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På bloggen her kan du finde anmeldelser af alt fra fantasy, science fiction, kærlighed, chicklit, YA og NA til historiske romaner, krimier, spændingsbøger, og hvad jeg ellers lige falder over, der ser spændende ud. Herudover er der bl.a. Book Hauls og Kommende Udgivelser, samt Månedlige Opsummeringer. Occasional posts/reviews in English.
~ Iben
Bibliotekar, bogblogger & boganmelder

30/09/2012

The Shining - Carrie - Misery by Stephen King

Omnibus
For the first time ever in one volume three nightmarish tales of horror from the best selling author Stephen King.

Previously  the only book I've read by King was his half-memoir/biography / half-instructions-maual called On Writing. I've attempted other books in the past, but never felt the need to read him and just never been pulled in. The above 3 books all pulled me in so hard I was left momentarily stunned. They are so incredibly well written, I can't believe I haven't read them before. Carrie stands on its own a bit as it's a slightly different writing style and use of POV, but in The Shining and in Misery the thoughts, mental processes and consequent actions of the characters are just so tangible.

If you haven't already, these are all books I can only recommend you to read.


686 pages / published in 1992
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2012



The Shining
Danny is only five years old, but he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of an old hotel, his visions grow out of control. Cut off by blizzards, the hotel seems to develop an evil force, and who are the mysterious guests in the supposedly empty hotel?

Incredibly well written, The Shining is such a psychological thriller/horror. It freaked me out a few times, but never in the now-I'm-afraid-to-close-my-eyes kind of way. The ending felt a bit ... off, but I have no clue as to how it "should" have ended any differently.


originally published in 1977



Carrie
Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift. Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be a normal and go to her senior prom. But another act--of ferocious cruelty--turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget.

It being King's debut novel, I felt that style of it was a bit off - like he hadn't truly found the right "voice" just yet. It wasn't as gripping as the other two stories and Carrie is not very likeable or relate-able (but then again, I don't really think she's supposed to be). Still an okay read though.


originally published in 1974



Misery
Novelist Paul Sheldon wakes up in a secluded farmhouse in Colorado with broken legs and Annie Wilkes, a disappointed fan, hovering over him with drugs, axe, and blowtorch and demanding that he bring his heroine back to life.

Amazing. Simply amazing. I couldn't put it down, it was so scary/gross at times it was just plain awesome and extremely well written... however it doesn't quite get a full 5 stars though; there was something about the ending that left me confused even after a reread of the last pages. Again, like in The Shining, I think some stories are just hard to end without it being too anti-climactic, too happy even. After so much horror, how can the Main Character or the reader relate to something mellow?


originally published in 1987



Word of warning though: The films made out of Carrie and The Shining are dung. I haven't seen Misery in it's film version as I don't want any more frustration. Basically both films screw up massively, killing off wrong people, changing the major themes and just straight up making a mess of it. I was so disappointed. Rumours has it, so was King.

13/09/2012

Book Haul #3 - 4 Classics

Look what I bought today :D It's really quite silly as they are all available for free as ebooks being so old, but decided that there's a better chance I'll get to reading them if I have them in paperforms + I can bring one or two of these on holiday next week rather than my iPad :)


Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky / Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy / The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo / Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

11/09/2012

Top Ten Bookish Confessions

I don't usually go for these memes (and this one is even outdated as it's the one from August 28th), but I suddenly felt like answering :)

Top Ten Tuesday is the fancy meme by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Bookish Confessions (Anything! You dog ear, you hated a book but said you loved it, you have $500 library fines - anything goes!)
  1. I use anything as a bookmark. My cell phone, scrap paper, bus card, pen, a playing card my cat's chewed to pieces, a glow in the dark star - anything. I never dog ear.
  2. I write and highlight in school/uni related books (obviously only the ones I own)
  3. I struggle through books. It will have to be exceptionally badly written for me to put it down for good, it might be put on hold for months, but ever so slowly I will (usually) finish it.
  4. I like ebooks just fine, but find physical books easier to lie with in bed. Also as long as ebooks in many cases are as expensive or almost as the physical copy I'll rather buy the physical.
  5. I do read more than one book at a time, I have a hard time with it sometime, but sometimes it just can't be help.
  6. I detest YA love where the characters fawn over each other and how *gorgeous* they are and have found their one true love, but have absolutely nothing in common or simply don't know anything about each other.
  7. To quote ReadBreatheRelax: I am really worried that J.K. Rowling’s new book is going to be terrible.— The cover is atrocious….and the subject matter sounds so unlike her. I’m just straight up scared.
  8. Since I read so much in English, I've expanded my vocabulary. However, I don't always know how it's correctly pronounced which led to some entertaining moments with words like thorough and ominous (I was initially convinced it was omnious).
  9. I love the look of ancient books - those old leather-bound things from 50+ years ago. Even more I think it's awesome to read old Danish (translations) and see how differently words were spelled and the different syntax from modern language.
  10. In light of my economy being petite while studying, I've become a big fan of the library again rather than buying. I used the library endlessly when I was a kid, but had a streak where I didn't feel like it. Now I'm back, baby!

04/09/2012

The Last of the Wilds by Trudi Canavan

Age of the Five: Book Two

My review of book 1, Priestess of the White, can be found here

The war between the Circlians and Pentadrians is over, but the cost has been high on both sides.
Although the architect of the White's victory, Auraya has little cause for self-congratulation: her days are spent trying to reconcile the Dreamweavers and the priesthood, while her nights are filled with nightmares where she walks in fields of blood and gore while the dead rise in accusation.
The Dreamweaver, Leiard, still struggling to come to terms with the ever more powerful memories of the long-dead Mirar, flees into the mountains with Emerahl, perhaps the last of the Wilds. Although not a Dreamweaver herself, Emerahl is powerfully gifted and helps Leiard to make sense of his strange jumble of memories. What they discover will change his life forever.
And far to the south, the Pentadrians lick their wounds and set about finding a new leader. Their faith unshaken by defeat, they are still resolved to bring the truth to the heathens of the north. Peace, it seems, must wait a while yet...

The Last of the Wilds held me enchanted throughout the entire book and easily beat the first book in the series. The world and main characters are now already built and defined and book two can and does focus on developing them further.

I love Canavan's ability to have so many point of views - I never felt even slightly annoyed when one chapter ended and it was time to see what somebody else was up to - every single character was just so interesting this time around. We are introduced to a few more characters and they along with the existing main characters are much more fleshed out and every single story line was just so interesting and... readable. The Gods are even more present in this book, and feel more human? Maybe that's just what happens when characters interact directly with deities who aren't omnipotent-present-etcetera.

I love how detailed and rich the world, the story is set in, is. It's quite remarkable and along with the very intricate story lines that mostly keeps me unable to guess what's happening next, it's really a joy to read this book. I'm really looking forward to reading the third and final book in the series, Voice of the Gods to see how it all turns out and how Canavan sorts out all the twists and turns.




614 pages / published in 2006
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2012