Month: March 2016

Review: The Son by Jo Nesbø

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This is a really good Crime Thriller. It’s also pretty brutal.
It features at least four murders and one torture, with varying degrees of intensity. This is not a book for the faint of heart, in other words.
But if you like well-written, modern crime fiction, you will probably dig this book. Especially if you live in Oslo or you’ve ever visited it.
Jo Nesbø features lots of good descriptions of Oslo in this book, from the city’s classy hotels to the more slummy areas east in the city where the drug addicts live. He also features a varied cast of characters.
One thing I didn’t like was the names, many of which are untypical and somewhat unrealistic, such as “Sonny”, “Rover” and “Ab”.
That said, the characters are still interesting, such as the main character Sonny who is a brutal murderer but still very sympathetic, the love interest Martha which is very conflicted and takes a long time to realize that she’s fallen for Sonny, and the old wise cop Simon who turns out to be very different from what he initially seems.
The plot is well crafted and gripping, and will keep you at the edge of your seat like a good thriller is supposed to do.

Finally done!

So, it finally happened. I finished Trouble in Trondheim: Bikers and Gangsters, and you can read the first 15% here. You can also preorder it from there, so you’ll get it on the 29th of March.

Soon, previews should be available from iTunes, Kobo and Nook also.

This is a monumental achievement for me, because it’s the longest novel I ever wrote. Right now I am immensely proud.

Review: Hail, Caesar

First, an admission: I was never a huge fan of the Coen-brothers. I never watched any of their movies except for Bridge of Spies (which I loved!), The Big Lebowski (which was ok), and Oh Brother, Where Art Thou (which was so-so).

I hadn’t read or seen anything about this movie when I went to see it, so I didn’t know what to expect. The movie starts off in antique Rome, where a roman soldier, played by Baird Whitlock (George Clooney), is leading a flock of prisoners back to the capitol.

Soon, the movie somewhat abruptly cuts to a confession booth inside a Catholic church. Here we meet the movie’s actual protagonist, Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin). He’s a “fixer” working for a Hollywood studio in the 1950s, and the movie depicts a day in his life.

Ralph Fiennes as Laurence Laurentz

Ralph Fiennes as Laurence Laurentz

Problems start piling up almost immediately: Whitlock is drugged by a couple of extras on the set and kidnapped by what turns out to be a bunch of screenwriters-turned-communists. They demand $100,000 in ransome money from the studio.

DeeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johanson), another one of the studio’s stars, has become pregnant and doesn’t want to take responsibility for her baby while her movie is in production.

The director Laurence Laurentz (Ralph Fiennes) is missing a male lead for his latest production. With all these things going on at the same time and more, hilarity ensues.

What I liked best about this movie was its interspersed scenes from movies that could have been made in the 1950s, complete with dancing sailors, diving mermaids, live music, and rodeo cowboys. Movies are not made this way anymore, and this movie offers a fresh look at how things were way back when.

The acting performances are spot on, as you would expect from the ensemble that this movie offers up. In the end though, this really is Brolin’s movie, and he works really hard to make you feel for all the problems he has to fix during the course of this movie.

I also liked quite a lot of the music in this movie, which is fittingly infused with plenty of jazz and big band.

If you like period movies, smart comedies, classic Hollywood, and /or movies made by the Coen brothers, you will definitely like this one.

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