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


Danish Books #1 - Aber dabei by Julia Butschkow

Danish Books is a new thing I'm gonna try out. I've often wondered what to do with the (few) Danish books I read. Seeing as most of these books haven't been published in English (and likely never will) there is hardly much point in reviewing them to the international audience. On the other hand though, maybe if I review something fantastic, demand might just pressure an international publishing house to translate it. Who knows?

Most likely though, this review will only be interesting for Danish readers, so here's what I'm going to do. I'll review it in Danish and write a summary in English.

ABER DABEI er en kollektivroman, fortalt af de personer, der omgiver Jens Martin, overlægen på en psykiatrisk afdeling i København. Mens konen går hjemme og er på nervemedicin, lader Jens Martin sig forføre af en af sine patienter. Hun drømmer om at skrive, men mangler stof. Derfor udspørger hun Jens Martin om de øvrige patienter på afdelingen: om advokaten Ivan, som taler konstant og tilbyder sex til både patienter og personale. Og den kvindelige forfatter, som under arbejdet med en roman om sin nazistiske bedstefar har fået billeder af udmagrede kz-lejrfanger så meget ind under huden, at det har udløst en svær spiseforstyrrelse. Hun dør, hvis hun taber sig mere.

Aber dabei er efter min mening langt mere end novelle end en roman. Som i en novelle er der ikke noget egentlig start- eller slutpunkt. Den tegner derimod mere et stemningsbillede, et indblik i de udvalgte personers liv og psykiske tilstand. Det kan til tider være svært umiddelbart at regne ud hvem det enkelte kapitel handler om, hvis øjne vi betragter verden ud fra, men med lidt nærlæsning e står det klart igen, og noget andet er, det står klart hvordan smerte er ens lige meget hvad der er skyld i det.

Bogen er meget velskrevet, og hovedpersonernes tanker og følelser kommer til live på siderne. De rykker sig meget gennem bogen, og jeg følte som læser, at jeg rykkede mig med dem.

Aber dabei is more of a short story than a novel. It portrays the life of several main characters who all have something to do with each other one way or another (mainly the psychiatric ward). It's very well written and though it's a short ready you develop a lot of feelings for the characters, who all have very deep reasons for being who they are.
("aber dabei" stems from German and is in Danish used to mean something along the lines of "but there's a problem")

Aber Dabei
by Julia Butschkow
ISBN13: 9788763825658
184 pages / published in 2013

Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013


The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett

I was so happy when I finally got my hands on the final book in Brett's Demon Cycle, but I realised that I had to reread the prior two books to get the most out of it. As both are some of the best books I've ever read I didn't mind that terribly much. Below are two mini reviews of each of those books before my full review of the final book Daylight War. You can click the title of either book to go to the original full review of those from Nov 2010 and June 2011.

The Painted Man #1
I first finished reading The Painted Man by PV Brett on November 26th, 2010. Back then I gave it 5 stars and loved it. Almost 3 years later I’ve reread it and can confirm that it’s worth all 5 or more. I love this book. I love the characters who are so well written, so full of life and character and feelings and thoughts followed by action. Arlen, Leesha and Roger are to me some of the dearest characters I’ve ever encountered and my love for their stories has been rekindled as I reread the book. I love the world it is magnificently set in and I love every detail about the Core, the demons and the wards. It is so damn well created and carried out! PV Brett created a master piece in the first book of the Demon Cycle and I was anxious to read (and judge) the next.

The Desert Spear #2
The Desert Spear expands the character list and gives us many many pages from the point of view of Jardir. I know many readers were frustrated about this, but personally I loved it. Jardir is an awe-inspiring character and details and depth of his culture and people is just stunning. The main characters, the minors, indeed the entire lands are put to the test as even worse foes rise up even while they're fighting one another. It's incredibly well written and I fell in love all over again with the characters. In short it's yet another brilliant book and I loved it then and love it still.

The Painted Man by Peter V Brett

The Desert Spear by Peter V Brett

The Painted Man
Demon Cycle #1
ISBN13: 9780007276141
544 pages / published in 2008
    The Desert Spear
Demon Cycle #2
ISBN13: 9780345524140
658 pages / published in 2010

Reviews by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013

The review below of The Daylight War WILL CONTAIN MILD SPOILERS for books 1 and 2!

On the night of the new moon, an army of demons rises in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity. Arlen Bales, the Warded Man, denies he is the Deliverer, but the more he tries to be one with the common folk, the more fervently they believe. Among the desert tribes, Ahmann Jardir has proclaimed himself the Deliverer, forging his followers into a mighty demon-killing force. Jardir's rise was engineered by his First Wife, Inevera, a cunning and powerful priestess whose motives and past are shrouded in mystery. Once Arlen and Jardir were as close as brothers. Now they are the bitterest of rivals. As humanity's enemies rise, the only two men capable of defeating them are divided against each other by the most deadly demons of all - those lurking in the human heart.

The Daylight War blew my mind.

In this thrilling 3rd book in the series, we get the story of Inevera and like the others, there is so much more to her. The characters, their storylines, the way it all flawlessly intertwines is just breathtaking. I don't think I've ever read a series that's been this consistently good, no, great, throughout.

Besides Inevera's past we follow the lives of the people from Cutter's Hollow as in book 2 and the complicated feelings and choices of the 4-5, 6? main characters. I'm honestly unsure how many count as main characters by now. Obviously there's Arlen, Rojer and Leesha. Then there's Jardir, and now also definitely Inevera. Abban gets his own POV too, and so does Renna, so they matter. And there's also the matter of Rojer's wives. Etcetera. Funny thing is though, Brett writes them all so well defined that you're never  (or at least I never were) overwhelmed by the amount of characters. They all play crucial parts and by Gods it's good.

I tweeted my feelings when I finished the book, desperate for more - and the 4th book, The Skull Throne,  isn't due till 2015, but Brett (@PVBrett) was kind enough to tweet me back a link to the first chapter of book 4 - a chapter I honestly think should have been the last chapter of the Daylight War as it makes the cliff hanger so much more kickass. The chapter can be found here -- ABSOLUTELY DO NOT READ IT IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE DAYLIGHT WAR!! --

The Daylight War by Peter V Brett

The Daylight War
Demon Cycle #3
ISBN13: 9780345524157

688 pages / published in 2013

Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013


Still around!

I'm still around and I haven't forgotten BoB!

I have actually also read a fair few books that are waiting to be reviewed but I just started working :D

As you may know I graduated this August with a Master's degree in library and information science. Since then I've been looking for work without success.

However I've been so lucky to get a 3 month long work experience gig at one of my favorite libraries so temporarily I'm working almost full-time. I've just had my second shift today and so far it's such a great experience. My colleagues are so nice and welcoming, and the work is.. brilliant. A great mixture of customer service, administrative tasks and books; books all around :D

I hope you all are well and I will do my very best to post another review soon :)

~ Iben


Pet Sematary by Stephen King

The house looked right, felt right, to Dr. Louis Creed. Rambling, old, unsmart and comfortable. A place where the family could settle; the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seemed a world away from the fume-choked dangers of Chicago. Only the occasional big truck out on the two-lane highway, grinding up through the gears, hammering down the long gradients, growled out an intrusive note of threat. But behind the house and away from the road: that was safe. Just a carefully cleared path into the woods where generations of local children had processed with the solemn innocence of the young, taking with them their departed pets for burial. A sad place maybe, but safe. Surely a safe place. Not a place to seep into your dreams, to wake you, sweating with fear and foreboding...

Once again I took my sweet time in reviewing a read book and once again I've got to wring my brain to remember the details (seriously, it's scary how bad my memory is sometimes - I can remember the overall feel of the book but details are like mist, you can't see it up close).

I love Stephen King's writing. Starting a new book by him is like putting on a pair of warm socks that fit perfectly. It's a marvellous feeling and you feel right at home; he's just great.

The edition of the book I have has an introduction by King from 2000 in which he says that Pet Sematary was never the scariest book he'd ever written, but it was the one where he felt like he'd finally crossed the line - and it is indeed a far more disturbing book than scary. I was never completely captivated by it though.

I'm in two minds about the characters. On one hand to me only main character Louis actually stood out and where many of his feelings were very palpable he never grew on me. I could understand his frustrations and King made it clear the dark draw the Sematary (spelling intended) had on him, but I could never really get into his head. Though on the other hand I'm not sure I'd ever want to be in his head.

I had read a review before reading the book and it warmed me that the ending was unsatisfactory. Personally while I'm usually not a fan of open endings (I want to know it all!) I think it works great in this case. You've got to end a book at some point, and this leaves you hanging with a grim smirk on your lips.

Pet Sematary  by Stephen King

Pet Sematary
by Stephen King
ISBN13: 9780450057694
465 pages / published in 1988

Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013

Also, for those who've read the book, you'll understand why it freaks me out a tiny bit that Sofie does this every single time I leave the book lying around.
My kitty Sofie and Stephen King's Pet Sematary


Library Haul #3

I went to the library! and it was filled with glorious purpose books.

I got,

Neil Gaiman's Fortunately. the milk

Markus Zusak's The Book Thief

EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey

Sara Gruen's Ape House

Penn Jillette's God, no!

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

Check out the vlog below to hear more about my choices :)