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Career of Evil | Book Review

I love J.K Rowling. Yes, that’s right! Apparently she’s Robert Galbraith, her friend that she keeps talking to on Twitter. -Gasp-
She introduced me to Blue Oyster Cult, apparently one of her favourite bands, through this book. Its songs form a key part of this book. I’ve fallen in love with the band now.
And that’s not all! The band’s song, Career of Evil, which is what the book is named after, was written by Patti Smith whom I recently fell in love with after reading her memoir Just Kids.
Ok enough fangirling about her taste in music.  Let’s start fangirling the book!
I’m of that generation that grew up reading mysteries. A lot of British authors seem fixated with mystery solving, by the way.  I just realised.
I grew up on a steady diet of Enid Blyton’s mystery novels. My favourites were the Five Find-outers and dog, with Fatty and his pockets of useful tricks and his disguises. And he had a dog!
I used to crave to investigate robberies,  kidnappings, anonymous letters and what not after reading these books.  I once wrote an “invisible letter” with orange juice and then ironed it to read it. I was so excited! It was an idea I read in one of these books.
My desire to solve crimes melted away with age but my addiction to mystery novels and whodunits didn’t.
Career of Evil is pretty classic. It contains tropes that have been present since the time of those Enid Blytons (in my timeline) like bumbling arrogant cops, and an unsocial detective with a more affable sidekick.
However, this story is unique in a lot of ways.
There are more than incidental mentions of the protagonists’ personal life which are as hooking as the mysteries at hand which are themselves intriguing.
Also, the gorgeous female sidekick is not just that. She’s strong, intelligent and accomplished. She’s an equal. And she does not allow herself to be condescended to. I adored that.
And the best (worst?) part? Rowling left us with a cliffhanger at the end of the book. Cliffhangers are the cruellest literary tool weapon known to authors and when they’re wielded expertly, they can make a reader think about the book for weeks and they can ensure that people come back for more. Not that I ever need more convincing to read Rowling, but yeah!
I loved this book, just like I love everything else that she’s written. I can’t wait for her new Cormoran Strike books.
Also, she said she’s written part of a children’s book which she’s very excited to complete. I can’t wait to read that either!
Yes. All the happy fangirling all the time. Yay. Queen Rowling is always happy making. 🙂
Did any of you read this book? What did you think of it?
ALSO are any of you doing NaNoWriMo? How is that going? Tell me in the comments or on any of my social media places.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Britain has always been the place I’d rather live in, if I didn’t live in India and I’ve never wished  harder that I could just teleport there for a bit. Or should I say apparate?
J.K. Rowling has announced that the play she is writing and screening,  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is going to be a sequel!
It’s going to feature an adult Harry Potter and his son Albus as the protagonists and is going to be a huge cast with over 30 actors!! -stifles a sob-
It’s going to be in TWO PARTS. It’s going to teach Harry and Albus that darkness comes from unexpected places!!!
In my miserable brown head, I haven’t a doubt that Rowling’s two plays will far surpass anything Shakespeare  has produced or could have produced and I can’t believe I can’t be a part of the history it is bound to make. -sobs openly- 
Let all of us sad people doomed not to live in the same country as the goddess  just pray that the script is released as an overpriced book so we may buy it, read it aloud, and cry ourselves to sleep. And later read, analysed, over-analysed and taught in schools, as great masterpieces ultimately are.
That’s all for now, folks!

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Life and Death

There’s a book that I’m actually really excited to read, and it’s by Stephanie Meyer. Actually there’s two.
The first is The Host, which would actually be a reread because I just replaced my lost copy!
I read The Host for the first time when I was on a trip with my parents and grandmother. I adored the book and spend the whole night reading it even though we had an early start the next morning.
It’s much cleverer and more interesting than the Twilight books. It was supposed to be part of a trilogy but that never happened which is good because it’s much better as a standalone.
The Twilight series on the other hand, starts off with a relatively interesting, albeit shy, person, with a life and hobbies and interests and turns her into this person who’s completely sucked into her control freak boyfriend’s life and family to the exclusion of everything else.
However, I’m really really curious to read her new book Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined which has been released in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Twilight. It’s basically Twilight reimagined with the genders of the characters swapped. I really want to read how she does it and if it really even works.
I acknowledge that this may end poorly and I accept that. I still want to know if this book will be a sufficient comeback to the repeated accusations of being unfeminist.
In an interview with EW, Stephanie Meyer said that “Bella isn’t a “damsel in distress” and is actually a “human in distress,” that is, “a normal human being surrounded on all sides by people who are basically superheroes and supervillains.”
Allegations of paedophilia aside, I am really interested to read this take on thr popular story.
How do you feel about this development? Will you read the book? Is it worth cheating on non-fiction month?
Tell me your thoughts in the comments

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How do you convince people of the value of fiction?

I’m going to quote what Salman Rushdie said about this topic in this interview because it really appealed to me as the right approach when people refuse to take your hand and enter the worlds that mean the most to you:

If you were stuck in an elevator with a person who refused to read fiction, how would you change his or her mind?

Oh, no. I’d just get out of the elevator as fast as possible. One of the things I’ve learned is that you don’t change people’s minds. There are people who love fiction and there are people who find it stupid. “What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true?” as Haroun asked his father… And unless they’re fortunate enough to stumble upon a book that opens some door in their head that hadn’t been opened before, you can’t change it by arguing. So my view is you know, thanks a lot, I’ll get off here.”

There it is. Short, truthful and effortless, if a little snarky! Clever, isn’t he?
He has another novel out. Go check out the original interview for more details.
In other news, I’m considering giving Midnight’s Children another chance. I didn’t like it the first time I tried reading it, even though the premise did appeal to me. So I’m thinking about picking it up again now because I think I’ve become a different person and a different reader.
What did you think of Rushdie’s opinion on people who don’t read fiction? Do you think he was rather too disdainful? Do you think the uphill battle to get someone to read fiction is worth it? I personally have fought that battle and lost every time.
Also, do you guys think Midnight’s Children is worth my time? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments.