviews and improved with her next book (Cuckoo's Calling"). While Cuckoo's Calling is not great, it is certainly a good story.
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Post by litmonster » 02 Sep 2015, 19:35

I read this just after the second book in the series came out (which of course meant I had to read them both). As I read, I couldn't decide if I liked it...some of the descriptions, I questioned some of the random bits of information that isn't necessary for a story, and is an interesting way to paint her characters. Robin was interesting, and I liked her willingness to admit her dreams and that it was possible for her to follow them, even if that meant getting dirty, which usually happens when you're doing things right. However, I still haven't made up my mind how I feel about the odd relationship painted between Robin, her fiance, and Strike. The mystery was interesting, and it certainly had a very human quality about the idea, despite the boldness of the murderer. It was worth the read, though I'm still undecided just how much I liked it. I've read the second one, and will probably read the latest one too when it becomes available, mostly out of interest and curiosity.

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Post by baasil999 » 23 Sep 2015, 22:29

Somehow, I am not happy for the title. It is strange. Anyway, looking forward for the review. :? :?

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Post by CzechTigg » 05 Oct 2015, 08:29

Rowling and adult themes or strong language were of course in her casual vacancy effort from a few years back.

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Post by Aithne » 07 Nov 2015, 13:09

Neleh403 wrote:Since this book has been voted September book of the month I have started to read it. AKA J K Rowling I can't wait to see how it compares to The Harry Potter series. I'm hoping it doesn't. Obviously JK Rowling wants to be credited for her writing skills and not for who she is hence the pseudonym. :?
I don't think it's just the fact she wants recognition regardless of fame. Authors tend to write under a pseudonym for two major reasons. One, as you suggest, is to avoid readers getting a book just because the author is famous, and to avoid the hype.

The other reason has to do with branding. An author who has a strong branding of fantasy and magic might struggle to write a historical biography without some of their hardcore fans being disappointed that the story wasn't another lovely fantasy story.

I kind of wish her authorship was kept quiet longer. It would have prevented the book from entering the hype and would have allowed her to build up another brand.

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Post by S_Mulla » 05 Feb 2018, 15:09

The Cuckoo's Calling was the first Robert Galbraith book I read. Since then I've been completely addicted to Roberts other work and rather enjoy his work.

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Post by dtb » 31 Mar 2018, 10:15

I loved this book and the whole series. I'm excited to see the television series, which recently won the "Best TV Drama Series" award from the National Film Awards UK. I think it will be available in the US this summer.

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Post by jvez » 22 Apr 2018, 06:37

This is a really great book. You would never expect it was written by the author of Harry Potter since the genre and the writing style are just so different.

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Post by dtb » 24 May 2018, 15:52

S_Mulla wrote:
05 Feb 2018, 15:09
The Cuckoo's Calling was the first Robert Galbraith book I read. Since then I've been completely addicted to Roberts other work and rather enjoy his work.
Me too. I am excited to see the BBC TV series is coming to the U.S. next month.

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Post by Shrabastee » 15 Jun 2018, 06:43

I am curious about what my reception of the book would have been, had I not known that Galbraith is actually JKR. Knowing this beforehand had both a positive and a negative effect. On the positive side, I was happy to read yet more books and that too of a different genre from my favourite author. But on the other hand, my level of expectation increased considerably. However, it was a mixed experience for me. I liked several aspects of the book (and its sequels), but as a whole I did not find the story that gripping. It had thrill, it had twists, but apart from that, it lacked the charm which compels the readers to keep guessing who might the culprit be or anticipate what might happen next. The readers were given absolutely no clues to ponder over. The way Strike came up with the solution often seemed abrupt. This was, in my opinion, a very weak point of the book.

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