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26/02/2015

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.
Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.
And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning - and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

Ever since reading his Mistborn trilogy and the book Warbreaker I've been hooked on Brandon Sanderson. The man is a God when it comes to writing. Not only does he write insanely well and beautiful, he's fast as lighting and seems to be churning out books by the dozen. He was also the author chosen to complete The Wheel of Time series after the passing of Robert Jordan and he did a splendid job there too (I must admit I actually prefer the 3 final books [#12, #13, #14] Sanderson wrote as his style of writing just suits me so very well).


But back to Steelheart. You may wonder why I'm talking about it again - a Danish review of it just went up this Tuesday after all. Well the thing is, good books deserve being praised - and this book is brilliant!

The whole setting in a near future with the world taken over by Epics, mortals gifted with all sorts of powers by Calamity and no one daring to fight - no one but David and the Reckoners.

Steelheart is filled to the brim with action and fighting and it never slows down - and neither does the reader. I absolutely loved every page of it and couldn't put it down. I love how similar the book is to many a comic book and yet how much Sanderson takes that universe of sorts and makes it his own. The book is incredibly well written, I just love the way Sanderson puts the whole together and makes it all work. Everything's been thought through and the characters are likeable, relate-able and understandable, and the plot is so well structured.

So in short: This book is fantastic and I urge anyone who might like science fiction, action, comic books, superheroes (and villains) and overall good writing, to read it.

STEELHEART
Reckoners #1
by Brandon Sanderson
ISBN13: 9780575104044
400 pages / Published in 2014

Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2015

25/02/2015

Bogudsalg 2015

... hovsa

Det var aldrig min plan at købe nogen bøger til bogudsalget. Først og fremmest fordi jeg ingen penge har. For det andet fordi min bogreol med ulæste bøger er ved at brække sig. For det tredje fordi jeg ikke syntes der rigtig var noget godt på bud.

Men så var jeg alligevel lige en tur omkring Bog&Idé (der ligger desværre ingen Arnold Busck i nærheden, ville ellers virkelig også gerne derind >_> )


Jeg købte Uglies og Pretties af Scott Westerfeld, Ausländer af Paul Dowswell, War Horse af Michael Morpurgo og Vejen af Cormac McCarthy. Alle bøgerne er på dansk (desværre) og 3 har jeg læst tidligere.
Tog en chance med henholdsvis Vejen (jorden er gået under) og Ausländer (2. verdenskrig YA).

24/02/2015

Stålhjerte af Brandon Sanderson

Scenen er sat i Newcago i en nær fremtid, hvor episke har overtaget magten. Episke er mennesker med superevner, men desværre gør superevnerne dem onde. Imod de onde episke kæmper oprørsgruppen "Fortropperne" en ulige kamp for at indføre retfærdighed.
Newcago regeres af Stålhjerte, der ikke kan dræbes. Først da David slutter sig til Fortropperne tippes magtbalancen, for David har en hemmelighed, som kan fælde Stålhjerte.

Jeg læste bogen her på engelsk først. Jeg vidste den kom på dansk snart, men da jeg fandt den i London i december, kunne jeg ikke holde mig fra den længere. Sanderson har endnu aldrig skuffet mig og jeg har jo min forkærlighed for det engelske sprog. Da Rikke spurgte om nogen ville anmelde den danske udgave tænkte jeg så alligevel, at det ville jeg egentlig godt. Sanderson er kendt på det engelske marked - men han er så fantastisk en forfatter at det virkelig er på tide danskerne også opdager ham - og nu er han endelig blevet oversat, og sikke en bog at starte ud med!

Stålhjerte er ganske kort sagt en fucking fantastisk bog. Det er en kanon fed blanding af science fiction, tegneserie superhelte vs almindelige dødelige der siger stop, action, drama og mere action.

Det er en bog der på mange måder minder mig om en virkelig vellykket actionfilm. Hovedpersonen David er en af man holder rigtigt meget af, og det team han kommer med i er en fin sammenblanding af misfits, der alligevel får det hele til at virke. Jeg syntes persongalleriet er rigtig godt portrætteret, og hele den verden, det folder sig ud i, er velstruktureret og gennemtænkt - men som med en film er der fokus på nogle enkelte steder og personer, resten er lidt mere sløret.


Jeg skal ærligt indrømme, jeg ikke har genlæst hele bogen. Jeg har læst adskillige udvalgte kapitler og mener at kunne stå inde for at det er en god oversættelse. Mit eneste minus er at man ikke rigtig har kunnet bestemme sig for om sagde (og lignende) skal stå med stort eller lille bogstav. Eksempel: "Hold så op!" Sagde/sagde hun. Det skifter, hvad der er blevet brugt med få linjers mellemrum, og det sprang bare i øjnene på mig hver gang. Der er også et par enkelte tastefejl og småting der har sneget sig udenom redigeringsprocessen, men jeg tror de fleste ville jeg selv have overset i en almindelig læsning, hvis det ikke var fordi jeg pludselig sidder og genlæser bogen på et andet sprog end originalt. Med det sagt, så syntes jeg sproget er godt og der er et fint flow i det. Sandersons historie kommer til sin ret.

Akkurat som med Harry Potter oversættelserne og andre er oversatte navne altid lidt en torn i øjet på mig; men med denne bog var det uundgåeligt. Eftersom alle de episke tager nye navne der egentligt bare er engelske ord, så kan man ikke rigtig lad være med at oversætte dem eller nøjes med kun at oversætte udvalgte. Det er alt eller intet. Så Steelheart bliver til Stålhjerte, Deathpoint bliver til Dødstegn og så videre.

Jeg elsker den måde Sanderson har skruet Stålhjerte sammen på. Jeg syntes det er så fedt, hvordan han har taget noget nær et tegneserie univers og gjort dem ellers vi er vant til er heltene til skurke - og der er ingen til at redde verden andet end ganske almindelige mennesker. Og selvom det måske lyder lidt plat så er det bare på ingen måde det.  Jeg syntes simpelthen det er så veludført og gennemtænkt og da jeg hørte, bare få dage efter at have læst den engelske bog, at bog 2, Firefight udkom den 6. januar, var jeg nær faldet ned af sofaen. Det her er meget muligt en af de bedste begyndelser på en serie jeg nogensinde har læst. Jeg kan kun glæde mig til at læse videre.

STÅLHJERTE
Reckoners #1
af Brandon Sanderson
ISBN13: 9788793010765
376 sider / Udgivet den 16. februar 2015

Bogen er et anmeldereksemplar fra forlaget

Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2015

19/02/2015

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now. Maybe that was always besides the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .
Is that what she’s supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?


Sadly, I did not enjoy  Landline as much as I'd expected I would. It's a good book, it's definitely okay, and I like Rowell's style of writing, but the story didn't work for me.

I don't know if I had too high expectations about this one or what really happened while reading it. When I started reading it I didn't really know what to expect and then suddenly the writing completely ensnared me and I had a surge of love for it, I couldn't put it down, I wanted to basically swallow it whole. But then as I read on I started feeling more and more incredulous. The whole time travelling through a landline bothered me a bit and just didn't really work for me and Georgie's entire situation was just so glum and depressing and I just started feeling a bit sad while reading it. I think the writing is really great, but it just pulled me down rather than in. The ending felt very much like a Hollywood romantic cliché-filled film, relying a bit too much on the reader being wrapped up in the glory and love, and I was just too bummed out by it all.

LANDLINE
by Rainbow Rowell
ISBN13: 9781409154914
310 pages / Published in 2014

Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2015
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