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Harry Hole | Scandinavian Crime Fiction
Peter Rozovsky introduces Nesbo and gives us an interview in two parts, here and here. On the radio — The Stieg Larsson Story. Maxine was there, too.
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He also suggests that the techno-wizards who created some of the complex computer programs that were used to shift vast amounts of money around in ways that nobody really understood, but seemed to keep beating the odds, are a peculiarly American version of Lisbeth Salander, not interested in justice or revealing the true scope of evil but in hacking the system to make themselves rich without moral or legal consequences. Readers of popular fiction have spoken.
Peter rounds up recent news about Scandinavian crime fiction from Scandinavian sources, including the good news that Jo Nesbo will be publishing another book in the Harry Hole and the unhappy rumor that Hakan Nesser will be retiring from writing after another four books. He also points out that English-language readers will not be too bothered, given the backlog of his books yet to be translated, but still.
But she has some very interesting things to say about both books, about translation, and about reading books from unfamiliar cultures. There are many great Scandanavian crime fiction writers out there at the moment, butr for me, Nesbo is the one who is constantly pushing at the boundaries. Linkmeister also offers his take, which is more positive.
Now, she gets e-mails from them promoting books on torture equipment. But really, if you want to know about Scandinavian crime fiction — and every other kind of crime fiction — you should sign up. It might have a little bit to do with the translator McKinley Burnett. This is a complicated and complex novel which paints a very bleak picture of humanity with its cast of socially damaged characters. Which was strange, because with characters like Augusta, Benny, Peregrine, her dad and step mum and little sister I could visualise them all quite easily, they were very well set up.
It's not a big grumble, but I did wonder throughout.
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I could also never picture what Gus and Sug were meant to look like, described as being imps but looking like pieces of firewood, they are small enough to sit on her backpack, yet she cradles him in her arms like a baby. Wasn't sure how to picture them, had an image of something that looked like a cross between a cockroach, a stick insect and a sort of Gollum looking creature. Very peculiar. Being quite short the pace is good and flows very well, I read through quickly and enjoyed the storyline.
It was a good read and I did want to go onto book 2, but there were just a few details missing I think. If you want a good fantasy adventure I would recommend it though, easy to read and good fun. Jul 14, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: r2r-complete , read , as. I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis.
Thanks to Piper Kelley. Poppy is sulking in the garden after an argument with her step-mother Maggie, when she is abducted by a pixie called Nixie, and dragged through a hollowed-out tree stump to another world. Poppy finds herself taken to a large castle, where she meets a woman who looks strangely like her. Eventually Poppy finds out why she has been bought to this strange place. The woman who looks like her is Queen Aug I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis.
Her mother — Peregrine, had an affair with a human and had Poppy, but was then forced to return to the fairy kingdom.
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Now, Peregrine is missing, and a large grey cloud hangs over the forest in the kingdom. Everyone who enters under the cloud either loses their wings, their sanity, or their life, and now August wants Poppy to go in there.
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She believes that Peregrine is behind the cloud, and that if Poppy goes in there and finds her, she will lift the cloud. Can she enter the Gloom without harm befalling her though? Can she find her mother? And what else might find Poppy first? This is a lovely little Middle Grade story about a girl in a fairy tale world. Poppy is a bright girl, and she keeps going even when things look bad.
She makes some magical friends in the forest, and is startled by some of its stranger inhabitants. Aug 27, Beverly McClure rated it really liked it. Take pixies, faeries, and goblins, add trolls, a relic, and a cloud called the Gloom that hovers over the valley, and you have a tale of adventure, suspense, and delightful characters for an afternoon of reading.
She often wonders about her mother, why she deserted her family and what happened to her. One day, Take pixies, faeries, and goblins, add trolls, a relic, and a cloud called the Gloom that hovers over the valley, and you have a tale of adventure, suspense, and delightful characters for an afternoon of reading. One day, Poppy is in her backyard, sitting under the old, hollowed out tree that her mother loved when a strange little creature appears.
Nixie, the pixie, tells Poppy she was sent to bring Poppy back. Back to where? And why? It seems our heroine has no choice but to go, and she soon finds herself with even more questions when she follows Nixie into the tree and a new world beyond.
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Her mother, Peregrine, is alive. Or will her mother stay lost forever? On her quest to save Peregrine from a sure death, she meets a cast of memorable characters. Some become her friends; others are her enemies. The author has written a fantasy story of mystery and suspense that should appeal to middle grade readers and to older folks as well. I enjoyed following along with Poppy and her friends on her journey to discover the truth about her mother. Aug 23, Sara Strand rated it really liked it. So clearly from the description you can tell this is a young adult novel and it's perfectly appropriate for young adult.
Some YA novels in my opinion are kind of borderline with their appropriateness but this one is totally fine.
I got sucked into this book almost immediately because I really liked Poppy. The poor girl is essentially motherless, has a dad who tries but is pretty much at a loss, and feels set to the side by her step mom when her new sister comes along. I mean, that would be a l So clearly from the description you can tell this is a young adult novel and it's perfectly appropriate for young adult. I mean, that would be a lot for a teenager. And just when she feels the most on the outside, she gets essentially kidnapped by a Pixie and forced into a world she never knew existed.
From there the story moves fast as she makes a friend after entering the Gloom and is on the search for her real mother so she can supposedly rid Winsome of the Gloom. I love that it sucks you in, I love that you meet interesting characters along the way, and it's a fast read.
I will say that so far, it really reminds me of Amanda Hockings Trylle Trilogy and that isn't such a bad thing. It does have significant differences but I was immediately reminded of that other trilogy. Which I haven't yet finished, so this should be interesting. Aug 16, Gina's Library rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this book for the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I really enjoyed this book. The story flowed beautifully and found myself lost in the story. The author described the story in a way that I pictured myself there right along side Poppy.
Poppy soon finds herself in a world she never knew exsisted. One other question: is there any way to make the new covers the "primary" covers, so those show up whe Lafon, Thank you so much for adding those for me! One other question: is there any way to make the new covers the "primary" covers, so those show up when doing name or book searches? I would imagine then that the old covers would become the "alternate" editions, which is fine.
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