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Her publisher has posted a summary of J.K. Rowling's upcoming novel, A Casual Vacancy.

Most authors seem to flame out horribly when their first book is a gargantuan success. It's not just that their sales never match that first triumph--how could they?--but that even the premises of their later works seem incredibly dull.

But, you know what? Reading that summary has me really looking forward to the book. It sounds like it could be hilarious and plays to her strengths.

A black comedy about petty, mean-spirited, local politics? From her? I am so completely there.

Date: 2012-04-13 12:15 am (UTC)
rymenhild: Manuscript page from British Library MS Harley 913 (Default)
From: [personal profile] rymenhild
Yes. Most of the best bits in Harry Potter are black comedy about mean-spirited local politics. That's what's going on in all the Ministry bits.

I mean, I reserve judgment... I hope Rowling gets better editing than she did in the later volumes of HP... but I do have every intention of reading the book to find out whether I'll like it.

Date: 2012-04-13 01:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jothra
With as much enjoyment as I got out of the Potter books, I'd try reading an economics manual if Rowling wrote it. Out of sheer loyalty if nothing else.

But it sounds entertaining anyway!

Date: 2012-04-13 01:05 pm (UTC)
yakalskovich: The Nazgul and I in nun costumes at Kaltenberg posing with a bloke dressed as Jack Sparrow (Jack Sparrow makes nuns happy!)
From: [personal profile] yakalskovich
Definitely going to read that! I totally agree with what [profile] rhymenhild says: - that aspect is what she does best! Now in a novel for adults set in the 'real' world (as soon as we agree what is real anyway...)

Yay!!

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