Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (12)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking the Spine to spotlight a blogger's eagerly anticipated new books.

For this Waiting on Wednesday, I picked The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling.

Release Date: September 27, 2012

Book Summary:"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 town’s 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."

My Thoughts: Finally! It has a title and description! How about a cover? Although that is a nice photo of J.K. Rowling, she hasn't aged much, she looks very elegant and mysterious.

The description is a little dubious to me. It makes me wonder who are the main characters of this book? Barry Fairweather is dead, so will he be a character in flashbacks? Will the book be loaded with characters from this town? Or will it focus more on the characters who are trying to replace him?

At 480 pages, this book is a little slim for Ms. Rowling. I was expecting a 900 page juggernaut.

I'm a little nervous for her as a writer. I loved her writing style in the Harry Potter books. But I'm afraid that if people don't like her as an adult writer in this book, she'll have a hard time breaking out of children's literature indefinitely.

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