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Really struggling with it. Am halfway through it and it just seems such a slog sad does it get better - unsure if I am going to carry on with it

DuchessofMalfi Sat 15-Mar-14 06:08:57

I really enjoyed it, found it a page-turner. Very good story, but if you're not enjoying it give up. Life's too short to struggle through books you're not enjoying when there's so many more out there. Maybe this one isn't your cup of tea? Does have a good ending though. I didn't guess it.

thanks! I feel like I want to like it but I don't really? I am intrigued to find out what happened though lol

BaconAndAvocado Sat 15-Mar-14 21:51:08

Know exactly how you feel pretty

I too am halfway through and am finding it a bit....meh.

I loved the Casual Vacancy though so think I will stick it out.

I haven read that one either. sis brought me the husbands secret earlier so that may spur me on to finish cuckoos

I enjoyed it, though I'd expected to hate it. It's typical of her in that she doesn't use one word if she thinks she can get away with seven or eight instead, but she still managed to keep my interest and I like her PI chappie.

CoteDAzur Sun 16-Mar-14 10:27:38

I liked it, too. Having successfully avoided Harry Potter stuff, this was the 1st book I read by J K Rowling. Surprisingly good characterisation, interesting plot.

One thing I was a bit 'meh' about was the old style ending where the detective figures everything out and tells it as it is to the reader. I much prefer how in recent crime fiction, events slowly unfold and the reader figures things out through the eyes of the detective, rather than be told about it all at the end.

I quite liked the old style ending - it was Poirot-esque and I'm rather fond of old HP! smile

I'm still going with it smile meant to say love your name Remus wink


Dollyface Tue 18-Mar-14 13:27:44

I was tempted to give up about a third of the way in but have persevered and now can't put it down, can't wait to see how it ends.

BaconAndAvocado Tue 18-Mar-14 18:35:21

That's encouraging dolly

I'm still persevering!

Dp is powering through it right now. He's usually a really slow reader, so it's clearly got him hooked!

CoteDAzur Tue 18-Mar-14 22:00:59

What? How did you marry him? shock wink

I didn't - we're not married! smile

He's a freak - he reads so, so slowly and dissects every word on first reading, whilst I gobble it all down first and then go back to digest it on re-reads, if I think it warrants it.

I finished it! Ended up enjoying it smile

DuchessofMalfi Fri 21-Mar-14 16:40:24

Just browsing on Amazon, and came across details of the second Robert Galbraith/JKR novel in the Cormoran Strike series The Silkworm Release date 19th June smile

Thank you Duchess

dingalong Fri 28-Mar-14 22:03:36

I thought it was very poor, verbose and cliched. I love this genre, but was very disappointed.

DurhamDurham Fri 28-Mar-14 22:05:40

I did find it slow to begin with but then I really got into the characters and loved it by the end.

Stick with it a few more chapters just to make sure it a not for you smile

myothernameiswashingherhair Sun 30-Mar-14 11:07:31

I did end up finishing it Durham though I guessed the killer a while beforehand grin

DurhamDurham Sun 30-Mar-14 11:10:20

I guessed too, my husband thinks that authors 'allow' us to guess the ending so that we feel clever and insightful. I disagree, I just think we ARE clever and insightful grin

myothernameiswashingherhair Sun 30-Mar-14 11:32:11

I agree Durham grin

bottleofbeer Sun 06-Apr-14 18:54:28

I love Harry Potter. Massive fan.

I can't get into Cuckoo's calling at all and found a casual vacancy hard going too.

I find her characterisation a bit childish, which was fine and actually unnoticeable in HP, because they are children's books. But all the HP characters comes out in her other books, just different names. Pissed off DI with a face "like corned beef" is basically Mr Dursley etc...

I think if I'd read it as simply Robert Galbraith before it was commonly known it was her I'd have pegged it for a JK wannabe.

myothernameiswashingherhair Sun 06-Apr-14 20:19:31


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