Month: October 2016

A good debut

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Skyggejakten by Jørgen Jæger is a crime novel about the policeman Ole Vik. It is the first book about the policeman, and it was published in 2003.

The book revolves around a case where the paranoid and schizophrenic scrap dealer Ingolf Holgersen apparently killed his own maid.

Because of his condition, it is difficult, if not impossible, to prove what happened, and Ole Vik has an intriguing case in front of him. The case will turn out to throw suspicion on employees in his own staff, which gets Vik to start doubting whom he surrounds himself with.

Although I personally miss some action scenes in this book, Jørgen Jæger has done a thorough job and has managed to create a good crime drama.

I have a little trouble identifying myself with Ole Vik, because he is much older than me, but in spite of this I managed to stay around  until the end of this mystery.

His characters are well constructed and it is easy to emphasize with the psychology of the various characters. A negative aspect is Jæger’s narrative style, which is often a little slow and characterized by a somewhat old vocabulary.

But all in all, this book is recommended for people who like Nordic crime fiction.

Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I wanted to tell him. I wanted to explain everything, and for him to tell me he understood and to offer some tidbit of parental advice. I wanted, in that moment, for everything to go back to the way it had been the way it had been before we came here; back before I ever found that letter from miss Peregrine, back when I was just a sort-of-normal messed-up rich kid in the suburbs. Instead, I sat next to my dad for awhile and talked about nothing, and tried to remember what my life had been like in that unfathomably distant era that was four weeks ago, or imagine what my life would be like four weeks from now – but I couldn’t. Eventually we ran out of nothing to talk about, and I excused myself and went upstairs to be alone.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a bleak but warmhearted, strange but logical, book with photos. Primarily, it is a sparkling debut novel by the American author Ransom Riggs.

Each chapter contains one to four quirky black and white photos illustrating the story. The book is an atypical fantasy novel / picture book that is about the rich boy Jacob who lives a seemingly normal life in an American suburb. The only thing he wants in life are friends, and, as it turns out, finding out what happened when his grandfather Abe was killed.

Abe was a strange grandfather who throughout Jacobs upbringing told him about monsters, a strange orphanage he lived in  in order to escape the war, and children with special abilities. As Jacob grows up he becomes more and more suspicious of his grandfather’s stories.

But one day when he goes to visit his grandfather and finds him out in the woods, killed by what is apparently animals, he becomes determined to uncover the truth about his grandfather’s life. This leads him to an island off the coast of Wales, mostly inhabited by sheep farmers, where all electricity comes from diesel generators which stops at 10 PM every day.

There he discovers things that will turn his hitherto innocent existence upside down. The book has several sequels, including Hollow City and the Library of Souls. If you like fantasy literature, and perhaps particularly innovative literature, you will most likely enjoy this book.

My playlist for curing hangovers and depression

For the past week, I’ve been struggling with anxiety and depression. It’s been quite bad.
Today I was awakened involuntarily by my dad. He was calling about something pertaining to my bed.

Now, normally in this situation, I wouldn’t even have managed to get out of bed, and I would have been extremely annoyed by the awakening.

Not in the least because I had been out last night and had gotten extremely little sleep. But yesterday must have been a katharsis, because today I just got out of bed and got right to the task of creating a playlist for curing hangover and depression. It might not be the end-all be-all of playlists, but it is designed to make your day just that little bit sweeter.

What’s more, it is collaborative, so  you can add your own favorites should you wish. So without further ado, I present to you the playlist entitled “Hangover and cure for depression”. Enjoy!

 

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