28 September 2012

A Page 54 update of The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

I promise I'm reading other books right now. It may not seem like it because the past few posts are all about JK Rowling, but I assure you, there's more to come (of Rowling and others). Like The Secret History by Donna Tartt (which I am loving), and It by Stephen King (the audio book with Steven Weber is just amazing). See?

Quick updates on everything related to The Casual Vacancy:
  • It's really annoying that people are posting one-star reviews on Amazon because they don't like the ebook price. Why not email the publisher? Why skew the rating of the author's work because you're upset about the price?
  • It's easy to forget all about Harry Potter and Hogwarts so far. I mean, JK Rowling has quite a number of swear words used already by page 54, but I haven't found it jarring in the least.
  • The book isn't bad at all. The characters are introduced well and the idyllic setting of a quaint British village called Pagford is beautifully depicted. I actually like it.
Passage of note thus far:
Momentarily stricken, Ruth gazed out of her kitchen window over the crisp whiteness of her frost-crusted lawn, at the abbey across the valley, stark and skeletal against the pale pink and gray sky, and the panoramic view that was the glory of Hilltop House. Pagford, which by night was no more than a cluster of twinkling lights in a dark hollow far below, was emerging into chilly sunlight. (p.12)


  1. I am reading this now on my Kindle and really enjoying it so far!

  2. I'll get to this book one of these days :) I think I'm waiting for the hype to go down a bit.

    Oh those "reviews", ugh.

  3. Seriously? People are one-starring it because of the price?! What a bunch of idiots.

    I have to admit, I don't really have a desire to read this book. I think it's because the hype has scared me...and I don't know if I'd be able to let go the whole HP thing. Like, I wish she had written under a pseudonym.

  4. I hate it when people give low ratings to books because of their price. Ratings aren't for that purpose. I like the quote you shared.

  5. Ugh! I can't WAIT to read it!!! I preordered it through Amazon and thought for sure with this one I would get release day delivery but nope :( AND I'm a prime member...kinda pissed :( Oh well...I should probably finish one of the 50 other books I have going first anyway :p

  6. My very kind coworker lent me his copy on the principle that I would probably read it faster than he would (true). I'm not decided how I feel about it yet -- a lot of the characters are kinda jerks to each other. But we'll see.


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