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The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

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I read this book a few months back and I absolutely loved it! Brilliant storytelling. A simple story, combined with strong narrative.

The lead character, Cormoran is so unique. Galbraith managed to portray some unforgettable characters in this book.

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Great to hear that this is a great read. I have this on my TBR list for this year. Looking forward to reading it :)

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Great to hear that this is a great read. I have this on my TBR list for this year. Looking forward to reading it :)

Yeah it was a really great read. The murder itself isn't all that complex, but the psychology of the characters is great. I hope the author extends it into a series of books.

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I'm not sure if this book is on my wishlist or not but I might be interested in reading it someday :).

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So people seem to be enjoying this book does anyone know if its worth picking up? im recently getting back to reading books after ive kinda stoped all together.

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Yeah it was a really great read. The murder itself isn't all that complex, but the psychology of the characters is great. I hope the author extends it into a series of books.

 

I just read that the book is written, and at the publisher.  Evidently the publisher is just planning the timing of release.

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Just started this yesterday. So far so good! Silkworm was definitely in the high end of my "weird-o-meter" radar but I couldn't put it down.

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Well, it's good to hear some people liked it, at least ;)  

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I read the book in August, 2013 and thought it was a good read, not outstanding, but good enough to recommend it.

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I was engrossed by it. Even my hubby got interested and that says a lot!! I wonder of she's got another in the works.

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After reading J.K. Rowling's post Harry Potter offering A Casual Vacancy, I was reluctant to venture forth into the mind of Rowling again unless it was back into Potterverse, however, after reading a mountain of reviews that are 95% in the positive pile I have been tempted back into riding the Rowling synapses train again with The Cuckoo's Calling. The book is sitting third in the TBR pile at the moment, but I'm inclined to pick it up next. Hopefully it'll live up to its hype.

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Just finished this, and I have to say that for me, it totally justified the hype. Really strong characters, and tight plotting throughout. I don't imagine it will be everyones cup of tea - it may be too slow for some - but for me, it enabled me to think more about the plot and try to solve the crime at the same time. As usual, I got it wrong!

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I'm quite keen to read this. It's on my TBR pile so I will make sure I get to it soon. I've only heard positive things about it.

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Sounds right up my street, that's my next read sorted.

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I've just finished this one, and was a bit disappointed by it. It was easily readable, but there was something lacking throughout. I think it's that there weren't enough clues dropped throughout for the reader to pick up on. Instead Strike (the detective) kept them all under wraps and only revealed them at the end. So in way, I felt as though I was missing out on a whole lot of Strike's thought processes throughout, if that makes sense. :dunno:

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I've just finished this one, and was a bit disappointed by it. It was easily readable, but there was something lacking throughout. I think it's that there weren't enough clues dropped throughout for the reader to pick up on. Instead Strike (the detective) kept them all under wraps and only revealed them at the end. So in way, I felt as though I was missing out on a whole lot of Strike's thought processes throughout, if that makes sense. :dunno:

 

You probably won't like The Silkworm either then, which follows the same pattern. While I really liked it, I do get your point. It would have been fairly easy to have revealed the killer a chapter or so earlier, and then gone about trapping them without detracting from the overall tension. Having said that, leaving the reveal to the very end made me want to start at the beginning again and read them.

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I just bought ​The Silkworm ​without realising it was part of a series (since it doesn't actually say it is on the cover - it just says 'by the author of the international bestseller The Cuckoo's Calling'). Does anyone who's read both know if Cuckoo's Calling needs to be read first, or if I can just read ​The Silkworm ​as a standalone book?

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I just bought ​The Silkworm ​without realising it was part of a series (since it doesn't actually say it is on the cover - it just says 'by the author of the international bestseller The Cuckoo's Calling'). Does anyone who's read both know if Cuckoo's Calling needs to be read first, or if I can just read ​The Silkworm ​as a standalone book?

I don't know the answer to this question, but I just wanted to say, that kind of thing really annoys me. If it can't be read as a standalone (I don't know if that's the case here), at least put it on the cover. Preferably each book cover of a book in a series should have the series title and the book's number in the series, on it. Fantasy usually does this well, other genres generally (at least out of the books I own), less so.

 

According to this question on GoodReads and its answers, the book can be read as standalone.

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As it's a series, and I think the two main characters do progress (only read the first one myself so far), then probably safest to read the first book first, at least there's only one book to catch up with!

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I've read them in the order they came out because as Madeleine stated, the characters progress together as a team. They meet, they gell, they become a true team. The characters also delve into their past lives so it helps to know what they are talking about. While the mysteries do change the main characters are establishing their unit, if that ;makes any sense.

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I've heard a couple of people I know say the third one wasn't as good as the first. I've only read Cuckoo Calling and I enjoyed it so not sure whether to continue or not.

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I've heard a couple of people I know say the third one wasn't as good as the first. I've only read Cuckoo Calling and I enjoyed it so not sure whether to continue or not.

 

I enjoyed all three books, and will read the next one too when it comes out, so from my point of view it would be worth you continuing.  Hope you enjoy the others too if you decide to give them a try :-)

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It's all personal opinion of course, but having read all three, I'd be hard pressed to pick which is the best.

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I read the first one back in 2014, the second one in 2015 and the third one in March this year. I've also just finished a re-read of the first and it was definitely an interesting read when you know the outcome (I remembered the big reveal, just not exactly why or the details leading up to it). Also cool to read these characters' interactions and feelings/thoughts when you know more of their background.

 

The third one is definitely different from the first two, but I still enjoyed it a lot and look forward to the next. I've become quite invested emotionally!

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I've enjoyed the series, though I would agree the third is not as strong as the first two. I've always thought that JKR writes arguments almost painfully well, even when some of the characters involved are less well drawn. The psychology of the murderer in The Silkworm, when ultimately revealed, is not very convincing - but the principle characters, Strike & his side kick, are really well written in all three books.

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