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- Listening Length: 17 hours and 16 minutes
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- Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 19 Jun. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00II32I1K
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The Silkworm: Cormoran Strike, Book 2 Audio Download – Unabridged
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Sadly, it’s the plot that lets the whole book down; it reads like a crime novel written by someone who hasn’t read much crime. It lacks the pace of a Val McDermid or a PD James novel and so my main reason for finishing the book was because I was enjoying the character development.
I’d read another one, but hopefully it will be about a hundred pages shorter and have a bit more pace behind it.
`Write what you know' is the age old adage and, where Rowling dipped into her experience of fame for The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm deals with a publishing world going through an identity crisis. Traditional publishing, self-publishing and the internet's influence are all fleetingly examined, and you can't help but wonder how many of Cormoran's suspects include portions of the real-life people Rowling encountered during her remarkable rise to superstardom. But then, given the repercussions of Quine's own manuscript, Bombyx Mori (Latin for silkworm), borrowed traits might well have been too ironic an inclusion for even the most cavalier of writers - an enjoyable conundrum to deliberate whilst reading.
A literary yet accessible crime thriller, The Silkworm is, like its predecessor, an excellent read. The mystery is moreish, the characters well-crafted, and the side plots - particularly the continuing animosity between Strike and his assistant's fiancé - are genuinely enjoyable.Read more ›
I don't profess to have the literary knowledge to understand the relevance or meanings behind the quotes at the beginning of each chapter but they had no bearing on my enjoyment of the book. I dare say they held important clues. But I was clueless.
The principal characters have developed since the first book. Understandably. They are more rounded; human even. Robin is the perfect foil for the limped gait crusader. She has become as important as the main protagonist. Hard to imagine one without the other now.
The plot here isn't complex but the main event - the murder - is certainly not run of the mill. The author uses all her experience of literary circles - agents, writers, publishers - to weave her tale and few come up smelling of roses. I dare say some may recognise themselves in the book. The irony in that is crystal clear and you can see that parallel as the story develops.
Fast paced and full of oddball characters, all of whom are suspects till the finale, this is a glorious trip round a strangely wintry London as Strike attempts to track down a murderer whose motive in the end is not as it appears throughout.
A first class detective story once again reminiscent of Chandler and Hammett at their best. Wit and grime come thick and fast in equal measure. Roll on the third Vet-man and Robin adventure. By far and away my favourite writer at the moment. Just terrific.
The central plot twists and drags the reader through the streets of snowbound London, but I will not give away the main tenet as I feel spoilers are a curse. Suffice to say I hope Ms Rowlings (aka Robert Galbraith) in her literary circle does not come into contact with the seamier side of the publishing world.
A word of warning to those of a sensitive disposition; the language is often ripe, as befits the characters, and description of the body, luridly graphic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Literally can't stop reading. Might be the best of the three books so far. Really enjoyed the style and flow. Highly recommended for an immersive read!Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this book as I had enjoyed the first one so much. Much like the first, the story is a long tale with twists and turns. Great characters and personalities. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
Great book. Couldn't put it down. Looking forward to the next one. Well woven plot and no hint of magic.Published 22 days ago by Duracell 69
Well, I'm not that satisfied with this Cormoran series. The writing is simplified and the plot seamed to me a little bit stretched. The first book was a little better.Published 24 days ago by MCL
I was enthralled by this book. Characters really come to life. So well written. Looking forward to the next one now.Published 25 days ago by Susan H
Lived the story and the characters once it got going. Was a bit slow to start but well worth it. Lookungforward to the next book in the series.Published 26 days ago by Becky
If it wasn't known that this book was written by J K Rowling under a pseudonym it wouldn't have got anywhere. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lizzie Lane