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Cannonball Read #26: The Ocean at the End of the Lake by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lake was the last book I read to complete my half Cannonball Read, and I couldn"t have picked a better book. But boy, is it ever a hard book to write a review of. Let"s get these two facts out of the way first: I don"t usually enjoy Gaiman"s work (heathen!). And: I loved...

10409 13 augusti 2013

Cannonball Read #25: The Dinner by Herman Koch

Disjointed. Unlikeable characters. Badly written. So, Shaman, tell us what you really think about The Dinner by Herman Koch! Two brothers and their wives meet up at a fancy restaurant to discuss a very important matter that has to do with their children. The narrator, one of the brothers, recounts...

10409 12 augusti 2013

Cannonball Read #24: Señor Peregrino by Cecilia Samartin

A colleague lent me this book. It"s important to write that, because it"s not the kind of book I would have otherwise chosen to read. But, for me, the Cannonball Read has been an opportunity to try new genres. Broaden my literary horizons, so to speak. Señor Peregrino is the story of Jamilet, a young...

10409 10 augusti 2013

Cannonball Read #23: The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

Rarely does a book manage to fill me with apprehension after just one paragraph. But The Slap did it. After just one paragraph I was prepared to hate this book. I usually hate books that only have despicable characters in them. Set in Melbourne, the story revolves around a group of people related to...

10409 29 juli 2013

Cannonball Read #22: Shift by Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey"s Wool was one of the best books I read last year. Original, clever, well-written, I"ve recommended it to lots of people. Naturally, I was excited to find out that there was going to be a sequel. Shift mainly takes place before the events described in Wool. The story of Wool, for those of...

10409 24 juli 2013

Cannonball Read #21: Löparäventyret - på småvägar genom Europa

(This is a book originally written and published in Swedish. To the best of my knowledge, it hasn"t been translated yet. The title means: "The running adventure - on small roads through Europe") In April 2011, ultrarunning legend Rune Larsson and marathon runner Susanne Johansson set off from Portugal...

0 5 juli 2013

Cannonball Read #20: Into the woods by Tana French

Detective Rob Ryan is relatively new to Dublin"s Murder Squad. He and his partner Cassie Maddox have only had easy cases to deal with so far. But then, one day, a case falls into their lap that will affect them both profoundly. 12-year old Katy has been found dead, left in an archaeological dig in the...

0 4 juli 2013

Cannonball Read #19: World War Z by Max Brooks

Max Brooks" World War Z is a collection of stories as told by Zombie war survivors. Soldiers, politicians, refugees from around the world present us with pieces of an apocalyptic puzzle, one that brought mankind to the edge of extinction. Their accounts are vivid, horrifying, often bitter, bleak and...

0 1 juli 2013

Cannonball Read #18: Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

I had such high hopes for Robopocalypse. The story sounded pretty good: Robots get smart. They try to take over the world by annihilating humans. Humans resist. If it sounds familiar it"s because it"s been done before. Unfortunately, it"s been done much, much better. What a silly book this was. Right...

0 28 juni 2013

Cannonball read #17: When the devil holds the candle by Karin Fossum

This is the epitome of summer reading. A quick, light, unpretentious read that"s easy to digest and just as easy to forget. Andreas is an 18-year old that doesn"t know what to do with his life. He spends all his time when he"s not working with his best friend Zipp, hanging around town, managing to stay...

0 27 juni 2013