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Robert Galbraith – Career of Evil | Review

Title: Career of Evil

Author: Robert Galbraith

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 584

Rating: 8/10

 

Robert Galbraith - Career of Evil

Robert Galbraith – Career of Evil

 

This is the third book in Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Srike series, a set of detective novels which follow the exploits of a private detective and his assistant as they investigate crimes in the British capital. Robert Galbraith is, of course, the pseudonym for J. K. Rowling, and I can totally understand why she’d use a pen name – this is so different to the Harry Potter series that by writing under a pseudonym, even once that pseudonym has been revealed, she draws a line between the two series, and that’s important.

Now, I’ll admit here that I’ve approached this series in a strange way – I read The Cuckoo’s Calling, the first book of the series, in one sitting, while I was reading for 24-hours straight to raise money for Dyslexia Action. I enjoyed it, but I was never sure whether it was purely because I marathoned my way through it.

This book, though, took me three or four days to get through it, and the interesting thing is that I did actually find it difficult to put it down. This is despite accidentally skipping the second book in the series, purely because I haven’t seen a copy in the charity shops that I trawl for books. But it worked just as well as a standalone, even if it ends on something of a cliffhanger. That’s doubly annoying because I’m pretty sure that the fourth book in the series is yet to be released.

 

J. K. Rowling Quote On Robert Galbraith

J. K. Rowling Quote On Robert Galbraith

 

So, the story. In this book, private investigator Cormoran Strike is stirred into action after his assistant, Robin, receives a leg in the post. The leg belongs to a young woman, and Strike immediately finds himself investigating a couple of suspects – faces from the past, all of them with a grudge against him for some reason or another.

Because of that, the book lets us see a little bit more of the back story, which helps to flesh Strike out as a fully-developed character. He’s always been believable, but here we get to see how the events of his past have made him into the character he is today, and all of this is happening at the same time as Robin is facing a crisis, too. At the start of the series, she’d just got engaged, but this book is all about the arrival of the wedding. As you can imagine, it’s pretty difficult for her to concentrate on the wedding when she’s just received a leg in the post, especially when she starts being followed.

Interestingly, we also get a glimpse into the killer’s mind, thanks to occasional chapters that are dedicated to his point of view. He’s obsessed with Blue Oyster Cult, and the band plays into the story line – their lyrics are also quoted at the top of the chapters, except for the ones which follow the killer. I’m sure that’s deliberate, but I can’t really figure out why.

Overall then, if you like a good thriller with a little bit of a back story thrown in there, you’re going to enjoy this. That said, with a series like this, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t start at the beginning – with The Cuckoo’s Calling – and work your way along. So with that in mind, you’re probably not going to want to read this until you’ve read the other two. See how quickly you can read the whole series

 

Robert Galbraith - The Cuckoo's Calling

Robert Galbraith – The Cuckoo’s Calling

 

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Stephen King – Song of Susannah | Review

Title: Song of Susannah

Author: Stephen King

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 456

Rating: 8/10

 

Stephen King - Song of Susannah

Stephen King – Song of Susannah

 

This is the sixth book in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, and it’s a corker – it’s also a shorter read than the last two books, which is good because, as the reader, you feel like you’re making real progress towards the Tower. It’s closer than ever now, and you can almost taste it.

This book deals with a pregnancy, and the members of Roland’s ka-tet are split up and sent to different points in time to achieve different missions, all of which have a bearing on the Tower and, ultimately, the existence of everything. And speaking of Ka, it’s a strange thing – that’s why they end up meeting some author guy who wrote a book called ‘Salem’s Lot. He has a wife called Tabby, and he really needs to give up the booze and the ciggies before the fate of the Tower is never decided.

If that’s not a spoiler then I don’t know what is. Either way, I was impressed by the way that the book got meta without being spoiled by it – it’s hard to get it right, and King did a good job. He also does a great job of keeping you interested in the action – because of the split in the ka-tet, we get to jump backwards and forwards and to get glimpses of the action in different times and places. It keeps you going from start to finish, and that’s a good thing.

 

Stephen King

Stephen King

 

Song of Susannah also progresses the story line in a much more tangible way than the last couple of books, and whilst there isn’t exactly a cliffhanger ending, it does help to set up the final book in the series and to whet your appetite for more of the gunslinger’s adventures. By this point, most of the members of the ka-tet are fully-fledged gunslingers themselves, and even Oy seems to have undergone some character development by the end of it.

So yeah, overall, I felt like this was the Dark Tower series back at its best, and it was a pleasure to read it. The fact that it was a little shorter than some of the other, more recent books in the series, combined with the character development and the story line, means that it’s a fantastic addition to your collection.

Besides, the Tower is closer than ever before, and after you’ve whizzed your way through this book, you only have one book in the series to go. Unless you count The Wind Through the Keyhole, which is a late addition to the series. I’m counting that, and I’m looking forward to getting to that one, too.

 

Stephen King Quote

Stephen King Quote

 

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