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The Silkworm

With a little break from exploring, it’s time to discuss Robert Galbraith’s second novel; The Silkworm.

The SilkwormI’ve been eagerly awaiting the paperbacks release, to revisit Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin in their next case. Its beginning held parallels to The Cuckoo’s Calling, a little slow paced, as a mixture of smaller cases intertwine with the opening of the main story. However once a body has been found, the pace greatly increases, and the book becomes difficult to put down.

Following the disappearance of Owen Quine, an insight to the publishing world is unearthed. With the police certain Quine’s wife is their main suspect, Strike is engaged to find the answer to this confusing riddle. Calling in favours and using his associates, Strike slowly unravels the mystery and it certainly is not what you expect.

By producing a sequel Galbraith (J.K.Rowling), is permitted to further expand her characters, allowing the reader to understand Robin’s interest in detective work and explore Cormoran’s mind. With this, the story and case it revolves around involve the reader, allowing us to guess and discuss the case’s many twist and turns.

With a well planned and developed case, twisting when we least expect it; The Silkworm is another triumph is Galbraith series leaving us awaiting the next case…

The Silkworm is published by Sphere Books and is available in all good bookshops.

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Five challenges…

March readingWith March now with us, and spring finally feeling closer (yet I write this from a wet and windy Manchester) it seems right to begin anew. So I am challenging myself to read five new books this month of which three are entirely for myself and two are required reading for my course.

First up…
The Silkworm (Robert Galbraith)
After a long wait for its paperback release I’m looking forward to reemerging myself into some crime fiction, ex-solider turned detective Cormoran Strike is embarking on a murder investigation once again, with an author’s unpublished manuscript holding coincidental similarities to his own murder it’s going to be a good read. I greatly enjoyed J. K. Rowling’s first book under Galbraith’s pseudonym and hope her detective skills are once again proven.

The Shock of the Fall (Nathan Filar)
Having won costa book of the year and jumped out at me on the shelf a few times I had to buy Filar’s first novel. I know nothing more then the blurb instructing me about Simon’s death. But this book intrigued me, so we’ll have to wait and see.

The Miniaturist (Jessie Burton)
Another book on fate and discovery through the replication of a doll house, added mystery entices me into this read. With the added bonus of being set in Amsterdam, a city that greatly intrigues me, and beginning in 1686 is a slightly different feel to the more modern day literature above but with such critical acclaim how could I not place this on my bookshelf?

Lyrical Ballads (Wordsworth and Coleridge)
Not too surprisingly this is on my reading list for this semester, beginning the English Romance period and intertwining politics, revelation, class, age and literary history into emotive language. It will bring new light to my interpretation of history and how it can alter literature.

Castle Rackrent (Maria Edgeworth)
With rebellion forming the main theme of Edgeworth’s first novel, the political tension of Ireland of the 1790’s could run parallel to itself three hundred years later. Another book on my reading list giving once again a new view on the history it represents.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these titles, or challenging yourself to some new books this spring!