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Crow Girl and Hunger Fire

Erik Axl Sund’s  Crow Girl was the first part and Hunger Fire the second part of a trilogy.  I read Crow Girl a while a go and Hunger Fire last week.

When I started to read Crow Girl I wasn’t able to let it out of my hands, it was so good and intense. The book left the story unfinished and I had to wait to get the second part from the library. Eventually I did.

Both books are suspenseful, intense, dark and twisted and I liked them very much. The authors manage to tell you about these horrible things (abuse and violence) without feasting with blood and extreme details about the events. The narration is fluent and there’s nothing extra, no purposeless details. In other words you enjoy reading.

The second part wasn’t as exciting as the first one. I wondered why and I came to the conclusion that I knew the book wouldn’t end the story, it would leave it incomplete. It was intense and exciting, but it was the middle book, it didn’t contain the finale, the thrilling ending.

I have to wait for the third and final part, Pythia’s Instructions.

I’m on the waiting list.

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The Cuckoo’s Calling

I ordered Robert Galbraith’s book The Cuckoo’s Calling from an online shop. When the book came, I read from the books cover that Robert Galbraith is actually a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. I was surprised and a little disappointed. Last year I read J.K. Rowling’s book The Casual Vacancy (review here) and it was heavy and dark and left me with an uneasy feeling. But, as I had the book The Cuckoo’s Calling, I desided to give it a change and read it.

I must say that the book was a pleasant surprise and it was worth reading. The story is a traditional crime story and the detective, Cormoran Strike, is one of those unlucky guys that you often meet in crime novels. He brokes up with his girlfriend and at the same time loses his home, has money problems, no customers and he lives in his office. He has a prosthesis in his other leg and traumas from the war, he’s a war veteran.

At the same time he is a very hardworking, intelligent and skilled private detective. He can solve a crime that the police couldn’t. He also tries to get over his stormy relationship with his ex-girlfried and make an employment realtionship with his new secretary.

The Cuckoo’s Calling is entertaining, well written and traditional (if you like traditional). To me it was a positive surprise. I started to like Cormoran Strike. It’s interesting how one author can write books that are so different from each other. Both The Casual Vacancy (which was not a crime novel) and The Cuckoo’s Calling deal with things from the dark side of life. The Casual Vacancy I ended with a heavy heart but The Cuckoo’s Calling I ended with a positive heart, so there was a difference.

Christmas is near and I just hope Santa brings me the new book from Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm.

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The Son

I’m a big fan of Jo Nesbø’s books and the newest, The Son, didn’t let me down. It was not the best book ever, but it was guaranteed Nesbø and I devoured it fast, very fast. I must admid that most of the books of Nesbø are loaded with violence, but there’s something in these books that intrigue me, I’m hooked.

The Son was not a part of the succesfull Harry Hole series. It was fast paced, like all Nesbø‘s books, and exciting. It was about revenge and family, death and sorrow, falce accusations, exploitation, manipulation and much more.

The story riveted my attention and I couldn’t put the book down. I sat in the kitchen for four hours, saturday morning, silence, other family members sleeping. Just me and the book. It didn’t bother me that the book was long, still it ended too soon. It’s always like this when you read a good book, it ends too soon, no matter how many pages it has.

I think that Jo Nesbø is one of the greatest crime novel writers of this time. A new Jo Nesbø novel is something that I’ll always look forwad to. Too bad they always end so soon.

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Dark Places

Dark Places take you to dark places, that’s for sure.

In this book, as in Gone Girl, people are sad, mean and horrible. There’s not much hope, life is an awfully dark place and no one loves you. Some people are greedy and want to take advantage of your misery. Sometimes even your parents are nasty people. The atmosphere in this book is definitely gloomy.

But there’s a little hope too. Sometimes injustice comes out in the wash and can be fixed.

But what can you do when you have been broken and confused for so many years? Can you ever be completely healthy and in peace? These questions came to my mind when I read this book. Past will always follow you, no matter what you do.

Gillian Flynn writes beautifully and tells many perspectives of the story side by side. There’s that feeling that you can almost see what’s going on, but just almost and you want to know more. That’s what makes you wanna read this book from page 1 to the end in one day.

Dark Places is not a pleasant book. I can’t say that I liked the characters. Still, I liked the book and I wanted to continue reading it. It wasn’t the greatest book of all times and it wasn’t as good as Gone Girl but it was worth reading.

Let’s wait and see how the movie turns out to be.

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Gone Girl

Last weekend was a Gillian Flynn -weekend for me. I saw Gone Girl and I read Dark Places. Now, a word or two about Gone Girl.

I read the book this year, in April (review here), so there was exceptionally little time between the book and the movie. The events of Gone Girl were still vividly in my mind, so I knew what to expect.

Gone Girl was a good movie. The manuscript was very loyal to the book. That’s a good thing because the story is so twisted that it doesn’t need any changes. The movie achieved well the atmosphere of the book and character were as they should be. Fincher succeeds to create just the right ambience and surroundings.

Ben Affleck was good (incredibly, I say this). His stiff and inexpressive way of acting suited this role perfectly. The biggest credit goes to Rosamund Pike, she was sweet, cute, perfect, cold, calculating, mad, weird and beautiful.

Gone Girl was good entertainment. The plot is surprising but as I knew what was going to happen, it didn’t surprise me. Despite the fact that I knew what was coming I enjoyed watching Gone Girl. Well above of many mediocre mystery movies I’ve seen.

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The Adventures, The Memoirs and The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Three books in one volume, 36 stories, 1099 pages. That was my last project and I liked it. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes and The Return of Sherlock Holmes, those were the three parts of that thick book.

It took me a while to read this “brick”. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it, I did, very much. I just wanted to concentrate and absorb every detail. I didn’t have to regret my desicion.

Nowadays, when you watch TV or go to the movies, you meet a cranky, impolite Sherlock Holmes. I cannot deny, I love the new Sherlock Holmes too, especially played by Benedict Cumberbatch. But, in these stories, Sherlock Holmes is not so cranky, not so impolite. Absolutely, he is strange, self-esteeming, a bit of a loner, intelligent and original. But he treats Watson and his customers relatively kindly, appreciates them and wants them to solve crimes with him.

There are many familiar elements too. Moriarty, Sherlock’s brother Mycroft (who is short and a bit fat, by the way) and sharp nose and agility, quick-witted mind and unusual methods. There’s strange crimes and even stranger solutions.

I must say, passing of time has not effected these stories. They are still interesting and exciting. I guess that’s the sign of a true classic. And a sing of a great writer, Arthur Conan Doyle. He invented one of the most interesting characters of all times, who, again and again, comes back to TV and movies and gives us pleasant moments of entertainment.

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Peter Pan Must Die

I’ve read John Verdon‘s books Let the devil sleep and Think of a number and now it was time for Peter Pan must die.

It was like meeting and old acquaintance. You start to read and there he is, Dave Gurney, retired and restless, eager to solve crimes although he shoudn’t. He just can’t stay away, solving crimes is in his blood and he’s good in it.

Dangerous situations, intelligence, death and murders, risks and worry, that’s Peter Pan must die. There’s also portrayal of the relationship between Dave, his wife and his son. And there’s that accident, tragic death of his younger son many years ago that still tears Dave’s heart apart and affects everything that he does. I like how John Verdon pictures the characters in his books. They are real and they could exist.

The crime in this book is complex but Dave solves it, of course. I think Peter Pan must die wasn’t as good as, for example, Think of a number, but it was still a solid and good crime novel and I enjoyed reading it.

I leave here and wait for the next John Verdon’s novel. I will surely read it. Let’s see if Dave Gurney is still solving crimes in that book.

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