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post #51 of 65 (permalink) Old 05-17-2013, 10:18 PM
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Re: WF Book Club - Currently Reading The Casual Vacancy

I wasn't blown away by it. But it did end up being a lot better than I originally thought it would be when I started it and put it down. My God, but that is a little town full of people who are full of problems. It seems to me the book at it's core is a kind of morality tale. Talk about reaping what you sow...

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One thing that really hit me was near the end, when Howard is in the hospital recovering from his heart attack, and gets all kinds of visitors. Yet little Robbie's body is down in the morgue, pretty much being ignored. Really sad state of affairs that happens in real life all too often. I had to stop and compose myself for a minute.

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I go through about one book per month with the vast majority of my reading revolving around sports biography and insider books and military history.

Currently reading: THE FOURTH STAR: FOUR GENERALS AND THE EPIC STRUGGLE FOR THE FUTURE OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY by Greg Jaffe and David Cloud
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Book Club don't seem to be doing so well...

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I've read the Casual Vacancy. I didn't enjoy it much but I did find the bad language quite funny. You got the impression that JK Rowling really got a kick out of being able to finally have the words 'fuck' and 'cunt' in one of her books. I wish she'd used them earlier, to be honest. I think the one missing ingredient from the Harry Potter series is a subplot involving Dumbledore sulking after he hears Harry Potter referring to him as 'a paedo cunt'; in actual fact, it was that little shit Draco Malfoy, who'd used Polyjuice Potion to make himself look like Potter, deliberately allowing himself to be overheard slandering Dumbledore in an effort to cause dissention among the Order of the Phoenix. Apparently the publishers didn't go for it.

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I know the month is up and I'm late with my feedback, but I just finished the book yesterday. The fact it took me weeks to read The Casual Vacancy must give the impression that I was unimpressed and that's true, to an extent but it wasn't that bad once the plot got moving. Before I get to the negatives, one thing I will commend JK Rowling for is that she knows how to build distinct characters with clear motivations.

I was going to go with Month's over, so no spoiler tags, anyone who hasn't read it likely won't at this point but I just know someone would wander in and moan over the story being ruined so....

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Yeah. So with that out of the way, onward with the complaining. The climax was over-telegraphed, especially with all the mentions of how thirsty Robbie was and talk about Mr. Mollison's size, and I didn't care for how all the separate plot threads were literally brought together by having nearly everyone in town stroll past Robbie, Krystal and whatshisname, but those are minor issues compared to my biggest problem. One aspect of this book just drove me batty and that's the complete lack of viewpoint consistency. The narrative constantly jumps from one character's head to another mid-scene, sometimes even mid-paragraph, which screams amateur writer and yet Rowling is no newcomer so one has to assume she thinks this is clever or artistic or something. It isn't, it's just irritating.
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post #56 of 65 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 06:09 PM
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Hate to bump, but is this how the Book Club ends? With not even a whimper?

Seemed at first like some of us were looking forward to it, but in the end there was no real discussion...
Maybe we're doing it wrong. And maybe we all just have too many other things going on.

And where the hell has SrsLii gone to? She reads like a book every other hour so I know she would have probably kept this thread on track...

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Let's keep it going? I'm still around just the lack of discussion kind of killed this.
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Agreed with GothicBohemian on the viewpoint switching. It often made me had to re-read as it was jarring and just so sudden.

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Well, I have one lined up that I haven't started yet, but will get to by the end of the week. I picked it up at the library, as I will often do when my book series are between novels. This one is titled "The Extinction Club" by Jeffrey Moore. It is described as 'a Neo-Noir Thriller, by turns comic and darkly tragic'.

I have never read this author before. Appears to be an interesting read based on the inside cover. The main characters are a fugitive fleeing something and an animal rights activist that he finds out in the wilderness left for dead.

What does anyone think of this as a possibility?

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Sure. let me see if I can get my hands on it
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