Wednesday, September 26, 2012

One Day Until The Casual Vacancy

In case you've been locked away in Azkaban over the summer, and perhaps don't know the big news: Tomorrow is September 27th, 2012 and The Casual Vacancy will finally hit bookstore shelves.

As of now, word and rumor has it Rowling's newest novel has fans running to release and that it has topped 1 million pre-order sales. And, this next book is no Harry Potter children's literature. Us fans have been warned the new venture for Rowling has racy material containing drug addiction, sex, and class warfare.

It's been five years since JK Rowling last published a little nugget of a book called The Deathly Hallows. As the seventh and final book of the Harry Potter series it only sold 15 million copies in 24 hours, and culminated into a two-part film for the official this time around, there's no pressure right?

If you don't know the story of The Casual Vacancy, when a forty-something-year-old Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in a little town called Pagford and leaves a vacant spot  on the parish council, the idyll appearance of the town is revealed, the whole town is at war with each other: parents with their teenagers, wives with their husbands, teachers and their students. In comparison to The Order of the Phoenix or Half-Blood Prince total page count, The Casual Vacancy hits a light 512 pages long.

Personally, I have book four through seven to catch up on with the Harry Potter series so The Casual Vacancy will be a nice addition to read as I go through the rest of the series in a leisurely manner. I pre-ordered my copy a few weeks ago but I won't expect the official arrival of the book until October 3rd. Even with a threat to perform the Unforgivable curse for a faster delivery, the warehouse shipping rules simply couldn't be swayed.  Hopefully, my owl will survive the long journey....

So Casual Vacancy hopefuls and JK Rowling maniacs: have you pre-ordered your copy? Are you stopping by a local bookshop to pick it up in person?

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