Wholly original take on the Angel of Death, so to speak. Well thought-out and superbly executed, this book belies the very real potential of the CityWholly original take on the Angel of Death, so to speak. Well thought-out and superbly executed, this book belies the very real potential of the City of Angel's own Alisa Tangredi. This is a writer to watch. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
I would love to see this book on the big screen. It completely captivated and entranced me, and the characters were fascinating and sympathetic. Truly refreshing. Don't wait until Halloween to read this dark contemporary fantasy. Dive in today....more
I have not yet read this book, but I love the movie! If you're in the Louisville area I hope to see you at the Princess Bride Experience 8/31! https:/I have not yet read this book, but I love the movie! If you're in the Louisville area I hope to see you at the Princess Bride Experience 8/31! https://www.facebook.com/PrincessBrid......more
I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't really a page-turner until the end, but it was compelling at that point. The last 150 pages, I couldn't get throI really enjoyed this book. It wasn't really a page-turner until the end, but it was compelling at that point. The last 150 pages, I couldn't get through fast enough. The killer surprised me, although it was a little unsatisfying. I don't know. Seemed...forced. Regardless, I loved the read.
The characters were enthralling and I definitely didn't see the ending coming. Overall it's a 3.5-to-4 star read.
Wasn't as polished a mystery as the greats in the genre, so don't expect Agatha Christie, okay? JK Rowling is my IDOL so please understand, I will read anything she writes (I tried to read The Casual Vacancy and it was just SO sad, I couldn't take it) due to her style, her take on things, her storytelling capacity. She's still feeling out new genres and it shows...but she's a great writer so who cares if this isn't her "A" game mystery? It's still an A overall. B+, at the very least.
I think JKR makes a good mystery writer, though she doesn't display the genius for world-building in this story that she does in Harry Potter. You know what? That's fine. It's totally okay. Robert Galbraith had no such reputation to uphold, did he? He was free to be a midlist, adequate, British cozy(ish) mystery author. It was JKR, after all, that was the Queen of Fantasy, not Galbraith. Held to that standard, Galbraith's work was a very well-done debut. I sympathize with her on having her marketing kind of wrecked. I'm sure she cries all the way to the bank, though.
On a technical note, there were typos (not British spellings, but legitimate typos), repeated words, and flat-out errors in the book about average in frequency for any standard novel. I normally don't even remark on such things because no book is perfect, but with the understanding that this was JKR book and would therefore eventually have become a best-seller upon reveal, I feel the editing staff really should have beat the hell out of this book before it went to press. They shortchanged my fave author and that's frustrating, as someone who herself pays for editing. All authors pay for editing, whether indie or trad pub. When we give our books over for work to be done on, it hits our bottom line. I feel like JKR deserves better editing than this. Not just technically, but in terms of story editing, too. There were some problematic elements to both the plot and the characterization that could have and should have been more stringently treated. But, whatever. She's JKR and I'm sure everyone bows to her greatness. I'd like to think I'd be strong enough to take issue with her over things, but the truth is I'd probably fangirl out and end up in a puddle of tears if I were lucky enough to work with her.
Honestly, I can't WAIT for the next adventure of Cormoran Strike and the resourceful Robin (did we get her last name?). Although much of the London scenery escapes me, I enjoyed the descriptions of that urban setting, as well. I hope the next book deals with celebrities, as well. That was a fun element. The chapter where Strike interviewed the clothing designer was the most vivid in the book. Guy Somé came alive more than any other character in the book, including Strike.
Super awesome, hilarious, six out of five stars for writing! Loved this! People have been telling me for years I need to read the Dresden Files. I getSuper awesome, hilarious, six out of five stars for writing! Loved this! People have been telling me for years I need to read the Dresden Files. I get it! Will do!...more