onsdag den 26. maj 2010
What Do You Want
I just came home from the local library. They had numerous temptations, but I succeeded in limiting myself to ten crime novels.
1. Knut Faldbakken, Grænsen (Norwegian)
2. Jogvan Isaksen, Korsmesse (Faroe Islands) - 2 votes
3. Pia Juul, Mordet på Halland (Danish)
4. Jonas T. Bengtsson, Sub Marino (Danish)
5. Camilla Grebe & Åsa Träff (Swedish debut) - 2 votes
6. Mari Jungstedt, Den døende dandy (Swedish, the fourth Gotland novel) - 1 vote
7. Viveca Sten, Stille nu (Swedish debut - takes place in the archipelago)
8. Eli Gottlieb, Opgøret (American: Now You See Him) - 1 vote
9. Phillip Margolin, Sortekunster (American: Heartstone) - 1 vote
10. Joanne Harris, Dobbeltspil (British: Gentlemen & Players) - 2 votes
I am going to review the one by Knut Faldbakken first because I need a Norwegian book for a challenge.
But which one do you want me to read and review after that?
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Dorte - How very tempting : ). It looks like you have some fine choices. My choice would be the Margolin or the Jungstedt.
Camilla Grebe. I like the cat sitting on the branch of that tree.
I've read the Joanne Harris. I'd be interested to hear what you think of it.
Oh, so you all want me to read DIFFERENT books?
Is that supposed to be any help? ;D
I'm going to add another different one - Jogvan Isaksen, Korsmesse - mainly because I don't think I've ever heard of a book set in Faroe Islands (and if I'm honest I have go look up exactly where that is)
Bernadette: why didn´t I expect you to come and try to make my life easier? ;D
Technically, the Faroe Islands are Danish, but they have some degree of home-rule and their own language. The islands are situated in the Atlantic between Scotland, Norway and Iceland so there is a remote setting for you!
The Joanne Harris one! because it has books on the cover...
Dorte if I can be of any help I'll suggest also Jogvan Isaksen, Korsmesse (Faroe Islands). Not because I've read it but for the same reason as Bernadette, never heard before of any book set there.
Okay, here is my view!
First though and quite funny, my all first choice was Knut Faldbakken, Grænsen, which you picked yourself. I picked that from the look of the book cover.
- My 1st choice by intuition was Camilla Grebe & Åsa Träff
I checked via the web, and it was given a petty good review
- 2rd choice by book cover was Viveca Sten, Stille nu
I kind of like the title and that it takes place in the Archipelago. My choice is also colour from the “boring” city-crimes from TV!
SAXO gives it a pretty good review and a free reading of 8 pages.
- 3rd choice by the book title was Eli Gottlieb, Opgøret
Amazon’s “Customer Reviews” is very good with average of 4stars.
and…..”it takes you deep into the human psyche, where profound of secrets are kept” Quote from back cover.
So after having done a speedy research, I think I instead would pick my 3rd choice, Eli Gottlieb, Opgøret.
Hmn, I’m so glad that I don’t have to pick a book like you Dorte.
Anyway I just 'felt like' taking up you challenge pick a book for you. That was interesting! Cheers.
Care: ah, two votes for the same book. Now, that makes my life simpler!
Jose: good point! I also picked it because it took place there.
Poly: well, usually it is very simple: I grab the book which looks most appealing and try it. So I knew beforehand that this way would probably be more complex (but funnier).
You are so lucky that you can read both Norwegian fiction and English fiction. I wish I had better access to Polish books here in the States but it's not to be (I'd have to order directly from Polish online bookstores and they make the books so expensive that I can just forget about it).
Lilly: I know what you mean. If I could not borrow Danish and Norwegian books via the library there was no way I could afford to read so many. Swedish books are quite cheap, fortunately, and I have found an online shop where the shipping is very reasonably.
Talking about how expensive it is to get your book shipped. From Denmark to Australia, is more than "an arm and leg!" Which is between $30-50 per book. Unreal! And so sad :-(
Poly: under such circumstances I think I would try e-readers.
Thanks Dorte, but I so far have not found many ebook that falls into my taske. However, I didn't know "e-readers", so many thanks for the tip. I will look into it. Cheers.
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