I won't say anything about the plot to spoil a single word of this book. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith so far is a symphony of words. As I opened it to the first page I found myself being a bit disappointed. I wished that I didn't know that this was written by J.K. Rowling. I have expectations that get in the way and I think that colors my perception.
Truthfully, I had to keep my brain on the book held in my hands and not let my mind stray to the young boy who lived in the cupboard under the stairs. As a bit of disclaimer. I am a reader of books that likes detective novels by Agatha Christie,Wilkie Collins, about as modern as I get is P.D. James but even she sometimes catches me off guard. My favorite genre of books are called Cozy Mysteries. You never see things done it all and most of the stuff takes place out of your sight. The Cuckoo's Calling is not cozy.
One of the things that J.K. Rowling does so well is she is a invisible writer. Last night when Ron got home from work I was so deep in it took me time to adjust my thinking to where I was and that I was not someplace else watching a movie. As a modern writer, I would go so far as to say, there isn't a writer today that can hold a candle to her in the beauty she portrays by her words. As the great masters like Rembrandt or Titan. She takes words and each word is artfully placed so lovingly and I found that in my brain was like a firework going off at different intervals. She leads the reader down a path that if filled with sights and sounds and pain and joy and to feel each one was shattering in some ways and lovely in others. I even found myself being embarrassed at times.
It is not a comfortable read for me. I know that once I fully commit to this book, there will be no stopping. I will devour it. Nothing will get done and I will be living on another plane in a different world. While I prefer books written by Elisabeth Goudge and Charles Dickens. While this isn't one of them it is well written, fully engaging and does not fail to entertain. There is language in it which bothered me a bit. I have found that the best writers know how to think without using slang. I find it to be a cheap way to tell a story. That is just me though. Stephen King gets away with it and as far as story tellers go none is better than him. For the record, the only Stephen King I read now is his book on Writing. Once I became a Christian I couldn't read stuff like that anymore. It hurt my soul too much.
For the record, if I was J.K. Rowling I would sue the pants off of that firm that spilled the beans. I would have loved to have not known and would have loved to have seen a whole series by Robert Galbraith.
I hope she doesn't stop with this one novel but continues to write for the joy of telling a good story.
That is my two cents worth. Books like movies are touchy subjects to write about. I just wanted to share a bit about what I think will end up being a good experience all in all.