J. K. Rowling kicks ass and takes names. Er, that is she claimed a pen name while (still) kicking ass. Harry Potter made her one of the most famous (not to mention wealthiest!) women in the world. So it's no wonder that the world was taken aback to learn that Rowling released a new book under a male nom de plume!

In her second non-Potter related book, Rowling decided that she wanted to get some honest feedback and criticism for her work. Escaping the Potter-mania and reputation was working...until the news broke.

Under the name Robert Galbraith, Rowling released The Cuckoo's Calling. The novel received mixed reviews, but most were positive. Some reviews even remarked on the writer's ability to describe women's clothing with great detail and precision...OK. So she donned an Invisibility Cloak, but now the cat's out of the bag. Sales of Cuckoo have gone through the roof! 

Interestingly enough, Rowling's latest novel has fallen victim to the epidemic of gendered book covers. One fits right into the "woman's back, not face" cover category, while the other (above) seems to be geared more toward a male audience. Sheesh.

Photos Via: Vulture.com, independent.co.uk, thesundaytimes.co.uk, The Sun, the IBI Times


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