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The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
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Jul 03, 2012

Read from October 05 to 11, 2012

I'm guilty, along with probably 99% of this book's readers. That is, of reading it because J.K. Rowling wrote it. You see, we all read the synopsis, so knew what it was about, and probably had no interest in the subject material itself... but began to read it anyway in the hopes that we would find echoes of our beloved Harry, Ron, and Hermione hiding somewhere in its amply verbose pages. Well, it turns out that Rowling really IS good at evoking exactly what she wants to with her words. It wasn't just her writing style itself that made Harry Potter pleasurable to read-- it was the world that she chose to create, and successfully did. She just as successfully created this world, but a dreary, sorry one it is indeed. Listen: this is a friggin' depressing book. I think it was a New York Times review I read after I started, seeking to see what other people thought (Was there something wrong with me? Would the book become amazing by the end?), that said this is a book entirely about the Vernons and Petunias of the Harry Potter world-- and this is a spot on observation. The bad thing is, though, that when you combine everyone reading this book because they liked Harry Potter, with the fact that Vernon and Petunia Dursley were dull, awful characters that no one rooted for, with the fact that this book is composed solely of those types.........
Well, you know.

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