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La stella di Strindberg

2.58 of 5 stars 2.58  ·  rating details  ·  439 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Immergendosi in una vecchia miniera allagata in una remota regione della Svezia, un sommozzatore dilettante si imbatte in un cadavere la cui morte risale ad almeno cento anni prima. Sul corpo, che giace accanto a delle iscrizioni tratte da un antico poema islandese, trova uno strano oggetto, una croce ansata che rappresenta il simbolo egiziano della vita. Il ritrovamento i ...more
Paperback, Farfalle, 491 pages
Published January 19th 2011 by Marsilio (first published 2010)
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May 08, 2012 Jillyn rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: maybe crime fans?
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.

Normally, this isn't my kind of genre. But the description for this giveaway boasted "Lisbeth Salander meets Robert Langdon!" A fan of the Millennium trilogy, as well as Angels & Demons, I decided to give this a shot. Instead, I was reminded why I steer away.

The writing is far from smooth. It switches between characters & plot lines like crazy, & I found it hard to follow. This is in addition to a far-fetched plot & characters th
Bob Milne
I'm not sure I've ever had such an aggravating experience in reading a book. What I had was an electronic review copy with the editor's notes in the margins. Interesting, sure, but that meant an already unwieldy format (DRM protected PDF) was almost useless on my Sony. The text was too small to read at normal size, and once you zoomed in . . . not only did the lines break in awkward places (as PDFs tend to do), but the editor's notes merged into the body of the text, making for some really confu ...more
The year was 1897. Nils Strindberg traveled with several companions. Their balloon crashed in the North Pole during the Andree Expedition. What they left behind to this day still has people searching.

Erik Hall was checking out pictures of other mine explorers. One that had Erik's attention was of two women who went cave diving near where Erik lives. Erik decided to go explore the cave for himself. He finds more than he bargained for with a dead body. The body is holding an ankh.

Don Titelman is a
Michael Wilkerson
Jul 25, 2012 Michael Wilkerson rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one!
I couldn't put this book down because I wanted to finish it and get it over with. It's very rare indeed that I don't finish a book but I can't justify the time I spent reading this one. The characters are less than realistic, the plot was convoluted and not in a twisty, mystery way. There were so many things that were just out of synch with my thought processes. After I slogged through this book to the end I had hoped that something worth while would have happened, but no. Even the ending left t ...more
I found this book mediocre. The story was quite interesting, but the characters surrounding Don Titelman did not feel "alive" to me - the lawyer, in particular, just came off as very arrogant to me.

This book, it must be said, is not at all unique - in the last years there have been several "suspense/crime" novels that touches the world war II - and the nazism in particular. Why it is such a popular subject, I don't know - but this was far from the first story I've read that works in Himmlers' oc
Ronald Roseborough
I don't remember having this much fun reading an adventure story since first devouring the stories of Jules Verne. This is what an adventure story should be. It is loaded with action, exotic locals, deliciously evil villains, and a not too heroic, slightly neurotic, unsympathetic character who holds the parts of the story together. More specifically, he is holding the secret to Strindberg's Star, an otherworldly talisman shaped like an ankh surrounded by a star. This object of legend and desire ...more
I liked the historical aspects of this book the most. I was a little worried when the description mentioned Nazis, because they are overused when it comes to stories with secret artifacts, but I thought Wallentin used them cleverly in her story. I liked the multiple voices as the story goes back and forth through time. The story of the ankh and star is revealed at a nice pace and that is what kept me reading this book. The history of the ankh and star, from their discovery to present day, I foun ...more
I have to say that I was hoping that this book was going to be more Nordic Noir than it was. To be honest, I almost felt the writing style of this author was almost Americanized compared to other Scandanavian authors I have read. There were aspects to it that I felt like I could have been reading a Vince Flynn novel with historical aspects thrown in. It was good but coming from its' country of origin, I know I expected more. And the book did start of incredibly strong, but then it kind of tapere ...more
The first half of this book seemed pretty confusing to me. It also dragged (for about the first 200 pages), but I plowed through and was glad I did. The second half is very fast paced and I found it hard to put down. I had a hard time identifying with some of the main characters (Don, Eva, and Elena) and the plot seemed pretty far fetched. Would like to see more by this author in the future. This was a Goodreads giveaway, but is also one I would probably have bought after reading the synopsis o ...more
Douglas Lord
Liking this book is a lot like being my wife: you have to be willing to overlook flaws. Imho, a book can still be okay even if it has one of the Three Most Commonest Flaws: 1) starting with a bang and then losing momentum; 2) basing the narrative on unlikeable characters; and 3) too damned much implausibility. Unfortunately, Wallentin has #s one through three. A Swedish diver (he’s a creep) finds a relic that’s been preserved in copper vitriol for hundreds, maybe thousands, of years. He loses th ...more
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.

I couldn't even finish this book. My girlfriend warned me about it, & she was right. Like her, I was drawn to this book because the description compares it to Robert Langdon & Lisbeth Salander. I am a fan of both, but this book is neither. It has a jumpy plot, uninteresting characters, & mediocre writing.

Maybe if you're more into crime than I am you'd like it. But for me, this is a pass.
I won this book as a giveaway through Goodreads.
Strindberg's Star was mildly entertaining. It had some pretty decent action and mystery, but the main character was too odd to carry the story. I kept thinking that someone else was going to step forward as the main character, but unfortunately, it never happened.
Non ce l'ho potuta fare, dopo 300 pagine di nulla sono andata a leggermi direttamente il finale, che per altro fa cagare ed è completamente senza senso.
Una palla disumana, brutto, inutile, inverosimile e senza capo nè coda.
A confronto Dan Brown si merita il Nobel e ho detto tutto.

Voto: 2/10
Passem longe desse livro. A história parecia promissora mas tudo para por aí. Na capa diz ser um mistura das aventuras de Julio Verne com Dan Brown e garanto que isso é uma ofensa aos dois. A história é extremamente mal explicada em certos pontos e me vi relendo certas partes pensando "será que eu não entendi isso?". Os personagens não são nada interessantes e às vezes parece que nem eles estão interessados no que estão correndo atrás.

O final do livro pode ser comparado com o final da série "Los
Harpa Dis
engin stjarna frá mér.
Fiction seems to go in waves and one of the recent trends seems to be for Scandinavian authors. First there was "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson and its trilogy. Then, "The Snowman" by Jo Nesbo was named as one of Richard and Judy's Book Club selections. Now, we have ''Strindberg's Star'', a debut novel from Swedish journalist Jan Wallentin who, if he repeats the success of those others, we will be hearing lots more about.

Just as he is preparing for an appearance on a televisio
[Posted on futuresfading. This review is of an advance reader copy won from Goodreads.]

Strindberg's Star by Jan Wallentin features two mythical objects and tells of the lengths a secret society will go to in order to seize ownership of them.

Amateur diver Erik Hall finds one of the artifacts in a abandoned mine shaft. Lost for a century, the ankh has resurfaced and immediately draws the attention of the shady organization that has been looking for it. Erik quickly falls victim to those who seek t
Rikke Andrup Jensen
Det har virkelig været en fornøjelse at blive inviteret ind i Jan Wallentins velskrevet krimi. Allerede i første kapitel af bogen befandt jeg mig med tilbageholdt åndedrag, slugte side efter side - ivrig efter mere. Jeg blev grebet af fortællingen, som er skrevet i et behageligt og letfordøjeligt sprog. Jan Wallentin bringer os langt tilbage i historien, åbner op for en verden i krig og giver os et indblik i gamle broderskabers ubarmhjertelige kræfter og vilje. Et højt spændingsniveau fra start ...more
This is a Swedish book translated into English. It takes place in Europe as the main characters travel around in search of the truth.


Ok, so our main character, Don, is arrested for the murder of a diver who found a body while diving in a mine. The body is perfectly preserved by some trick of the mine, so it's super old, and appears to be the victim of either an accident or a suicide. So, there's no crime there. The diver, however, took a few things from the cave where he found the body, go
Kristin Lundgren
This is a slightly unusual entry into the DaVinci Code type thriller that I call artifact thrillers. It's about the story of a man who found pieces of an ancient device, buried in the sands in a city lost in the desert in Southern Russia/Mongolia. When the star shaped it is placed within the ankh shaped cross, they come together to form a celestial map to something. What that is, and how it is found then and again now, is the exciting part. It's a race against time, and several competing interes ...more
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"Strindbergs Stern" von Jan Wallentin erzählt die Geschichte zweier mystischer bzw. schon magischer Objekte – Kreuz und Stern.
Erik Hall findet das Kreuz während seiner Tauchexpedition am Grund eines Bergwerkstollens neben einer Leiche. In dem kleinen Ort in Schweden ist das natürlich eine Sensation, die auch schnell die Medien auf den Plan ruft.
Einige Tage später wird Erik Hall tot aufgefunden. Erschlagen mit einer Flasche. Vom Kreuz fehlt jede Spur.
Einige Tage später wird Don Titelman von der
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Stephanie  from Books Paradise
Erik Hall ist Hobbytaucher und findet in einer verlassenen und gefluteten Mine nahe Falun ein altes Kreuz. Es scheint aus irgendeiner Art Metall zu sein, ist aber ungewöhnlich leicht und mit unbekannten Schriftzeichen überzogen. Er versucht das Interesse bei dem Geschichtsprofessor und Experten für altnordische Mythologie Don Titleman zu wecken. Als Titleman Hall aufsucht, findet er ihn Tod auf und von dem Kreuz fehlt jegliche Spur. Nur Wenige kennen das Geheimnis um das Kreuz und wissen, dass n ...more
Bei einer Tauchtour in einem längst vergessenen Bergwerk macht Erik Hall einen unglaublichen Fund: Eine Leiche hält ein ungewöhnliches Kreuz aus unbekannten Material in ihren Armen. Der Taucher entwedet das Kreuz und benachrichtig die Polizei. Natürlich bekommt die Presse davon Wind und plötzlich scheinen sich alle für den seltsamen Fund zu interessieren. Nur einer nicht – Don Titelman. Erik Hall versucht vergeblich sich mit dem Professor für Geschichte und Symbolik in Verbindung zu setzen. Als ...more
Nov 28, 2012 Alan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Atlanteans, and people looking for a more intelligent, morose Dan Brown
Recommended to Alan by: A message channeled from an ancient Atlantean
Shades of ancient astronauts...

An unlikeable loner descends into a flooded, abandoned copper mine in Sweden, hoping to out-dive his rivals, the Dyke Divers, and gain a moment of online fame. When he does, he comes face to face with a disturbingly well-preserved corpse, holding a mysterious artifact—an ankh, incised with undecipherable runes and made of a material Unknown to Modern Science. This discovery (or, more accurately, rediscovery) leads to the involvement of reluctant hero Don Titelman,
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

Similar in voice to Dan Brown, this novel is about a symbologist who is accused of murder and must go on the run across Europe from the police and a secret society to solve an ancient mystery in order to free himself. The similarities stop there, though.

Don, is a drug-addicted, Jewish professor. Once a doctor he was kicked out for abusing self-prescribed drugs and attacking a group of neo-Nazis. After a perverted diver finds an ancient artifact in a mine s
Don't do it! I think something was lost in translation. When the book first started, it describes Don, the main ctharacter, as withered with grayish cheeks, and then it turns out he's in his mid-40s. What? None of the characters are really likeable. Except Hex. I'd like to read more with her as a main character. But written by another author. The whole interesting ankh part never really gets explained to my satisfaction about where it came from. And I love origin stories. (view spoiler) ...more
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This took me a while to finish. It started off pretty good, making you inquisitive as to what the hell is going on, and then...I reached a point where I could put the book down and took MONTHS to get back to. I gritted my teeth and decided to finish it because I don't like leaving books left unread (except for War & Peace, that damn thing). Surprisingly, I remembered everything and was able to pick right back up where I left off, some 40% through the book and finished it in the last couple o ...more
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Jan Wallentin is a Swedish journalist and author who previously worked for SVT (Sweden's national television broadcaster).

His debut novel, Strindbergs stjärna, was published in October of 2010. Even before its Swedish publication date the foreign rights to the book had been sold in 12 countries.
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