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Cormoran Strike #2

The Silkworm

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Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo's Calling.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before...

464 pages, Hardcover

First published June 19, 2014

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Robert Galbraith

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This is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adults.

NOTE: There is more than one author with this name on Goodreads.

Rowling was born to Anne Rowling (née Volant) and Peter James Rowling, a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer, on 31 July 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Bristol. Her mother Anne was half-French and half-Scottish. Her parents first met on a train departing from King's Cross Station bound for Arbroath in 1964. They married on 14 March 1965. Her mother's maternal grandfather, Dugald Campbell, was born in Lamlash on the Isle of Arran. Her mother's paternal grandfather, Louis Volant, was awarded the Croix de Guerre for exceptional bravery in defending the village of Courcelles-le-Comte during the First World War.

Rowling's sister Dianne was born at their home when Rowling was 23 months old. The family moved to the nearby village Winterbourne when Rowling was four. She attended St Michael's Primary School, a school founded by abolitionist William Wilberforce and education reformer Hannah More. Her headmaster at St Michael's, Alfred Dunn, has been suggested as the inspiration for the Harry Potter headmaster Albus Dumbledore.

As a child, Rowling often wrote fantasy stories, which she would usually then read to her sister. She recalls that: "I can still remember me telling her a story in which she fell down a rabbit hole and was fed strawberries by the rabbit family inside it. Certainly the first story I ever wrote down (when I was five or six) was about a rabbit called Rabbit. He got the measles and was visited by his friends, including a giant bee called Miss Bee." At the age of nine, Rowling moved to Church Cottage in the Gloucestershire village of Tutshill, close to Chepstow, Wales. When she was a young teenager, her great aunt, who Rowling said "taught classics and approved of a thirst for knowledge, even of a questionable kind," gave her a very old copy of Jessica Mitford's autobiography, Hons and Rebels. Mitford became Rowling's heroine, and Rowling subsequently read all of her books.

Rowling has said of her teenage years, in an interview with The New Yorker, "I wasn’t particularly happy. I think it’s a dreadful time of life." She had a difficult homelife; her mother was ill and she had a difficult relationship with her father (she is no longer on speaking terms with him). She attended secondary school at Wyedean School and College, where her mother had worked as a technician in the science department. Rowling said of her adolescence, "Hermione [a bookish, know-it-all Harry Potter character] is loosely based on me. She's a caricature of me when I was eleven, which I'm not particularly proud of." Steve Eddy, who taught Rowling English when she first arrived, remembers her as "not exceptional" but "one of a group of girls who were bright, and quite good at English." Sean Harris, her best friend in the Upper Sixth owned a turquoise Ford Anglia, which she says inspired the one in her books.

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Profile Image for Mohammed Arabey.
709 reviews5,618 followers
May 7, 2017
Welcome back to 12 Bar Cafe.. to Cormoran Strike's.
Welcome back in London,and to actually Being Strike.

I still see him as "Hugh Jackman" :),with some hair style to match, & Emma Watson as his adorable blonde, smart secretary, Robin.

And Welcome to The Case of the Manuscript of..

..Bombyx Mori
“..writers are a savage breed, Mr. Strike. If you want life-long friendship and selfless camaraderie, join the army and learn to kill. If you want a lifetime of temporary alliances with peers who will glory in your every failure, write novels.”

―Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm
The case this time is bloody strange, mysterious, full of twists , and yeah .. full of blood.
It forces Strike to enter the nest of the Literary community, Which is Never as calm as you may think..

It's full of envy, bloody parodies...indecent metaphors , and in this case,A carcass that slaughtered brutally ,viciously and , somehow, symbolic..

It's the Silkworm Case...

A worried wife comes to Cormoran Strike's to investigate the usual disappearance of her husband the writer after some troubles with his agent about publishing his new novel.

Strike discover that the manuscript of his unpublished novel is awfully describes every one in the author's life in a sarcasm, indecent bloody metaphors, some of it'd even ruin lives and reputations.
The problem is , the manuscript get leaked, and most of London literary community knows all about, the people involved are important ones, powerful and some of them, as many people of the literary circles, weirdos or even worst, maniacs..
“The whole world's writing novels, but nobody's reading them.”
“We need readers,” muttered Daniel Chard. “More readers. Fewer writers.”

― Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm

Well don't look at me just like that...it's J.K.Rowling Robert Galbraith's opinion about them...and sure knows better than us about the habitants of this nest of Writers, Authors' Agents ,Editors, Publishers..
And really what she said is shockingly bold..
“I said that the greatest female writers, with almost no exceptions, have been childless. A fact. And I have said that women generally, by virtue of their desire to mother, are incapable of the necessarily single-minded focus anyone must bring to the creation of literature, true literature. I don’t retract a word. That is a fact.”

― Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm

And I called it 'nest' because Owen , that poor author,founded brutally viciously murdered by a cold blooded murderer..

And we'll wonder the whole novel Who did it? You may suspect -as I did all the characters, even his little daughter :) , But you won't ask why, you'll read big parts of 'Bombyx Mori' that can be enough reason for any one who get metaphorically mentioned in it to do so.
And remember my friend...not all writers are as sane as you may think..


The Characters
As book one, every character ,main or secondary, is deep enough to feel like it's a real person.
And again you'll be able here to read their body language and could tell their moments of confidence, or disruption..
You'll know if they're hiding something...even before Strike would clear that out..
BUT STILL, you'll never tell who did it before him saying so.


And in the second novel we get to know more and deeper into Strike and Robin's lives ,more of the family and friends of Strike and Robin appear in this one, which really enrich the characters and the novel overall.
And again Rowling is keeping us on edge to know whether they will be working together till the end of this case or not.


The Writing Style
I really adore the writing style of J.K.Rowling Robert Galbraith... although it's really a bit difficult to me, too much describes with 'classic' language mixed with new expressions ...But it always worth the long hours read with the clever plot..

Here, there's more pages about Strike's other cases he works on in the same time of the case of The Silkworm..
That may be a bit boring for some, But I think it's good as we actually live with Cormoran Strike for the 3,4 weeks that the main case takes.
It's like we not reading just A case and that's it, we experience Full Time of the detective's life 'both personal and professional' in the time of the main case.

One more thing, The Amazing London life style experience ... I mean since the sample of first 2 chapter here, I felt I'm actually in London, by dawn's early light in the perfectly described Smithfield Market..
not only describing the places, BUT also a glimpse of its history...
The novel as the first one is like a tourist guide for the pretty traditional London.
I enjoyed so much reading about The Simpson's restaurant and loved when I googled it and saw it's as I imagined while reading the fine description.
The part when Robin drive Strike,the car travel in the snowy weather, and trying to get to Kings Cross in time was awesome part too.
And for making the novel even more Real.... check these 2 Real magazines covers of Dec.2010, you'll find them hidden in the novel.
And I shocked when I read about the sinkhole in Germany was real..I saw the pictures 3 years ago but thought it's fake..

Do you think it's got something to do with the Magical community? are Deatheaters back? Potter must know about. :)

Well, finally , it's a shame this review appears in Wikipedia,
Val McDermid from The Guardian gave the novel a positive review, but criticized the descriptions of the different London settings, which she considered superfluous: "I suspect that having spent so many books describing a world only she knew has left her with the habit of telling us rather too much about a world most of us know well enough to imagine for ourselves".

Well, the novel isn't selling Only in UK... AND not all the readers worldwide know London streets "well enough" to imagine..
It's good to visit and see London's streets, Bars, Cafes...etc by Rowling's writing style..as Dan Brown does also when he takes us into different countries by his novels pages...and so she does here.
PS: check my illustrated Book One's Review

Rowling is a master of visualizing her novels' settings..whether it's Hogwarts, Bagford ...or London.

A novel that you really Must Read...enrich with characters, setting and fine Thriller.

Mohammed Arabey
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1,127 reviews3,551 followers
February 18, 2015
Wicked brilliant! ( Yes ;) Pun intended! )


If you are respectably active on the reading community, it will be no surprise that this "Robert Galbraith" is really the mega-famous writer J.K. Rowling, author of the ultra-mega-famous book series of Harry Potter. Why bother on making up the pseudonym when it was revealed after like two weeks when the first novel of this different series got out, that's a mystery to me! (Yes, another pun intended :P ).

Evidently the genre, topics and setting of the Cormoran Strike book series is totally different from what you find on Harry Potter, but there are other authors writing different kind of genres and to different target audiences, and still they keep their own established author names.

Anyway, the relevant point here is that "Robert Galbraith" doesn't exist but J.K. Rowling definitely exist and a lot in the literary world.

...writers are a savage breed, Mr. Strike. If you want life-long friendship and selfless camaraderie, join the army and learn to kill. If you want a lifetime of temporary alliances with peers who will glory in your every failure, write novels.

While this still is a fictional detective mystery novel, I think that easily can be one of the most personal books that J.K. Rowling ever written. Due that in the first book of this series, she chose the world of modeling and couture, but in this second novel she is opting to use the world of publishing books as the ambiance for the mystery to solve.


The story is set like eight months later of the previous book, and if you hadn't read it yet, but you just can't wait to read this one, you can do it, since while it's a series, you will get the very basic highlights that you need to know to get into the second book BUT without spoiling the culprit on the first novel. So, you can even read both books in reverse order and you still be able to enjoy and get surprised in both novels.

Now, Cormoran Strike's business is rising up thanks to his success in solving the Lula Landry's case. The lovely Robin is still his assistant (THANK YOU, J.K. ROWLING! I LOVE YOU FOR THAT!) and the good thing is that her role in this book series will be growing and growing. While Robin was my "anchor" on the first novel and the main reason to keep reading and reading the first book, I am truly glad to mention that I still love Robin BUT now I do like a lot the character of Cormoran Strike too and there is no doubt that he is the truly main character of the series. The two of them now are making a wonderful team. Beware villains! Here comes Strike and Robin! (Yes, this is a third pun intended! Please, indulge me! ;) )

Strike has been quite busy getting a lot of clients meaning that his business of private detective is finally afloat. However, he is kinda dissapointed that many of these cases are basically discovering cheating spouses or crooked politicians, so when he finds in front of him what it seems the chance of helping a helpless old woman to find her husband, he accepts even while the chance of getting a payment out of this seems really unlikely.


There are always loose ends in real life.

I am truly glad to mention that while the first book took like an 80% of writing to boost my interest, in here, it was right from the beginning. In the first book, it was like monotonous interviews basically asking the same questions and re-living the same crime scene on and on and on...zzzh...mmh? Oh, right...
In here, while he still does interviews, each of those are really interesting, asking different stuff, looking for different angles on the case. Also, another good thing was that while in the first book, you get to know irrelevant moments of Strike's personal life, in this second novel, Rowling was able to exploit each personal moment to be totally involved in the case. The story is focused on the case, however there were some scenes mentioning other cases where Strike is working too. Yes, I understand that in real life, detectives work in several cases at the same time but in literature, one doesn't want to lose time reading about irrelevant cases that aren't the main story.

I commented on the first book that it could be better with less pages, and I was glad to see that this second novel has less pages than the first book, making the rhythm of the story more fluent. However, if Rowling can make the third novel (since I do hope the making of a third book in the series) with even less pages. I really think that this book series can be a total blast having novels with 300 pages or less focusing in scenes only about the main case.

Forever encased in the amber of a writer's prose.

I was delighted to know that I was wrong about who the culprit was on this case. I think that any reader of detective novels invested time in the middle of the reading experience trying to deduce who did it. And again, J.K. Rowling surprised me with a great process by Strike joining the clues and exposing the case. And when Strike is explaining it, you say: "Wow! Yes, he's right. All those clues were there!"

Hard to remember these days that there was a time you had to wait for the ink and paper reviews to see your work excoriated. With the invention of the internet, any subliterate cretin can be Michiko Kakutani.

Well, J.K. Rowling, you did it again!!! And even better!!!

Lightning doesn't strike twice.

This second book is a real proof that lightnings can strike twice!

J.K. Rowling brought magic to the hearts of readers with Harry Potter and now she is thrilling them with Cormoran Strike

Definitely this second novel is an enormous improvement from the overall reading experience of the first book, now the book series is on tracks and I can hardly wait for the third novel!

Highly recommended!


The whole world's writing novels, but nobody is reading them.

It's not an easy task, but every day I do my best to read a bit of all those novels out there. ;)

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944 reviews1,110 followers
July 27, 2014
2.5 stars - Spoilers

Disappointing, it wasn't awful but it wasn't good either. It was all rather predictable and generic, I wouldn't have minded the cliches and obviousness of it all if the main characters (Strike and Robin) had stood out in some way. Sadly, they didn't. I didn't care about either of them… I actually kind of hated both.

-I wasn't a fan of the writing, there were a number of times where I came across sentences that didn't flow very well. Some of the more 'difficult' words seemed to be added in just to make the writing seem more impressive but it only ended up doing the opposite.

-There was nothing actually impressive or genius about Strike's detective skills or intelligence, the only reason he came across as half competent was because most of the people around him were completely thick. I mean, literally everybody on the police force were thickos… Yea, I could maybe buy a few of them being dim or lazy or something but not all of them. Most police officers have years of experience and various training/qualifications, not to mention all of them have access to countless resources and other experts (criminal psychologists and the like). I very much doubt Strike could compete with that — so yea, the only way to make his character come out on top and solve everything was by making everyone else dumb, which was plain lazy writing.

-I didn't like the heavy handed portrayal of Robin and Matthew's relationship. It's so obvious they'll end up splitting up because of Matthew not supporting Robin's quest to be an investigator, the amount of times he was shown as not understanding Robin or her work was ridiculous. It kept cropping up over and over, it was like Rowling was trying to make extra sure that her readers knew how unsuitable Robin and Matthew were for each other whilst simultaneously not-so-subtly showing how us perfect Strike was for Robin and how he understood her. Ugh, it made for nauseating reading.

-What was with Robin being all submissive and servant-like when it came to Strike? Yea, he was her boss but she went above and beyond her work duties… She acted more like a downtrodden, dutiful wife the way she fetched things for him and made him tea and coffee. Of course, Strike loved her meek, submissive wifey behaviour and thought she was such a good little girl whenever she was quiet and did all his bidding. Ugh, it was all rather misogynistic and cringey.

-It was laughable that so many beautiful and successful women (like Nina) kept throwing themselves at overweight, hairy, unsuccessful, middle aged, bland Strike. Yea, bloody right.
It was disgusting and off putting when Strike called Nina desperate and needy for wanting to sleep with him straight away… Yet he didn't think any badly of himself for sleeping with her when he didn't even like her, at least Nina slept with him because she for some reason fancied him… Whereas he basically slept with her just because and as a thanks for the information she provided on his case (though she didn't know that), his behaviour was rather prostitute-like… He had no right to be casting judgement on anyone else. The prick.

-There were so many stereotypes of women, they were either some variation of a Mary Sue or they were shallow, desperate losers who threw themselves at Strike or were completely messed up. None of the women came across as real people.

-What was with all the female characters eating/drinking things like soups/salads/water whist Strike was chugging down pints and having steak and chips? It was irritating to read the females always eating such healthy/little food whilst Strike stuffed his face with all sorts. Has Rowling never met any women who eats takeaways or desserts or something?!

-I actually think I would have enjoyed reading Bombyx Mori (the much talked about manuscript in the book) more than this — it sounded wonderfully bonkers.

-I did really love some of the side characters, they were infinitely more interesting than Strike and Robin. I also enjoyed the setting and descriptions of London - it was captured really well.

All in all, this was just a run of the mill mystery novel — the main characters were so blah and it was obvious who the bad guy was as soon as they were introduced. Yea, I expected more from Rowling.
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9,566 reviews56.6k followers
February 1, 2022
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2), Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling

The Silkworm is a 2014 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. It is the second novel in the Cormoran Strike series of detective novels and was followed by Career of Evil in 2015.

Several months after solving the Lula Landry case and seeing a sharp improvement in business, Cormoran Strike is tasked by Leonora Quine with locating her novelist husband Owen. Owen, a former literary genius whose attempts to recreate his past success have failed, disappeared around the same time his latest book, Bombyx Mori, was leaked to London's literary community. ...

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز نوزدهم ماه جولای سال2015میلادی

عنوان: کرم ابریشم کتاب دوم از سری کورمون استرایک؛ نوشته: رابرت گالبریت (جی.کی رولینگ)؛ مترجم: ویدا اسلامیه؛ تهران، تندیس، سال1394؛ در805ص؛ شابک9786001821769؛ موضوع داستانهای نوجوانان از نویسندگان بریتانیا - سده21م

کتاب نخست این اثر «آوای فاخته» است؛ «آوای فاخته» عنوان کتابی جنایی، به قلم «جی.کی رولینگ» است، که نخست با نام مستعار و گم‌نامِ «رابرت گالبریث»؛ در ماه آوریل سال2013میلادی به چاپ رسید؛ «آوای فاخته» نخستین رمان از مجموعه داستان‌های جنایی «کورمورن استرایک» است، که به گفته ی نویسنده، بیش از هفت جلد خواهد داشت؛ موضوع رمان درباره ی «کورمورن استرایک»؛ کهنه‌ سرباز زخم‌ خورده در جنگ افغانستان است؛ «کرم ابریشم»، کتاب دوم از سری «کورمون استرایک» است؛ که نخستین بار در سال2014میلادی منتشر شد؛ در «کرم ابریشم» آنگاه که رمان‌نویسی به نام «اِوِن کویین» ناپدید می‌شود، همسر او «اِوِن» کارآگاه خصوصی «کورومون استرایک» را به خدمت می‌گیرد؛ خانم «کویین» در این اندیشه است، که شوهرش خود خواسته برای چندین روز ناپدید شده، کاری که پیشترها هم از وی سر زده بود، و از «استرایک» می‌خواهد، که او را یافته، و به خانه برگرداند؛ ولی در نتیجه پژوهشهای «استرایک»، مشخص می‌شود، که موضوع فراتر از فرضیه ی خانم «کویین» است؛ رمان‌نویس گمشده، دست‌ نوشته‌ ای با قلم تندی به پایان رسانده بوده، که بیشتر آشنایان او را هدف قرار می‌داد؛ در صورت انتشار رمان، زندگی بسیاری، در آستانه ی فروریزش، قرار می‌گرفت، در نتیجه، افراد بسیاری مایل به سکوت وی بودند؛ هنگامی‌که «کویین» به طرزی وحشیانه، و در موقعیتی عجیب، به قتل رسید، همه‌ چیز تبدیل به مسابقه‌ ای علیه زمان شد، تا انگیزه ی قاتل ظالم، قاتلی که تا به حال «استرایک»، با امثالشان روبرو نشده بود، مشخص شود؛ «کرم ابریشم» دومین کتاب از سری «کورومون استرایک» و دستیار جوانش، «رابین الاکوت» است

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 15/10/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ 11/11/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
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143 reviews36 followers
June 30, 2014
J.K Rowling releases a novel under a pseudonym? Then announces that said novels sequel is already written and will be released in 2014??

This is how I imagine she looks right now.

Edit Feb 2014: We have a name, release date AND a synopsis?!?! Bloody hell!
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744 reviews11.9k followers
April 26, 2023
"...Writers are a savage breed, Mr. Strike. If you want life-long friendship and selfless camaraderie, join the army and learn to kill. If you want a lifetime of temporary alliances with peers who will glory in your every failure, write novels."
And just like that, J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith takes on the familiar to her world of writing and publishing, bringing to light the petty conflicts, backstabbing attitudes, hurtful gossips and inflated egos. The bared claws and at-your-throat attitudes, the dislikes and grudges held between successful writers and less successful ones, the wannabe writers, the ones who can and cannot write well, the agents, the publishers - it all looks like an ugly mess, to say the least.

"The whole world's writing novels, but nobody's reading them."
This unpleasant world serves as a backdrop for a rather gruesome murder (let's just say that a writer spilling his guts can have a very literal meaning, okay?) that matches precisely the final scene in the victim's book. The victim, Owen Quine, is a not-too-successful writer and, frankly, a very unpleasant person, whose latest book seems to focus on trash-talking everyone connected to him in the literary world and personal life and pisses off quite a number of people.

In fact, it seems to have upset someone enough to brutally murder Quine in a way that combines intestines and hydrochloric acid and a feeling of nausea trying to imagine the resulting crime scene.

It, of course, falls to the private detective Cormoran Strike (who recently solved the murder of Lula Landry, earning himself some notoriety and a bit of cash) to untangle this mess and find the killer. Yet again he's aided by his secretary Robin Ellacott who, having worked with Strike for a while now, dreams of receiving some investigative training herself, seeing that she has a knack for the job - while struggling to explain her love for the job and admiration for her gruffy boss to her way more conventional fiancé Matthew.

Rowling continues the pattern she set in the first Strike book. The solution to the mystery unfolds slowly, through the grunt of investigative work, through long interviews with suspects, through long treks on the streets of London, with many false trails and red herrings, guided by Strike's unerring sense and skill. The mystery is slow-moving and lacks the easy 'gotcha!' moments, hinged instead on character studies, allowing the suspects to slowly reveal their inner selves full of shallow and sometimes quite dark unpleasantness, propelled by almost casually shrewd observations of social inequalities and prejudices.

Every character (short of almost idealized Strike and Robin - just for once can Cormoran Strike ever be wrong about anything?) gets the not-too-pleasant but very apt treatment of Rowling's sharp characterization which makes them come alive even when you'd rather them not. The plotting is intricate, the multiple plot strands so tightly woven together that it's a pleasure to look back at the end of the story and see how they all were coming together. And even the annoying turn in the last quarter of the book when Strike has solved the murder but the readers are kept waiting for the final reveal does not spoil the enjoyment of the story.

All in all, I enjoyed this book quite a bit. While not perfect, it captures Rowling's talent as a storyteller and a master plotter quite well. 4 stars.

I'll be quite happy to follow the adventures of Strike and Robin for quite some time.
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3,258 reviews265 followers
July 3, 2014
As much as I enjoyed the first Strike book this second venture was rather a let down. What we have in "The Silkworm" are alternating chapters of the main character lamenting about the pain he is suffering from his injured leg, and his assistant Robin suffering from angst about her relationship with her soon to be husband. These concepts were rather new and interesting in the first installment, but have grown weary and tiresome being constantly replayed in this second. The pair travel from bar to bar to eat meal after meal drinking and ignoring the elephant in the room which is their own relationship.

J.K. Rowling does noting to further the overall plot along. She does nothing to grow the characters only to trundle them through their repetitive motions. Yes the mystery has changed plot from a murder of a starlet in the first book to a murder of and author in the second book.

The assumption is that the Silkworm takes place a few months after the finish of the first book, and the dates dropped within the text indicate that they were written in the 2010/2011 time frame. Most likely without a pause between them. Ms. Rowling did not give herself enough time to re-charge her batteries. Just enough time to re-tread her tires. She is capable of so much better. After all what was the rush to get this book to market ... oh perhaps a book contract as it certainly can't be for the need of money.

Sadly, for the accomplished writer of books she has shown herself capable of, the book was not as good as it should have been.
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349 reviews338 followers
July 5, 2014
The Silkworm is the tenth J.K. Rowling novel I’ve read. I believe that after ten often gargantuan novels I can make fairly accurate generalizations about her writing. And it saddens me to say that she keeps making the same mistakes.

Most glaring is her treatment of female characters. In the Cormoran Strike mystery series, we have another female character of much greater intrigue shunted to the side in favor of a male protagonist, aka Hermione Granger Syndrome. Robin is Strike’s young personal assistant who could definitely contribute to mystery solving but mostly answers phones, schedules appointments, makes coffee, and provokes male gazing. The thing is, Robin is much more fascinating to me than Strike! Robin is desperate, unsure, diffident but ambitious—she would have been a fabulous heroine for a detective series about a woman trying to break into a traditionally male profession. Strike, on the other hand, does not interest me as a protagonist: he’s arrogant and infallible (sorta reminds you of a character whose name rhymes with Barry Lotter, non?), meaning that whenever Strike eliminates a suspect from contention, I know him to be absolutely right, simply because J.K. Rowling writes Strike in a way that he is always right. For all of Rowling’s characterization skills, Strike is lacking. He has a cool backstory—missing leg, missing rockstar father—but none of it manifests itself in his psyche or quotidian actions. They are just things we know about him; like, oh hey, that’s Cormoran Strike, he lost his leg in Afghanistan and his dad is a famous guitarist.

In general, I find J.K. Rowling’s characterization maddeningly brilliant. She’s super into the physicality of her characters. In The Silkworm the first few chapters serve no other purpose than to introduce the story’s players. But we are told who these people are, with special emphasis on their attractiveness and one-word descriptors: he’s the ambitious one and she’s the daffy one. Rowling is an expert at character portraits but you can only know the characters on her unique terms; there’s no room for personal interpretation. It’s as if she is this master dollmaker. Each character is impeccably painted, you can admire the surface details for hours, but if you cracked the dolls open, they’d be hollow. Nothing murks beneath the detailed yet limited picture Rowling has painted us.

And yet, she’s a magnificent plotter, a skill really well-suited to the mystery genre which gives me hope for any subsequent installments (though I will perpetually groan about Strike’s usurpation of the protagonist role in lieu of Robin). She carefully charts her reveals and includes tons of clever but useless information to throw you off. I’m not the biggest fan of how she writes climaxes—this isn’t participatory mystery where you can solve alongside the detective; you must wait for Mind-Numbingly Boring Detective Genius Cormoran Strike to figure it out and share his conclusions with you—but the underlying plot structure is solid. I’d just love to see her combine this knack for plot with deepened characters and themes. Otherwise, it’s forgettable.
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أنه وقت معرفة سبب أخر وراء أستخدام جي كي رولينج أسما مستعارا لكتابة تلك السلسلة

"الكُتّاب قطيع متوحش، سيد سترايك. إن أردت أن تكوّن علاقات تدوم العمر كله وصداقات حميمة خالية من الأنانية، أنضم للجيش وتعلم كيف تقتل
وإن أردت حياة مليئة بالتحالفات المؤقتة، مع أقران يأتي فخرهم ومجدهم من أي لحظة فشل لك، فلتكتب روايات"
أو أكتب مراجعات مثلا، لا فارق

ففي هذه الرواية القضية الدموية الكثير من الغيرة والأحقاد، تشبيهات أدبية وأستعارات فجة، محاكاة ساخرة غير لائقة، مجازات غير أخلاقية..وبيست سيلرز

في هذه القضية يقتحم كورموران سترايك ومساعدته الحسناء روبين عش الدبابير، الوسط الأدبي الذي صار مزدحما كمحطة مصر -محطة كينجز كروس في حالتنا تلك- وقت اﻷعياد
"العالم كله يكتب روايات، لكن لا أحد يقرأها.
نحن نريد قراء" تمتم دانيال تشارد
"قراء أكثر، كتاب أقل"
دخل سترايك، بطل روايتنا، ذلك العش لتحقيق في قضية مقتل دودة قز لم تستكمل شرنقتها..مؤلف كان يسعي للتحول كأقرانه نحو الشهرة، لكن تم قتله بشكل دموي بشع...طقوسي ورمزي ويحاكي مخطوطته اﻷخيرة
مخطوطة بومبايكس موري

ألم أقل لك إنها قضية أدبية
إذا قرأت "دودة الحرير" ستشعر أن المؤلف فعلا رجلا..فظا بعض الشئ
ليس حتي مؤلف وإنما رجلا يكتب وينتقد مساوئ قطيع لا بأس به من المؤلفين والوسط الادبي
بشكل دموي وفظ ، ولكنه بنفس الوقت ممتع ومثير وغامض

اعتقد ان جي كي رولينج لديها هذا الحس البوليسي كما كان في هاري بوتر حين كنا منذ الكتاب الاول نشك في من سرق حجر الفيلسوف او فتح غرفة الاسرار، من يساعد سجين أزكابان ومن وضع أسم هاري في كأس النار...ولكن هنا لعبة الأسم المستعار جعلت منها اكثر جراءة في تقديم المشاهد الدموية العجيبة الشاذة باﻷخص اﻷجزاء الطويلة التي يقرأها سترايك من مخطوطة رواية 'بومبيكس مو��ي، دودة القز' والمليئة بالتشبيهات الغريبة لكنها تظل لائقة للقراءة وليست فجة

ولنتعرف علي المزيد عن الرواية فلتأتي معي إلي لندن
وحلقة جديدة من سلسلة المحقق كورموران سترايك

أهلا بك في قضية بومبايكس موري
قضية دودة القز

أهلا بك مرة أخري في 12 بار كافية، شارع دانمارك الشهير بمحلات اﻷدوات الموسيقية المتفرع من طريق توتنهام

عذرا إن ضايقتك أعمال البناء في توتنهام، أنني أشعر وكأنها تحدث منذ اﻷزل
اﻷن فلنصعد مبني 12 بار كافية بواجهته السوداء للدور الثاني ، لا تقلقك صوت خطوات قدميك علي السلم الحديدي الضيق الذي يحيطه القفص الحديدي لمصعد قديم معطلا منذ اﻷزل ، لن تزعج أحدا فلا أحد يسكن هنا، هناك مكتب جرافيك بالدور اﻷول ، مكتب المحقق كورموران بالدور الثاني و الدور العلوي لا يسكنه أحدا حاليا
تسألني كيف أعرف كل هذا عن المنطقة والمبني، ألم تأتي معي من قبل في العام الماضي ، للتحقيق مع كورموران سترايك ومساعدته الفاتنة روبين في أول قضية كبري له؟ لتنتقل فعليا إلي لندن وتلك الشوارع من خلال صفحات الرواية؟ إن لم تفعل يمكنك العودة للقضية اﻷولي لاحقا
فمكتب سترايك مشغولا اﻷن بأحداث قضيتنا

والتي تبدأ بزوجة مؤلف يعاني أهمال الوسط اﻷدبي له، تطلب من كورموران سترايك أن يحقق في أختفاء زوجها في غيابه المعتاد كلما أراد اﻷختلاء بنفسه لكتابة رواية مثلا
بالرغم من أن الموضوع معتادا إلا أنها قلقة علي حالته المزاحية وتريد أن تطمئن علي مكانه

ليكتشف سترايك أن للمؤلف مخطوطة رواية قام باﻷنتهاء منها، تصف بوحشي�� وسخرية كل المحيطين بحياة المؤلف من وكلاء أعمال، ناشر، مراجع، مؤلف منافس تحظي رواياته بالبيست سيللر، عشيقته وحتي زوجته وأبنته..كل هؤلاء برموز ومحاكاة ساخرة، قبيحة وفجة
بعض ما تم ذكره بالرواية حتي قد يهدم أسر، يحطم معنويات وسمعة من تم ذكرهم بالرواية
رواية دودة القز

المشكلة اﻷكبر ، فهي الطريقة الدموية البشعة التي سيجد سترايك عليها أوين المؤلف البائس
ألم أقل لك أنه عش دبابير بحق
أما المشكلة اﻷضخم، أن تلك المخطوطة تسربت...وقراها الكثير من الوسط اﻷدبي بلندن ، ووصلت لأغلب من تم ذكرهم بتلك المحاكاة الساخرة الفجة
وبالطبع لا أحد يريد شهودا عليها..وبعضهم ذوي نفوذ ويسعون للتخلص من أي ممن يملكون أي نسخة من تلك المخطوطة
وعلي سترايك أن يسارع الزمن لمعرفة مرتكب الجريمة قبل أن يجد نفسه مهددا بالقتل هو أيضا

اﻷسلوب الروائي
أضمن لك الغموض واﻷثارة لدرجة ربما أعلي من الجزء السابق
ستجد نفسك تشك حتي في أن المؤلف أنتحر أو أن أبنته الصغيرة ذات اﻷحتياجات الخاصة هي من فعل ذلك في بعض اﻷوقات
ستقرأ لغة الجسد لا أراديا وقت قراءة تحقيق سترايك للشخصيات المختلفة ، فتعرف من يشعر بالثقة، من شعر بالتوتر ومن يبدو أنه يخفي شيئا حتي قبل أن يتم ذكر ذلك بالرواية..فقط من خلال الوصف
ولكن حتي أخر وقت لن تدري من فعلها، كيف ولماذا ...كما قلت مسبقا ان هذا التشويق طابع مميز في أسلوب جي كي رولينج

وكما الجزء السابق ستجد نفسك تعود للندن -إن كنت قرأت الجزء اﻷول- لتعيش الرواية نفسها ..بوصف تصويري للندن واﻷماكن بشكل رائع

من اﻷنتقادات بوكيابيديا أن أحدهم أنتقد إن لكونها أعتادت الوصف بالتفصيل الدقيق لعالم لم نراه من قبل في سلسلة هاري بوتر، عالم السحرة وهوجوارتس،فإنها هنا بالغت في وصف عالم نعرفه جيدا لنتخيله بنفسنا دون وصفها الدقيق

هذا اﻷنتقاد جاء من أحد اﻷنجليز، والذي أراه متغطرسا بما يكفي لأعتقاد أن الرواية تطبع وتقرأ ببلده فحسب ، وأن باقي العالم عليه أن يكون زار وحفظ لندن ليتخيل الاماكن التي تدور بها الرواية بنفسه

لم تكتفي رولينج هنا بوصف أماكن وبارات وشوارع جديدة بلندن بل أضافت أيضا لمحات من تاريخ بعض تلك اﻷماكن كسوق سميثفيلد الشهير بالمجازر الكبري وموردو اللحوم
وحتي الدقة في وصف البارات والمطاعم الكبري إن بحثت في صورها علي جوجل بعد القراءة ستجد رغما عنك أنك قد تخيلتها بالظبط كما في الصور الحقيقية أمامك

أيضا الدقة والواقعية في مزج احداث الرواية بأحداث حقيقية ولو بتفصيل بسيط يجعل من تجربة الرواية لمحبي التفاصيل والمعايشة أمرا ممتعا
فمثلا أغلفة المجلات التي يراها سترايك في كشك الصحافة في ديسمبر 2010 تطابق اﻷغلفة الحقيقية بنفس الفترة
وأعجبني التلميح بجزء الفجوة الغريبة بألمانيا والتي أتذكر عندما شاهدت صورتها منذ سنتين أو ثلاث ظننتها فوتوشوب
هل لها علاقة بالمجتمع السحري؟ أعتقد أن هاري ووزارة السحر عليها التحقيق في ذلك
ليس هذا فحسب، فإختفاء المؤلف أوين ذكرني كثيرا في البداية بأختفاء صحفي المصري بالاهرام رضا هلال والمكالمات الغريبة من عائلات الرئيس السابق ووزير الداخلية
وايضا كل الاساليب في الهجوم الشاذ بين المؤلفين وبعضهم ذكرني بهجوم مؤلف منافي الرب علي الكتاب الشباب وبعض هجوم الشباب علي نبيل فاروق وغيره بشكل غير موضوعي
بل وهجوم الكثير من المؤلفين لجي كي رولينج بمجرد صدور روايتها الاولي بعد هاري بوتر، منصب شاغر

كل تلك اﻷنتقادات لبعض عيوب المجتمع اﻷدبي سواء اﻷنجليزي أو في العالم كله تقريبا، سيجعلك تتذكر ،إن كنت قرأت ريفيو الجزء اﻷول ، ذلك التعريف بالمؤلف روبرت جالبيرث بأنه ضابط تحقيقات خاصة سابق تابع للجيش اﻷنجليزي، وأنه ليس مؤلف من اﻷساس وإنما شخصية سترايك نابعة عن تجربته الخاصة كمحقق خاص ومن حوله من رفاق
هذا التعريف تم حذفه بمجرد معرفة انها جي كي رولبنج بأسم مستعار

وكالعادة تمزج رولينج اللغة القوية وتركيبات الجمل التي قد تكون مربكة لمن يقرأ لها لأول مرة من حيث الاستطراد الزائد -والذي بالمناسبة صرت أعشق استخدامه كثيرا- مما قد يجعلك تعيد قراءة الفقرة مرة أخري لتري الصورة كاملة

لا جديد عما تم ذكره بريفيو الجزء اﻷول
كورموران سترايك و روبين ايلاكوت
فقط ستتعرف علي المزيد عن حياتهم الشخصية وتطوراتها ...المزيد من عائلاتهما وأصدقائهما

العلاقة العملية والشخصية بينهما تتعقد أكثر وتصير أكثر جمالا مع أنها ليست قصة رومانسية، فروبين مازالت تستعد في اجراءات الزواج من ماثيو خطيبها من الجزء الأول، وسترايك مازال محطما من قصته مع شارلوت
ولكن الحكاية التي تجمعهما اكثر جاذبية من اي قصة أو جانب رومانسي قرأته بأي رواية أخري

الجزء الذي كان به رحلة طويلة بين روبين وسترايك للتحقيق مع احد المشتبه بهم كان ممتعا ومثيرا حتي اخر لحظة ومحاولة اللحاق بالقطار، جزء قدم تطور للعلاقة بينهما بشكل أكثر من ممتاز
وكالجزء السابق...لن تعرف إلي ما قبل النهاية ما إذا كانت روبين ستستمر معنا للأجزاء التالية أم لا، وهو من أكثر الاجزاء تشويقا لي

باقي شخصيات القضية فلكل منهم شخصية مفصلة ستتعرف عليها وشكوك ومفاجأت ستعرفها طوال تحقيقات سترايك

ربما كان عيبا للبعض ، بينما أراه معايشة أفضل، أنت تتابع حياة المحقق الخاص كورموران سترايك ومساعدته الحسناء روبين
وفي هذه الرواية تتابع حياتهما خلال التحقيق في قضية أوين ، قضية دودة القز...وهذا معناه أنه بالرغم مم أن القضية البوليسية هي الحدث الرئيسي فإنك أيضا ستجد بعض السطور والصفحات عن قضايا وعملاء أخرين يحقق عنهم سترايك لا علاقة لهم بالقضية اﻷساسية
بالرغم من أن الجزء السابق قد تم الاستعانة بقضية فرعية ليتم استخدامها كطعم للقضية اﻷساسية ، فهنا اﻷمر منفصل
هذا من وجهة نظري يجعلك تشعر أنك تعيش مع الأبطال طوال فترة الثلاث أو أربع أسابيع هي فترة قضية إختفاء أوين

هي سلسلة قد لا نمل منها بحق طالما الشخصيات بهذا العمق وتشعر أنها قريبة لقلبك منذ البداية، والقصة دائما بهذه القوة
هذا الجزء زادت نسية اﻷثارة والتشويق به عن الجزء الماضي ، بل وبقراءة فصلين من الجزء الثالث أري أنه سيكون اكثر قوة ايضا

ربما هو عشق لاسلوب رولينج ، بالرغم من دمويته بهذا الجزء التي تليق بمؤلفي روايات الرعب والاثارة كستيفين كينج ، ربما للقصة الجميلة بين سترايك وروبين بالرغم من تعقيد العلاقة بينهما

يجب أن تجربها إن كنت تعشق الروايات البوليسية ، ولا تمانع بعض -أو الكثير- من الاستطرادات

محمد العربي
الريفيو الانجليزي

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827 reviews3,234 followers
April 25, 2017
4.5* When I finished The Silkworm two weeks ago I was planning to give it 4* for reasons that I will discuss later. I decided to upgrade my rating when I went to visit my mum and I saw the novel on the nightstand, halfway read. “It’s really good, isn’t it”, I asked her with excitement in my voice. I realized then that I enjoyed this more than I did other mysteries so why not give it full recognition.

J.K. Rowling (also known as Robert Galbraith) can do no wrong. She is a brilliant story teller and manages to fully immerse me in the world she creates, no matter if it is magical or “real”.

Obviously, I was immediately drawn by the mystery of this novel as it deals with the literary world. Yes, most of the characters are either writers or editors, how can I not be excited? Add a remarkably twisty and dark plot to this mix. Also, we cannot forget the secret ingredient, Strike and Robin. I love both characters and I was enthralled to see how their relationship developed. I particularly enjoyed that the book was half mystery and half the life of the two characters.

You might wonder why I did not want to give it the maximum rating from the start. Well, I had problems with ending. Just as the previous installment, it was a bit underwhelming and it was over too fast. It wasn’t the wow moment that I was expecting. I hope she will work a bit more on the endings as she almost ruined Harry Potter for me with the over the years recap.

I can’t wait to read Career of Evil. Good for me that I gifted the book to my mum for Christmas. ;)
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370 reviews29 followers
June 21, 2014
I love a good detective story and Galbraith really delivered on this one. Either she is a master of the red herring or I am an incurably gullible old sod because I was firmly convinced I knew who it was for two thirds of the book, only to have it turn out to be someone I never even considered suspecting. There were several twists that were surprising and intriguing. She plays with the concept of the manor house mystery by staging a convenient party for all of the suspects to attend where the detective Strike calls out his murderer from the herd. The relationship between Strike and his girl-Friday/Watson/Hastings/Bunter character Robin was fun to get a closer, more complex glimpse of in this second installment of the series. It's my understanding that when Galbraith was unmasked as Rowling this particular novel had already been submitted to the publisher and was in the process of being edited, so I don't know if that experience has soured her on continuing the series, but I sincerely hope that it has not as I hope for many returns of these characters. I hope to see more of Strike's estranged paternal family and to learn more about his childhood. I also look forward to seeing more of how Robin's work affects her relationship with Matthew, her fiancée. All in all I think we can safely say that Rowling has found herself a new niche. Even if she publishes other work unrelated to this series (and I hope she does) I hope she plans to return to the surly detective soon.
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1 review2 followers
November 10, 2013
How did the people rate a book not yet published? I am confused.
102 reviews99 followers
July 9, 2014
Reading J.K. Rowling’s writing for adult audiences reminds me irresistibly of bumping into grade-school teachers on the street. There’s the obvious comparison, of course, which is not having to pretend that sex and crass language don’t exist anymore, realizing your former educator is an actual human being, an experience, for some, that can feel surreal. If you’re really lucky, of course, you make friends with your old teacher, have coffee together. You start to view them complexly. Now that you’ve made it to the other side you realize that you quite like the aging pedagogue’s sense of humor. They’ve got depth to them.

And I think that’s a better mindset to have then others seem to, which, from the much more lauding critic’s perspective is that Rowling is “evolving” as a writer, and to the distaste of fans, that she’s “changing.” Not really. I think that she’s always been like this, not that she’s always demonstrated the other shades of her as a writer with Harry Potter, just as a grade school teacher wouldn't as a person—she’s an author with a taste for wry, satiric overtones, dark humor, twists on classic styles, and a nasty predilection for writing about bad people, very bad people. And that’s not such a terrible thing, because this book has got one or two good people that keep you turning pages. Rowling is an author with a masterful command of pathos, for drawing people in, her antihero just heroic enough and her mystery just traditional enough to hook readers, who are then subjected to creative and occasionally inspired workings of her mind.

A lot of people don’t like the style of this “new Rowling,” and I can get why. But I feel fortunate to be among those who genuinely do. Her writing is incredibly cozy—a lot of complaints are towards her prose, which is definitely wordy. But it’s fun to get lost in, in the same way a Dickens novel is. It’s very bookish; her writing reminds me why I love reading. But it’s Dickens for a contemporary audience, which is actually a lot better in practice than it sounds in theory. Her style is Dickensian, alright, and utterly literary, but it’s edged subtly with a very black, very frank sense of humor. In the hands of a less-apt writer it would come off as circumlocutory; but Rowling knows her syntax and revels in every turn of phrase, the result being really satisfying to delve into. Her satiric flair is really highlighted by her writing style—her descriptions of people are deliciously fun to read, because like I said, under the eye of Rowling, no type of person is safe from her critical and observing eye.

And that gets us into the plot of this model—murder. Murder you'll find in any mystery, the screen versions much sexier, but harking back to the classic mystery novel from the days of Christie and Poirot, Rowling weaves a story that goes above and beyond the conventions of the genre. The mystery is not only meaty, twisty, and complex, but it’s also as strong a satire as it is a work of detective fiction. One of the things I talked about in my review of The Cuckoo’s Calling was just how much I enjoyed the socioeconomic backdrop of the book; the contrast between the exploration of high society as well as that of the impoverished class, the homeless, the destitute, and the not-so-glamorous. The dynamics explored were a lot similar to the ones in The Casual Vacancy, which wasn’t as successful, and that made me nervous as I wondered if it would be the same in her follow-up. It wasn’t—isn’t.

And it’s a lot better than I could have hoped. Rowling knows what it’s like to be poor, and what it’s like to be rich and among socialites and Hollywood big-shots, but she also knows quite a bit about the colorful characters of the publishing industry. This isn’t an area that’s explored that much, either because existing writers lack the skill to do so, or considering the irony of the industry that’s publishing it, the bravery, but Rowling is Rowling for God’s sake and does so not only fearlessly but with aplomb. The thing that I can see this series being known for in the future—well, the other thing, is the fact that it’s characterized by such a deep exploration of different worlds, this one of publishing. One writing skill that Rowling doesn’t get to show off much is her one for world-building, but her argument is, apparently, why need to? Since reality holds such delectably vicious worlds for her to unmask. And some of the characters here play with that adjective a lot. The archetypes, such as those of agent—played here by the cold and chain-smoking Elizabeth Tassel—are interesting, but even more fascinating is that of writer.

This book earns itself a lot of positive praise—exceptional, fun, witty, dark—but I’m reserving “brilliant” in the area where the book really deserves it, and that’s in Rowling’s commentary on what it’s like to be a writer. The writers in this book are self-absorbed, egotistical, prone to dramatics but not so much decent writing. Rowling really has fun in her dissection of these different caricatures of what could only be people from personal experience. Bombyx Mori is the title of Owen Quine’s unpublished last book—the victim of the novel’s central murder—and the end death scene mirrors his own grisly killing. Quine himself thinks more of his writing than his sales (or reviews) warrant, and is overly fond of symbols. I found Michael Fancourt to be the novel's most enjoyable character to read about, perhaps due to the fact that he represents the “famous writer,” something Rowling undoubtedly knows a lot about being. It could be said that he’s her alter-ego, in regards to his thoughts on being famous and criticisms, status and writing; if anything, he was a great conduit for some of Rowling’s more nasty, more clever, thought processes. I found one character’s commentary on his work (“Fancourt can't write women…he tries but he can't do it. His women are all temper, tits and tampons.”) to be an amusing jab at male writers trying to write from female perspectives. Rowling has no trouble being in the flipped situation; Cormoran Strike is such a fully-realized protagonist that I think she could have hid under the guise of Robert Galbraith had she pleased. Rowling isn’t particularly nice to these different types of writers that we encounter. Any character unfortunate enough to stick around for more than a page or two can’t dodge her scrutinizing gaze, Rowling’s sharp and entertaining irreverence. I’m going to reiterate another thing that I brought up in my review of this novel’s predecessor, which is that we’re not meant to like these characters, Cormoran and Robin being the exceptions. The thrill of Harry Potter is loving the characters as much as the world, but that’s not on Rowling’s—or at least Galbraith’s—agenda. Rowling makes some challenges to the publishing industry at large as well, ones that I think are pretty relevant, most notably that of the lack of respectable representation in modern lit. Why don’t we see more transgendered characters, for one? Why don’t we see any transgendered characters?

Rowling loves to inundate her work with a look at the various trappings of human morality, going deeper here, one surprisingly contemplative chapter catching onto a thread left by the last book, Strike dealing with the aftermath of an unhealthy relationship, which was well-explored there and can occasionally grow wearing here. It builds on the revelations of the other characters (Strike recalls what Fancourt touts earlier in the book, that “love is a mirage, a chimera”), mulling on the toll that love takes on identity in a surprisingly bleak and thoughtful manner. Rowling is a writer with the observational skills and the prowess to toy with the reader’s emotion in whatever way she wishes; but she’s a plot-driven writer, and from the way she sees it, writing is a lot more than attaching your readers to your books by a mere manipulation of pathos—that’s the skill set of a much less artful writer.

And while it’s a rule of thumb that you should never have to explain your work, Rowling almost does just that here. "Bombyx Mori" literally translates to “the silkworm,” whose silk, the book points out, isn’t retrieved by the web-spinning some lovingly and falsely misconceive into public knowledge. Silkworms are boiled. It’s meant to be a metaphor for the plight of the writer, that they must go through great pain and suffering before something beautiful can be produced. It’s a hell of a metaphor; Rowling goes beyond that and studies what’s wrong about modern writers (“with the invention of the Internet, any subliterate cretin can be Michiko Kakutani”)—suggesting these flaws can seem like a conceited thing to do, but when you’re as so obviously not-subliterate as Rowling is, it’s legitimized. Especially when it’s as entertainingly done as it is here. And it really emphasizes what a phenomenal writer she is. Rowling really immerses herself in the craft of writing—she doesn’t just spit away unbridled passion onto a page. She takes her love of the medium and creates a well-made novel. This one in particular really emphasizes what a phenomenal writer she is. Three-dimensional characters, flawless prose, on-the-nose genre details, and a thought-provoking question here or there. It’s highbrow and it’s not highbrow. It’d be an insult to call her a mix of Dickens and King, as she’s so sincerely Rowling. Or Galbraith. This name-game is growing tiring.

Working for the highbrow side of things is the incorporation of Latin phrases and verse, quotes from classical plays and stories that remind us that modern tragedy is only modern because it occurs in the present, and that’s the sort of perspective that to some degree makes Rowling feel like the time-travelling author. Then, working for the not-so-highbrow (and perhaps I only note the distinction because this book is as satisfying as a guilty pleasure) is the riotous humor, contrasted so starkly by the black and tongue-in-cheek. Rowling knows how to keep us turning pages as well—there’s not a dull moment in the book. I mentioned “cozy,” meaning that the reader is given a chance to relish the novel unfolding before them, and that’s a difference that I can’t emphasize enough, which a more novice writer would have trouble not making dull or slow. These pauses are varied by hands-clamped-to-seat-edge-level moments (who knew that Rowling could write car chases? I mean, swap car for broomstick and you’ve got your answer). Filling the pauses is the sweet, growing relationship between Strike and Robin. This isn’t a stilted relationship, the biggest flaw of the episodic novel. It grows professionally, it grows in terms of their friendship, and it’s compelling. It’s funny. It’s not overtly complex, but it’s a welcome relief from the cast of unlikeable characters that permeate the rest of the book.

There are twists, there are turns, and there will be vocalized gasps—with a mystery as layered as this one, the seasoned mystery reader may be able to guess some developments, but Rowling is killer with a red-herring and you’ll doubtlessly emerge from the pages with your brain tried and tested. It’s a genuinely good mystery that plays with social dynamics adroitly. Say what you will about Rowling’s writing, I can��t imagine someone giving up in this book without dying to know what happens. Personally, I prefer the big reveal at the end of Cuckoo’s Calling a bit more, but there was more high concept there, as well as camouflage. But that doesn’t detract from the thrill of the way events unfold here.

This, this is the kind of book that reminds me why I love reading. It’s not fervor-inducing, the type of literary fire that creates by-the-billions fanbases. J.K. Rowling showed me, long ago, the astronomical limit to which a person could love a book, and with this, she’s reminded me why I love doing it more than anything else, with a warm, curl-up by the fire kind of read. In a culture that has recently been swept up in a visual mania, as evidenced by the recent Golden Age in television, this is a phenomenal reminder of why books do a better job of getting us to escape than any other medium, to get us to empathize, to get us to think—when they’re done well of course. My hope is that Rowling keeps showing me again and again why I love to read (and I’ll be here, waiting for the assuredly good third Cormoran Strike novel), and if the day should ever come that she realizes that she misses her wand and broomstick, or anything in the fantasy world at all, I don’t think I’ll be the only one highly anticipating the reminder.
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2,447 reviews7,542 followers
December 10, 2015
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I read this book MONTHS ago and never got around to writing a review . . .

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Thanks for the reminder. Now that all of my friends are reading/have already read Book #3 I figured it was time to get off my butt.

The Silkworm is the follow up to “Robert Galbraith’s” bestseller The Cuckoo’s Calling. The difference this time around is everyone knows the author is really J.K. Rowling. The leading male, Cormoran Strike, is a little different too. Rather than getting by on a wish and a prayer that he’ll be able to pay the bills on time, Strike has more clients than he can handle and . . .

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When novelist Owen Quine’s wife contacts Strike, he thinks there isn’t much to the mystery but decides to take the case purely for curiosity’s sake. Once Strike starts digging in to the potential whereabouts of the missing author he discovers an unpublished “fictional” tell-all that dishes so much even Kitty Kelley would cringe has been written and that the author is most definitely not missing at all . . . .

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We also get a bit of a sidestory with Robin, who although hired as a receptionist is ready to start proving she’s capable of so much more and is getting just a wee bit ticked at Strike for underutilizing her . . . .

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Lucky for Robin she’s woman enough to speak up for herself rather than simply filling out one of Shelby’s trademarked “Butthurt Forms” and that this mystery becomes big enough her help is needed.

And that’s that. I can’t tell you if you’ll like this book or not. Just because you loved (or hated) Harry Potter doesn’t mean you’ll love (or hate) this because they are sooooooo not the same type of book. And just because you loooooooove mysteries doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll love this one because it doesn’t follow the formula of most bestselling mystery books today. There aren’t a lot of twists in the road, or shock and awe, and there are LOTS of pages. But I found the pages to be filled with nearly 100% good stuff. The only thing I’m not on board with is the potential developing relationship between Strike and Robin. Dear J.K. Rowling . . .

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Please don’t. I’m begging. You’re better than that.

Don’t want to take my word on this one? I don’t blame you. Go check out Ashley the Hufflepuff Kitten or Mairéad (is exploring a floating city) or Steve or Stephanie or Becky or Casey or Stepheny’s reviews (or thousands of others) instead . . .

The folks who don’t make the “lists” every week are most definitely better reviewers than most who do (and they won’t ever bog your feed down bumping 50 reviews at a clip in order to fulfill some bizarro high school fantasy of being “popular”). I’d like to throw in a dissenting opinion, but seriously were NONE from my friends. Ron 2.0, you should read this so you can tell us all we’re wrong ; )
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271 reviews524 followers
July 8, 2015
I remember being in a trance after reading the first book in the series. And now I am again at the same emotional state. I don't know what makes J.K. Rowling's books so charming to the eye and mind but when you start a book of hers you get lost in it. The main characters, Cormoran and Robin, they're both incredibly well-structured. I'd also like to add that there's quite a lot of character development, something rarely seen in detective novels, or at least that's my opinion. Cormoran weans off Charlotte while Robin stands up for what she likes to do.

The first one was about a model supposedly commiting suicide, although it turned out, her dropping off the balcony was far from a suicide. What I liked about this one, was that it strayed off the formula of the first book. This one was a bit more risky and macabre, guts out and kept in a fridge and all (you'll understand if you read the book).

This one is about an author gone missing. I think we all suspect that this writer is not missing, but rather dead. There is a book involved, which that author wrote and after having his agent pass some of them along to superiors, he disappeared mysteriously. Cormoran is then approached by his wife to find him. And so the search begins. What's most interesting though, isn't the fact that he is found dead, but who and why and how the author came to be murdered in such a manner.

Highly addictive, and mezmerizing to the last word, J.K. Rowling proves once again why she's so famous. It's a page-turner, even more so fhan the first.
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2,653 reviews1,688 followers
March 2, 2018
Re-read February 2018: Okay, so now having finished my first re-read of this book, I am so tempted to up the rating to five stars. A large portion of that desire comes from listening to the audio this time around. There’s something really satisfying about Robert Glenister’s voice narrating this story; it most definitely increased my enjoyment.

Another part is that this just feels like the ideal murder mystery to me right now. It was exactly what I was craving, plus some. I love all the clues and red herrings (and spotting them all this time was so much fun now that I knew what I was looking for); I love the atmosphere; I love the denouement (everybody who loves murder mysteries loves a good denouement). But I also love the characters here. And the little extra oomph you get when your book ties together thematically. (I was particularly impressed this time around with the ways that Robin/Matthew, Strike/Charlotte, and Leonora/Quine paralleled each other.)

I’m really having to hold myself back from downloading the third audiobook and just going to town on it, but that would be dumb, because I would then have even longer to wait for book four, which is apparently going to be the longest in the series. I’m still crossing my fingers for a late 2018 release date. Lethal White: November 2018. Make it happen, universe!

I’m sure there will be even more whinging on this topic when I do finally allow myself to re-read Career of Evil and experience that cliffhanger all over again.

This is a terrible review.

See my original below if you want something better. My thoughts still stand! Though, actually, reading it again, the book seems to have defeated me then as well. Will I ever be able to write a cogent review of this book? Shrug.

[4.5 stars]

Update 7/29/2014: Ugh, this is going to be one of those reviews where I just flounder for things to say because a) I waited too long to write it, and b) I can’t really sum up my feelings into precise words.

The short of it: I really, really, really liked this book. I still don’t quite LOVE it, but I’m allllmost there. A couple more books should do the trick. (In fact, I did like it better than The Cuckoo’s Calling, although at certain points it was much more uncomfortable for me to read.) So, no pressure, book three. No pressure.

So in the last one, Strike and his new assistant Robin end up investigating the death of the famous supermodel Lula Landry (aka “Cuckoo”), but in this one instead of models, it’s writers. Strike–fresh off his notable capture of Lula’s murderer–is very in demand as a a P.I., so it’s him that the wife of missing author Owen Quine comes to in order to locate her husband (who she believes has just gone off to some writer’s retreat and forgotten to tell her where it is or when he’ll be back). Turns out, yep, he’s dead, and not only that, but he was murdered in a pretty horrible fashion, exactly recreating a scene from his own unpublished book, Bombyx Mori. Only, Bombyx Mori (the latin name for the silkworm) is basically the most infamous unpublished book in London right now, owing to its being a very, very thinly veiled representation of basically everyone in London’s literary scene, agents, publishers, editors, and authors alike. None of it is flattering, to say the least, and most of it is at turns horrifying, gruesome, gut-churning, and purposefully offensive (all couched in metaphor and allegory, of course).

So that’s the mystery. Being inherently more interested in authors and publishing than I am in models and such, the mystery in this one definitely grabbed me more than in Cuckoo, but Robin and Strike continue to be the real draw for me in this series. (I also continue to fancast them in my head as a chubbier, more hirsute Richard Armitage, and Jenna Louise Coleman.)


So yes: Robin and Strike. I’m very much into that. Not necessarily shipping it, although I wouldn’t be against that pairing in the future, but these two as a professional partnership are just really fun to read about. Especially since Rowling (as Galbraith) confronts head on Robin’s feelings that Strike is marginalizing her at work. I was a bit worried about a third of the way through that she was going to fall into the trap of having a conflict grow between them that could have easily been solved by communication (my least favorite type of conflict), but I shouldn’t have worried. They handle it all professionally, and both characters come away from the book having taken really satisfying leaps of growth. (I’m still holding out hope that Robin will dump that fiance of hers, but at least he’s now not being such a huge asshole about everything. Honestly, one of the main reasons I just can’t bring myself to give this that extra half a star is that I want more Robin in these books. I know Strike is the main character, but I really feel like Robin should have equal amounts of POV-time. Maybe now that she’s taking more of an active role in the business we’ll get more POV from her. More Robin, Jo! Do you hear me? (I suppose she could do worse than have Strike as her main character, though. He’s persistent and smart and he has issues that aren’t easily resolved.)

Anyway, like I said at the beginning, I was feeling a bit weird when I was 1/3 of the way through. The thing with Robin and Strike was making me feel upset, and the excerpts of Bombyx Mori that we hear about and read for ourselves are, frankly, disturbing as fuck, but I pushed through and both things were addressed by the end. More importantly, the reason behind them being there in the first place was made pretty clear (won’t explain–sorry, spoilers). There was just a bunch of good stuff packed in this book, and I’d have to read it multiple more times to probably get it all, just stuff about her skewering the publishing industry and certain kinds of writers, which is also wrapped up in some sly commentary about the ways women deal with working in traditionally male fields (surely she has drawn on personal experience here, on both counts). Her love for underdogs and disadvantaged people is also very much present. And her dead man, Owen Quine, could very easily have been portrayed one-note, but he ends up being a rather complex figure. Anyway, the storytelling of this book just sucked me the hell in. I spent the whole day reading, curled up on my couch with hot tea, listening to the monsoon. And it was very memorable and wonderful. This is most definitely a book-reader’s book–it will give you the experience, not just the story.

Again, hesitant to give this the full five stars, but can easily see myself doing so on a re-read. I hope she’s able to get book three out by summer next year. I was all trained to wait several years (at least) between Rowling books, but now she’s given me three in two years and my expectations have been adjusted. I now expect books yearly and shall be sorely disappointed if things turn out otherwise.

[4.5 stars]

July 2013: I only have to wait a year for a new Rowling book? What is this devilry?
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509 reviews684 followers
May 14, 2023
انتى رائعة يارولينج 🤩🤩😍😍


انا عاجزة عن الحديث بجد

الرواية دى مش بوليسية دى فيها حاجات كتير وخلينا نشوف مع بعض :
- حياة المحقق سترايك واهله وأصدقائه وحبيبته السابقة وما يحدث معها وحالته المادية ومشاكله : موجود

- حياة روبن مساعده سترايك وعلاقتها بخطيبها ومشاكلهم : برضه موجود

- علاقة روبن وسترايك واحاديثهم : موجود

- قضايا اخرى لسترايك مهو محقق مش معقول مفيش حاجه وراه غير الكاتب المختفى 😁 : موجود

_ زوجة مخدوعة وزوج خائن وكاتب مجنون : موجود

_ قتل ودم و لقطات مرعبة ولا رعب ستيفن كينج : موجود

_ تشويق واثارة وحبس انفاس وبحث مستمر عن القاتل وشك فى كل شخصية حتى ابنه الكاتب الغلبانة🙈 : موجود

فاضل ايه تانى ؟

يعنى هتلاقى دراما ، واثارة وتشويق وجريمة ورعب ومناظر دموية ، لأ وكمان احنا بنتكلم عن كاتب محدش طايقه 😄 وكتاب مثير للجدل ووصف علاقته واراء كل من عرفه
كل هذا واكثر ستجده فى هذه الرواية 😁😁
مع دودة الحرير مش هتقدر تغمض عنيك 😄😄

واجمل مافى الرواية هو سترايك وروبن انا متعلقة جدا بشخصياتهم وعلاقتهم ببعض من الجزء الاول 💓


ومتشوقة لقراءة الجزء الثالث
ورجاء للمترجمين ان يرأفوا بحال الغلابة اللى زى اللى مستنين ترجمة الاجزاء الباقية

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: الجزء الاول :نداء الكوكو

الجزء الثالث : مهنة الشر

الجزء الرابع : البيضاء القاتلة
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20 reviews196 followers
August 23, 2016
Sjećam se kad je izašao Zov kukavice da se HP čeljad masovno dala u pljuvanje knjige, a Rowlingovoj su smjesta pripisali trenutnu književnu smrt. Moram priznati da je i mene iznenadila činjenicom da je odlučila napisati krimić ali baš zbog toga mi je još više porasla u očima, jer malo je danas pisaca koji se usude probati nešto drugo; obično ogromna većina ostaje vjerna žanru kojim su se proslavili. Jako mi drago da J.K ne spada u tu grupu, nego da i dalje radi na sebi i istražuje svoj talent.
Ovoga puta Cormoran i njegova asistentica Robin istražuju nestanak kontroverznog pisca. Roman pisan u maniri onih starih krimića, radnja je užasno sporaaaa ali slojevita i puno zanimljivija od prethodnika stoga svi vi koji očekujete neke velike preokrete i iznenađenja u ovom romanu toga nema.
Nije zgorega napomenuti da je J.K iskoristila priliku da preko romana popljuje današnju nakladničku industriju i sve ono u što se ona pretvorila.
Nisam impresionirana, ali sve u svemu dobar krimić!
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140 reviews54 followers
June 29, 2014
Imaginery Conversation that must have happened between J.K Rowling & her Publisher after Submitting the First Cut of this Book:

Publisher: Good God Rowling, What is this ? You have summed up the whole. Novel in Just 150 pages ??
JK : Yes, wanted it to be fast paced & Thrilling.
Publisher: ROwling if you want money to be Rolling, you ought to atleast make this a 450 pages book. Less pages mean less pricing range means less profit Sweety.
JK : So how the hell should I increase your fucking pages ? I have nothing to add up.
Publisher : Duh, Describe every fuckin detail of the Surroundings, the pubs Cormoran visits, no matter how pointless it is, make Cormoran talk to himself in his mind for 5-6 pages at a Strech every fucking time, make him discus the case, the accused a million times, What's the name of the Bitch ? Oh yeah Robin. Invent a pointless side story of her & Mathew's failing love story. Are these Ideas enough ?
JK : Wont the readers see through all this Garbage ? This Book will receive enough negative publicity.
Publisher: Bitch pls, dont you worry abt that. I have enough favours to ask for from critics & famous authors who would give great ratings to this book. Readers, even though they dont love this book,, wont be able to admit it.
JK: Damn you Genius Whore. Sir Arthur Doyle would hv laughed his guts out to see this crap book getting a Bestseller tag. If Doyle wrote this book, he would hv made Sherlock solve the case in 30 pages flat. Screw him, he didnt knew how to maximize Profits.
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1,345 reviews4,864 followers
November 24, 2021

3.5 stars

This is the second book in the mystery series that begins with The Cuckoo's Calling.

Private detective Cormoran Strike - an Army veteran who lost a leg in the Afghanistan war - is hired to find eccentric writer Owen Quine. Quine walked out after a dispute with his agent and hasn't been home for two weeks. Before long Strike finds Quine's rotting body - trussed, disemboweled, and burnt with acid.

Quine was an unpopular guy who had recently written a book maligning almost everyone in his orbit: his wife, agent, editor, publisher, mistress, fellow writers, and so on. Thus there are plenty of suspects in this mystery, which is essentially a cozy.

The cozy atmosphere is bumped up, however, by Strike's bum leg and the bad weather. Strike repeatedly injures his bad knee and is forced to hobble around on his prosthesis or crutches, often in freezing temperatures with snow incessantly falling. The author's descriptions are so vivid that I could almost feel the icy weather myself.

As in the first book in the series, Strike's secretary and assistant Robin Ellacott - who longs to be a detective herself - is ready and anxious to lend a hand in the investigation.

Some characters from the first book are on hand, including Strike's loving sister Lucy; his wealthy (almost high-society) half-brother Al; and Robin's resentful, jealous fiancé Matthew (when will Robin realize he's not right for her?).

Strike's constant financial woes make it necessary for him to work on other cases while looking for Quine's killer and these investigations - which generally involve getting evidence on cheating spouses or lovers - are entertaining additions to the main story.

For me the resolution of the mystery didn't quite ring true and wasn't completely satisfying. However I enjoyed the book and would read more adventures involving Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.

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1,152 reviews18.3k followers
December 1, 2022
J.K. Rowling can't do no wrong in my eyes. Let's get cliché and say that I would read her grocery list and all that cheesy jazz. She's such a ridiculously talented writer!

I definitely preferred The Cuckoo's Calling. Specifically in terms of the plot. The overall plot in The Silkworm, whilst I still loved it, I slowly began to lose interest in the last third of the book. I just wanted to find out what was going on and I felt that it was dragging a little. And by the end, the reveal wasn't as shocking as I hoped it would be. Not because I knew who it was.. I think I stopped caring.
Other than that though, I highly enjoyed it. I love the technique Rowling uses when it comes to revealing the perpetrator. I love and appreciate that is it slow burning, that every angle is looked at and every side character is called into question, making it really engaging. And the writing is just gorgeous!

The best part though, is definitely Strike and Robin. Their working relationship is amazing. I just adore and care for them a bit too much. And ship them like mad! I can't wait to find out more about their lives in the upcoming books. I'm absolutely elated this will be quite a long series. Not ready to let go of these characters and their adventures.

P.S. Matthew needs to get ditched once and for all.

Highly recommend this series.
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1,574 reviews5,908 followers
September 24, 2014
An author decides to put out a tell all book bashing some of his fellow authors and even some of the women in his life. His wife then contacts my lovely Strike to help her find him. I'd have left his arse gone but what do I know? Strike ends up finding his dead body and decides to stay on the case.

I love Strike and Robin. This team is just so much fun to read about. I keep wanting them to hook up but then I don't want them to either. I remember that ruined several other great relationships and I don't want that. I wouldn't mind Robin kicking her whiny boyfriends bum though.

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1,537 reviews9,798 followers
June 19, 2020
Did I never review this book?

Let it be known, here and now, that I loved The Silkworm. It was a risque mystery; taut and intriguing.

This may, in fact, be my favorite of the series thus far. Looking forward to the 5th installment.

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1,052 reviews578 followers
August 5, 2022
I’ve somehow contrived to dip into this series randomly and although the stories themselves are stand-alone I do feel that I've missed out a little on the relationship development between London based Private Investigator Cameron Strike and his female assistant, Robin. And there’s probably a few other carry-over elements I've managed to side-step, so it’s back to book two to fill in the gaps.

In this episode we are thrown deep into the competitive (and back-stabbing) literary world. Yes, this is a place the author should know very well. Strike is asked to track down author Owen Quine, who is known for doing a disappearing act from time to time. On this occasion his wife thinks he’s run off a kind of writers retreat but she doesn’t actually know where it is. It sounds like a quick and simple operation. Of course, it turns out to be anything but!

What starts off as a routine set of enquiries quickly develops into something else – something dark and deeply sinister. It seems that Quine was on the brink of launching a new book, a book that blows the whistle on his full circle of friends and literary acquaintances with just about everyone being described in very unflattering terms. Could this in any way be connected to his disappearance? Through Strike, we are introduced to a full cast of characters which includes Quine’s agent, his editor, his publisher and sundry others. Most have crossed swords with the author at one time or another and might have reason to wish ill upon him.

It all turns in to a satisfyingly complex mystery. Maybe it’s a little protracted but, in truth, I didn’t tire of it – it’s all very well executed and I liked the mix of intrigue created by the investigation and the more personal dive into Strike’s personal life. It did fill in some gaps, but these were mainly regarding his long-term relationship with an ex-fiancée. I didn’t really learn anything I hadn’t previously gleaned regarding the reciprocal (but hidden) feelings Strike and Robin have for each other. I’m sure they’ll get it on at some point but in this book both were really only beginning to realise what they feel for each other.

I do like Strike: he’s clever and grumpy and has an interesting history. His partnership with Robin is, I think, pitched just right too – things are developing slowly and, for the most part, it’s easy to understand the attraction each has for the other. Well ok, that is if it’s at all easy to understand what a very attractive woman sees in a big, gruff and untidy bloke with one leg and a beaten up face! I’ll definitely be looking out for book 5 and I hope I don’t have too long to wait.
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592 reviews828 followers
September 2, 2020
كاتب يكتب مخطوط رواية مبتذلة، عنيفة سادية وبها تجريح وتشهير بأصدقائهِ الكُتّاب والناشرين. بعض أجزاء الرواية مشحون بالألغاز، وبمعلومات قد تدين البعض. عندما رفضت الناشرة مخطوط روايته، هدّدها بأنه سينشر الرواية على الإنترنت.

تلجأ زوجة الكاتب للمحقق كورموران سترايك، بعد أن دام اختفاء زوجها لمدة أسبوعين. طالبة مساعدته للعثور على زوجها المختفي. وأثناء تنقيب المحقّق عن الزوج الهارب، يكتشف بالصدفة جثته.

يُقتلْ الكاتب بنفس الطريقة التي وصف بها مقتل بطل الرواية في المخطوط، مقيدًا، منزوع الأحشاء، ومرشوشًا بسائل حمضي. جريمة شنيعة اهتزّت لها شرطة سكوتلند يارد. ركّزت الشرطة الاشتباه حول زوجة الكاتب، بينما المحقّق كورموران سترايك، ركّز الاشتباه حول كل من قرأ المخطوطة، أو ورد ذِكره ضِمْنِيًّا بالإيحاء أو بالتشبيه في المخطوطة. فالجريمة ارتكبها شخص سادي منحرف، ومُراوغ. ولا يمكن أن ترتكبها الزوجة التي صبرت على زوجها من أجل ابنتهم المعاقة.

رواية بوليسية مثيرة ومشوقة، النهاية كانت مفاجأة وغير متوقعة.


“ينتحر الناس، إذ يظنّون بأنهم فقدوا علّة وجودهم. بل إنَّ استخفاف الغير بمعاناتهم يكفي ليجهزوا على أنفسهم”.

“لطالما تعجّب من عامّة الناس الذين يؤلِّهون المشاهير، حتى عندما تلاحقهم الصحافة وتضيّق عليهم وتشوّه سمعتهم. بغضّ النظر عن عدد المشاهير الذين أدينوا بالاغتصاب أو القتل، يستمرّ جمهورهم في التسليم ببراءتهم؛ لا يمكن أن يكونوا الفَعَلَة، فهُم مشهورون”.

“الحبّ سراب، وخيال، ووهم. نحن لا نحبّ بعضنا بعضًا، بل نحبّ الفكرة التي نكوِّنها عن بعضنا بعضًا. لكنَّ قلّة قليلة من البشر تدرك ذلك أو تستطيع تقبّله. معظمهم يؤمن إيمانًا أعمى بالتوهُّمات التي تبتدعها مخيّلته. لذا فإنّ كلّ حبّ في النهاية، حبّ للذات”.

“دودة الحرير رمز للكاتب أو المؤلف الذي يكابد العناء والعذاب الشديد ليلد مخطوطة جميلة”.

“في بعض الأحيان قد ينقل القتلى رسائل، وكأنّ جلّاديهم تركوا بين أيديهم الجامدة علامات تشي ارتكاباتهم”.

“من الصعب أن تتخلّى فجأةً عن حبّ قديم مُزمن؛ صعب، وإنّما يجب عليك فعله”.

“لا يمكنكِ أن التخطيط لجريمة قتل وكأنّكِ تكتبين حبكة رواية. هناك دائمًا تفاصيل غير قابلة للتحديد في الحياة الواقعيّة”.

“إذا كنت تريد صداقة تدوم عمرًا ورفقة مجّانية، فالتحق بالجيش وتعلّم كيفيّة القتل. أمّا إذا أردت تحالفات أو روابط مؤقّتة مع زملاء يبتهجون كلّما أخفقت، فاكتب روايات”.
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1,219 reviews8,828 followers
October 14, 2015
I enjoyed this more that The Cuckoo's Calling. I think that Galbraith/Rowling is getting better at this type of writing. I remember reading somewhere that it was easy to tell that it was Rowling because her style came through - but I cannot see any similarities between this and Harry Potter at all.

I will say, though, that the first two Strike books use a similar formula. All the players are laid out at the beginning and then Strike goes through meeting with each of them throughout the book. In each, there was one main character that keeps coming up that he does not end up talking to until the very end - good way to keep us interested! I think with The Silkworm, the process of Strike's interrogations was way better integrated with the action of the story. With Cuckoo's, it just felt like a series of interviews (i.e. Now Strike goes here to talk to someone, then he goes here to talk to someone else, etc.).
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