They Both Die at The End – A Book Review

 

Outlook:

I must admit that the title tricked me into something. ‘They Both Die at the End’ by Adam Silvera is so revealing to the end that it is almost a provocation. And at the same time it also made me incredibly curious, because what happens to the protagonists die? I had generally heard good about the book before I sat down to read it, but I couldn’t wonder if it was a book that would take me by storm or if I would end up thinking it was a little overrated.

Summary:

Mateo is called a little over midnight by a Death-Cast employee and is told he will die today. Another place in town gets Rufus the same message. The two teenagers do not know each other, but the common destiny – that they must die today – ends up bringing them together and getting them on a journey they had not thought possible. Because can you really learn so much about yourself and life when you only have a few hours left to live in?

 

The best:

It’s a very exciting premise – what will you do on the last day you live, and how will you react to your family and friends? Do you want to keep them close to you, or will you push them away from you so they won’t see you die? It gets the book well-lit up based on the protagonists’ actions and not least the by-persons who appear in some chapters.

 

The worst:

Unfortunately, I didn’t think the story was as touching as I had hoped for. First of all, the book is too long in relation to what history can bear, and it lacked depth. In addition, the relationship between the two boys quickly developed to be so close that it seemed unreliable and it seemed to be forced.

Recommended for:

Are you into youth books that are bursting with life and hope but which can also hurt a little, then this book may be for you.

 

His Majesty’s Dragon – Book Review

The Good reads of the month is this bright red book (very appropriate in the Christmas month :)), which has been on my bookshelf for several years. I got it recommended by one of my friends and bought it a few months later… and then nothing more happened. Actually a little strange, since the book is about dragons, and I’m an absolute sucker for dragons!

 

The Author

 

‘His Majesty’s Dragon’ is written by Naomi Novik and is the first book in the ‘Temeraire series’. Notice that I did not write a trilogy – this is a series that so far is up to eight books, so there is plenty of reading material waiting for it to be a book for you!

 

Book review

Imagine the beginning of the 19th century during the Napoleonic Wars, where the British are fighting against the French. Then imagine one of the most important weapons in the fighting being dragons used in the attacks on the enemy. Will Laurence is the captain of the English Navy and helps defeat a French ship that turns out to have a dragon egg in the cargo.

However, the enthusiasm for the valuable catch is quickly changing into concern as the English crew realizes that the egg is soon hatching and they are far from land. No one on board is particularly comfortable with the situation, and it doesn’t get any better when the egg hatches and the dragon chooses Laurence as his future rider.

Laurence has to give up his post as a captain and devote himself to the training of the dragon Temeraire, but he soon begins to enjoy being with the intelligent and fascinating dragon.

Quietly and quietly, a close friendship between man and dragon is built, even though Laurence’s changed title does not fall into good ground with his family or in the English navy, where his superiors are not much to give one of their best captains to the dragons. But dragons themselves choose their riders, and Temeraire is important in the fight against Napoleon.

The first 50 pages were a little dry to chew through, but then the story really took off, and I was completely engrossed in the exciting and surprisingly cozy story about Laurence and Temeraire. Of course, the book had an advantage alone by dealing with dragons, but I thought that the historical angle was both interesting and innovative. There is now something fascinating (in my view) by combining 19th century war actions with fantasy.

The relationship between Laurence and Temeraire is reasonably traditional. I often find that the bond between dragons and their riders is described as being so strong that one party can poorly survive if the other dies. This is seen, for example, in Anne McCaffrey’s books on Pern, but I will probably go into that in more detail next month, when I report several of her books. As a kite fan, I can easily put myself in this close bond, for who would not love to be a kite fan? (… Ok, here I am very subjective, sorry).

It is quite obvious that this is the first part of a series. The book is primarily about Temeraire’s upbringing and how the bond between him and Laurence is linked, and it is only towards the end that they are really going to show their worth in the war against Napoleon. The rest of the time uses the author to build a personal gallery consisting mainly of dragons and dragons belonging to the same company as Laurence and Temeraire.

As I said, I was surprised at how nice the book is most of the time. I was a little afraid that it would be very dry and focused (too) much on war strategy, but I did not think it suffered. Temeraire is an intelligent – and slightly childish-naive – dragon that can only be loved, and his conversations with Laurence made me smile several times.

The book was a really positive surprise, and I look forward to reading the next books in the series (which, incidentally, I hastened to order a few pieces as soon as I had read this to the end).

 

Book Review – The accident of Linwood Barclay

The accident of Linwood Barclay – Book review

The accident is an independent book written by American author Linwood Barclay. The author has previously published the book “Without a Word” and a large number of other books that some of you might know beforehand.

Entrepreneur Glen Garber suffers from the tough housing crisis that has hit the entire construction industry. The poor economy of both company and private causes his wife, Sheila, to train on an evening course as she fears the family’s financial future. One evening Sheila does not come home as agreed, which naturally causes Glen to respond and at the same time fear the worst – that she was involved in an accident.

Together, Glen and Sheila have their joint daughter Kelly for 8 years. She suffers from the loss of her mother – both at home because of her father’s eternal pursuit of the reason why his wife passed away – but especially also in school, where she was teased by the other students.
Glens mother-in-law therefore takes Kelly into the attempt to educate her daughter in her own spirit and help her process her grief.

The personal gallery in the accident is not overwhelming, which I in no way mind. I often think it’s nice if there aren’t too many people to relate to, such as remembering the names and remembering their relationships.

I was about to I Divide into the book before it began to catch me just a little bit. It is not a book where you are biting your nails by yourself or sitting right out on the edge of the chair. We have to a far greater extent deal with a book describing the relationship between father and daughter as well as a desperate widower’s continuous attempt to find the meaning of his wife’s death.

The book is an “I-story”, which is great for a change, but sometimes I could get a bit confused about who “told” when I heard the book as an audio book.
I listened to the accident on the eReolens mobile application, and unfortunately I have to admit that the reader made my experience of the book even worse. It is certainly also one of the contributing factors that I have only chosen to give the book 3 stars. When you do not even sit with the book in front of you, the reader should be captivating and alive before I can live myself in the book. Unfortunately, I felt that the voice was extremely monotonous and uninspiring.
He tried to adjust his voice, depending on the character he was to interpret. Unfortunately, it was just not enough for me.

I will take care not to reveal too much about the end of the book, but it was simply too unrealistic and untrustworthy to my liking. The accident had many fine elements, but the loaders were unfortunately lagging too much to allow me to reward it with more stars.

 

Odin’s Child | A Book Review

Odin’s Child – A Book Review

When ‘Odinsbarn’ by Siri Pettersen came out a few years ago, the book blog world flowed into positive reviews, so it smoked quickly on my list of books I would like to read. However, it took quite a while before I did something about it, but when I finally got it in Christmas last year , there were no more excuses – now it should be read!

‘Odin children’ is about the 15-year-old Hirka, who is not like the others. When she discovers that she is an odin child and that is why she does not have a tail like the others, she becomes scared. As an odin child, you are not just a scum in the eyes of others – you are definitely dangerous to society, and she therefore fears for her life. But the time of the ritual is approaching, and here it will be revealed that she does not have the ability to embrace , so she desperately tries to find a way to get through the test without revealing it.

The book exudes atmosphere. In no time does the author build a story that is clearly marked by Nordic mythology, without, however, mentioning it directly. However, the universe is a bit cryptic – at least I felt that I was fumbling around in the blind at first, as I couldn’t quite find the head and tail (sorry) in the world. But quietly it began to take shape, and I ended up quite fascinated by the universe.

 

The story is in many ways classic, as it is about being different and not fit in. However, there is much more at stake here, because Hirka is at the mercy of the others if they discover what she is. Therefore, her struggle to find out whether it is possible to do honestly through the ritual is quite interesting. She seeks help from her friend Rime, and they make up a good and somewhat untraditional couple. However, I was not so fond of the budding romance because it seems too predictable and stereotypical, but it may be that it takes an unexpected turn.

I was quite fascinated by the first half of the book, but unfortunately I found that the story lost its breath. I’m not quite sure what it was doing – maybe the slow progress or maybe small changes in the writing style, so it was barely so atmospheric. In any case, it wasn’t a book that blew me completely and it annoyed me of course – but it wasn’t a bad book either.

I definitely expect to read on in the series later this year, and then I cross my fingers to make it even better.

Skyward – Book Review

Outlook:

The presentation for this book sounded like something to me – a teenage girl who wants to be a room pilot and who finds a broken space ship that she sets to get repaired. When it is also Brandon Sanderson, who has written the book, then there is the potential that it can become a really bold book. On the other hand, I have not been so impressed with the other youth books I have read by him, so I was a little excited about how ‘Skyward’ would be.

Summary:

Spensa is an outsider. Her father died as a coward when he fled in his spaceship during a space attack where he was one of the pilots to defend the people from the attackers. The censorship has always lived in his shadow, and it hurts her because she dreams of becoming a room pilot. She does know, however, that it is almost impossible because no one dares to trust that she will behave more rationally in a spaceship than her father did. But Spensa will do everything possible to fly, and society lacks pilots when the war devastates the population.

The best:

I am definitely a fan of Sanderson’s ability to write strong and nuanced women’s roles, and Spensa is no exception. She is by no means perfect (and as some other of his women’s roles also have some temperament), but she is intelligent, resourceful and has the heart in the right place. She is not as damaged as Wine in ‘Mistborn’ , and she is not as flying and creative as Shallan in ‘The Stormlight Archive’ , but she is passionate and contains many surprises.

The story is in many ways similar to a classic youth novel, but I was positively surprised several times when Sanderson managed to give it some twists, so the book was not as predictable as feared. Towards the end, I was even close to shedding a tear – but was saved by the author’s ability to put humor into the most unexpected places.

And a smaller spoiler – you get rid of the traditional romance in this book, even though there is a female protagonist. It is quite unusual for a youth book.

The worst:

The book started a little dull. The first half was just legal template-like and predictable, but fortunately it was rescued by the other half. I missed a little more depth in the world description – even though I know it is a youth book, and there is rarely a focus on this in that genre.

Recommended for:

Are you into scifi and girls with legs in your nose, then ‘Skyward’ is for you. It is like so many other youth books about finding oneself, about seeking justice but also about finding togetherness and friendship. And then it is liberating that the story is not patched into romance and triangle drama.

Mercedes Man – A Book Review

 

Outlook:

You never really know what to expect from Stephen King. Although he is one of my favorite writers, his books can be as miserable as they can be brilliant. I didn’t quite know what to expect of the ‘Mercedes Man ‘ , because I’m not particularly interested in crime writers, and it was exactly the crime thing I thought pulled down when I read his latest book ‘Outsider’ .

Summary:

The retired policeman Bill becomes involved in the clarification of the case of the Mercedes man – an old case where the perpetrator killed people by driving them down with a Mercedes. The unresolved case suddenly comes alive when the killer sends a letter to Bill himself. When will the killer turn back?

 

The best:

The book wins at closer acquaintance. I was a little skeptical in the beginning, when the action did not really catch me, but in the second half of the book I was nevertheless caught by the story and not least the excitement of the hunt for the killer.

The worst:

The story is just legally long, and although the book is well-written, it could with advantage be cut approx. 20% off. It is very sympathetic to an older protagonist, but Stephen King has never been good at the romantic scenes, and so the scenes with Bill’s flirting with a younger woman came to seem unnecessarily awkward.

Recommended for:

Are you into classic crime writers with a long and quiet structure, where you can also keep track of what the villain is doing, then the ‘Mercedes man’ can be recommended. Death and destruction are not swallowed, but instead, the misery is slowly being built up, while as a reader you become more and more nervous about whether the killer can be stopped in time.

 

Outsiders – Book Review

 

Outlook:

 

I never quite know what to expect Stephen King. Throughout his very long career, he has both written some really good books as well as some that are somewhat worse bras. It may well fascinate me somewhere, though, of course, it is also annoying that one of my favorite authors’ books can swing so much. But of course I was hoping for the best when I got the book sent from Mr. Ferdinand .

 

Summary:

An 11-year-old boy is brutally abused and murdered in the small town of Flint City. Quickly, the suspicion concentrates on the city’s popular baseball coach Terry, and he is arrested under dramatic circumstances. The problem is just that Terry has a pretty good alibi as well as witnesses who claim they were with him at the time of the crime. But why does the police then find traces of him at the crime scene and talk to witnesses who have seen him close to the crime scene up to and after the murder?

 

The best:

The start of this book is very engaging because, like police officers, you sit and read as wondering how crazy the story can be. How can there be such contradictory evidence? And best as you sit and ponder over it, the story suddenly takes something of a twist, so seriously becomes in doubt about how it all should end. Love it – not least the descriptions of Terry’s family and both their and the environment’s reactions to the events.

 

The worst:

Unfortunately, I found that the story lost its breath along the way, and the last third felt somewhat smooth. I missed a little more disgust and excitement – there was a little too much ‘now we just explain the plot’ over it. And then the text was unfortunately marred by a large number of spelling and spelling mistakes – there should have been an extra round of proofreading.

 

Recommended for:

The ‘outsider’ has a right macabre start, so you cannot endure reading detailed descriptions of what has happened to a murdered child, so you should stay far from this book. That being said, it is primarily the start that is unpleasant – the rest of the book is more like a classic crime, but with elements of other genres.

 

The Woman in the Grave | Book Review

 

Outlook:

I had no expectations for the ‘woman in the grave’ . I came across it recently when I searched for exciting audio books on Ereolen.dk , and here the presentation sounded exciting enough that I borrowed it.

Summary:

Tessa was found in a grave along with several dead girls. Tessa would probably also die, but she doesn’t, and soon she will be known as the only one of the “black-eyed girls” who survived. The hunt for the serial killer goes in, and fortunately he is found and convicted. But here 17 years ago, Tessa is still reminded of the matter, for an unknown person plants flowers under her bedroom window – the same kind of flowers that also grew around the grave. Was it really the killer that was found then, or is he / she still at large? And is it the killer who plants the flowers, or is it just a sick person who is out to bother her?

The best:

I liked the structure of the story, where the reader switches between following Tessa in the present and Tessa in the time after she was rescued from the grave. You yourself have doubts about what is really going on, and as the story unfolds, there are several interesting surprises that suddenly appear.

The worst:

Unfortunately, I thought the end was a little flat and constructed. I didn’t really think about it, which was quite a shame when the construction had been so exciting. It was a bit of a meh experience.

Recommended for:

Are you into excitement and stories where you do not always feel confident about where you have the main character, then the “Woman in the grave” is for you. There is a touch of paranoia and, not least, some pleasure in trying to guess who is behind the mysterious flowers.

 

Book Review – Back then Annie Thorne Disappeared

 

Then Annie Thorne disappeared is the 2nd book by British author CJTudor. She has previously authored “The Cretaceous”, which became a success outside and at home. The book is not part of the series and can therefore be read independently.

 

Book review

Annie Thorne disappeared one evening and was gone for 48 hours. She came back, but she would not tell where she was or what had happened to her. After she returned, things began to go awry.
Now Joe is back in his old childhood town of Arnhill, where he is in no way welcomed. He moves into an old house where a mother recently killed herself and her son.

Ghosts, ghosts, and creepy childhood memories are what characterize this book. We come all the way to the head of our main character, Joe Thorne, who first lost his little sister Annie for 48 hours and subsequently in a tragic car accident. What happened to the sister still haunts Joe, and he frantically tries to find an explanation.

I’m not sure if I want to call the book a crime or a thriller. It may be a shudder. I read the last 100 pages just before bedtime. It was stupid. I had to just go for a walk in the apartment before going to bed. I know it sounds silly, but I actually got a little scared. Although I consider myself a relatively hard type that does not use its non-hands as a shield in front of the TV, the book still creeps under my skin at last

I’m sure that when Annie Thorne disappeared is a book that shares the waters. Either one is in favor of the way the book is written, or one does not even capture the author’s intention with the book at all. I am a fan. I was several times surprised at how frightened I became over items and small past episodes as I read.
One place, relatively late in the book, Annie is described standing by her window in the children’s room – we are here with a look back. The way she is described reminds me extremely much about the girls in Stephen King’s book, The Shining.

Now that I have mentioned Stephen King and The Shining – Evil’s Hotel in Danish – you do not come across Jack Nicholson’s performance in the film based on the book. I think that when Annie Thorne disappeared could be a great movie. It is pretty scary and quite strange to be able to attract the broad audience. This is also, though we have no Jack Torrence in then Annie Thorne disappeared.

If you like the way Stephen King writes, then you will also like CJ Tudor. You should read When Annie Thorne disappeared if you want a psychological thriller / thriller that has a bit of it all in it. Otherwise, I was really well-entertained, though I usually stick to the crimes.