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.