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A book that contain only the selected and most popular stories. It is a easy and fascinating read of morality tales but I wanted to read everything so I'm a tiny bit disappointed it wasn't a complete collection. Oh well, I will read them all on another occasion.
Few novellas have managed to tell as simply and effectively how a murder can happen and that everyone seem to know it can happen but decide not to intervene as they see such an act as "unrealistic". It also is an effective comment on killing a person for honor's sake. Excellent written and realized story.
After 300 pages and thousands of descriptions of tournaments and different opposing kings and various forgettable names of knights that Arthur's men has to fight I gave up because the stories had no momentum and didn't seem to progress. Instead it felt repeating to the boresome. Maybe one day I will finish it because there is no doubt that the Arthur stories are interesting as they have inspired so much other culture, but I doubt I will do it before I arrive in a very old age and have time to read these books deeply and thoroughly. It is impossible in a family house at least. Sadly, this was a major disappointment to me, but maybe I will try to find an edited version with updated language and faster descriptions instead as this didn't stick with me. Numerous rewrites, adaptations and films exist on this material and much is (to be honest) more satisfying than the original book.
It is a fast read with an engaging hero, but Brown copycats from old famous conspiracy theories and Tom Egeland (who has written in this genre before him). Pure fun pulp fiction though. Filmed by Ron Howard with Tom Hanks that sadly take away some of the better parts of the book.
Fascinating thriller taken from the airplane manifacture industry. It feels realistic (and was inspired by a true event) and the characters are well-written, but the pay-off is a little anti-climatic.
Excellent cold war spy thriller. It deliver a chilling story about the Berlin Wall and Le Carre writes it truthfully and believable. With this book Le Carre started his career as the leading writer in this genre and it is no wonder that another legendary writer (Graham Greene) wrote "it is the best spy novel I have ever read". A film adaptation exist with Richard Burton that has gotten rave reviews too.
An intriguing Greenland heroine makes this one of the more unique crime mysteries, but Høeg seems to loven describe everything scientifically about snow as if we were to take the master degree in anything related to it - and this drags the story down in both pace and interest. Luckily the longer passages regarding the social differences between the Greenlenders and their old conquering Danes are interesting to read. Still it was a slower read to me and the pace only picks up after 200 pages or so. Filmed by Bille August in 1998.
Any serious horror fan can not avoid H.P. Lovecraft's universe. The creator of otherworldly cosmic monsters, insane scientists and eerie dreams. Better is that his stories hold up well and are excellent, even his minor work is pretty interesting - and this book collects everything. Many of the stories has been done to film.
Neil Gaiman rewrote his teleplays for the original miniseries into a book - and it works enormously better for it. Actually his rich "alternate universe" story is among his better developed stories and I like it enormously. Several adaptations for radio and TV has been done and they are all good.
It is a long read, but a satisfying one if you are into thriller's that take place during the climbing of Mount Everest. Sadly, the title hints about a deadly horrific meeting with the Abominable Snowman, but it ends up being something more terrifying to life: nazis.
Like an anti-Forrest Gump book, but instead of being an American "greatest hits" story, this story is about a man who meet the best bad boys of the world post-WW2. One of the funnier books that I have happened to read.
Compared to many of Stephen King's other books this is a quite different experience. It is closer to a novella actually than a novel and is about a girl lost in the woods with only her love for baseball taking her through the ordeal. There is a hungry bear-like creature here too, but this is only at the end and most of the book is King at his most realistic and believable.
It is an epic undertaking trying to explain Japanese events through the eyes of European attempts of colonization on the island. The character portraits are intriguing, but it is sometimes hard to read about the brutal treatment of women and the hateful racist hate between Asians and Europeans.
This is a darkly funny book of poems about the type of misfit characters that Tim Burton was so good telling about in his prime years, but forgot to do on film after becoming too Disney. Then it is nice to find this gem of a book that was a huge inspiration on the just as funny dark web-shorts series called "Stain Boy" which is also worth checking out. I hope that Burton will return again to this kind of universe. We will all welcome him back.
Essential book for the fans as it fills out 25 years of history from when the original ended and the new "the return" started and a few tidbits afterwards. It is mostly "character profiles" on some fan favorites and a few characters that did not appear in the revival. To read some of the stuff is like seeing the new episodes - almost depressing but logical - and also with another set of questions of why we didn't get at least a mention of it in the series to begin with.
WWI jungle adventure that start out as a buddy story about two rivaling ivory hunters that finds a common enemy: Germans making it easy to put away their differences. A brutal massacre midway concerning an infant make it a hard read but at least it makes the revenge on the German soldiers and head villain more satisfying at least. This book has been filmed with Roger Moore and Lee Marvin.
If there is one book that illustrate Stephen King's best sides and faults and the enormous universe that he creates than one should read his "The Stand" first. "It" may be his finest work but "The Stand" is his most epic and is filled with intriguing flawed heroic characters and colorful villains. Especially the first half with the outbreak of a plague is bleak to read and it is fascinating to read how the book midway through start to become a traditional fight between good and evil, God and one of the Devil's minions, Randall Flagg. The book is filled with memorable moments and shocking twists but the ending feels anti-climatic (a problem Stephen King sometimes have with his best books!). Still it is a fantastic book and hard to forget. Filmed as a miniseries in 1994 that was close to recreate the atmosphere of the book but also misses on some big memorable moments. For King fans it is essential and if you like this one you probably will like everything he has written too.
This classic Norwegian crime novel written in the first decade of year 1900 is a classic "whodunnit" novel that had a twist that clearly was a big influence on later writers of classic detective crime stories like Agatha Christie. Stein Riverton was a huge name in Norway writing both classy novels and detective pulp fiction and the "Riverton Award" is also given every year nationally since the 1970s nationally to any Norwegian crime/thriller that is of the highest quality that year. This book may have dated a little bit, but the truth is that without it Norway and possibly the world would not have been inspired by it to write other and even better stories in the genre.
Few horror romances has been more influential than this one about a disfigured misfit in Paris sewers that falls in love with a young opera singer. Actually the musical version and several other film adaptations follows the novel pretty closely so it is not that surprising anymore to read and the male hero is just as bland and boring here as in everything else I have seen. Fun to finally have read it and it is a well written and easy to digest over one or two nights. It is easy to understand why it was popular in it's time.
First in trilogy for young adults where two teenagers follow archaeologist on quest for viking treasure. This book only builds up the story and ends with the explorers inches away from their destination. Old fashioned type of yarn that is written in the style of 1950s adventure books.
Second in trilogy builds up the action and the books' villains get more depth. Clearly can not stand on it's own legs and must be read connected to the first and third book.
Final entry is more of the same. It do not surprise but not disappoint as a book trilogy either as it is exactly what it was meant to be and it is interesting to read the books only because my usual meetings with this writer is in the crime thriller genre.
This hopeful life story from reality about a drug addict on the street finding redemption in life through a cat makes us everyone a little hopeful about life again afterwards. It is told from the man who experienced it all and it is an essential book for catlovers. A little repetitive close to the end but satisfying to read.
Essential read about the planning of an assassination and the attempt to stop the man-for-hire. It is a great nail-biting story and page turner. A classic of it's kind.
An essential book to understand the psyche of Ingmar Bergman and especially his childhood and how he became a filmmaker. Even better is seeing the threads and events that was also recreated in some of his works, especially "Fanny and Alexander". Necessary read for film fans.
Few books manage to tell about how people living within a few steps from each other can be so different and become such enemies. It feels even more relevant today reading this book after the events that took place during the Jugoslavian civil war that split the nation and turned neighbours into killers. Realism at it's most powerful and scary.
Best Stephen King novel in over a decade. It takes the old idea of "if you could history would you do it?" and create an enormously rich and likable gallery of characters in the process. King is best when he tell about lost and forgotten America of nostalgia and the book never misses a beat except in the final pages when King decides that he don't have the nerve to follow through the idea completely. Instead it becomes a great thought idea of "what if?" but the final scene is satisfying though.
It has a great idea about a young girl befriending a giant and discovering that all the other ones eat children. The first pages were scary for a young kid before it fell apart with a huge farting joke at the end - because all kids love primitive farting, yes? No!
Dan Brown teases the reader about a revolutionary scientific discovery but in true Robert Langdon thriller style the man who is to tell this gets killed. There is then an uninspired chase story through Spain and the awkward help from an A.I. friend and the fiancee of a prince making this even more farfetched than ever. Even worse is the ending that finally reveal the discovery and it end up being more a science theory than anything definitive and the true villain of the piece was sadly something I predicted early on. The charm of clue solving and philosophical discussion is also gone and what is left is sadly the worst in the series.
First in historic trilogy about war and persecution in Norway during the reign of King Christian IV. It is very interesting to read and could very well be this writer's best work as we follow the king's bastard child and her mother as they try to take their revenge on the king.
Second in the historic trilogy set during the 1600s and follow both King Christian IV trying to set waste to the Swedes, the Witches and the Catholics and at the same time we follow his women both in his family and his bastard child's family. It is intriguing historic fiction at it's best.
Final entry in the historic saga. It goes a little too far at the end in plausible historic moments but it is a fun and engaging read this time too and never boring. A memorable trilogy.
Carrie is still a remarkable debut book. It is extremly well written and without a single dead beat. The leading character is a fantastic misunderstood anti-heroine who takes "justice" in her own hands and would almost go as a superhero/villain today. I like how King splice his story with newspaper cuts and articles to explain plot holes. There is much to love for this and it was a major taste of what was to come. Several adaptations of the story exist.
A great companion book to an excellent documentary on horror. Both the show and the series is good introduction stuff but also have some points on stuff maybe not everyone knows that much about. The bad thing is that both the series and book should have been at least double as long in order to be unmissable reference stuff that it almost becomes.
A futuristic "Jurassic Park" parody but with icebears instead of dinosaurs. It is exactly as dumb, funny and filled with high concept ideas that it should be and is a fun little romp for a couple of hours or three.
It may have been written in a slow-moving classic adventure form but I liked it and found it engaging even if there are some old "racist" comments about other cultures and people that feel outdated now due to better knowledge and modernism in soceity I guess. Still it is hard to forget the image of a silkwhite nude Goddess appearing suddenly as a deity in a jungle worshiped by a tribe of natives.
The vampire story to define any other vampire story. It is still an excellent story that follow different characters as they unravel the fact that Dracula is in fact a bloodsucker. Every cliche and fact that was to be known for the genre came from this book and while it may have a dry fact-based matter-of-fact approach to it at times it is hard to find anything wrong with it. Still a classic of it's type.
A fictious self biography about a man that end up with two identities. Everyone knows about it but the story holds up well and is also not overlong nor boring at any time. It is easy to understand how it's power influenced many people afterwards.
A necessary book to read in order to easy understand why there is still war and conflict in the Middle East and the complexity of how the borders changed but some people stayed the same or got converted to new religions as ongoing wars happened around them. Few historic books are this easy to read and grasp.
A modern horror masterpiece. Few books manage to be both gruesomely chilling and beautiful at the same time. The characters are gripping and the story is absorbing from the start the ending is a little anti-climatic maybe, but it is hard to forget the atmosphere of this one.
Few books has managed to hold my interest as much as this one. It is a historic fiction drama about how a man manage to build himself a life when starting with nothing during the Spanish Inquisition and the building of Santa Maria del Mar. It is well-written and would have been perfect as a epic miniseries in the vein of Ken Follett's "Pillars of the Earth" which this book bear many similarities with.
Great fast-paced catastrophe thriller about an avalanche and how and why it happened. Maybe far-fetched in places but it could easily have been a great movie screenplay as it has all the "cliches" one expect from this kind-of story. Fun read.
A lovely lovely book. It is a beautiful romantic fantasy fable and it will make anyone love Neil Gaiman even a little bit more than before.
Why sometimes it is better to read the book than see the film. This one is the best way for younger kids to be introduced to J.R.R. Tolkien's world without making the story too violent, complex or difficult. It is a straight-forward hero story with fun characters, some humor and a fire-breathing dragon. What more would a young boy or girl want?
A straight-forward revenge story way better than that movie I saw later. It tells about a hired bodyguard who fails at his job and the girl he was to protect is sold to a sex-ring. The ending is a lot more satisfying and dreadful and the action is satisfying. A solid piece of pulp fiction.
Good biographic book that tears apart some of the myth and legendary status the man had and shows him also as a man who took credit for far more stuff than he deserved. Still it is hard not to be fascinated by his story and what happened in the Middle East during WW1 and the occupation of the Ottoman Empire.
No collection is complete without Poe's poems. A lot of haunting poems but also some lovely love letters.
The dangers of lust for underage beauty and girls coming-of-age sexually aroused by older men is explored in one of the most notoriously known books of all time. The worst of it all? It is gripping and absolutely breathtaking to read at the same time. It is hard to not feel the frustration and intensity of the narrator's obsession. The book that created a sub-genre all on it's own in porn too if one want to be honest.
Of all the plays Shakespeare has done this one is the ONE that intrigues me the most. Maybe it has to do with the fact that it tell about one of the most influential and interesting persons in Roman history or maybe it is the conspiracy that fascinates me that led to the assassination of Julius Caesar. Hard to know, but this is probably one of the few plays that I would love to have seen live on stage in life sometime when I get the chance.
Usually on top of all classic Norwegian crime lists together with "The Iron Wagon". It is a psychoanalysis who-dunnit story and a good read mostly due to the added layers of humor and it's well written character studies.
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