Most of us love Harry Potter so much we can all quote Hermione Granger like a boss. We’ve all done that thing where, being so caught up in Hogwars-ifiacation, we’ve actually tried Summoning the telly remote with an “Accio remote!”
So obviously when Ms. Rowling’s Casual Vacancy hit the bookstores, I HAD to get it. And I remember I started reading it right there.
I’ll admit, the story was lost on me. I read it twice, trying to convince myself I would love it because it’s my auto-buy author #1 – but no.
Pagford as a whole sticks out like a sore thumb. It pains me to say this, but I felt no connection with any of the characters. Maybe Sukhvinder. Only I’m not a “giant hermaphrodite.” And frankly, a political-y novel? Not my thing.
Here’s what’s wrong with Casual Vacancy – too many characters, scrambled storylines and it drove me nuts. But I finished it since I never abandon any novel I’m reading, midway. And we’ve come to expect too much from her – hence the bigger disappointment. *sigh*
There’s also a lot of abuse, vile language and tons of inappropriate stuff. If you’re the kinda person who enjoys the burst of crazy, slightly porny stuff, you might enjoy this one.
Have you ever been disappointed with your auto-buy authors?