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Review: Huset mittemot

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Huset mittemot by Alex Haridi My rating: 4 of 5 stars I know, this book is for young adults. But you can also enjoy it if you are a bit (or a lot) older. The main character Joel is 13 years old and the book is mostly written from his perspective. It takes some time before the story really begins, but that is no problem because the first part reminds you again of what you had to deal with as a young boy and is sometimes very hilarious. Then it gets exciting and pretty soon it turns serious. And it is actually this part I like best. Joel is being swept away by the events and it is totally believable and also leads somewhere. I had a hard time putting down this book. Chapeau! View all my reviews Follow me!...

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Review: Sanning med modifikation

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Sanning med modifikation by Sara Lövestam My rating: 4 of 5 stars Someone from Kungälvs library recommended this book to me and I was not disappointed. It is well written. I would not call it fast paced, but there is never a lull in the story, it is constantly engaging. You know from the start there is more to the main characters that the author tells you. You get played in a very good way. It is very different from most criminal stories and that is exactly what makes it a very good book. Recommended! View all my reviews Follow me!...

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Review: Stranger in a Strange Land

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Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein My rating: 3 of 5 stars I really enjoyed the first half of the book, where a Martian comes to Earth and everything is new to him. It is a unique perspective and the only other book that comes close is Foreigner (though the setting of that book is definitely not earth). The fact that this book was written about 70 years ago does not diminish its readability. It is sometimes even very endearing to see how Robert Heinlein thought about a lot of changes in the future, whereas he missed some others completely. The second half of the book is not bad, but it drags on way too long. That is why only 3 stars and not 4. View all my reviews Follow me!...

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Review: Brobyggarna

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Brobyggarna by Jan Guillou My rating: 4 of 5 stars I really liked this book. There is a lot of history in it, but done in such a way that it still is a very enjoyable novel. The characters are ok. The story is very interesting. I knew nothing about engineering in Norway or Afrika. Jan Guillou mixes the explanation of how things work very well with the story. It never gets boring. For me there was only one negative thing about this book, it continued on too long. I think he should have stopped in 1913… View all my reviews Follow me!...

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Review: The Republic of Thieves

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The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch My rating: 4 of 5 stars The endearing scoundrels Locke and Jean do it again! With their wit and pranks, they turn a city into turmoil and make you their accomplice. There is enough bull shit in this story to cover the complete earth. Or at least half of it. But you easily forgive them when they make you laugh out loud again. The story is a bit thin. The past is interesting, until Scott Lynch turns it into a play. I skipped most of those parts. Might have been fun for him to write them, but they were very boring to read. The present is mainly a lot of fun. At least for the reader. I am very curious where we are heading next. View all my reviews Follow me!...

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Review: A Hundred Pieces of Me

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A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon My rating: 2 of 5 stars This is a very romantic story (wait, do I read romantic stories? Do not tell anyone and ruin my badass reputation. Please!). It is a also a sad story. It starts out really interesting. Gina has gone through some bad things and has to piece her life together again. Some things happened in the past, that you are curious about. Shaping her new future leads to some unexpected new acquaintances. Interesting, entertaining and definitely working on your (my) mood. That is how I would describe the first half of the book. But then the story somehow spirals away into almost nothing. I do not know exactly how this happens, but it certainly has to do with the fact that I found it goes on way too long. I started losing interest in what exactly happened in the passed. The present was no better. I did finish the book, but the magic of the first half had long disappeared. View all my reviews Follow me!...

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Review: The Hero of Ages

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The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson My rating: 5 of 5 stars The story itself is very interesting, again. I find it amazing how Brian Sanderson continues this epic tale. How the world keeps on changing and the challenges for Kelsiers’ crew differ widely from one book to the other. How the allomancy grows into an intricate web of magic. The ‘pre-chapters’ where he explains about the magic are interesting. But there is also a downside to them. They take away the flow of the story a bit and it makes it all a bit more convoluted than necessary. I am not sure if they are really needed, though you can skip them of course. The nearer you get to the end of the story, the tenser it becomes and the harder it is to put this book down. Maybe this book is not as powerful as the first two books, but it comes very close. I cannot wait to start reading part 4! View all my reviews Follow me!...

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Review: The House of Frozen Dreams

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The House of Frozen Dreams by Seré Prince Halverson My rating: 3 of 5 stars The first half of the book is very good. I would rate that 4 stars. The second half I only rate 3 stars. The setting is beautiful (Alaska) and the story starts really intriguing (why is she there?, why is he going back now?). The characters (Kache, Nadia and Snag) are interesting. The prose is fine. An enjoyable story. I think the second half would have deserved a bit more editing. (view spoiler)[If you want to know why I think a bit more editing would have made it better:There are 2 or 3 chapters from the perspective of Lettie. They are completely superfluous and do not really add anything. If you really needed some of that info, she could have either told it to Kache or Snag. Or Snag could know some of it. More important. I liked the threat of Vladimir. That gave a bit of tension. But the fact that he does show up at the end and what happens then did the story no good. This is not that kind of book. It would have been way better if he had not shown up or proved dead or anything. The second half of the book is less intense than the first half. Maybe some things should have been edited out. (hide spoiler)] View all my reviews Follow me!...

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Review: Spellbound

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Spellbound by Blake Charlton My rating: 4 of 5 stars Blake Charlton pulls of, what not every writer is able to pull of: He created a very interesting and thrilling sequel. The second part of the story contains a bit more politics and a bit less adventure, especially in the middle of the book. But once it picks up again, it is hard to stop reading. Very enjoyable. View all my reviews Follow me!...

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Review: The Light Between Oceans

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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman My rating: 5 of 5 stars It is 3 o’clock in the afternoon, my hair is still disheveled from last nights sleep and I just finished a terribly beautiful story. How much worse can life be? This book starts out as an ordinary love story. But as the tale unfolds, you are mercilessly coaxed towards the big lies and truths. Not only of what Tom and Isabel have done, but also of what you yourself would have done, if you had been in their shoes. And I am not so sure what choices I would have made. The isolation of the island with the light house, the weather and the big light provide a beautiful backdrop for the story. You will be hard pressed to keep dry eyes. Even if you are not very impressed at the start of the book, keep on reading until you are hooked! I had better get dressed now. View all my reviews Follow me!...

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