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J. K. Rowling and the Deadly Tedium
National Review, by Katherine Connell

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Posted By:pineledger, 10/13/2012 10:55:32 AM

The Harry Potter series was such a cultural juggernaut that many people who would not normally have read children’s novels about a training school for wizards felt compelled to point out that the books lacked literary merit. (Snip)Rowling’s detractors missed what made the Potter books so captivating: the story. Five years after the final installment in the Harry Potter series was released, Little, Brown has published Rowling’s first novel aimed at adults, The Casual Vacancy. She was clearly determined to try her hand at something completely different, and she succeeded, in a way: Instead of a magical world

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Wow. Not a good review.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: abuela10, 10/13/2012 11:05:24 AM     (No. 8930286)

Thanks for the heads up. I thought she was a good writer and I read each of the Potter books 4 times.I guess the billions went to her head. I won't bother buying this book.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 10/13/2012 11:06:32 AM     (No. 8930288)

I have great admiration and respect for J.K. Rowling, although I have read none of her books. Anyone who can entice millions of kids, young people and adults into reading for pleasure is my hero.

But, I've yet to see a good review of her new book.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 10/13/2012 11:10:16 AM     (No. 8930300)

Despite being the richest writer ever, and the huge and well-deserved success of Harry Potter, I guess she just can't keep trying to get back in the limelight. It's sad when someone successful can't leave well enough alone and goes down in flames instead of out in a blaze of glory.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jinx, 10/13/2012 11:26:23 AM     (No. 8930327)

Rowling inspired children of all ages to read which was a wonderful thing to do. She wrote books for children that some adults who may not have liked to read as children found to be interesting. They were made into larger-than-life movies which helped propel them into money making best sellers. I for one could not get past the first chapter of the first Harry Potter book. For the life of me, I could not understand the hype, but then again, I don't enjoy science fiction. This review proves my point. I will not bother to waste time nor money reading this "adult" book.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: angelesgift, 10/13/2012 11:41:21 AM     (No. 8930360)

I had not the slightest interest in the Harry Potter books until one of my favorite bloggers, La Shawn Barber, talked about how great they were. I read them, and was hooked! It's never too late to make a happy childhood.

This book may not be Harry Potter, but I'll probably read it anyway, because the mind who dreamed up Harry surely came up with some good bits in this.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: pineledger, 10/13/2012 11:57:01 AM     (No. 8930386)

I loved the first Potter book, liked the second, and didn't make it all the way through the third. Agatha Cristie affects me the same way. It doesn't sounds as though Rowling has advanced fiction by any great leaps with this adult book, so will probably pass on this.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: kanphil, 10/13/2012 1:02:03 PM     (No. 8930506)

I was captivated by Tolkien's trilogy, the Lord of the Rings. I started on my kids' Potter books expecting the same. Mistake!! I could not get past halfway through the first book. I enjoyed the movies, though.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: earlybird, 10/13/2012 1:07:25 PM     (No. 8930514)

Thwap.

Another liberal bites the dust. Briefly.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Bill the Cat, 10/13/2012 2:17:46 PM     (No. 8930614)

I no longer read fiction. Strictly non-fiction for me these days. Still, if I did read fiction, I would certainly not read anything by anyone who has trashed C.S. Lewis (e.g., Rowling) or Tolkien (e.g., Michael Moorcock).

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mitzi, 10/13/2012 2:22:38 PM     (No. 8930620)

I never rely on reviews. The book is in my Amazon "save for later" shopping cart. I have a few other books to finish first.

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