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Chain of Events

Chain of Events, first book of an author Fredrik T. Olsson. Another Swedish author that has written a relatively good thriller.

Fatal code, missing cryptologist, expiration of time. This sounds like something Dan Brown would write. But the fatal code was something else, something new. I’m not going to reveal any details but I must say that the theme in the story of Chain of Events was something I’ve never read before. It was fresh and interesting. Scary too.

On the whole, the story was a basic thriller, fluent, upbeat and full of chains of events. And, as almost every time, the rescue of the world lies in one person’s hands.

Chain of Events was entertaining. It was not the most brilliant thriller in the world, but it fulfilled my expectations and was just what I wanted it to be, good entertainment, suitable for midsummer night.

I hope Fredrik T. Olsson continues to write books. If he does, I will read them.

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The Goldfinch

893 pages and very mixed feelings. That’s how The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt, left me.

The first 50 pages of the book were a little boring, but then the story started to interest me. The beginning of the book where the story happens in New York, is quite beautiful. It almost reminded me of the magical atmosphere of the stories of Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I felt sorry for Theo, the main character of the book, and I was interested in reading more, I wanted to know what’s going to happen to him. Then Theo moves to Las Vegas and everything turns upside down. It was like you were reading another book. Drugs, alcohol, neglect and Boris, Theo’s new friend. Las Vegas -time has such ugliness that it made the first part of the story rotten. And I didn’t like it. I was so disappointed.

After many years Theo goes back to New York and narration gets back to what it was in the beginning of the book. Everything seems to get better but Theo has his demons and he’s sad. And then comes Boris, again. After the Las Vegas period I was happy that the book returned to the mood of the beginnig. What a letdown when it went back to ugliness. And, after 700 pages I started to get sick of Theo and his bad decisions. And I started to get fed up with Boris. And the whole story.

The story was good, although all the bad things and unhappiness was a little overwhelming. My favourite character was Hobie, the patient and loyal carpenter who renovated furniture and was happy doing what he loved. There’s no doubt about the fact that Donna Tartt is a good writer and a master in describing details. I just think that there were a little too much details in this book. And the book was too long, way too long. Tartt could’ve told the story with fewer pages. I’m sorry Donna Tartt but I was happy when the book ended. I couldn’t wait to start another book that was already waiting me on my bedside table.

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The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair

Joël Dicker has written a thick novel, the edition that I read had 809 pages. I was riveted by the story from the start.

Fist I must share with you my thought, that goes for books as well as movies. To me, most of the time, the main issue is entertainment. Of course the story has to be good and well written, but it doesn’t have to be “high culture”. I’m very happy when I’ve read a book that has captured my attention entirely and has offered me hours of interesting moments with the characters and the story. Same with movies. That entertainment factor may not be the same for everybody but who would read a book (or see a movie) that wouldn’t entertain? I wouldn’t.

Back to the main issue. The truth about Harry Quebert affair has twists and turns, some of them are believable some aren’t. Still, it was good, well-paced and full of surprises. The thing that bothered me is, that at the end of the book there were a lot of twists and turns, maybe even just a little too much. Somehow it was not in line with the atmosphere of the rest of the book.

But, I enjoyed reading this book and I think that The truth about Harry Quebert affair was a fine mystery and one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read this year. Not the most shining star but a bright one.

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Edge of Tomorrow

A lot of noise, chaos, big guns, combat, ugly aliens and the same day over and over again, that was Edge of Tomorrow.

Edge of Tomorrow was a positive surprise. In the beginnig I wasn’t so sure about the movie but after a (very short) while I was fully focused. Edge of Tomorrow was much smarter, sharper and funnier than I expected it to be. The movie was made with a twinkle in the eye, with tongue in cheek, I might say. It had humor and some good action.

Tom Cruise is still very believable as an action hero and he seems ageless. I like him more now when has more edge and some wrinkles in his eyes, when he’s not too smooth and slick. However, he has played several similar roles over the past few years, but let’s not hold it agains him. He has managed to stay on top for many years.

Emily Blunt was also good as a warrior woman with arms that I envy. I like female roles that are strong and invincible. The always make me feel that I can do anything.

I’m not a fan of sci-fi-films (although I’ve seen many) but I liked Edge of Tomorrow. It was entertaining, efficient and funny. There’s no need to analyse this movie more. It was what it was, pure action.

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