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Book Review – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book coverHarry Potter and the Cursed Child story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, play by Jack Thorne

Let me preface this review by saying that I had heard that die-hard Harry Potter fans, like myself, were finding Cursed Child to be wanting. I almost decided not to read the play, figuring I would only be disappointed. However, I am glad that I went ahead and read it. While not being completely on par with the rest of the Harry Potter novels, Cursed Child was not nearly as bad as I feared. Being a play instead of a novel has both upsides and downsides. The pace moves along at a fairly quick clip with only a few lulls in the action but because of this, there is very little character development beyond surface motivations. Yet, I was comforted to see that the magical world that I love was still recognizable and the story felt like it fit within the mythos. So, if you have more than lukewarm feelings toward the Harry Potter series, I would still recommend this play but I would also caution you to temper your expectations down a few notches because this is not another Harry Potter novel.

Book Review – The Cuckoo’s Calling

The Cuckoos CallingThe Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling)

Review: I keep going back and forth on this one. It was too long but I suppose I’m used to that from J.K. Rowling. That being said it was a good first foray into the mystery space. The crime and suspects were well thought-out. The main character is a PI who smokes like a chimney and lives in his office because his personal life is a mess which I felt was slightly cliché. It was a bit of a slog at some points with what I felt was a lot of repeat information but I suppose that could add authenticity and make it feel like a real investigation. The ending was satisfying, maybe a little predictable for more intuitive mystery readers but I’m a little dense when it comes to the clues.