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By Malcolm Armsteen
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Jo Rowling is most definitely not Dacre's type of woman. Oh no.
Lefty, socially aware and active, talented, rich, powerful, creative and - horrors - a single mother. Oh, and she's good looking.

So to greet her new book he sends out his attack gargoyle, Jan Moir.

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BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz gushed forth in an embarrassing fountain of flattery. ‘I have never ever encountered a pair of electric blue peepers like J.K. Rowling’s. It’s as if a couple of azure-coloured crystals have been installed in her head — and then back-lit for dazzling effect.’

The Guardian’s interviewer couldn’t wait to inform the world’s richest author that she is, you know, rather brilliant. ‘When I tell her I loved the book, her arms shoot up in celebration.’

Oh, what a spell the normally reclusive J.K. weaves on her admirers. Pre-sale orders have already placed the hardback at the top of the bestseller lists before it is even in the shops. Holy invisibility cloak! Now you don’t see it, now you do. The question is, can The Casual Vacancy ever live up to the hype?

On balance, I would have to say no. Not unless you want to have more than 500 pages of relentless socialist manifesto masquerading as literature crammed down your throat.
Well, there you go. All that artistic endeavour reviewed in depth...

As always Tim Fenton has done the best takedown so far over at Zelo Street:

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and this comment says it all..
Hutcho said...

The current top rated comment underneath is a thing of beauty:

"Thanks for that Jan, although seeking the opinion of a third division hack on the work of one of the world's most successful authors is a bit like asking somebody who has completed a level one First Aid course what they think of the work of a leading transplant surgeon.

- Robert, Manchester, 27/9/2012 8:25
By Daley Mayle
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I don't like read, never liked and probably never will.
- Maria, Hills, 27/9/2012 11:30
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Anyway, who is that battle axe on the Zelo Street blog? She looks nothing like the pic of La Moir who adorns the top of her column


Nice take on Jan here

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By Daley Mayle
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satnav wrote:I'm beginning to think that Jan suffers from agoraphobia. Her entire output during the Olympics was written from the comfort of her sofa and now she's moved on to book reviews. Does she never leave her house?

Not with those eyes. 400 years ago she would have been burned at the stake.
By Andy McDandy
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I feel for JKR. If she'd stuck to stuff in the same vein as Potter, she'd be damned as a one trick pony. She does something different and gets grief for not sticking to what she's known for.

Regarding the anti-JKR/pro-Moir comments, it seems that many of them have an idea of JKR that doesn't necessarily mean that they have read any of her stuff, or even watched the movies with much of a discerning eye. They have an image of who she is and what she writes, that isn't necessarily accurate.
By Andy McDandy
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Well, the Potter books cover kids going through puberty, dealing with bereavement, love, loss (at times traumatic), are full from the start with low level swearing ('B words'), sexual references, politics (often quite cynical), torture and slices of realism. And magic and elves.

Oh, and she really doesn't like Glenda Slagg style journalists. Ever noticed how the film version of Rita Skeeter very closely resembles one of Moir's cunty columnist colleagues? Right down to the glasses?

Problem is, a lot of that got excised from the films, especially the first two. The books and films were presented in the popular media as basically akin to the 'Worst Witch' series. You know, for kids. They're not, they're for teenagers. Yes, they suffer from over plotting. Yes, her writing style has it's faults. But she's immensely popular.

JKR and the Mail have previous. Unfortunately for the Mail, even it's own readers have seen through this one and it's likely all this will do is boost sales. I'd imagine that the various Neanderthals saying "Never read it, not going to read it" and so on are speaking the truth in this case. They're probably the same people who believe there's a bit in Pride and Prejudice where a guy steps out of a lake wearing breeches.
By MisterMuncher
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I know it's a cliché, bordering on "you do something better", but I'd be interested to know who Moir rates as a fiction writer. Just for a frame of reference.

Call me a cynical old bastard, but I somehow doubt that her reference pool extends to anything not available for a tenner or less in an airport.
By davidjay
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If this was the finest piece of creative writing then Jan Moir would have damned it. I think Jan should stick to Jilly Cooper where it's the rich what has the fun and the poor what gets the blame. Oh ain't it all a plebbing shame.
- Neil, Wales, 27/9/2012 8:37
I like this one.
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