The Rook by Daniel O’Malley | Buddy-Read

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34 thoughts on “The Rook by Daniel O’Malley | Buddy-Read

  1. Great review. I liked the whole questions thing for your buddy read. The humor definitely played a huge part.

    I would like to be looking forward to the tv show, but my impressions of “straight to cable channels” adaptations is that they up the sex and violence for draw more views. If that happens, I probably won’t watch it. And if they throw in some ridiculous love story/interest for drama’s sake, then I’m definitely out. But if reviews are favorable, once the first season is out I might give it a go.

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    1. Thank you, good sir. I’m glad to have tested out this format myself! A bit of change here and then sure doesn’t hurt.

      Yep. The humour is the book’s forte for me. I totally understand what you mean about the straight to cable channels. It’s not HBO either. And I think it might crank up the “sex/romance” for the sake of satisfying certain viewers too. And actresses’ like Olivia Munn doesn’t give me too much hope that it would be a super solid adaptation but who knows. I’ll likely wait to see what reviews say before I give it a try too.

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  2. What an excellent look at an really fun book. I very much enjoyed the question and answer format as well. I didn’t know that this was going to be made into a tv series. I do need to read the sequel at some point. I also agree that the exposition in the letters got a bit silly as the book went on. The letters were in the right places but at points they were just too long. Lovely review. Arrr!
    x The Captain

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    1. Thanks, Captain! I had fun testing out the format with Dani. It’s a nice change from what I’m used to doing. 😀

      Yep! And I’m happy that they released the trailer just a couple of days ago, right after we finished the book and right before we published out review! Quite the coincidence. I do hope they do a good adaptation out of it.

      I’m a bit skeptical about the sequel, especially since I think the narrator isn’t Myfanwy anymore… I do hope it’s minimally good! And yes, those letters sure got a bit over-the-top. At least it wasn’t from the beginning! Thank you again for reading! Love hearing from you, Captain! 🙂


  3. This sounds amazing. Admittedly, I’ve had this on my to read list for forever. Now that I know it’s about to be a show, I’m going to have to move this up to the short list. That trailer looked incredibly appealing.

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    1. It was on my to be read list for a couple of years too. I’m glad to have gotten around to it now, just in time for the TV series too! And yes! It does subtly tease all the supernatural stuff but not enough to know how much of it exists in the book though. Hope you have a great time with it when you get around to it! 😀


  4. You guys have sold me on this book! I mean, X-Men meets Men in Black but British? Count. Me. In.
    I’d been to Dani’s post before and yours just complements hers so well, Lashaan. It’s interesting to see two different perspectives on the same book, what you enjoyed and didn’t, how the other person’s assessment compares to yours… It’s just a really cool read, overall!
    I don’t think I’ve ever read any spy books before (not counting children’s books) and I’m not a super fan of movies like that (especially the classics). I guess I just prefer heist plots. However, your reviews really made me rethink my decision to keep away from the genre! This sounds like a really fun and enjoyable read so I most definitely will be picking it up.
    Brilliant post, as always 🙂

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    1. Hahahahah I’m glad to be of service in that case! 😀 It’s nice to hear your thoughts on the buddy-read structure and to read two reviews on the same book on the same day/in such a short time. It sure does help in getting a clearer picture of how good/bad a book is too.

      It’s definitely a genre that can be quite heavy at times and sometimes quite boring, but I do like to wet my feet in some spy/espionage thrillers since I’m a fan of it, especially in movies. But something about the spy + fantasy idea is just too cool to pass on for just about anyone I think. After all, Dani isn’t a fan of the genre either and yet she was impressed by The Rook too! Hopefully, it’ll be the same for you too.

      Thank you for reading and for the kind words, Sophie! 😀

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  5. I’m oddly intrigued!
    Don’t often read urban fantasy, even though the ones i read were really enjoyable. But the spy thriller aspect is really cool.
    Amazing review, as always! ❤

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  6. GAHHH loved your answers Lashaan! And I love your formatting! I’m going to have to get used to the simple list formatting now the WP has changed to this block system… but not yet. Still I didn’t think to use the logos from my buddy’s blog, nice touch!! I even learned a few things that weren’t quite touched on when we talked, love that. 😉 I sure hope Stiletto is at least on par with The Rook!

    Thank you, thank you for reading with me and further refining my buddy read process. It’s always such a pleasure to chat with you about books!!

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    1. Hahaha yay!! Oh man, I dread the day the block system becomes the main system… I don’t even understand the logic behind it. I’m glad to hear my answers gave you extra insight, yours did too! 😀

      Thank YOU for the buddy-read! I had a blast with the whole process. 😀

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    1. Thanks, Caroline! It was fun to have such a different format for my review too! And yes, it’s a real name. I believe it’s a Welsh name, if I remember correctly. The protagonist also mentions that it rhymes with Tiffany and actually takes the time to tell us how to pronunce it in the story! 😛

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