Harry Potter fans: J K Rowling has a new book out, and it’s not The Casual Vacancy.
Turns out good ol’ J K published a book titled The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym “Robert Galbraith” last April. The book is a crime novel about a private investigator and has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon.
According to The Telegraph, Rowling had hoped to keep the secret a little longer because, as she says, “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”
The author biography in The Cuckoo’s Calling reveals that the name “Robert Galbraith” is a pseudonym, and the biography of said name cites a military background with the Royal Military Police, which is hilarious because 1) pretty sure Rowling was never in the military and 2) some reviews cite the author’s military experience as a key part in the novel’s credibility. The sign of a great author? Probably.
The Amazon reviews are the best part. Most are rave reviews posted before the leak, one of which says “This book is so well written that I suspect that some years down the road we will hear the author’s name is a pseudonym of some famous writer.” Well, “Karen”, you win the prize. You were right all along. We can all go home now.
Seriously though, judging by the reviews this is a quality book. If The Casual Vacancy had been published under a pseudonym, maybe the reviews would have been better without all those high expectations of the woman who created the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. Then again, maybe not. Maybe an author should be allowed a sub-par novel after a record-breaking, beloved series.
Dear Readers, please know that I’m going to get my hands on this book ASAP and hopefully get out a subjective review (though now that I know who wrote it, will my expectations be too high? We’ll have to wait and see…)
Here’s the cover for you curious folks: