Tag Archives: J.K. Rowling

Look-Alike Book Covers Confuse Me!

26 Sep

I just took a double-take when I saw the cover of the just-published book, Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent. To me, it bore more than a passing resemblance to J.K. Rowling’s recent book, The Cuckoo’s Calling. And then I just got plain confused. There was so much publicity surrounding Rowling’s book, it’s hard to imagine that a publisher would have been unaware of what its cover looked like. Why make a book cover resemble another so closely?  Or is that the point? Whatever. I think there must be enough imagination to go around in the book industry. What do you think?


Rowling, Rolling Stone, and the Role of Beethoven

19 Jul

Some Friday faves for you.

So there’s this well-reviewed thriller, The Cuckoo’s Calling, modest sales, debut author, name of Robert Galbraith. Turns out this very well written and very well paced novel is by J.K. Rowling. And now sales are going through the roof. But wait, there’s more. Rowling is disappointed about the leak of her pseudonym. She enjoyed the anonymity. Well, she can say goodbye to that.

Hard to miss the brouhaha built up this week surrounding the cover of the Rolling Stone. See, you have to phrase it that way, the cover of the Rolling Stone. Because there’s a song out there that makes it impossible not to refer to it that way. Anyway. Glamorizing terrorism or savvy marketing or good journalism, here’s my take.

FF.Beethoven5.dogAbout that Da-da-da-DAAHH thing. You know those first four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth? How we know, we can feel, we anticipate the rest? That’s because our brain’s transmitters are bustling. A professor of neuroscience explains why that’s such a great thing for music lovers. Oh, and about the pic of Beethoven the Dog…sorry about the mix-up.


Stephen King on Harry Potter

17 Jul

“Harry Potter is all about confronting fears, finding inner strength, and doing what is right in the face of adversity …”

Admirable goals all. And ones this young yet noble wizard takes on. They are all virtues that we Muggles, er, humans struggle to attain. Stephen King knew halfway through the Harry Potter books that J.K. Rowling wasn’t just writing for children. These were stories written for everyone.

HarryPotter.OrderOfThePhoenix.7.17.13He fell in love with the series because it was, just as a lavish dinner experience, “carefully prepared, beautifully cooked, and lovingly served out.” He recognized right away a kindred spirit in Rowling, a spinner of tales, a writer of the highest aspirations, indeed one who considers the words as important as the narrative itself. And framed within her remarkable fable, she delivers this profound inspiring message to boot.


Quote: Fanpop Facebook Page
Dinner quote: Stephen King article, August 10, 2007
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix book cover pic: J.K. Rowling Official Website

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