Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason (Norwegian title: Myren)
I don’t read many crime novels, but get through the odd one anyway. Jar City takes place in dreary icelandic weather (not volcanic ash…), contains a mystery that goes back to the 60’s, a tired middleaged detectiv (the kind I’m a bit tired of) and is actually quite good.
The king, Marry’s father, gets assassinated. Marry and her mother grieves for him. As no one knows who murdered the king, they are also worried about the safety of the princess. Marry gets body guards and has to learn self defense, and it’s all going to be useful. It’s a special books that people either seem to like or dislike intensely. I loved it. It’s not translated into English.
Landet under isen av Lars Mæhle
In the mountains behind Smalvik lies a big glacier. Lots of black smoke is rising from under it (no, it’s not a volcano) and the smoke covers Smalvik. Several people has disappeared from Smalvik the last few years, and the police has just found bones from 4 people. From this moment on we follow two parallell stories, one with inspector Jerstad in Smalvik who tries to unravel the mystery and another with the teenagers that disappeared a year earlier. Gradually the stories meet up in space and time.
I thought this book showed a lot of promise in the beginning, but sadly it got worse the further I got.
And another thing… av Eoin Colfer
Douglas Adams had time to write 5 books in the series The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy before he died, but he felt there should be one more. After Douglas Adams died the job was turned over to Eoin Colfer, and the result is And another thing (the title is taken from a sentence in the 3rd book of the series).
I was a little skeptical to another author writing the last book of the series, but I quite liked the result. Some agree with me, other don’t: Grasping for the Wind, The Independent, Techland, The Guardian, i09 og About.com.
Carrington-katastrofen by Kjetil Johnsen
Carrington-katastrofen is book number 2 in the series Den 4. parallell by Kjetil Johnsen. The first book about the dimension-travelling Emma is called Lasarusfenomenet. None of the books are translated into English.
I like both books, but the first a little more than the second one.
The next book in the series is due sometime during the fall, and I count on it being as exciting as the first two.
A princess of Landover by Terry Brooks
When Ben Holiday bought the magic kingdom of Landover he had no idea that he would find himself with a teenage daughter with all the attitudes that a teenager can have. Mistaya has just been expelled from the prestigious Carrington Womens Academy. It is not very popular in the non-magic world to use magic to resolve conflicts, and kings don’t like princesses coming home after being expelled from school, even less so when the princess has no intention of returning to the world her father once came from. Ben doesn’t know what to do, and neither does Mistaya. Every conversation they have leads to anger and misunderstandings, and things are not going well. Matters gets even worse when a totally unsuitable suitor turns up and Mistaya feels that the king hasn’t been firm enough when rebutting him. Mistaya runs away from home, and meets a cat….
If you haven’t read the other Landover books by Terry Brooks I wouldn’t bother reading this either. If you’ve read and liked the series this book might be worth you time.
Fire by Kristin Cashore
Fire takes place in the same world as Graceling, but a little earlier in time. Like Graceling Fire is a book with a strong female protagonist. It’s also a fantasy novel that dares to touch on the brutality that os often inflicted on women in times of war and conflict. I’ve also never read a fantasy novel where menstruation plays such an important role without having anything to do with Fire worrying about being pregnant (or not being pregnant). It also clearly portraits how crippling and annoying it is to be to closely protected. It’s a fine line between protecting someone and repressing them.
This is a good book. I’m certainly looking forward to reading more books by Kristin Cashore.
Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin
Ursula Le Guin has long been one of my favorite authors, and she still is.
Lavinia is about the young girl who at the end of Virgils The Aeneid is set to become the wife of the Trojan hero Aenas. In the poem Lavinia never says a word, but in this novel Ursula Le Guin lets Lavinia tell her own story.
The novel is an interesting peek into what kind of life Lavinia might have had with Aenas and how life in general can have been fo the well to do in Italy before Rome was built on the seven hills.