Monday, July 22, 2013

Musing Monday...A Rose by Any Other Name

 Monday! Let's get going!
But be sure to check out the other Musing Monday posts at  Should Be Reading...

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!

• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

Well, I have nothing to rant about this week, so I will tell you about a few books I got my hands on recently...

Holy Orders by Benjamin Black
"When the body of his daughter’s friend is brought to his autopsy table, Quirke is plunged into a world of corruption that takes him to the darkest corners of the Irish Church and State.

So begins the latest Quirke case, a story set in Dublin at a moment when newspapers are censored, social conventions are strictly defined, and appalling crimes are hushed up. Why? Because in 1950s Ireland the Catholic Church controls the lives of nearly everyone. But when Quirke’s daughter Phoebe loses her close friend Jimmy Minor to murder, Quirke can no longer play by the Church’s rules. Along with Inspector Hackett, his sometime partner, Quirke investigates Jimmy’s death and learns just how far the Church and its supporters will go to protect their own interests."

I just know this one is going to get me
But still I requested it, so I will do my best to read it and stay calm.

Louisiana Fever by D.J. Donaldson
"Andy Broussard, the plump and proud New Orleans medical examiner, obviously loves food. Less apparent to the casual observer is his hatred of murderers. Together with his gorgeous sidekick, psychologist Kit Franklyn, the two make a powerful, although improbable, mystery solving duo.
When the beautiful Kit goes to meet an anonymous stranger—who’s been sending her roses—the man drops dead at her feet before she even could even get his name. Game on."

This one was offered to me and although I swore never to take another book from a publicist or author, I accepted this one...and am happy I did. I really must write the review, but I will just say I love books set in New Orleans. As you can see, this one has another coroner as the lead character. And a great character Broussard is.

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
"After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
The Cuckoo's Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith."
I am sure most of you have heard about this last book. It seems Ms. Rowlings, she of Harry Potter fame, wrote a mystery under a pseudonym but got found out. Now the book is rocketing up the best seller list and I admit it, I was interested. Interested because it got good reviews before the true author was discovered.
So, yes, I had to buy it.

Of course, writing under a pseudonym has a long history in the world of literature, for a variety of reasons. The Bronte sisters and George Elliot are two of the most well known, in their cases to disguise their genders. But other have written to disguise their fame as well. Stephan King, who wrote a letter in USA Today in defense of what Rowlings did, wrote under another name. Sadly, he killed off his nom de plume Richard Bachman when he was uncovered, saying Poor Richard died of "cancer of the pseudonym".

Tell me, what do you think of this Rowling thing?
Was it all a ploy, the revelation set up to boost sales.
How cynical! No, I think she just wanted to write, as King said, "just for the joy of it", to see what people would honestly think of the book on its own, without the Famous name.
Well, either way, I will be reading it.


  1. Hi,
    I think J. K. Rowling really wanted to write without the pressure of fame. Maybe she wanted to check if it was fame that kept her books selling or if she was still able to write great books.

    Here is my muse, if you like to check it out:
    Musing Mondays – Ten reasons why book people are also cat people

  2. Not just the pressure of fame but maybe she didn't want this book to be compared with HP.

  3. I agree with the above two comments. I think it was actually a pretty good thing for her to do because she probably really wants an honest opinion. When the Casual Vacancy was released, a lot of the reviews referenced Harry Potter. Great musing!

  4. Very interesting books you've got there! I'm interested in the Rowling book, but I'm reading Casual Vacancy right now.

  5. I read the first two (or maybe three?) Quirks and loved them. Really loved them. I just haven't picked it back up again. Now this one, yes, being a practicing Catholic, I might find my blood boiling too. If you believed half the books out there, Catholics are EVIL. As far as Rowling is concerned, I'm cynical too, but we can't expect her to just stop writing I guess.

    1. I would hope for a balance view..and know I will not get
      We will see if I make it hrought that one. As to Rowlings, I will give her the benefit of the doubt.

  6. I'll be curious to see what everyone thinks of The Cuckoo's Calling. I decided not to get it since I wasn't crazy about The Casual Vacancy.

  7. i think the whole reveal of Rowling was contrived to push sales on a book that wasnt making money on its own ... i am going to check out the Donaldson series, sounds good .. thanks

    1. I knew there had to be one cynic out here!

  8. Holy Orders sounds very interesting.

  9. Oh you got JKR's book. Hope you enjoy it and thanks for visiting.

  10. For JK Rowling, I think maybe both. I think for her it might have been wanting to write and see what people would think if her name wasn't attached, but I think her publisher probably jumped on the idea, knowing it would get out eventually and create more publicity.

  11. I think I believe that she just wanted to not have the pressure of her name being attached to the book, although I'm sure her publicists weren't unhappy with the idea either!

  12. Louisiana Fever looks really good. Enjoy!

  13. interesting books! I especially love the blurb for Holy Orders

  14. I just finished The Cuckoo's Calling.. :) I'd love to read your thoughts about it too :)


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