#FaeFriday is an new weekly post created by Kristy at Caffeinated Fae . This week on #FaeFriday, we’re talking about changelings. Faeries were often accused of leaving changelings in place of a child. So this week’s prompt is:
What is a book you picked up that wasn’t at all what you thought it would be?
I am very picky about books I read and I can be caught with a book that I hoped would be good but turned out to be average but rarely has it happened that I avoid a book *after* I have checked its review / ratings and opinions by trusted book lovers in my circle. Having said that , I do remember avoiding the Cormoran Strike books because I was not ready to judge J K Rowling for writing a different genre when I was still not over Harry Potter. When it was first revealed that The Cuckoo's Calling was written by Rowling under the Pseudonym Robert Galbraith , I decided to stay away from the books for the time being.
Multiple recommendations could not sway my decision till I chanced upon the show Strike which is a adaptation of the book. I realized after completing the first story that the show is based on the new books by Rowling. I immediately stopped watching the show and picked the books (not the first one though) I read The Silkworm(book#2) , Career of Evil(book #3) and Lethal White(book#4) in a very short time and later finished watching the show too . I absolutely loved the character and dynamics of Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. Their friendship is so natural and full of respect , affection and admiration for each other that the transition for them over the four books was very appreciated.
My Favorite book in the series is Silkworm which is so atmospheric and layered that I felt it more like a literary creation than a mystery/ thriller one. It also has my favorite element - a novel manuscript , authors , publishers and a really twisted manuscript. After reading the series , I was more impressed by Rowling's skills as a master story teller. This series , though a thriller one , stands tall on the shoulders of a brilliantly spun story and backed by a wonderful cast.
On a side note, I felt the show episodes could have been more in number to match the length of the books and would be glad if this is taken care when the TV adaptation for Lethal White is released.