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October 6, 2012

The Casual Vacancy

The post is spoiler free, so feel safe to venture in if you haven't read it yet. I can't guarantee the comments section will be, though!


I took myself to the bookstore to buy a copy of The Casual Vacancy as soon as I was able to last week and finished it in a couple of days. I'm not feeling very eloquent, so I will just dot point my thoughts.
  • The plot takes a while to pick up, but the characters are interesting enough to keep you turning the pages for the first half of the book. There are quite a few of them to get your head around, but since reading the ASOIAF books I've been pretty good at this.
  • The book really is "darkly comic" in some parts, but in others, just plain dark: it explores some pretty heavy issues, and is at times very uncomfortable to read (which is probably the point).
  • On the swearing and graphic descriptions - I personally don't think she overdid it.
  • Swearing aside, there is some lovely writing in this book that even I can appreciate. And the style overall was very familiarly J.K. Rowling.
  • I don't feel that the plot twist was very elegant or clever (although I still felt like I'd been punched in the face). But the ending of the book was perfect.
So, to conclude, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Would I have bought or read it if it had been put out by a different author? Probably not. But like a lot of other people, I wanted to see what this goddess the queen of my childhood J.K. Rowling had written. And to be honest? I'd read whatever she puts out.

Have you guys read it? What did you think? I'm dying to discuss my feelings.

35 comments:

  1. Oh-my-gosh. I'm jealous!I didn't read the post cause i want to read the book. Worth reading,jane?

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    1. The post is relatively spoiler-free but to summarise - yes, it is! Even though reviews have been mixed, I personally enjoyed it a lot.

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  2. I haven't read this yet (heck I didn't even know this was coming out!) BUT I absolutely love how you formatted the post, and that image is divine *_* ;3

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  3. Oh my god - I really have to read it! I saw it at the bookstore, but didn't want to shell out 30 dollars to get it =__=. I'll wait for my library to get ahold of it.

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  4. Oh my God it's out already?! I haven't yet found it in Finland but I must buy it as soon as possible. I will read anything J.K. Rowling writes to be honest.

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  5. I'm about a quarter of the way through and keep expecting magical snippets to cast their way into the pages. Completely agree about the darkly comic themes, I'm excited to finish reading it, Queen Rowling will always hold a place in my heart.

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  6. I picked this up last week half price and I'm saving it for my week off uni in November, I have so many books that need reading for my course I don't feel justified in reading this just yet. I didn't even have a clue what the book was about, I've tried to read as little as possible about it so I can be surprised and have no expectations.
    xxx
    Nina from little nomad

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  7. Thank for sharing this
    with us! This book is been
    on my to do list c:

    xx

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  8. I wish she wrote the next HP story! I loved the books! <3 Have read them in Dutch, but now I am reading them in the original language, British! :D

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  9. I can't wait to get my hands on it!
    I've read mixed reviews but haven't been put off; I will read without having huge expectations. I think you made some very good points (I don't think I would pick it up if it were by someone else either...)

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  10. Haven't read it yet, but I think I'll read it after I finish my exams :)
    From what you've described, it sounds pretty good
    xxx

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  11. love the photo!
    considering buying this (:
    Blog

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  12. Considering I was one of those Harry Potter super fans, I have not been too fussed about this book, but now I've read your bit I might pick it up next time I need to make up an Amazon order to get free shipping!

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  13. I think I'm the same-- I'll probably read it just because it's written by JK Rowling. Actually, who am I kidding, there's no "probably", I'll definitely be reading it. I was a little nervous about it, considering it's her first adults novel... but I'm glad to hear you say it's worth the read :)

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  14. It sounds interesting, especially since he is known for an entirely different genre. I haven't read a "new" book in ages but I desperately need to pretty soon! x

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  15. Jane I haven't read it but I'm glad you gave your review. It has received some harsh criticism and the reasons why are pretty interesting

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  16. i am dying to read this book! but my finals are coming very soon and i haven't been able to concentrate on a single book for months. :( literally, i've not been able to finish a book for so many months. i'm beginning to worry that i'm going illiterate now. sigh. anyhow, i agree with you! i'd read anything Queen Rowling writes. she in some ways, moulded my childhood and myself :) xxxx

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  17. Ok, this is the first thing I'll pick up after finishing 1Q84 - I just started , har har. It's sounds AWESOME. (in an overly excited teenager way, and a bit in a sophisticated kid way - if sophisticated kids say that) Thanks for mentioning!

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  18. I hope it will be a good book, I picked it up yesterday and only read the description, it sounds interesting. Too bad my Mom was hurrying me so my brain didn't have the chance to decide if it wanted to read it or not, haha. :)

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  19. I've not read it yet but I'll hopefully be picking up a copy soon :)

    xxx

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  20. I bought that book yesterday, and I can't wait to start reading! And like you, I bought it because JK Rowling is the goddess of my childhood as well. She's a great author.

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  21. I'm just starting it myself, I agree the beginning is quite jarring to get into - I guess I'm just used to seeing more magic or half expect them to mention You-know-know lol.
    I am liking her style of writing so far though, so different from anything she's written yet so achingly familiar and very Jo Rowling :) xoxo

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  22. i haven't read it yet, but you have inspired me to so thanks for that =D
    love from the NANA girls xoxo

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  23. I really haven't stayed in the book game lately but I have heard a lot of people around me discuss this book! and since it's by the renowned JK Rowling I'm curious to have a read.

    metallicpaws.blogspot.com

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  24. i haven't read it yet but it's on my to-buy list! 100% of the reason being because it's by her, and i'm keen to see if she can stand up to being an author i love generally and not just because of harry potter, so we'll see! i don't know anything about the story or the characters AT ALL and i think i'd like to keep it that way until i read it so i don't have any expectations of it.

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  25. I confess I am exactly the same - I will read whatever Queen Rowling writes. ;)

    http://www.jenventure.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. I've been needing some new reading material so may give this a go! I've never really got into the Harry Potter series, I remember it coming out when I was 10-11 and enjoyed watching the films but then must have lost interest. I'm really interested in history though - especially on topics of war which mat sound a tad odd ha!

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  27. Ok, I have to read it now :) was umming and aahing but it sounds great from what you've said x

    http://girlinthelens.com/

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  28. i have never heard of this book! i'll have to check it out though!

    lindsey louise

    hellomrrabbit.blogspot.com

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  29. I can't wait to read this book!

    http://initialed.blogspot.com

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  30. Thanks for your spoiler free review, I have to pick this up soon, I just wish there wasn't so many books on my to read list. But I guess I always can make some time for J.K Rowling :)

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  31. I need to read this! I keep forgetting about though. I love your point form review. So helpful!

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  32. I need to read this, I'm really intrigued. I've read some horrible reviews that are actually nothing to do with the actual book, mostly just criticising the fact that she's written a different genre - so unfair! x
    that-bird.blogspot.co.uk

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