It's interesting to note that this was announced a few months before, and now the title and release date has been announced now, and that it comes out in September. Compare that to ATWQ: well, it was announced in 2009, we only got a title in early Febuary and even then it comes out a month later than this book. I wonder if this is down to Little Brown & Co or the authors?
Different authors, different markets, different methods. Personally I think it's pretty funny that, after writing a breakout fantasy series, she's now writing what sounds like a perfectly standard cosy murder mystery - but it's pretty unfair to judge at this point. I might well buy it, though.
hmm interesting turn of events! I can see so many Potter fans buying this just because its Rowling and will get a shock when it (and this is just speculation for them as it could be great) isn't as good as HP. Though it could be interesting reading something from her that takes a different road. Just have to wait and see.
I envisage a lot of people declaring their disappointment that it's "not as good as HP" despite the fact that it's clearly not comparable to HP in any way. Honestly, JKR should just write under a pseudonym from now on. (Crazy theory: Maybe she does...?)
Post by Sherry Ann on Apr 12, 2012 14:04:54 GMT -5
I'm sure most the HP market will latch on to this the way we Snicket fans latch on to books like The Basic Eight. They're written for different audiences, so it's unfair to compare them. I'm rather surprised this hasn't been advertized more, though - or perhaps it has, and I've missed out. Well, we know of one publishing company who's getting rich.
Post by Terry Craig on Apr 12, 2012 18:47:27 GMT -5
Well "blackly comic," sounds pretty promising, actually. It could be just a straight-forward murder mystery novel, but it could go into a Martin-McDonagh-direction, which would be awesome. If you don't know Martin McDonagh--he's an Irish playwright ('The Pillowman') whom you should definitely check out, especially as a Snicket fan.
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There's actually a fuller synopsis on Amazon.com which makes me wonder if this is a murder mystery after all: When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…. Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
Yes, I was about to say that it wasn't clearly a mystery. Though I have seen it mentioned that Harriet Vane (in the Lord Peter Wimsey books) came from Pagford - and Rowling certainly knows Sayers - which might be an indication that it is.
As to how standard a kind of work it is - well, a summary of this length of Harry Potter wouldn't make it sound particularly striking - it's not as if a magical school was a theme that hasn't been done before. So I think we will just have to wait and see.
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