Slate.com has a summary of the responses to the Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling's new adult-genre book, the first of her work to come out since Harry Potter ended. What they're saying isn't good. Or, it's not great -- it's mostly pretty lukewarm, and a lot of it sounds a bit like they're complaining that it's not a children's book.
In the New York Daily News, Sherryl Connelly echoes this sense of diminishment. “J.K. Rowling has gone from Potter to potty-mouth,” she says, before announcing the new book “isn’t dreadful. It’s just dull.” The prose feels joyless, shot through with a strangely belligerent realism.
Oh well. I'm still looking forward to reading it -- not everything has to be an epic battle of good and evil featuring only the most worthy characters.