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What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?

Posted by Melissa
May 25, 2011, 11:40 AM
A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.
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The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.
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Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen
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I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.
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Wolfie You must be pleased that you live at the top of a hill with all that rain coming down. We have been spared the very heavy rain here but it has been very persistent. We had to drive through a large puddle on Monday en route to the doctor’s surgery, rain had flowed down into the dip between two slopes and had also run off some of the fields. We went home via an alternative route.

CoolG I know the feeling, a lot of the entertainers and actors that were popular when I was in my late twenties and thirties have been making their final exit with monotonous regularity the last few months.

It sounds as though Jo’s book will be rather challenging rather in the way that Dickens brought uncomfortable truths into the light of day in his works of fiction. We know that Jo has a social conscience so I suppose we should not be surprised that she has been moved to explore modern society and its attitudes and prejudices, but this time writing for an adult audience.

Posted by Graymayne on September 26, 2012, 06:46 PM report to moderator
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Hello Leaky! It’s been a while since I popped in, so I just wanted tell everyone hi. I hope all is well!

Posted by Dr. LEW on September 26, 2012, 08:56 PM report to moderator
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Hi DR. LEW, loved the photo with the wolf.

I’ve been reading and watching some of the interviews with Jo. She really does seem to have opened the door a crack on another Harry Potter book. I saw an interview this morning in which she made some comment like, “I’m not nearly as finished with or over Harry as I thought I would be.”

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 26, 2012, 09:52 PM report to moderator
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Hi Dr. Lew. Everything is copacetic.

Posted by ironsos on September 27, 2012, 12:49 AM report to moderator
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Three ways I found to spell copacetic/copasetic/kopasetic and my spell checker says every one is wrong.

Posted by ironsos on September 27, 2012, 12:54 AM report to moderator
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afternoon all

graymayne an amazing thing happened today . . the rain stopped and the sun came out. Hallelujah. Its a miracle hahahaha

I watched the interview last night about Jo’s new book. I thought it sounded really interesting (but definitely a grown up book) and I liked the premise behind the story. I’m wondering how well it will translate to an international audience though as it seemed very english in its content and characterisation.

lew nice to see you. How is school? are you getting the kids to behave? and more importantly are you behaving? hahahaha

Posted by Wolfie on September 27, 2012, 07:38 AM report to moderator
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I have The Casual Vacancy and I have begun reading it. I’m still doing laundry and trying to get things ready for my DS’s return. There is some dinner to prepare for tonight. So, I won’t be able to sit and read but I can say already the phrasing is familiar to those of us who have read so many of Jo’s words.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 27, 2012, 12:30 PM report to moderator
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I have all my large appliances running, my washer, my dryer, my dishwasher and a big pot of cauliflower steaming on top of the stove.

So, I have given myself permission to sit down and read, at least for a few minutes.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 27, 2012, 01:55 PM report to moderator
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IRONSOS, you spelled it correctly the first time.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/copacetic

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 27, 2012, 02:27 PM report to moderator
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Okay, this is picky of me, but I don’t really like a lot of profanity, even in an adult book by any author. I find it offputting so I don’t think it is just because I’m seeing JKR use this language for the first time. I realize that is how a lot of people speak, teenagers in particular, but it makes me uncomfortable in real life and in a book.

I was really hoping I would be able to let my mother read this book. Even if the plot is good I don’t think she will make it through the profanity.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 27, 2012, 02:30 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

I too bought my copy today. I’ve just skimmed the first few pages, but felt at once very comfortable and a bit sad. It is so clearly her! You wouldn’t need to know the author to instantly recognise her distinctive writing style. So I was feeling the glow of a Harry book, but knowing at the same time that there will be no Harry.

Wolfie, any news on the job yet? I agree on your thoughts about the book.

Hi, LEW! Waving madly!

Posted by asti on September 27, 2012, 02:30 PM report to moderator
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I suppose the word I am looking for is obscenities, although I’m not wild about profanity either. I don’t generally use either and they stick out at me.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 27, 2012, 02:38 PM report to moderator
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WOLFIE and ASTI, I think small town politics and the undercurrents of various groups pushing their own agendas and self interests is pretty universal.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 27, 2012, 02:59 PM report to moderator
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Man, that’s how out of it I am. I didn’t realize JKR’s book was out yet. I was far too focused on the new Mumford & Sons album (which is amazing, BTW). Maybe I’ll get the book just in case I have time to read one in the next few years.

Posted by Dr. LEW on September 27, 2012, 03:45 PM report to moderator
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Hello everyone… A little bit of tv trivia for our US friends… It was 58 years ago today that the Tonight Show premiered starring Steve Allen… Steve, Jay Lenno thanks you! :+)

Posted by Won_Two on September 27, 2012, 05:40 PM report to moderator
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Evening all! I order my copy of Jo’s book from Amazon and I received confirmation of dispatch earlier today. I don’t pay for first-class postage so I am not holding my breath. I feel that the professional critics have a rather childish attitude with regard to Jo’s latest work. Do they really think that she can turn out nothing but fantasy, or do they have the usual reaction to an individual’s success, jealousy?

Posted by Graymayne on September 27, 2012, 06:25 PM report to moderator
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I know off the top of my head the date of thew last Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, May 22, 1992.

GRAYMAYNE, I am less than fifty pages in but I can tell you other than the language the book still reads like a JKR piece. The biggest problem I am having with it so far is the vast number of characters and their relationship to each other. I have already been tempted to make myself a chart of who is who and who is on what side. I may have to do it. There are already several families in which you have to keep up with a man, woman and their children. Some of them are related to each other and some of them are allies and some are enemies.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 27, 2012, 07:48 PM report to moderator
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Morning

I have been reading the reviews of JKR new book on Amazon. Let me just say I am waiting for you guys review. I don’t know if it will be my kind of book. I try to read things that will be uplifting not depressing. I have a hard time keeping depression at bay without reading a book full of it. The bad language would not deter me from reading it. Although I don’t really care to read it in a book, I can over look it as I do in real life. Did I ever tell you I was 19 before I heard people cuss in everyday talking? I grew up in a houseful of boys so I had heard the occasional cuss word when no one knew I was around but never head people cussing just about every other word they said.

Posted by Cool G on September 28, 2012, 05:55 AM report to moderator
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I’ve done it. I have gone back and made a list of all the characters in the book so far. The names were running together on me.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 28, 2012, 09:28 AM report to moderator
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I’ve done it. I have gone back and made a list of all the characters in the book so far. The names were running together on me.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 28, 2012, 09:28 AM report to moderator
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Well, the good news is that Jo’s book arrived this morning and I couldn’t resist reading a page or two . . . The opening was certainly dramatic but I’m not sure that CoolG would welcome it:(

Asti & Lady Hawke I see what you mean about Jo’s style coming across loud and clear despite the unfamiliarity of 20th century crude mis-use of the English language. I might well join you in making a character list, I can get confused just watching Midsomer Murders and this book could well have a much longer cast list. I have a busy few days ahead of me, with much tidying and cleaning to do before an “asbestos check” is carried out by council-hired workmen. My indifferent health in recent months has led to a distinct slip in standards, so Jo will have to be my reward at the end of each day.

Posted by Graymayne on September 28, 2012, 10:38 AM report to moderator
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GRAYMAYNE, I agree that this is not a book COOLG should read. The beginning premise is too difficult, even without the additional negatives of addiction, abuse, etc. being added to it.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 28, 2012, 11:27 AM report to moderator
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My day is so slow I am just now eating last nights dinner.

Posted by ironsos on September 28, 2012, 03:16 PM report to moderator
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I’ve been doing lots of laundry and reading.

We’re having hamburgers tonight. I’ve already prepared the onions and lettuce. The potatoes are in wedges to bake. I’ll slice the tomatoes while the burgers are cooking.

The story is a bit rougher than I normally read; it is apparent a lot of people are going to end up even more emotionally injured than they already are at the beginning of the book. However, I am so enchanted with hearing Jo’s voice I can’t stop reading. Every time I get through a task I find myself back so I can here Jo.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 28, 2012, 06:20 PM report to moderator
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Where is everyone? Reading?

I’m still working at it between tasks.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 29, 2012, 09:37 AM report to moderator
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I’m busy cleaning and tidying and doing laundry but this afternoon we drove to a local airfield to witness a flyover by the last Avro Vulcan on a special Diamond Jubilee Celebration flight over significant airfields involved in its past history. My DS saw the first one fly in Canada and reckons that he has now seen the last one. He didn’t get a successful photo of the event because of the position of the sun. My view from inside the car was good because it flew low over me and I saw the camouflage paint of its underbelly. The afternoon was beautiful and sunny so it was a treat to be out driving somewhere that did not involve hospitals, doctors or supermarkets.

Posted by Graymayne on September 29, 2012, 11:40 AM report to moderator
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My mother’s only surviving sibling, her 89 year old brother, has fallen and broken his hip. His heart is not really up to surgery but surgery must be done. They are waiting for the blood doctor to release him to surgery. Yesterday they couldn’t do it because their was something wrong with his bloodwork. My uncle is out of his head, refusing surgery, saying he means to go home to die. They have had to sedate him to stop the raving.

This is the end for him and his wife. They were teetering upon being incapable of living alone. My uncle was the one who was keeping their ship afloat. My aunt was beyond cooking or cleaning and was no longer able to make critical decisions. He was having to do it all. He told my mother this week, before he fell, that he couldn’t do it anymore. He knew he was failing and couldn’t continue to maintain them.

My mother is very upset. He is her next oldest sibling, one of the two she actually grew up with in her parent’s home. It is very depressing, a foretelling of things to come.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 29, 2012, 01:13 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke Sorry to hear about your uncle. He has been lucky to be able to stay housekeeping this long.

I have finally found out why the bank kept sending my SS check back. It seems after a year and a half, they discovered that my DS died. Because of this, they sent my check back to SS. Now I changed my account and put my daughter on it after the DS died. Some body had a screw loose to send it back. This is the second month in a row they have sent my check back. As soon as they start deposited it on time, I will be changing banks. This is unaceptable.

My grandson wants to buy my motorcycle. I told his Dad he could just have it but he said no. My grandson has been working and he wants to buy it. I figured I would give it to the first one that showed interest in it. Of course it has been in the shed so they probably didn’t realise I still had it. I will never ride it again. Oh I might be a passenger on it sometime. I spent some time looking for the title and the keys for it. I finally found them where they should have been. I just overlooked it the first time.

Posted by Cool G on September 29, 2012, 03:14 PM report to moderator
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My brother is coming from San Diego to visit us. :)
I will host a dinner tomorrow with my entire Famiky gathering.

I have not seen him since my sister died. I talk to him on facebook or texts. He is retired and so is his wife. :)
They travel and see the country all the time. :)
What the DS and I love to do.

I am done with the laundry. I had not realized how much I have neglected my house. I have been so busy every weekend that I did not do even the simplest of keep up chores. I actually scrubbed the bathroom floor on my knees.

Posted by Madame Minerva on September 29, 2012, 03:20 PM report to moderator
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Well I scrubbed the tub and commode. I have One more load of laundry to do.
I need to polish the hardwood floors and furniture in the living room.
Then go ahead and tackle the kitchen. That one will be bad. I need to mop the kitchen floor but I want to scrub it like the bathroom. :( let’s see if my energy keeps up. I need to go grocery shopping too. Sigh.

Thank God it’s an easy soccer weekend.

Wolfie – I was so jealous of you reading “Hunger Games”, I started to read it again too. :)

I have not bought Jo’s new book yet but I have been so busy I have not had a chance. :(

Work has been incredibly busy too. We can’t keep up with all the deadlines. I have been staying late each day. .i need to bring work home too. Yet I go happy each day knowing I have a very happy office. :D

Posted by Madame Minerva on September 29, 2012, 03:42 PM report to moderator
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