J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy": The Reviews Are In!
The Harry Potter connections may be constant, but they aren't all negative. Fox News is quick to point out that this is absolutely not a children's book but that the magic of J.K. Rowling -- emotion and heart -- is still present. People Magazine also likes this new, grittier side of Rowling.
Rowling captures the humanity in everyone, even if that humanity is not always a pretty sight. And – though creating Harry Potter was more than enough – if Rowling wants to convince the world that she can cast other spells, she has succeeded.
As I mentioned above, I'm on the fence about reading The Casual Vacancy. It's not because I'm still mourning the Harry Potter series. I've let that go and I really am glad that she's trying something new. I just keep asking myself whether I'd read this book if J.K. Rowling hadn't written it. I'm not sure I would but I expect that I'll pick up The Casual Vacancy eventually. As for Rowling, I hope that she continues to try new things and that people keep reading.
Will you be reading The Casual Vacancy?