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The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

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Published 30 Apr 2013
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Pages455
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Publisher Mulholland Books / Little, Brown and Company
ISBN 0316206849
ISBN139780316206846
Languageeng



The Cuckoo's Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.

"The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)" Reviews

Jane
- Chicago, IL
2
Sat, 03 Aug 2013

Dull & tedious. I was frustrated with the style of writing. There’s no action. It’s all conversation. I wanted it to be over.
COURTROOM STYLE CONVERSATIONS - TELLING NOT SHOWING:
Private eye Strike is investigating a death. Throughout the book Strike has long conversations with many different characters. It felt like a courtroom, asking witnesses 30 or more questions one right after the other. Many of these were discussions about what “might have happened. For example “I don’t think he would have done it because he was...” “It could have been this. But assume it’s not, then what about that?” “Why couldn’t it have been a letter to...” All these conversations are people “telling” about the past with their own subjective assumptions, conclusions, and some lies. I’d prefer Strike actively doing things to discover clues and some interesting, unexpected, or scary action.
Even Robin, my favorite character, she went to Oxford to investigate something. We should have watched her and seen her interacting with people. Instead Robin “tells” what she learned to Strike afterwards. Like in the first paragraph, she is answering a bunch of questions about her past activity.
The author used the word “had” a lot - more “telling” not showing.
NO CLUES TO THE READER UNTIL THE TELL-ALL AT THE END:
There are no clues until the last fourth of the book. Then there are a few clues but they don’t mean anything to the reader. For example one character said he noticed drops of water on the floor. I had no idea what that meant until Strike does his “tell all” at the end where he explains the long complicated story of what happened, who lied and why, what caused the water drops, etc. I prefer mysteries where the reader learns some clues along the way that mean something.
ROBIN IS THE BEST PART:
The best part was the beginning. I really enjoyed the character Robin, Strike’s temporary assistant. She shows up on her first day just before a new client arrives. She asks Strike if he and the client would like coffee or tea. Strike says yes without thinking. There is no coffee or tea, but she brings it, and Strike has no idea where she got it. A few times he calls her Sandra without thinking. That relationship was fun. Robin has great initiative and ideas. And she does some neat things. But she is only a small part of the story.
ENDING NOT CLEAR TO ME:
I didn’t understand “why” John hired Strike. This was answered, but the answer didn’t feel right.
SWEARING LANGUAGE:
Strike has a long conversation with Evan who used the f-word every other sentence. I was tired of hearing it. It was a long conversation. Other characters used the f-word less frequently which didn’t bother me as much.
NARRATOR:
The narrator Robert Glenister was good. But I grew tired of the British accent he used for many characters. “Look what I got” sounds like “Loo wha I goh.” He was probably being accurate, but it was not easy listening for long periods of time.
AUTHOR:
J.K. Rowling wrote this under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Unabridged audiobook length: 15 hrs and 54 mins. Swearing language: strong. Sexual language: I didn’t recall any, but Ernesto corrected me saying there were a few lines by Guy Some. Number of sex scenes: one, referred to no details. Setting: current day London area, England. Book copyright: 2013. Genre: mystery.

Emily May
- The United Kingdom
1
Mon, 22 Jul 2013

Feb 3rd 2014 - Extra things you should know:
1) This is a negative review. If you are looking for reviews that confirm what you are already certain of (that JKR can do no wrong) here are some examples of positive reviews for you - 1, 2, 3.
2) I used some Mary Poppins gifs to make my point in this review. It seemed funny at the time. If you find MP gifs stupid/annoying/beneath you, then please feel free to go to the reviews I linked before.
3) I will no longer reply to comments saying I am stupid or didn't get it. I will no longer reply to insults of any kind or condescending suggestions that I read the book again. If you're tempted to write something like this, save both of us some time and read the previous comments for my answers to people like you. I have way too many unwatched episodes of Law & Order to entertain trolls any longer.
4) I'm sorry to all the people who have been kind and respectful, whether they agreed with me or not. You can just ignore these points.
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Things you should know: 1) Ms Rowling filled my childhood and early teen years with magic. I love Harry Potter and I confess to only adding this book after I found out she was the author. 2) I did not go into this with the intention to compare it to Harry Potter. I did not expect magic or wizards and I fully anticipated this being very different to the HP books. 3) I have read and enjoyed many mystery/crime novels in the past. My favourites being by Tana French and Gillian Flynn. So, there was no reason why I couldn't have enjoyed this book simply because it wasn't magical Potterland. But I didn't and, after putting a lot of thought into this, I think I finally understand why.
Here's the sad truth: I can't stand Rowling's writing when she writes for adults. I actually find it painful to read. Let's be clear from the beginning, I started and never finished The Casual Vacancy because the opening didn't grab me and there was something about it - something which I couldn't put my finger on - that made it an effort to get through. A certain style to the writing which didn't agree with me. I thought perhaps it was a one-off because I'd read all her other works and never had a problem with her writing style. That's why I jumped at the chance to try another adult book by Rowling and sort out what was evidently a bout of silliness on my part. What this book did give me was an answer to why neither of Rowling's adult books worked for me.
Rowling writes in an unusual manner. It's not unique to her work for adults, Harry Potter has it too, but the effect had on both is very different. Rowling's style of writing, including the dialogue between characters, is formal to the point of being old-fashioned. Part of me wants to compare it to Austen but I'm cautious of doing so because of the amount of people (usually including myself) who might read that as a compliment. Rowling's formal style doesn't work, for me, when using it in an adult mystery and pairing it with profanity and grisly murders. It feels out of place and weighs down each page with tedious descriptions that use too many awkward similes, metaphors and adjectives.
"...face the colour of corned beef..."
"...the snow fell with soft fingertip plunks..."
"...long-snouted cameras..."

Her descriptions all felt a bit off to me. And I particularly didn't like the unsophisticated use of big words. It's like when inexperienced indie authors go crazy with thesaurus.com, using clunky words like "exacerbated" and "exorbitant" in casual sentences that don't benefit from it. The characters in this book never check the time or look at their watches, they "consult" their watches. Think I'm being picky? Try reading whole pages where every sentence replaces the obvious words with complex ones and see how far you get without your brain starting to scream. And it felt like every single noun had at least one adjective before it. Not only that, but Rowling repeats similar adjectives when referring to the objects again. In one sentence, we are told she climbed the "steel stairs" and in the next she's continuing up the "metal stairs". WHY???? And also WHYYYYYY???
Another example of Rowling's old-fashioned style is her frequent use of expressions like "oh my!" and "goodness!", expressions I'm sure some of you will recognise from Harry Potter characters. What is this? It's like Mary Poppins or Little Women or, I don't know, Little House on the Prairie. And maybe it works fine in all of those, same as it works fine in Harry Potter, but none of those also had a side-helping of profanity and very adult themes. They do all, however, share the formal language style.
And while I think people were silly to say things about The Casual Vacancy like "ohmigod this had, like, noooooo magic and even fewer dark lords" when Rowling clearly said it was an adult mystery book and I wanted to say to those silly people:
I still think it's entirely relevant to compare the two when looking at Rowling's writing style and the reason why sometimes it works and sometimes it really doesn't. The formal tone with simplistic language - like in Harry Potter - is okay, but dense descriptions and over-complicated sentences made it hard work and tedious in this book. It's like a very formal letter with the occasional random swear word thrown in. And it doesn't work. Not for me, anyway. The style simply doesn't fit the content; there's swearing and murders and people rescuing others by grabbing their breasts...
I'm not even going to talk about the story beyond saying I found it a standard mystery that could have been good if I'd not had these other reasons for not liking it. The killer is not hard to guess for anyone familiar with crime mysteries but that isn't usually what I care about most in crime mysteries anyway. Plus, in this case, I'm just too blinded by my dislike for the writing. *sigh* I think it's fair to say that I'm finally done trying to enjoy Rowling's adult books.
P.S. Yes, I did get a little overexcited when I googled Mary Poppins gifs.
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Namratha
4
Fri, 19 Jul 2013

A first-time author who goes by the unassuming name of Robert Galbraith comes out with a mystery novel called The Cuckoo’s Calling . The book receives favourable reviews and is wholeheartedly accepted by the fraction of the populace that reads it.
And then (and this I borrow from reliable old Wikipedia), the Sunday Times scratches it’s stubbly chin and wonders how a first-time author with a background in the army and the civilian security industry, could write such an assured debut novel.
So, after much sleuthing and an inquisitive:
followed by a generous bit of loose lips launching the Queen Ship, it was revealed that Robert Galbraith was in fact J.K.Rowling.
I could almost imagine Tom Riddle’s wand swishing blood-red, curlicue letters in the air:

*Robert Galbraith is J.K.Rowling*
*J.K.Rowling is Robert Galbraith*

Ofcourse, all hell promptly broke loose after that.
(I am also pretty sure that Madame Rowling went Loki-at- Comic-Con in the privacy of her tastefully done up living room)
For me, laying my hands on the book (courtesy, the best Hufflepuff in the magical and muggle world, Mith) was nothing short of the Almighty smiling benevolently down at me with a new commandment :
Thou shalt read the new Rowling tablet. Forsaking all others, thou shalt not stir till thou has reached ye last page. Thou shalt be rewarded for thy loyalty
And believe me, it was a wholly rewarding experience.
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SYNOPSIS:
Super-Model Lula Landry has plunged to her death from her posh Mayfair balcony. While the media has pegged it down as a suicide by a troubled star, her half-brother is convinced that she has been killed. And so, he hires Cormoran Strike, a down-on-his-luck detective to investigate the case.
As Strike, aided by his new (albeit temporary) secretary, Robin; gathers clues, gets sidetracked and traverses the length and breadth of London to unravel the truth…he faces his own demons and realizes that things can get really ugly, really fast.
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REVIEW:
The Cuckoo’s Calling is a delightfully straightforward murder mystery.
And at it’s helm is the equally delightful Cormoran Strike. Cormoran is not your conventionally good-looking, lit-cheroot-hanging-seductively-from-his-lower lip, lady-slaying Private Eye. He is a massive, rugby-player sized man, not-so-easy-on-the-eye and burdened with a prosthetic leg (Mad-Eye Moody lives?), a vindictive ex, a grimy family background and dire finances.
But, hell’s bells, he is plain out adorable. His innate decency, his blustering efforts to not sully the sexual waters with his attractive new secretary, his attention to detail and his flashes of vulnerability make him a well-rounded main lead.
He is not a fabulously perfect hero and so I have the biggest crush on him. And therefore, if the book translates into a movie (please, please, please), I would fervently hope that Nathan Fillion would fill Cormoron’s shoes. I mean yes, Fillion is a dreamboat, but he has the whole clumsy-yet-suave air down to a tee and we have already seen how perfectly adequate he looks, cast as a film noir detective in CASTLE’s The Blue Butterfly.
I mean, look at him:
Coming to Cormoran’s new secretary, Robin…she is an absolute star. Robin is freshly engaged to a very proper young man and is gooey-eyed enough to settle for a two point five existence. But she craves excitement. Not the sordid excitement of a secret fling but the childish glee of solving a mysterious mystery. And she’s the perfect foil to Cormoron’s elegant hippo act. Infact, with her strawberry blonde hair and her transparent need to "Run with the Doctor Detective", she reminded me of Amy Pond:
Will love transpire between Robin and Cormoran? If it does, I, for one, will be knitting booties for their bonnie babies.
The Supporting cast of characters is rich and varied. I loved each one of them. From the coke-snorting Tansy to the meticulous security man to the slightly unhinged half-brother to the wolf-masking wearing boyfriend (and prime suspect) to the ego-boosting Ciara Porter to the larger than life rapper to the maliciously camp designer; I loved all their character profiles. Everyone had a solid role to play and everyone was infinitely readable.
Minion kisses for all:
For all the Britophiles out there, this is a treat. Modern day London effectively wears the garb of a smoky 1940s lamplit whodunnit. You are utterly charmed and steadily soak in the atmosphere like a comforting soak in a hot tub.
As for the pace of the plot, it is slow and steady. There are no cliff hangers (the staple of mystery novels) at the end of each chapter. There are no high-octane moments. There are no unexpected plot twists. And yet, you carry on. Your interest never wanes. The story builds up steadily, from a strong skeleton to a steady fleshing out of detail coupled with a handful of sinews worked in with precision and finally, the end result is a fully functioning thriller.
The story is no great shakes. If you have been a mystery enthusiast, you will figure out the baddie pretty soon. But the joy of reading a good crime novel is to rub your hands in glee as you poke your head over the long-suffering detective’s shoulder and go, in your head, “Ooh, ohh…I KNEW IT!”
Rowling’s writing is flawless, witty and generously peppered with some choice abuses. Ron Weasley would approve. Her skill is strong as ever and shorn of any pretensions. Her observations on human fallacies are uncomfortably accurate. She holds, what could be a rambling storyline together, purely on the strength of her intuitive grasp on her characters' emotions.
At the end of the day, she justifies her right to the Writing Throne.
I come away, utterly and completely enchanted.
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Mohammed
- Alexandria, 06, Egypt
5
Sun, 14 Jul 2013

Meet Cormoran's First Strike..
His first 'Mystery' which haunt me from the early beginning,
even the epigraph.

Why were you born when the snow was falling?
You should have come to the cuckoo’s calling,

It starts When snow was falling..and a 'Cuckoo' fell...
A famous model star fall off the balcony to her tragic death..the paparazzi gather around her body just as they did when she was alive..
Her neighbor assert that she heard her arguing and shouting with a man "The Killer" right before seeing her fall.
The police declare that's a lie, the DNA proves there was no stranger there..All the evidences and investigation declare she was alone.
The result is what the police saw was clear from the beginning..Suicide.
'Celebrities always go cuckoo..depression would drive them for that' Some say.
'She was exciting about her new big contract and upcoming trip..she was far from suicide act' Others say.
You'll find thorough the investigations and evidences that no trace of a killer in the scene..
so ...it's Suicide
Case Closed.
And then our Story begins
3 Months later
Robin
,A beautiful blonde young lady living her Best Romantic days after getting engaged to her boyfriend ,Went to work as a Temp secretary for some office, she "surprised" to find out the business of the office is her long lost childish ambition of work..
It was an office of A.. Private Detective..

Cormoran Strike
,An ex-Military, Private detective Living his Worst days of his life, just separated from his fiance, His office just got one client..with all his debts; He just stuck with a new temp secretary he can't even afford paying her for her only week...unless he saved by a wealthy client..
John Bristow ,An unexpected new "wealthy" client to Strike's office, as a favor for old friendship between Strike and the latter's brother .. He came for the detective to dig up a very famous case that he didn't agree with its results...A case of his dead -adopted- sister...A Famous Model...Lula Landry
Yes..Lula Landry "Cuckoo" is the famous Model we've witnessed her tragic death at the first scene...
Why were you born when the snow was falling?
You should have come to the cuckoo’s calling,
Or when grapes are green in the cluster,
Or, at least, when lithe swallows muster
For their far off flying
From summer dying.
Why did you die when the lambs were cropping?
You should have died at the apples’ dropping,
When the grasshopper comes to trouble,
And the wheat-fields are sodden stubble,
And all winds go sighing
For sweet things dying.

As I've said, the story will haunt you from the very early beginning, its first scene..even from this 19th Century Poem.
Although I've never been into poems & poetry, But this haunting one -may be cause I've heard it also on youtube- makes me really into the mode of "The Cuckoo's Calling".
Also I have to say that Rowling has a great epigraphs choices, like in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" with 2 epigraphs that fit with the final story of Harry"
Also It haunt me for a 'Déjà vu' for an accident that happened 12 years ago almost like the beginning of this novel,also in London..
A death of A Sweetheart,A Cinderella of Egyptian Cinema...that her case's investigations was almost identical to the case of Cuckoo..from the first scene..
I love also the glimpse for famous tragic death of celebrity which "pushed" by paparazzi or even cases closed "wrongly" as suicide.
There's also that great tribute for the soldiers who are trying to readjust with civilian life after leaving the military one for a reason or another.
Some may say it's a bit slow in the first half, but I really respect, even adore that detailed characters and events..it makes me get to know more about Strike and the lovely Robin as I'm with them in the Private Detective office.. and their cool 'professional' relation.
I've actually got into the case of Lula, investigated with Strike the evidences and tried to interview everyone who was near from Lula the day of her death..And I've even got a GREAT experience decipher the "Body Language" while investigating some characters.
And by the half of the novel
-As I've written most of this review, right now- I've really wondered ; Is it really a suicide..or a Murder?
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The Setting ; London
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I used to say in Dan Brown's Novels reviews That it's better to use Illustrated edition or keep searching in Google Image search for the places he describe brilliantly in his novels. The same is here..
J.K. Rowling talent in creating a beautifully Magical world in Harry Potter, or realistic fictional Pagford in The Casual Vacancy proved to be still great in describing the magic of real places as London.
You'll really love to see the statue of Eros; Piccadilly Circus while Robin starts a new step in her romantic life..
You'll walk up and down Denmark Street and 12 Bar Café with its Music Instruments and where The Detective office Locates.
You'll be in real famous Pubs and Bars in London with its Victorian faces.
And these pubs' windows view of the 1920s building decorated with statues by Jacob Epstein
And on the top of all , The elegant Victorian houses at the most wealthy neighborhood and streets like Bellamy Road and Mayfair.
The bottom line is ,you're invited to a lovely journey into the heart of London at the moment you start the novel.

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The Characters
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One more time, like all her work, The author writes the characters
-even the secondary ones- in very detailed way, you discover more about them and their past by each new chapter, which really makes you as if you actually Living with them..and in this case,you're trying to solve a hidden mystery in a case with the Detective...
**** Cormoran Strike ****
Make a lot of thinking who would play him, -specially it wasn't clear his age at till book two- Alan Rickman is too old, may be Robert Downey Jr. but he's not English -although it didn't stop him being Holmes - and finally Hugh Jackman :)who I stuck with, some suggested Hagrid "without the costumes of course"
Ex-Military still love discipline of the military life; Can't live with it anymore though ..and not because of his injury.
Private Detective with big debts...just a client or two in the best days..and not even investigate the crazy death threatens he got regularly.
Adore his ex-fiancee Charlotte..but can't live with her lies..
Illegitimate son for a famous star..Hates it'd be his "fame".
A very complicated character that you'll love to know him better page after page.. Wanting to know more about him and may you'd end up like me ..Waiting more books for him.
**** Robin Ellacott ****
A New Hermione-type. Super smart,clever, got the spirit of initiative. And this time,Super beautiful. As if Jo this time assert that women are smart even those super pretty ones.
I love how she got a childish dream of her being a Detective herself. and I got so attached with her complicated "romance and nonsense free" relation with Strike and I was praying she'd stay till the end and to see her again in the next books of the series.
**** Lula Landry "Cuckoo" ****

Emma Stone was the first face come in mind when I saw the US edition's cover,I know that at the novel she doesn't look like her at all
“With all the gallons of newsprint and hours of televised talk that have been poured forth on the subject of Lula Landry’s death, rarely has the question been asked: why do we care?

Why Do We Care?
Well, you'll know page by page.
You'll get into the real Lula or "Cuckoo" as she and her best pals calls her, by the testimony of her brother,the news and articles written about her that you know from Robin's internet search ,and the tales and testimonies of those who were near her, one by one by how close to her they were as the story goes.
But you'll get better look into her by reading with Strike her personal emails ,clear look as if you looking into her soul,or ghost.
I promise that,before the half of the novel as in my case, you'll really love to know more about that lovely ,complicated character of Lula...And you'll really Care..and wonder.
How Did Lula Landry really Die?
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The Propaganda
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Fame sometimes is a double-edged sword..The Casual Vacancy's 500+ was rated 'one star' in few hours after its release JUST because it's not Harry-ish ; or some didn't like Harry Potter or Rowling herself.
I guess that's why the decision of publishing under Pseudonym..And honestly,as the writer, I wished it'd last longer "Even I may never hear about it unless it get good publicity or hit the news of up-coming movie based on it, And I'm sure I'll still LOVE it even if I didn't know it's Rowling's.
And if you saw the Goodreads main page of the book at 14th.July 2013 you'll find all of the reviews very positive and even 4.1+ rating and it didn't start getting a '1 Star' but after the announcement of the real author.

Anyway I'm sure Rowling get GREAT researching Robert-Galbraith bio. as seen on "About the Author" in the 1st Printing of the book
-which get sold out after few minutes of the announcement and auctioned with hundredth of dollars and I was lucky to get one of these 1st prints for this small captions about the author that wasn't at any other later printings.
ROBERT GALBRAITH spent several years with the Royal Military Police before being attached to the SIB (Special Investigative Branch), the plainclothes branch of the RMP. He left the military in 2003 and has been working since then in the civilian security industry. The idea for Cormoran Strike grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends who returned to the civilian world. “Robert Galbraith” is a pseudonym.

You'd feel Robert's really like Strike himself..
It's clearly that J.K. Rowling did a lot of research about the Ex-Militarily officers and their lives. You'll touch that at many points in the novel.
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Finally
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Haunting Case..Check
Catching introduction for the main characters .. Check
Smart Investigations .. Check
Real Exercise on reading the Body Language .. Check
Marvelous setting ,very realistic; still magical.. Check
I fall in love with the mystery of this novel, the characters and every thing , I've read it slowly to keep it in my hand for as long as I can.
"took me 4 weeks reading almost as the same duration of the plot" And I'd really recommend it strongly to any crime thriller readers..
I love this praise
The Cuckoo's Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place (Val McDermid)

But in my case ..The Cuckoo's Calling is why I "newly" fell in love with crime fiction.
I loved investigatings and the detective work,with all the observation and reading the body language.
I loved the characters ,Robin is wonderful ,Lula even we don't have any "live" scene for her even no flashbacks but I truly attached to her case ,Liked her so much,she became a name for me and also.. Cormoran Strike Became a Name.
Mohammed Arabey
Reading from 2nd Oct. 2013
To 29th Oct. 2013
Start writting the review: 18th Oct. 2013
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<<<<<<<<<< 14 / 7 / 2013 The First Review >>>>>>>>>>
The first impression about the news of the book "My birthday surprise" and I'd love to thank everyone like it or comment and I hope you'd like the final review..thanks for your support.

Yesterday ,after Midnight it was 14th July.....
My 30th Birthday :( :( :(
But this News MADE My Day...And My YEAR
J.K Rowling??What?
This Book is J.K. Rowling's!!!!!
No more wait day after day for the plot of her new book, the cover, release dates etc..
No more "negative" reviews just for her name only after just hours of the release of the books As what happened withThe Casual Vacancy
That was what made me really Super HAPPPYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
"And of course you know how anyone would react when He's 30
I've Ordered it at the same day from Amazon
And Truly can't wait
THANK YOU Queen Jo.,Queen of wizard and witches, Queen of Magic

Mohammed Arabey
14th July 2013

Mohammed
- Alexandria, 06, Egypt
5
Sun, 14 Jul 2013

أولي تحقيقات كورموران سترايك
في رواية ستـأسـرك من مشهد البداية
بالنسبة لي فقد أعادت ذكري حادث مثلها احزنني جدا والكثير من محبي السينما المصرية..حادث مقتل السندريللا
حيث تبدأ الاحداث في لندن بوفاة نجمة عروض ازياء"موديل" شهيرة إثر سقوطها من شرفة منزلها في الساعات الاولي من صباح شتاء لندن القارص بأحد الأحياء الراقية
يتزاحم المصورون علي جثتها لتصويرها لأخر مرة، كما تزاحموا عليها دوما بحياتها
جارتها تؤكد إنها سمعت صوت احد ما يتشاجر معها ثم رأتها تسقط..-وتكافأ جارتها بصورة صغيرة لها علي استحياء مع صورة النجمة بكل الصحف والمجلات التي تتناول الحادث-
ولكن التحقيقات تكشف تكذيب جارتها لعدم مصداقية اقوالها والأدلة التي تؤكد أن القتيلة كانت وحدها قبل الحادث
وتنتهي التحقيقات بالحل الامثل والاسهل لسكوتلانديار
"مــاتت منتــحرة"


هكذا يموت المشاهير ومجانين الشهرة..الأمر واضح لقد كانت تعاني من مشاكل نفسية...
هكذا يقول البعض
لقد كانت متحمسة جدا لرحلتها للمغرب وعقد العمل الجديد..لم تكن حزينة لدرجة الانتحار ابدا...هكذا يقول البعض الاخر
وفعلا من خلال التحقيقات والملابسات..وتحليلات الطب الجنائي "دي ان ايه" لشقتها..لن تجد اي دليل علي وجود قاتل
اذن فقد ماتت منتحرة
أغلــقت القضيــة
وبــــدأت احداث الرواية التي بين يديك..بعد 3 شهور من ذلك الحادث


لماذا ولدت عندما كان الثلج يتساقط
كان يجب ان تاتي والوقواق يتنادي
او عندما يخضر العنب في الشتلات
او علي الاقل عندما يحشد السنونو في تجمعات
ليحلق بعيدا يطير
هاربا من صيف يموت
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لماذا تموت والحملان تتوالد
كان يجب ان تموت والتفاح يتساقط
او عندما يأتي الجراد يتقافز
وحقول القمح تصير هشيما وفسادا
وكل الرياح تتنهد تصفر
لاشياء جميله تموت

روبــيـن إيلاكوت
فتاة بريطانية شقراء جميلة مرت بأجمل ايام حياتها الرومانسية..خطبها حبيبها في جو رومانسي حالم
تذهب للعمل كسيكرتيرة مؤقتة لدي مكتب كورموران سترايك
لم تعرف عن مكتبه شئ من قبل..المؤسسة الخاصة بالتعينات لأعمال مؤقتة لم تقل لها المزيد
وفوجئت بانه مكتب يعمل في شئ كان يثير خيالها الطفولي
مــحـقق خـاص
كـورموران ستــرايك
محقق خاص ,وضابط جيش متقاعد للإصابة..يمر باصعب ايام حياته
انفصل عن خطيبته..مفلس..ليس لمكتبه عميل سوي واحد فقط..وتأتي له سكيرتيرة من مكتب التعينات المؤقتة يعلم تماما انه لن يستطيع توفير مرتبها لاكثر من اسبوع..الا اذا جاءه عميل ثري
جـون بريـستو
..محام من عائله ثرية..يأتي لمكتب سترايك لماض بين الاخير و اخيه المتوفي
يستأجره للتحقيق في قضية قلبت الرأي العام منذ 3 شهور ولكن نتائج تحقيقاتها لم تكن مرضيه له..فهو مقتنع ان البوليس اهمل في الادله وان وفاه اخته لم تكن انتحارا
اخته..المتبناه ..هي لــولا لانـدري..الموديل..التي شهدنا وفاتها في اول مشهد

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اوعدك انك ستنجذب مثلي لتري باقي الاحداث..لن احرق لك القضية فقد كتبت اغلب هذا الريفيو وانا مازلت في منتصف الرواية
حتي المقطوعة الشعرية "التي ترجمتها ترجمة ركيكة منذ بضع سطور" التي تعود للقرن التاسع عشر واختارتها المؤلفة كمقدمه للكتاب "ومنها عنوانه ايضا" ستشعر انها تطاردك طوال الاحداث
الاحداث قد يراها البعض بطيئة...ولا أنكر هذا فعلا فأسلوب المؤلفة يتغلغل بشكل كبير في الشخصيات ووصف الاماكن بشكل يعرقل احيانا سير الاحداث
ولكن من قال ان متعتي في الرواية من احداثها فقط؟... فلا تنس أنها ليست روايه اكشن وانما جريمة
ستحلل مع الشخصيات الجريمه وتقابل كل من كان قريب من "لولا لاندري" قبل وفاتها..ستستمع لشهادات مختلفه قد تكون صادقه وقد تكون ماكره تداري شيئا ما...ستتعرف وحدك علي صحه الاقوال عن طريق تدريب اكثر من ممتاز حول لغه الجسد
حلل..فكر..راجع الادله..تعرف اكثر علي لولا او "كوكو" كما يدللها اصدقاءها
وبحرفيه الكتابه ستشعر انك فعلا "تغلغلت" في القضيه وعالم الشهره من منتجين سينمائين, مطربي روك وراب , مصممي ازياء..ونجمات عروض الازياء اللامعات..وستحتار مع المحقق والسكرتيره الذكيه اذا ما كانت فعلا انتحار ام جريمه قتل
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الاماكن..لندن
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بالتاكيد من قرأ هاري بوتر قد تجول -فعليا-في "هوجوارتس"وتعرف كل ممراتها واماكنها حتي ولو لم تظهر في الفيلم بفضل الكتابه الحرفيه للمؤلفه
هنا ايضا اعتقد انك ستعشق لندن وتتمني ان تري تلك "المشاهد المصوره"بالكتابه
كما قلت في ريفيو شفره دافنشي وغيره من روايات دان براون
يفضل ان تبحث في صور الشوارع الحقيقيه والبارات التي تم ذكرها في الروايه لتتعايش اكثر مع الروايه وتري جوانب قد تكون جديده لك عن لندن
ستقف في ميدان بيكاديلي بعد منتصف الليل لتشهد خطبه روبين
ستجوب شارع دانمارك و12 بار كافيه كثيرا حيث مكتب سترايك ومحلات الجيتار والادوات الموسيقيه حوله
وسترداد البارات الانجليزيه ذات الطراز الفيكتوري مع سترايك حيث يقابل شهود الحادث او يضيع الوقت ويفكر في بؤس حياته فحسب
وحتي المباني العريقه التي تطل عليها نوافذ تلك البارات ..المباني التي ترجع للعشرينات والمزينه بتماثيل جاكوب ابستين
والاهم هو الاحياء الراقيه بلندن كطريق بيللامي او حي مايفير الراقي..تلك الاحياء المجاوره لكنتيجرين جاردن,الشارع الذي يقطنه الاثرياء وذوي الذوق الراقي..وكانت تقطنه ايضا "كوكو" لولا لاندري
ستركب مترو الانفاق وتعاني من اعمال البناء في شارع دانمارك وتري الوان لندن في المساء
الخلاصه انك بدخولك الروايه ستضمن رحله لاحياء لندن مع جي كي رولينج افضل من يصور الاماكن سواء الخياليه او الحقيقيه
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الشخصيات
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جي كي رولينج مره أخري ترسم لنا الشخصيات بطريقه دقيقه تجعلك فعلا تتعرف عليهم وعلي شخصيتهم وماضيهم اكثر مع كل صفحه تقلبها حتي الشخصيات الثانويه او ذات الدور الصغير
كل الدقه دي "التي يعتبرها البعض مللا" من وجهه نظري اثراء لتجربه ان تعيش بين صفحات الكتاب فعلا وتتعايش تلك القضيه التي يحاول ان يفك غموضها البطل
****كــورموران ستــرايـك****
اكثر شخصيه لم استطع تخيل من يقوم بالدور في خيالي..بدات بالان ريكمان "بروفيسور سناب" ولكنه كان اكبر..روبرت داوني جونيور لانه كان شيرلوك هولمز بالرغم من انه ليس انجليزي" ..هيو جاكمان كان قراري النهائي..احدهم اقترح علي الانترنت "هاجريد" طبعا بدون مؤثرات التي صاحبته
ظابط بالجيش سابق يعشق انضباط الحياه العسكريه ولكنه لا يقوي علي الاستمرار بها ليس فقط للحادث الذي علي أثره فقد قدمه اليسري
محقق خاص غارق في الدين ليس لديه سوي عميل واحد او اثنان في افضل الاحوال
ولا يحقق في رسائل التهديد بالقتل التي تصله بشكل منظم
يعشق شارلوت ولا يطيق العيش معها لانه لا يتحمل كذبها المتكرر
ابن غير شرعي لنجم روك كبير ولكنه يكره ان تكون هذه شهرته
شخصيه معقده ولكنك ستتغلغل في اعماقه واسراره وحياته صفحه تلو الاخري حتي تصبح منتظرا لروايه اخري ومغامره جديده له كما حدث معي
****روبين إيلاكوت****
هيرموني اخري..اكثر جمالا وجاذبيه..نفس الذكاء وسرعه البديهه وحسن التصرف
اعجبني علاقتها بسترايك الخاصه المعقده -بدون رومانسيه- التي تنمو من فصل لاخر اعتقد انها تجعلك فعلا متشبثا بها لتعرف كيف سينتهي الامر وتتمني -كما افعل انا - ان تظل حتي النهايه وتظهر في باقي المغامرات القادمه مع سترايك
تعاني من رغبه خطيبها في انتقالها "لعمل ملائم اكثر"ورغبتها الخاصه في تحقيق حلمها بالعمل في مكتب يثير خيالها وحبها للتحقيقات
اعجبني ان المؤلفه رسمتها "بحب" شديد وخاصا انها تليق بالمغامره..فسنعرف من اول ظهورها ان روبين من صغرها تتمني ان تكون "محققه خاصه" بنفسها
****"كوكو" لولا لاندري"****
صوره الممثله ايما ستون صوره افتراضيه لاني لم استطع تخيل لولا كسمراء كما تصفها الروايه كما انها اول ممثله جائت ببالي منذ ان شاهدت غلاف النسخه الامريكيه من الكتاب
“With all the gallons of newsprint and hours of televised talk that have been poured forth on the subject of Lula Landry’s death, rarely has the question been asked: why do we care?

عارضه ازياء شهيره ماتت.....لماذا نهتم؟
حسنا , ستتعرف لماذا نهتم صفحه صفحه
ستتعرف علي لولا الحقيقيه او "كوكو"كما اطلقت علي نفسها واصدقائها كتدليل
ستتعرف عليها غير من شهاده اخيها ,من الاخبار والمقالات التي كتبت عنها علي الانترنت التي بحثت عنها روبين لسترايك
ستتعرف علي لولا اكثر من شهادات المقربين منها واحد تلو الاخر حسب قربهم منها
ستتعرف اكثر واكثر علي شخصيتها من خلال رسائلها الالكترونيه المرسله حتي تصير امامك كشبح تشعر بروحها كما حدث مع سترايك في منتصف الاحداث
ومازلت استكمل الروايه وفعلا هذه الشخصيه الجميله -المركبه ايضا-هي ما ستجعلك فعلا تهتم..و تتسال
كيف ماتت لولا لاندري؟
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The Propaganda البــروبـاجـــندا
"عن الدعايه والكتاب وجي كي رولينج نتحدث"
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دائما ما تكون الشهره سلاح ذو حدين
The Casual Vacancy
منذ اول يوم صدور الكتاب500+صفحه من قرأ منه جزء او تصفحه سريعا ولم يجده كهاري بوتر قام "فورا"بتقييم الكتاب بنجمه واحده فقط
كل من لم يعجبه هاري بوتر كان منتظرا لحظه صدور الكتاب ليؤكد فشل المؤلفه ويقيمه بنجمه واحده
لذلك اعتقد جاء قرارها بصدور هذا الكتاب الجديد بأسم المستعار
وبصراحه -مثل المؤلفه- كنت اتمني ان يطول الامر ويظل مجهولا لجزئين مثلا
بالرغم من اني نفسي لا اقرأ سوي الروايات الشهير مؤلفها او التي نالت نجاحا ملحوظا فاني اعتقد اني اذا قرأت الكتاب "اذا ماتوفرت له دعايه كافيه او صدر خبر بقرب تحويله لفيلم"اني بالتاكيد سأعشق اسلوبه وكتابته
الروايه فعلا بها تلك العنايه بالشخصيات التي طالما نجدها في سلسله هاري بوتر..تشعر ان كورمورن او روبين وحتي لولا لديهم تاريخ وماضي معروف وانت تستكشف لمحات منه من فصل لاخر
"اذا كنت متابعا لسلسله هاري بوتر وتصفحت يوما موقع "بوترمور" ستجد ان المؤلفه اضافت للموقع تاريخ شخصيات ثانويه كثيره منذ ميلادها"
بالفعل اذا فتحت صفحه الكتاب يوم 14 يوليو "بعد كشف السر في كل مواقع الاخبار"ستجد ان الكتاب 4+نجوم في الجودريدز وكل الريفيوز والمراجعات عن الكتاب في صفحته تقييمات ايجابيه
لم يكن هناك تقييم بنجمه واحده الا بعد ان تم كشف السر
عاما فعلا كنت اتمني ان يظل روبرت جالبريث معروفا فقط باسمه الحركي..اشعر فعلا ان جي كي رولينج كانت انتهت بالفعل من كتابه قصه حياته وتاريخه - كما يظهر في اغلفه الطبعه الاولي من الكتاب والتي انتهت كلها في 14 يوليو وصارت تباع بمئات والالاف الدولارات -وكنت محظوظا في حصولي علي احدهم-..ففي هذه الصوره ستري مالن تراه في اي طبعه اخري..معلومات عن المؤلف "الخيالي"روبرت
ستشعر فعلا قربه جدا من شخصيه سترايك نفسه

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الــــنهـايـــة
"بدون ذكر احداث"
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الظهور الاول ولن يكون الاخير لكورموران سترايك
محقق خاص من نوع فريد..شخصيه ثريه محلل بارع وقارئ ممتاز للغه الجسد
والجميل في الامر ان تحليل لغه الجسد جاء بطريقه غير مباشره ومدمجه مع الاحداث بطريقه تجعلك من يحلل الشخصيات بنفسك مع سترايك
باقي الشخصيات فعلا ستشعر انك حققت معهم بنفسك وتعرفت عليهم..تعرفت علي عالم الاثرياء والمنتجين وشركات المحاماه الكبيره,مصمموا الازياء والعارضات الجميله..مطربي الراب
ستتعرض لمضايقات البباراتزي ,المصورين الصحفين الذين كانوا سببا لأسوأ حوادث المشاهير
كما ستتعرف علي بعض طباع الصداقات بين العاملين بالوسط الفني
ستتعرف اكثر عن حياه المجندين , بالاخص اولئك الذين يذهبون في حرب لا معني لوجودهم بها
ستتعرف عن حياتهم بالحياه العسكريه,وحياتهم خارجها..وكيف يتأقلم من يخرج منها مع الحياه المدنيه
بالظبط كالوصف الذي وصفته المؤلفه عن اسم المؤلف المستعار
"ملحوظه: جزء من ثمن الكتاب تم التبرع به لضحايا الحرب بالجيش البريطاني
كما قلت ستجد بقراءتها تدريب علي لغه الجسد والتحليل
لا انكر اني "ابطأت" معدل قرائتي كثيرا لازيد من فتره استمتاعي بالروايه والعمل الاول لسترايك وروبين وسعدت جدا بان انهيها في 4 اسابيع بالظبط كوقت التحقيقات تقريبا
النهايه قد تتوقعها ولكنك لن تعرف لماذا؟ فالاسئله التي لم تتوقع ابدا اجابتها والتي تؤدي لنهايه اضمن لك حلول ذكيه لها..مفاجأه لكنك يمكنك تحليلها بتحليل الشخصيات و اقوالها..واعتقد فعلا ان حتي اعاده قراءه الروايه سيكون بنفس الاثاره
هل تتذكر هاري بوتر وسجين ازكبان ,او وكأس النار..وكل ذلك الغموض والترقب لتجد مفاجأت في النهايه كانت مرسوم تفاصيلها بعنايه منذ اول صفحات الاحداث "تقريبا حدث ذلك ايضا في كل اجزاء السلسله"
الامر لايختلف هنا..تشويق,مفاجأت, ونهايه تجيب عن كل اسئلتك المعلقه
ارشحها بقوه لكل من يفضل قراءه روايات الجريمه والتحقيقات
ارشحها بقوه لكل من يحب القراءه حول عالم الشهره
ارشحها بقوه لكل من يريد تحدي في تحليل الشخصيات ولغه الجسد
ارشحها بقوه لكل من اعجبه جو التشويق والغموض في هاري بوتر
ارشحها لمحبي الروايات الانجليزيه الكلاسيكيه

محمد العربي
من 2 اكتوبر 2013
الي 29 اكتوبر 2013
"جزء من الريفيو تم في 18 اكتوبر 2013"
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معرفه خبر الكتاب "مفاجأه عيد الميلاد:) والذي اشكر كل من سجل اعجابه به واتمني ان يكون الريفيو النهائي عند حسن ظنكم

بالرغم من الظروف العصيبه التي مررت بها اليوم 14 يوليو 2013
"عيد ميلادي الثـلاثـين" :( :(

ولكني فرحت جدا بالخبر الرائع ده والذي عرفته قبل فجر اليوم
ان ملكه السحر بانجلترا "جي كي رولينج" كتبت كتاب جديد تدور احداثه في عالم الجريمه
ولن انتظر معرفه خبر تلو الاخر عنه
او انتظار يوم صدوره
الكتاب نزل بالفعل تحت اسم مستعار لمؤلف "روبرت جالبريث"منذ حوالي 3 شهور
طبعا "حركه مجرمه" من مؤلفه رائعه
الكتاب روايه جريمه كلاسيكي..الكتاب بيع منه حوالي 1500 نسخه ونال استحسان كبير من النقاد وقراء الكتاب دون معرفه المؤلف الحقيقي
لو نفتكر ان الكتاب السابق لاقي اعتراضات وتقييمات سلبيه كتير جدا لمجرد الحكم عليه باسم مؤلفته
لتلخيص مختصر لفكرته في الريفيو
The Casual Vacancy
هذه المره الكتاب نال انتقادات بالاستحسان عاليه جدا من النقاد والقراء
فعلا هديه عيد ميلاد ممتازه
وطبعا دي مناسبه مهمه..عند كل الناس :(..يمكن اصعب مرحله جديده :(
بس فعلا فرحت بالخبر ده الي جه في نفس اليوم
وطلبته في نفس اليوم من امازون
وبعد رمضان بقي قرايته ان شاء الله

محمد العربي
في 14 يوليو 2013

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