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The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling In theory I shouldn't have had a problem with this book. I like character studies, I hadn't gone in with expectations of another Harry Potter (though I liked the series less as it went on and absolutely hated the last two HP books, so maybe her writing is no longer for me), and in fact I had started this book with very few expectations at all. There were times where I almost did like [b:The Casual Vacancy|13497818|The Casual Vacancy|J.K. Rowling|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1358266832s/13497818.jpg|19926990] but 1. it could have used a lot of editing because wow, so much was not necessary 2. the characters, minus a few exceptions, did not interest me much 3. JKR does not do subtle much and the small town politics were very in-your-face 4. it took half the book for me to get even somewhat interested in what was going on, and 5. WHAT WAS THAT ENDING. Seriously.