Waiting on Wednesday: Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

This is my fourth edition of Waiting on Wednesday, a weekly event held by Breaking the Spine.

It’s official, JK Rowling’s new book is out for pre-order. But at $20 for an ebook version – will you order it?

The consensus on Kindle seems to be to wait it out. Twenty bucks is a lot to shell out for an ebook especially when no one has weighed in on whether it’s any good. On the other hand, Potter die-hards like myself are just itching to get our hands on this book because we secretly hope it’s a continuation of Harry Potter in some shape or form.

Sadly, it’s not.

Here’s what it’s actually about:

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?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

And it was recently revealed that Rowling is withholding her novel from some foreign publishers till after the English edition is released. Those poor souls in Italy, Finland and Slovenia will either have to wait or risk reading badly translated versions of the novel because they’ve been deemed high-risk for leaking pirated copies of the book. No doubt, a counterfeit version will be published in China before the English ones get close to bookstores.

Ahem: @JKRowling #BringBackDobby, k thx.

No, not that kind of pirate.


6 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

    • Hi Christa! It’s definitely not as exciting as waiting for the next HP but I’m also very curious to see how her writing translates to adult readers. HP wasn’t exactly known for superior writing but plenty of adults loved it anyways.

      • I must respectively disagree on the matter of her writing. She’s truly a wizard with words (pun intended)! There are few who paint a picture quite like J.K. Simple and delicious. That’s part of the reason why so many colleges offer courses solely in the study of the Harry Potter series! She just happens to also have a knack for reaching across generations. 😛
        I, for one, am anxious to delve into her writing styles once more. I have a feeling she’d knock a political satire out of the park. Thanks to our check-out policy at the bookstore I work at, I rarely ever buy books, but I think I’ll actually pay for this one. I’ll wait it out, though, for sure. I never understood the point of preordering unless there’s a midnight release or something. It’ll likely be the same price when it comes out, and you’ll get it the same day regardless.
        For the record, a new hardback is usually much more expensive than $20. Ours are usually between $27.99-39.99.

      • I totally preordered most of the HP books so I wouldn’t have to line-up or anything. But it won’t be the same fanfare for this one because it’s not for kids. Yes, she’s fantastic at painting a picture and I’m a huge sucker for her characters. But something about her writing just seems less polished… Less sophisticated. But maybe that’s how she’s able to reach across so many generations. How awesome must it be to work at a library!!

  1. Hmm, no way I’m spending $20 on the ebook. It’s a bit too soon for publishing companies to charge physical book prices.

    But if the price drops at some point, I’ll give it a look.

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