JK Rowling publishes first chapters of new story online


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Her books have brought so much joy and pleasure to so many, of course the younger folks, but adults in large numbers as well.  Adding positive feelings to someone's life is a pretty good way to live.   

I look forward to reading your book. It's an act of kindness in a difficult time.

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I often hear, or actually, read from people that trash her, but interestingly enough, she is a good writer and a blessing to the world.

Things she's done to prove her worth?

She wrote books that young people were actually interested in reading. Remember the release parties at bookstores around the world when a new novel came out? It actually got kids to imagine what it was like being a student at Hogwarts, on tenterhooks as they turned each page. She treated her readers like adults. I'll be honest, I thought I was going to be in for a big disappointment as I started reading Sorcerer's Stone. First page, I was like, Okay, this was written for a 9 year old... but by the second chapter, her writing style showed that she could write for an older audience. In fact, any 9 year old that read that first book likely saw their reading skills jump up a couple years level. She did not dumb down her writing. Later books carried somewhat adult themes, other than battle and deaths. Remember how disappointed we were when Syrius died? We finally saw a ray of hope for our hero, only to have the rug pulled out from us. That's reality.

Aside from her writing skills, she has used the money to make England a better place. First, she enjoys paying her taxes. I'm sure that, as a writer, she could have found some way to go to a tax haven for artists (like Ireland) and lived tax free for life, but she recalled the years between 1990, when she first got the idea for the story, and 1997, when it was first published. After having her first child, her husband divorced her. Trying to raise a child as a single parent is difficult. It's never mentioned if her ex was a deadbeat dad, but during that period, she ended up receiving what we here in the states would call public welfare. She has more than paid back the cost of those benefits with her tax payments, with the belief that there is someone receiving them now and will follow her example.

She has not had an easy life, but show her true spirit in her philanthropy. When I see that she plans on using some of the proceeds to help those stricken by the pandemic, I can easily see that her caring about her fellow humans is on par with the greatest.

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She wrote books that young people were actually interested in reading.

Not just young people. My late mother enjoyed her books.

I must try one, at some stage. Out of that sub-genre, I enjoy Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials) and Ursula Le Guin (Earthsea).

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Ursula Le Guin (Earthsea)

Good books. Too bad what happened with the movie adaptation. Ugh!!

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Too bad what happened with the movie adaptation. Ugh!!

Couldn't bring myself to watch it.

Ursula Le Guin's sci-fi output is pretty magnificent, too.

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