WWW Wednesdays #10 – September 17th

wwwwednesdays Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

cityofbonesI’m currently reading City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare, the first book in The Mortal Instruments series. It’s a book that has been on my list for a while, and I finally came around reading it. I’m not far enough into the story yet to give a proper opinion, but until now I’m positive.

 

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

mysoulimmortalthe cuckoo's callingI have recently finished both My Soul Immortal by Jen Printy (an ARC and the first book in the Fated Eternals series) & The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (first book in the Cormoran Strike series). Full reviews of both books have already been posted…

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

mrmercedeshpandtheprisonerofazkabanI’m not sure what I will read next… I should read the third Harry Potter: The Prisoner Of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling along with The Not A Book Club Club at Goodreads. I also want to read Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King… I’m in need of a creepy horror story. 😀

BOOK REVIEW: The Cuckoo’s Calling – by Robert Galbraith

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Title: The Cuckoo’s Calling
(Cormoran Strike Series #1)
Author: Robert Galbraith
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: 2013
Finished reading: September 12th 2014
Pages: 464
Rating 3

“Nillness, thought Strike, for a second distracted. He had slept badly. Nillness, that was where Lula Landry had gone, and where all of them, he and Rochelle included, were headed. Sometimes illness turned slowly to nillness, as was happening to Bristow’s mother… sometimes nillness rose to meet you out of nowhere, like a concrete road slamming your skull apart.”

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I guess I am one of the many people who recently heard about The Cuckoo’s Calling only after it leaked out that Robert Galbraith actually is a pseudonym used by J.K. Rowling to avoid people comparing the book with her previous work. I can understand where she was going with that and I will respect her pseudonym by using this name during the rest of my review.  Unfortunately this book has been seriously ‘overhyped’ since Rowling came into the picture, and I cannot say it lives up to the hype now I’ve read it.  Sure, the story itself was quite intriguing and Galbraith threw some nice plot twists in so you are kept guessing about if Lula was really murdered and who would have wanted to kill her until the end. The writing was interesting in general, but I had serious problems with how Galbraith makes his characters express themselves. It just doesn’t sound natural at all; either too antiquated or too many ‘fuck’ included to be able to take it seriously. I mean, an ‘how do you do’ for a 35-year-old ex-military and detective like Cormoran Strike just doesn’t do it for me.

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After Cormoran Strike loses his leg while serving in Afghanistan, he is forced to retire and he becomes a private investigator. Things go downwards from there. His girlfriend kicks him out, he now has to live in his office and he is in serious depts. Just as a new temporary secretary (Robin) he cannot afford starts working, a client finally shows up after a long stretch of very slow business. A famous model called Lula died three months ago, presumably suicide, but her brother John Bristow thinks someone murdered her. He asks Cormoran to investigate the dead of his wealthy sister, and Cormoran simply cannot refuse the money John offers him. The police had ruled out foul play already, but Cormoran still has some important contacts left over from the old days. He starts calling in favors, but the investigation is not as easy as it seems.

His secretary Robin is actually a great asset to the case, and she helps him dig up more and more information about the circumstances around the death of the model. It turns out she had a fight with her on/off rockstar boyfriend, she was looking for her birth father and she had invited someone to her house around the time she died… But there still is no trace of the killer or any proof if it was an actual murder. Cormoran soon seems to suspect her death was all about money and goes looking for a will. And in the process, he finds out some other interesting and shocking details. Was Lula murdered after all?

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The writing style and cliche moments in the story made me give The Cuckoo’s Calling only three out of five stars. It’s a nice read, but nothing too exciting. Recommended to those who enjoy the whole mystery/whodunit genre.

Teaser Tuesdays #11 – September 9th: The Cuckoo’s Calling

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

The book I’m currently reading is The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. This one has been on my list for quite some time, and I’m glad I finally got the chance reading it… I’m rereading the second book of the HP series at the same time along with The Not A Book Club Club at Goodreads, so I’m not as far into the story yet. I’m enjoying it so far though!

cuckoos“But Somé threw up his arm in an involuntary gesture of refutation, of selfprotection, then got to his feet, breathing hard, and walked to the photograph wall, where Lula started out of several pictures, smiling, wistful or serene. When the designer turned to face Strike again, the strange bulging eyes were wet. ”

What are you reading right now?

WWW Wednesdays #9 – September 3rd

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

awakeningharrypotterandthephilosophersstoneI still have to finish Awakening Foster Kelly by Cara Rosalie Olsen… I didn’t have a lot of reading time last week, but I hope to finish this one before the weekend. I’m rereading Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling first though along with the The Not A Book Club Club at Goodreads. (I’m planning to reread the whole HP series this way.)

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

discoveringdanielI finished Discovering Daniel by Nadine Christian, my very first ARC, a while ago and have already posted my full review… In short it’s an interesting story involving a less mentioned mythical creature: mermaids. A fantasy story mixed with romance and some suspense as well, and a great story for those who want a break from all those vampires, witches and wizards. 😉

 

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

cuckooshearttalesI’m going to read Heart Tales by Celine Garcia first; three short stories and an ARC provided through the Guest Reviewer Program by Ethereal Book Reviews… And since I will probably finish them quickly, I will read The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith right after that.

Top Ten Tuesday #6 – August 26th: Books I Need To Get Soon!

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The Broke And The Bookish presents us every week a new top ten with a different theme. And this Tuesday’s theme is the Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet. When I first saw this theme, I was mostly thinking: Seriously, only ten? My need-to-get-soon list at Goodreads has about 40 titles on it alone, and I haven’t updated that one that recently. I’ve tried to make a selection for this Top Ten Tuesday though:

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Which of these have you read already and can you recommend to me? Any books I should buy first?

Top Ten Tuesday #1 – June 17th: Winter TBR

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Originally featured at The Broke And The Bookish, every week a new top ten with a different theme. And this Tuesday I will post my Top Ten Books On My Summer Winter TBR list! I know that officially it’s suppost to be the Summer TBR list, but since I’m living in Argentina and will be facing winter instead of summer, I made this little adaption. During winter I love to curl up somewhere warm, with a good book in my hands and a cup of steaming tea/hot chocolate nearby. These ten books below I think would be perfect to help me survive those cold and dark winter nights. In no particular order and with short descriptions copied from Goodreads:

  • The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: “…the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.”

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  • The Shining by Stephen King: “Danny … was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.” 

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  • And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini: “…novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.”

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  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: “Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.”

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  • The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne: “…Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.”

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  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: “Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal.”

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  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith: “A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.”

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  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: “After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.”

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  • Black Roses by Jane Thynne: “Clara Vine is young and ambitious, and determined to succeed as an actress. A chance meeting at a party in London leads her to Berlin…into an uneasy circle of Nazi wives…Then Clara meets Leo Quinn who is undercover, working for British intelligence. Leo sees in Clara the perfect recruit..”

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  • Winter In Madrid by C.J. Sansom: “…this tale follows the fortunes of three young men, navigating the tumultous world of 1940s Spain. As the Second World war begins, one is sent to spy on another and the ramifications of a tragic love story will haunt them all.”

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