Anyone else reading J.K. Rowling's new book, Casual Vacancy?

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Posted: 9/27/2012 12:26:08 PM
What do you think so far?

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Posted: 9/27/2012 2:20:37 PM
I think that I will wait that the price go down I refuse to pay $18 for a E-Book...


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Posted: 9/27/2012 2:26:58 PM
I can't do $18 for an ebook either.


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Posted: 9/27/2012 2:27:56 PM
I'm number 4 of 47 on the waitlist at the library . So we'll see soon enough...

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Posted: 9/27/2012 2:29:11 PM
I might pick it up at Chapters today. I'm going for Generals Die In Bed, but I need new reading material since I'm all LM Montgomery-ed out after reading her journal.

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Posted: 9/27/2012 2:31:00 PM
I have 2 books I need to finish this weekend first but I'll be reading it by Sunday.



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Posted: 9/27/2012 2:33:06 PM
I didn't even realize she had a new book out. I put my name on the library's wait list. They haven't even gotten it yet - it's on order.

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Posted: 9/27/2012 2:34:01 PM
stealing the thread:

GrinningCat...Did you read BEFORE AVALON?

now back to thread.

I will wait until the price comes down.

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Posted: 9/27/2012 2:34:19 PM

I'll start it tonight. I have heard the font is too small and not adjustable on the Nook. I'm going to be really upset if I am not able to comfortably read an $18 eBook! I usually change my font size to "Grandma-appropriate."


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Posted: 9/27/2012 2:36:06 PM
I was going to buy the ebook and then when I went to look I saw the reviews that there was a problem with the font size, so I put it on hold at the library. Maybe I'll get it before then at Target or Costco.

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Posted: 9/27/2012 2:48:40 PM
The e-book price is ridiculous, and I have an e-reader so I dont have to pay hard cover prices, so I guess I will wait for paperback.


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Posted: 9/27/2012 2:48:43 PM
I was shocked that the ebook was $18 and the hardcover is $23 at Target! I am in line at the library for it.

I saw JK Rowling in the Today show this morning, it made me want to read it, she does seem a little lost after Harry Potter so I hope this is a good first effort after that!

I also saw a thread on another message board that the book is also already available on some of the "free" ebook sharing sites- people were really at each others throats over it... both sides of the argument. I would hate to be an author right now- things really are weird in the publishing world with ebooks and internet. I would hate to write a book then have it appear "free" on these sites!



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Posted: 9/27/2012 2:51:59 PM
Not yet. I'm number 1927 on the hold list at the library. i might not get it until next year


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Posted: 9/27/2012 2:57:43 PM

B&N apparently got the Nook size issue fixed. If you are like me and had already downloaded it, you need to archive then unarchive to get the updated version.


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Posted: 9/27/2012 4:25:21 PM
I know this is probably going to sound stupid, but...

I'm generally irritated by the high prices of ebooks, and $18.00 is frustrating, but JK Rowling gave me such enjoyment with her Harry Potter series that I'm totally willing to shell that money out for her new book...as a way of showing my appreciation for her brilliant series.

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Posted: 9/27/2012 4:35:35 PM
hijacking it again, since GrinningCat mentioned it: you said you are all "L.M. Montgomery'ed out" and that you just read her journal-- is it good?? I read the Anne of Green Gables series years ago, and some of the other ones- I also read The Blue Castle which I liked... what L.M. Montgomery books are you reading?? inquiring minds would like to know!

(oh my goodness, I just googled it and saw that her journals were published in 5 volumes- wow!! were they interesting?? I may have to see if any libraries around here have them.)




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Posted: 9/27/2012 4:46:56 PM
the Los Angeles Times didn't give it the best review.
CASUAL VACANCY REVIEW



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Posted: 9/27/2012 5:21:27 PM
I'm number four on the list at the library for this one, I'm anxious to get it!


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Posted: 9/27/2012 5:29:42 PM
I will probably wind up reading it, at some point. It won't be Harry Potter but hopefully it will be good.



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Posted: 10/9/2012 10:22:47 PM
I like it so far, I'm about halfway through. A print out of the character relationships is very helpful!


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Posted: 10/9/2012 10:28:54 PM
I've started it, but am having a hard time getting into it. I've actually put it away for now and just started something different. I don't know. The characters just aren't drawing me in yet. I was only about three nights into it so I'll give it another go once I'm finished with my current book.


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Posted: 10/9/2012 10:35:55 PM
I bought it in hardcover yesterday ... I had a gift certificate for the bookstore left over from Christmas. Don't know when I'll get to it, though, because I'm on the road as of tomorrow.

Kinda afraid to read the L.A. Times review now that I paid for the book.


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Posted: 10/9/2012 10:36:47 PM
I'm 68 in line at my library, which has 7 copies. So it will be a few months before I get my hands on it.

I borrowed the first Harry Potter book from the library when I heard the buzz, which was after the third book was released. After reading a few chapters, I bought the book (paper book), because I knew that my husband and daughter would want to read it. Once I was through with the first book, I bought the second, then the third. I've bought every Harry potter since as it was released, in Hardcover.

But I'll need to read her new book a bit before I'm convinced she can do something other than HP well.


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Posted: 10/9/2012 10:42:01 PM
They had a lengthy sample at Amazon and it just did not sound like my cup of tea at ALL. So I'll be passing on this one.


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Posted: 10/9/2012 11:20:33 PM
CrimsonCat, -hijack-
Not who you were aking, but LM's journals are fascinating. Sad, but fascinating. There is so much if her in all her books, and the pictures she took are beautiful. Makes me want to hop the next plane to PEI! Anyone who is a fan of her books should read them.
I cannot recommend them enough.


To the OP, I am also waiting on it from the library. The reviews I have read have been mixed. One thing about JK is that her details and imagination are amazing, her books are so incredibly immersive and I adore them, but I don't know that she is a great writer. She is heads and shoulders above Stephanie Meyers, but she isn't neccessarily a fantastic writer. If you take away the charm and fantasy of HP it may be more apparent that she is lacking in some ways.



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Posted: 10/10/2012 12:01:48 AM
Picked it up read it a bit then returned it to the shelf...

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Posted: 10/10/2012 12:53:05 AM
I'm a HUGE Harry Potter fan, but apparently that doesn't mean I'm a huge fan of all JKR's writing. Her current book doesn't entice me (just from reading reviews), so I'm on the waitlist for the ebook through our library/Overdrive.

I'd have to REALLY love a book to pay $18 for it, especially the ebook version.



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Posted: 10/10/2012 12:57:18 AM
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Posted: 10/10/2012 1:02:47 AM
Dh bought it for me last week. But, I haven't started reading it yet.




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Posted: 10/10/2012 6:14:08 AM
As far as novels go, is this one of the most expensive e-books? That's crazy for an e-book!


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Posted: 10/10/2012 6:41:29 AM
I am 36 on our library's hold list and they have 3 copies so hopefully I'll get to read it in the next 6 months.



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Posted: 10/10/2012 6:52:03 AM
My daughter bought a copy and she's tried getting through it and she said its painful. In her words "She's trying too hard to prove she's an adult writer."

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Posted: 10/10/2012 7:57:38 AM
I definitely did NOT like this book. as a pp said, she tried WAY to hard to make it an "adult" book. The cursing, the themes in the book, where just too much. I finished it, but I really didn't enjoy it. After reading the Harry Potter books, I expected something along those lines, I guess. She could have written a story with adults themes but a little humor, you know? this was just dark and dreary and CRAP.

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Posted: 10/10/2012 8:15:22 AM
I have not found a lot of positives about it on Goodreads, and had decided to hold off until I talked to my sister, since she usually springs for new books right off the bat.

She just finished it and didn't really like it. Neither one of us was expecting anything remotely HPish, so that wasn't the issue at all. She didn't have a problem with the "adult-ness" of the book, but said that the story just fell kind of flat and the characters weren't really engaging. She told me not to bother, so I probably won't. Maybe someday when it's no longer in high demand at the library, I'll give it a shot, but I'm definitely not in a rush. She said it definitely wasn't worth the high ebook price.



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Posted: 10/10/2012 12:31:26 PM
I wasn't expecting HP and the language didn't bother me at all, I just really didn't care for any of the characters. Normally in a book there is someone that I like, nope not in this one. I do like her writing but the story and those in it made for a very long read.

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Posted: 10/18/2012 7:24:02 AM
OK. I just finished it.

First of all, full disclosure, I never read a Harry Potter in my life, so I come at this like a regular reader, no expectations.

Next, I liked it! I read all the mixed reviews and I think people came at this expecting to be blown away by the adult version of HP. What was the chance THAT was going to happen?

I thought she was a great writer who gave a well-told story. She had a lot of characters and a lot of elements and they were well-woven together. She made me care about what was happening to a lot of characters that admittedly I did not like very much. I think a lot of the reviewers were very hard on her and no matter what she did after HP, people were either going to love her or hate her. I thought this was a good story that kept my interest and while some parts may have been predictable, others were surely not.


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Posted: 10/18/2012 9:05:56 AM
I read it a couple of weeks ago (I was first on the library's waiting list ). I thought it was good - not great. I enjoyed reading it, but I'm almost sure that in six months I won't remember a thing about the book.




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Posted: 10/18/2012 9:21:34 AM
i think if she wrote it under a pen name it would be critiqued on it's own merit

i have it downloaded...and i haven't read harry potter...so i am hoping i am able to give it the fair shake it deserves

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Posted: 10/18/2012 10:10:34 AM

if she wrote it under a pen name it would be critiqued on it's own merit


ITA. I think that can be said for any popular author but b/c of the juggernaut HP became, it is especially true in her case.


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Posted: 10/18/2012 10:26:13 AM
I haven't started it yet.
I saw a woman reading it last week while we were on vacation - she said it was OK, but nothing stunning. An hour or so later - we were both reading beside the pool! - she came over and handed it to me! She said she'd finished it, and wouldn't read it again, and would I like it? I was a bit stunned, but she said she'd never read it again, and it was such a big book she'd probably dump it rather than pack it for the plane trip home! So - it's on my beside table waiting for me to finish my current book.


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Posted: 10/22/2012 6:11:18 PM

I've started it, but am having a hard time getting into it. I've actually put it away for now and just started something different. I don't know. The characters just aren't drawing me in yet. I was only about three nights into it so I'll give it another go once I'm finished with my current book.


Same here. I am really not digging it so far. The fact that every ten paragraphs is a new chapter does not help. I feel like it's all over the place right now.


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