If, by chance, anyone has the urge to buy and/or read J.K. Rowling’s new adult novel, then you should first read the Guardian’s Digested Read. Occasionally, the newspaper offers a clever, insightful précis of a book. One gets the gist of the story and an opinion about the book’s worth as a piece of literature.
After reading this, I will not waste my precious reading time budget or my money. I read the first Harry Potter book, because I felt obliged to see what caused such widespread interest. I did not read a second one.
And, as a special bonus, a Digested Read of a book that I will not read, but cannot avoid running across. According to headlines I have noticed, this book seems to sell a whole bunch of copies, apparently to women. I forced myself to read the Digested Read to gain an understanding for its appeal...I failed. This might be added proof of American addiction to sex...which is rather human, but has been suppressed since the Puritans landed. Perhaps, the veil of hypocrisy has been lifted a bit...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.