Saturday, 31 March 2018

Omtale; Myrkongens datter av Karen Dionne

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Etter å ha lest litt om Myrkongens datter av Karen Dionne på nettet, endte jeg opp med å låne den på biblioteket og nå kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Da mannen kjent som Myrkongen rømmer fra fengselet, mistenker Helena umiddelbart at hun og hennes to døtre er i fare. Ingen, ikke engang Helenas mann, kjenner fortiden hennes. De vet ikke at hun ble født i fangenskap, at hun ikke hadde kontakt med omverdenen før hun fylte 12 år. Eller at hennes far oppdro henne til å drepe. De vet ikke at Myrkongen kan jakte og overleve i villmarken bedre enn noen. Med ett unntak - hans egen datter.
"Som om deres verden var såmye bedre enn min. Og at den var virkelig sivilisert. Det er lett å finne grunner til å bruke dette ordet om verdenen jeg oppdaget da jeg var tolv: krig, forurensning, grådighet, kriminalitet, barn som sulter, rasehat, etnisk vold - og det er bare en liten del av det."
Mine tanker om boka
Selv om jeg syntes at boka var bra, følte jeg at den hadde noen mangler. En ting var at det var en litt ujevn balanse mellom nåtid og fortid, samt at jeg kunne godt tenkt meg å få vite mer om moren til Helena. I tillegg følte jeg at det var litt feil å definere boka som en thriller, da den ikke hadde så mye av den sjangeren i seg. 

"'Vi arver ikke jorden fra våre forfedre, vi låner den bare av våre barn', var et annet. I dag vet jeg at det er den berømte ordtaket fra den indianske urbefolkningskulturen. Men uansett - den amerikanske urbefolkningen forsto konseptet med bærekraftig skogsdrift lenge før det fantes et ord for det."

Hva er det med Juritzen forlag og sære definisjoner på bøker? Først kaller de Fergen av Mats Strandberg for krim selv om den er mer paranormal med tanke på vampyrene og nå kaller de Myrkongens datter for thriller?

Friday, 30 March 2018

Book Blitz; Dragon Rider by Ava Richardson

Review; The Burning Blue by James Holland

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The Burning Blue is the second novel by James Holland I've read in a short period of time and today I'll post the review of the novel.

Description from Goodreads
Joss Lambert has always been a loner, constrained by a secret from his past, until he finds friendship and solace firstly with Guy Liddell, a friend from school, and then with Guy's family, who welcome him into their farmhouse home. Joss increasingly comes to depend upon the Liddells and treats Alvesdon Farm as the one place where he feels not only appreciated but also truly happy. The idyll cannot last. With war looming, Joss is forced to confront the past. He escapes through flying, becoming a fighter pilot in the RAF. But with the onset of war, even the Liddells's world is crumbling. As Joss is fighting for his life in the Battle of Britain, so he begins to fall madly in love with Stella - Guy's twin - but with tragic consequences. Leaving England and the Liddells far behind, he continues to fly amid the sand and heat of North Africa, until his hopes and dreams are seemingly shattered for good.

My Thoughts On The Book
As in A Pair of Silver Wings, it is evident that James Holland knows his stuff as an historian to actually have an authentic feel in the novel. It's not like he will make the blooper of claiming that The Battle of Britain happened in spring 1945. There is also something about the descriptionns and the writing style that suck you into the novel and almost makes you feel that you are present with the characters.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Book Tour & Giveaway; Clowders by Vanessa Morgan

by Vanessa Morgan
Genre: Horror, Suspense

Clervaux, Luxembourg. This secluded, picturesque town in the middle of Europe is home to more cats than people. For years, tourists have flocked to this place – also known as “cat haven” - to meet the cats and buy cat-related souvenirs.

When Aidan, Jess and their five-year-old daughter, Eleonore, move from America to Clervaux, it seems as if they've arrived in paradise. It soon becomes evident, though, that the inhabitants' adoration of their cats is unhealthy. According to a local legend, each time a cat dies, nine human lives are taken as a punishment. To tourists, these tales are supernatural folklore, created to frighten children on cold winter nights. But for the inhabitants of Clervaux, the danger is horrifyingly real.

Initially, Aidan and Jess regard this as local superstition, but when Jess runs over a cat after a night on the town, people start dying, one by one, and each time it happens, a clowder of cats can be seen roaming the premises.

Are they falling victim to the collective paranoia infecting the entire town? Or is something unspeakably evil waiting for them?

Their move to Europe may just have been the worst decision they ever made.

Vanessa Morgan is known as the “female version of Stephen King.” Three of her works (The Strangers Outside, Next to Her, A Good Man) have become movies. When she's not working on her latest book, you can find her watching horror movies, digging through flea markets, or photographing felines for her blog Traveling Cats (

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Review; A Pair of Silver Wings by James Holland

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After watching quite a few episodes of the documentary series Nazi Megastructures, where the historian and author James Holland is one of the presenters, I ended up reading the novel A Pair of Silver Wings. Today I'll post the review.

Description from Goodreads
At the school where Edward Enderby taught for over forty years, there were few who knew he'd once been a successful fighter pilot during the war.It was not something he ever talked about - not even to his family. And for over half a century he had, for the most part, managed to put the memories of those years out of his mind. But fifty years on, he is alone - a widower - with a strained relationship with his only son, and a career behind him that has brought him respect but little affection.

In 1995, Britain is celebrating the anniversary of the end of the war, and Edward finds himself forced to confront the tragedy he suffered during those years. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery and personal redemption, Edward travels from England to Malta and then to Italy, and in doing so comes face-to-face with the idealistic young man he once was, and the devastated and traumatised 23-year-old he was to become.

Following his experiences over the skies of England in 1941, through the dark days of the Siege of Malta, to the partisan struggle in Italy, A Pair of Silver Wings is a story of friendship, love and the terrible legacy of war, exploring universal themes of grief and redemption, and one man's quest to heal the scars of the past. 

My Thought On The Novel
Personally I found it a treat reading this book, especially considering how well the descriptions are, plus the historical accuracy. Let's face it, it would be pretty embarrasing for an historian to do any bloopers on historical accuracy while writing fiction. This novel was in general so well written it basically gave me a bit of a "book hangover".

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Book Blitz; Sympath (The Sentinels of Eden #3) by Carolyn Denman

Top Ten Tuesday; Books That Take Place In Another Country

It's Tuesday yet again, which means it's time for a new Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl and the theme of the week is books that take place in another country.

My list includes;

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

The Architect's Apprentice by Elif Shafak

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Burning Blue by James Holland

The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley

Coffin Road by Peter May

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Monday, 26 March 2018

Omtale; The Road Not Taken and Other Poems av Robert Frost

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Nå kommer nok en omtale av en diktsamling. Denne gangen er det The Road Not Taken, and Other Poems av Robert Frost.

Beskrivelse fra Goodreads
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference."

These deceptively simple lines from the title poem of this collection suggest Robert Frost at his most representative: the language is simple, clear and colloquial, yet dense with meaning and wider significance. Drawing upon everyday incidents, common situations and rural imagery, Frost fashioned poetry of great lyrical beauty and potent symbolism. Now a selection of the best of his early works is available in this volume, originally published in 1916 under the title Mountain Interval. Included are many moving and expressive poems: "An Old Man's Winter Night," "In the Home Stretch," "Meeting and passing," "Putting In the Seed," "A Time to Talk," "The Hill Wife," "The Exposed Nest," "The Sound of Trees," and more. All are reprinted here complete and unabridged.

Mine tanker om boka
Jeg hadde sansen for denne, selv om jeg personlig slet litt med å lese noen av de lengre diktene. Hvis en er på jakt etter en grei introduksjon til Robert Frost, kan denne diktsamlinga allikevel være verdt å sjekke ut.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Book Tour & Giveaway; Women of History - Empress Matilda of England and Hypatia of Alexandria

Empress Matilda of England
The Legendary Women of World History Book 7

127 pages

Born in 1102 to King Henry of England and Queen Matilda of Scotland, Matilda's uniquely royal Norman, Saxon, and Scottish heritage was meant to unify an England still divided by her grandfather's conquest in 1066. When the 1120 White Ship Disaster made her the only surviving child of her parents, Matilda suddenly became heiress to the English throne in a time when the old Saxon Witan, not the king's Will, still decided the succession.

Discover the true story of the first woman to claim the throne of England in her own right and be inspired!

Includes Matilda's family tree, a detailed timeline, and a suggested reading list so you can keep learning.

Hypatia of Alexandria
The Legendary Women of World History Book 8

105 pages

As the western world fell into darkness, she dared defend the light.

Born in 355 CE in the aftermath of Constantine's reign, Hypatia of Alexandria lived in a collapsing Roman Empire, a world where obedience to religious authorities trumped science, where reason and logic threatened the new world order. It was a world on the edge of the Dark Ages, a world deciding the question of science verses religion, freedom verses orthodoxy, tolerance verses hate.

For over 40 years, Hypatia stood between the dark ages and the light of classical philosophy, arts, and sciences. Though none of her books survived the aggressive book burnings of religious zealots, her legacy remains that of one of the greatest scientists of all time.

This is her fascinating true story.

Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is author of over twenty books published and self-published since August, 2012 and in languages ranging from Welsh to Spanish to Chinese and everything in between. A dedicated scholar and biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education and improving history literacy worldwide. 

With her lyrical writing style, Laurel's books are as beautiful to read as they are informative.

In her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels, attending living history activities, travelling to historic places in both the United States and United Kingdom, and watching classic motion pictures and classic television series.

One winner each week will receive a sapling tree from the Arbor Day Foundation – trees will vary depending on the winner's region – US only. There will also be two random winners for a special mystery prize- drawn at surprise moments during the tour!

Follow the tour HERE to discover the other amazing Legendary Women of World History books and enter the weekly giveaways!

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Omtale; Hviskingenes bok av Varujan Vosganian

For en stund tilbake fikk jeg tilsendt et leseeksemplar av romanen Hviskingenes bok av Varujan Vosganian fra forlaget og nå kommer omtalen av boka.

 Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Det var mange ting vi ikke hadde lov til å snakke om. Men framfor alt ble vi strengt advart om vi ikke hadde lov å fortelle noen, ikke i barnehagen, ikke til noen ukjente, at hjemme hos oss hvisket vi av og til. «Hva hvisker du?» spurte jeg. «Jeg leser,» svarte bestefar Garabet. «Leser hvordan da? Hvor er boka?» «Jeg trenger den ikke. Jeg kan den utenat.» «Ja vel, men hva heter den boka? Hvem har skrevet den?» «Kanskje det er du en vakker dag.» Og se her, det er det jeg gjør nå. Og den heter det også: Hviskingenes bok. 

Det ble hvisket i mange familier i Romania om ting det ikke var lov å fortelle om på 1960-tallet. Men for armenerne i Romania var det ikke bare forbudte ting det ble hvisket om. Mange kom fra familier som hadde bodd i landet i flere hundre år, og noen hadde kommet etter 1915. Men alle hadde de noe felles: slektninger og venner som var blitt drept under det tyrkiske folkemordet på armenerne i Det ottomanske riket i 1915. 
Hviskingenes bok er deres historie. Om hvor og hvordan de hadde levd. Om deportasjonene og grusomhetene i den syriske ørken i 1915. Om de få som med nød og neppe overlevde, om hvordan noen av dem ble tatt vel imot i Romania og klarte å bygge seg nye liv, og om andre som reiste til Amerika. Om annen verdenskrig og kommunistenes makt.overtakelse, som gjorde at de nok en gang mistet nesten alt de eide. Dette er en bok som med sin enestående dokumentasjon henter fra ukjente fortellinger og setter dem inn i en politisk, historisk og men.neskelig sammenheng.

Hviskingenes bok fikk enorm oppmerksomhet da den utkom i Romania og har siden blitt oversatt til en rekke språk. Nå foreligger den på norsk.

Mine tanker om boka
Personlig er jeg noe splittet når det gjelder boka; forfatteren har en poetisk skrivestil og den tar opp en viktig tematikk, men jeg slet litt med å lese den fordi den var langt fra kronologisk, noe som gjorde at jeg slet litt med å følge med til tider.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Book Blogger Hop; Friends and Book Discussions

It's Friday again, which means it's time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, thanks to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "When meeting with friends, do your discussions usually turn to books?".
It's fair to say that it often turns to books, though it happens more frequently with some friends than others. One of my friends from university and I sometimes have "bookshopping dates", so then it's pretty natural that our conversations turn to books.

I might add that not all of my friends are equally as much bookworms as myself, so in some cases books are more mentioned than actually talked about.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Library Loot Week 12

The Captive Reader and Silly Little Mischief are hosting the weekly feature Library Loot and today I wanted to show you a few books I've borrowed at the library recently.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The Book of Chameleons by José Eduardo Agualusa

Heavy Metal and You by Christpher Krovatin

Blid er sommarnatta av Jógvan Isaksen

Jenta uten hud av Mads Peder Nordbo

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

My Favourite... Hobby Next To Reading

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for a new My Favourite... post thanks to Maureen's Books and the theme of the week was favourite hobby next to reading.

Apart from reading and being a huge coffee drinker, some of my favourite hobbies includes knitting, cooking and baking. The benefit of baking is of course that sometimes I end up having yummy treats to eat while reading.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Top Ten Tuesday; Books On My Spring TBR

It's Tuesday again, which means it's time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week is books on my TBR.

My list includes;

Gyllen sol av Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Vi som er annerledes av Veselin Markovic

Det som ventet meg av Parinoush Saniee

Mother to Mother by Sindiwe Magona

A Place Called Milagro de la Paz by Manilo Argueta

The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

A Girl from the Coast by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Faceless by Amma Darko

The Dog Who Dared to Dream by Sun-Mi Hwang

Blid er sommarnatta av Jógvan Isaksen