Friday, 13 April 2012

JK's casualty

When I woke up this morning, I had a lovely surprise message. JK Rowling's book had a title! And a release date for September THIS YEAR!


Happy Days!

Then I stumbled upon the synopsis...

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa├žade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

Right. So.

I'm going to say it, this sounds boring. However it is definitely worth remembering that JK didn't set out to write another HP book and I'm glad it's something so different. I'm not glad it's about local politics and a potential murder mystery but that's just me.

Personally, I'll read this book to the end because JK really is just that great a writer. She could make anything amazing and believable and I'm seriously hoping this is no exception.

Would I have liked another fantasy? Hell to the yeah. But I guess she's defining herself elsewhere and I'm just going to have to roll with it. 

Scribble 'The Casual Vacancy' into September 27th kids! Way sooner than anyone could have hoped for I think.

But tell me, what do you guys think of the title and synopsis? And when it was released that JK was writing an adult novel, were you all picturing this?


  1. “Huh?” was my reaction. To be honest, the synopsis does not interest me at all, but I know that Rowling is an exceptional writer and I trust that she’s written something worth reading. (We also have to remember that this is written for an adult audience, and not necessarily Harry Potter People.) Fingers and toes are crossed!

  2. I know what you mean. I'm so hoping that it's just a dud synopsis and the book turns out to be as amazing as we'd expect...

  3. I'll admit I was hoping for something more supernatural. I'm glad she's branching out, and I'm certain JK will create a fantastic book, but I'm a little nervous.


  4. I think that whatever she writes, she will make it amazing, but I'm with you, it seems a little boring to me. But I'm not really one for 'adult' books, I prefer a magical world of fantasy, where I can escape reality for a while! I'm really excited to read it, anyway :)

  5. I'm intrigued by the blurb... well... slightly curious... but if I'm being honest, it sounds like British mystery/drama type thing, and no... I'm still hoping I'll read it and discover there's some kind of magic involved :D

    If it was anyone else, no, I wouldn't write it. The fact that it's JK means I will. We shall see, I guess! :D

  6. Hopefully the dude's a squib and Voldemort is really behind it all. It could happen.

  7. YES! Ooooh, even if that's not the case, I'm going to convince myself of it while reading XD

  8. Wasn't expecting something like this from JK... interesting!

  9. I'm really looking forward to this novel.


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