Even when Rowling’s not writing on about snitches and snollywogs, she still knows how to weave a damn good story, filled with lots of fleshy characters. What I’ve most enjoyed in Rowling’s new adult works (the other one being A Casual Vacancy), is how much she seems to know about how little we seem to realize is going on with our own lives. You saw a bit of this in Harry Potter, the various narratives leading to an ultimate truth (ex: “Syrius killed my father!” later: “You framed Syrius for killing my father!”). Her ability to weave one narrative through multiple, unreliable or self-interested narrators is absolutely astonishing. I think it’s fast becoming one of my favourite hallmarks of her works. And for a detective story, it’s perfect. Her protagonists’ stunning honesty and integrity always gets me too, In this case, the shiny and eager-to-do-her-best secretary/assistant Robin, (who as a legal assistant eager to prove myself I all too easily relate to) whose mundane job title easily understate the bright mind and ability she brings to her role (does that last sentence almost sound like a clandestine attempt at self-flattery? Just ignore it if it does).
All in all, really enjoyed it, and enjoyed the broad cast of characters. The Harry Potter cast was (of course) stunning, but Rowling does no less favours to the lovingly sculpted, realistic denizens of the U.K. Well done. Now, go read it! I’ve already loaded the recently-released sequel, “The Silkworm” onto my e-reader.
On that note, what do you think of readers? I love being surrounded by books, but I also love not having to haul a 400-page tome (coughThe Luminariescough) around in my bag to and from work, since I get most of my reading done on my lunch breaks. I like that the kobo is tiny, lets me read easily at night, and there might be something in there about the financial ease of getting certain books in digital format rather than in hardcopy (seriously, your average book nowadays is like $20. What gives? I remember when I was younger it seemed like all books were $9.99. That gets expensive if you’re breezing through a book every few days). Also: great battery life. You only need to charge it once every few weeks. Compared to my iPhone who i seem to need to resuscitate daily, that’s a huge boon.