Book Notes: Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling

I said I was going to plow through all of the books in JK Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series and that’s exactly what I’m doing.

The Cuckoo’s Calling is the first novel in the series. It’s super funny, never boring but the mystery is rickety and unconvincing. JK Rowling didn’t yet to know what she was doing in this genre. The book is still better than 90% of mysteries but it’s nothing like her latest, Troubled Blood. That one was really outstanding.

On to number two in the series.

5 thoughts on “Book Notes: Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling

  1. I’ll check those novels for my mother, so thanks for those posts. 🙂

    Thought you would like this poem from a blog containing hundreds of excellent ones:


    You’re a brave man they tell me.
    I’m not.
    Courage has never been my quality.
    Only I thought it disproportionate
    so to degrade myself as others did.
    No foundations trembled. My voice
    no more than laughed at pompous falsity;
    I did no more than write, never denounced,
    I left out nothing I had thought about,
    defended who deserved it, put a brand
    on the untalented, the ersatz writers
    (doing what anyhow had to be done).
    And now they press to tell me that I’m brave.
    How sharply our children will be ashamed
    taking at last their vengeance for these horrors
    remembering how in so strange a time
    common integrity could look like courage.

    — Yevgeny Yevtushenko


      1. Clarissa’s Blog: connecting good people with good books all over the world.

        Speaking of which, I should thank you for turning me on the Clive James. I ordered Cultural Amnesia after seeing a few quotes here, and it’s delightful (I’ve read about half of the entries at this point).

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