Strike on Twitter – Sixteen Characters in Search of a Story

Last week, while idly scrolling through Twitter, I came upon a fun bunch of accounts created after characters from the Strike novels. Two in particular caught my eye: Anomie was apparently created very quickly after the new plot synopsis was released, and Roddy Fforbes, who we never meet and is mentioned only twice in Troubled Blood. 

I have collected below the new accounts, while we are waiting for The Ink Black Heart why not follow? They are all acted in good humour, and not above poking fun at the ‘official’ accounts. I predict lots of shenanigans, as these accounts discover how their new story unfolds.

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Aurelius Dumbledore Going to Azkaban?

Looks like Ezra Miller, poster child for the telegenic teflon celebrity, may finally be going to jail. If the Credence Barebone character rises from the seeming death he is doomed to at the end of Beasts 3 — and you’ll recall the phoenix-like character did exactly that following  his MACUSA execution at the end of Beasts 1 — one has to hope that Warner Brothers or Rowling, Inc., insists on a switch of the actor involved. I doubt that this thespian will be as hard to replace with a quality equivalent as was Richard Harris, the first and true silver-screen Albus Dumbledore, may he rest in peace.

Of course, if Credence goes through sufficient story-chrysalis transformation before his next appearance in the Beasts franchise, perhaps Michael Gambon is available. 

For more on the Miller cascade of woe and self-destruction, go here and here. His arraignment on these latest charges is 26 September.

Just in! Beatrice Groves’ piece on Secrets of Dumbledore, ‘Exit Pursued by Qilin: The Stage Directions of The Secrets of Dumbledore,’ is the cover article in the latest issue of The Rowling Library Magazine. Check that out for some mental floss to clear your head of the news above as well as insights about all things Fantastic Beasts:

True Book 1: The Pitman Fragment

Two days ago I posted an overview of the True Book’s appearances in Troubled Blood after writing up my working hypothesis, several corollaries to that idea, and the premises of my argument. That post was meant to preface a series of explorations of each of the seven mentions and illustrations we get of the True Book in Strike5; I suspect this series is best read in sequence but can be started at any point with other parts easily referred to if the reader wants more information. 

Today’s post is a close-up look at the first mention of this text, the fragment of Pitman shorthand that DI Bill Talbot left in the Metropolitan Police Bamborough case file that mentions the True Book. Cormoran shares it with Robin at the end of their Clerkenwell walk in conversation about this file on Halloween in the Three Kings Pub. It looks like this (Part 2, chapter 14, page 149):

Almost everything about the walk and consequent conversation in the last chapters of Part 2 are pointers to the revelations of Whodunnit at the end of Part 6 and Troubled Blood in general; Robin discusses the phone boxes, there’s a plastic nurse, the costume party backdrop in the pub with its Nativity associated name hints of the book-to-come’s occult touches and Christian backdrop. Oakden’s note about the Cross being the place to dig, the last piece from the file Strike shows Robin in the pub, is important in this regard with respect to how to interpret the prevalent cross symbolism in the text, a subject for a future post.

The Pitman shorthand note, however, is, as the first of seven passages and illustrations taken from the True Book, the natural key to its interpretation. It may even be a key to how to read Rowling’s work as a whole. For all that, join me after the jump for my attempt to answer four questions about this ‘note in a bottle,’ I mean, in a police file. [Read more…]

A Bit of Humor in Rowling’s Twitter Feed

The ‘True Book’ in Troubled Blood: Hypothesis, Premises, and Overview

As promised last Saturday, I hope in the weeks prior to Ink Black Heart‘s publication to write an introductory review of the ‘True Book’ pages Rowling inserted into Troubled Blood. There are several glaring gaps even after two years spent discussing The Presence’s longest and most challenging novel; the most egregious fail is the absence of serious exploration of the book’s most unique quality, which is to say, the author-illustrated pages of its primary embedded text.

Today’s post is an overview of the series to follow in which I will take a closer look at each of these pages; I call this an “introductory review” because my primary aim is not writing anything definitive but to foster discussion of Bill Talbot’s True Book and Rowling’s purpose in deploying it the way she has.

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