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Geim (The Game Trilogy #1)

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  1,839 ratings  ·  340 reviews
Småkriminelle Henrik "HP" Pettersen finner en dag en smarttelefon på T-banen. På displayet dukker det opp et enkelt spørsmål: Vil du spille et spill? Merkelig nok vet telefonen det meste om livet hans. HP blir etter hvert dratt med i et virkelighetsspill hvor han får utfordringer som blir mer og mer risikofylte. Til slutt gjør han hva som helst for å kunne fortsette spille ...more
Hardcover, 1st edition, 372 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Bokforlaget (first published August 24th 2010)
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I received a free ebook ARC copy of this book from NetGalley. Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Okay, here's the deal. It took me almost two weeks to read this. I'm not planning a long review, because I'm honestly tired of thinking about this thing and want to wash my hands of it. I feel that I owe NetGalley a review for providing the free copy, so here goes.

There were some good things about this book. The premise: conspiracy theory a
I had high hopes for this one. I saw a couple rave reviews go by (including the Publisher's Weekly plug in the summary above) and I was intrigued by the premise.

But... no. Right now, I'm wishing there were a way I could get my $2 back from Amazon. The writing style is very annoying (it's a translation, but I suspect that's unrelated). The author has sprinkled inner monologue everywhere, ranging from outdated catch phrases ("As if...!" and "Run, Forrest, run!") to juvenile hostility ("Suck my ass
На световния книжен пазар е пълно с трилъри-еднодневки. Цяла редица автори, продаващи десетки милиони копия, създадоха доста противоречив имидж на този жанр. Честно казано, когато видя поредния нашумял трилър с крещящо наплясканите клишета на предната корица от сорта на "сензационен дебют", "бестселър 1 на Ню Йорк Таймс" ми става лошо. Защото когато обърна книжката за да проверя за какво иде реч, резюмето на задната корица ни запознава с втръсналите до болка смели ФБР и ЦРУ агенти, полицаи, архе ...more
11/2 - Swedish/Danish stories are over-running our screens and pages. You can hardly look at a tv trailer or check out the new releases without coming across something from Denmark or Sweden. Not that I'm complaining, without them I would have missed out on great tv like The Bridge and The Killing or fantastic books like Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Game. That's right, 62 pages in and I'm already calling it fantastic. It's half gamer/techno thriller, half crime drama (at least so far).

I l
On its Game

Game is the first book in the Game Trilogy by Swedish author Anders De La Motte and wow what an introduction to the series. The whole premise of the book a game seems that brings in all sections of society that is a secret but with public ramifications, it seems like a crazy plot that could actually happen in a computer game, the problem is this is no computer game that just gives the instructions. It may sound a bit out of the box but enough to be real and happening as we read.

Христо Блажев
В Играта ти си звездата… до време:

Не е зле да си пуснете Prodigy (примерно ”Firestarter”), това е идеалният саундтрак за “Играта” на Андерш де ла Моте – точно тях слушах, докато я четях. Не съм голям фен на трилърите, но откакто прочетох изключителната “Милениум” на Стиг Ларшон, това започна да се променя. “Game, Buzz, Bubble” е също хитова шведска трилогия и очаквах с нетърпение да ми падне в ръцете – веднага трябва да кажа, че поне с оглед на първата ча
Silvia Ribeiro
Ora se estava à espera que o livro fosse tão bom como aquele filme fantástico com o Michael Douglas, enganei-me. É mais fraco. Mas não desilude naquilo que se propõe. Mais um autor sueco para juntar à lista de escritores de policiais. Já tenho o segundo volume da trilogia na prateleira.
Hungry Monster
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‘The game’, as it’s called in the book, gives egocentric narcissists with impulse control issues something to do with their free time. It’s a game with real world consequences and real world rewards. HP is a recent inductee into the game and quickly finds himself the center of attention for his criminal exploits done in the name of the game. But one rule of the game, like Fight Club, is you don’t talk about the game. When HP breaks the rule he becomes the target o
Eric Boot
Mwah, goed boek, ondanks het feit dat crime niet echt mijn ding is. Super geschreven, ook al was het soms een beetje onduidelijk en langdradig. Een puntje van kritiek: het verhaal speelt zich in Zweden af, waardoor alle straatnamen vreselijk lang en ingewikkeld zijn (bijv. Kymlingelänken of Torshamnsgatan), wat je echt 10 seconden daarna weer vergeten bent. Je oriëntatie wordt er zo niet beter op!
I received a free copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book! A real edge of your seat thriller! HP finds a cool looking cell phone on the train in Sweden. It keeps asking him if he wants to play a game and it knows his name. He eventually gets sucked into "The Game", earning kudos, points and money for doing progressively risky and illegal assigned tasks in the real world. He doesn't care why, he is having too much fun feeling like he is a superstar onli
Patrice Hoffman
Game: a competitive activity involving skill, chance, or endurance on the part of two or more persons who play according to a set of rules, usually for their own amusement or for that of spectators
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After seeing someone has left a phone on the train, what do you do? Do you try to flag them down in an effort to return their property or do you turn it on and consider yourself lucky to have found such a treasure? Before you can really figure what to do, the phone buzzs.
Härlig underhållning!
RATING: 3 stars.

Acabar livros ao fim de semana é um bocado chato para mim porque depois não posso logo escrever sobre eles e acabo por me esquecer de algumas das coisas que queria dizer... especialmente se se tratarem de livros tão pouco memoráveis como este. Passado um dia, aquilo de que mais vivamente me lembro sobre "O Jogo" é que o tradutor aparentemente traduziu "hard drive" por "disco duro".

Iniciei a leitura de "O Jogo" com poucas expetativas... se ainda não disse isto (e duvido), digo-o a
Cheryl Ann Roberts
This book is the first book in the Game Trilogy by Swedish author Anders De La Motte. I got this one and the second book, Buzz, for free from Netgalley. I've read this one. I'm not sure if I want to read the second one.

The premise is interesting. HP picks up a cell phone he thinks someone left on the train. It's sleek, shiny and state-of-the-art so he fiddles with it before deciding to look for its owner. The phone comes to life and asks HP if he wants to play a game. For stealing a fellow passe
Dr. Trent
In recent months, I have read a number for fiction/thriller books that were translated from another language and were outstanding. For instance, Dark Days (as well as the other books in this series) by Manel Loureiro are some of the best examples of imagery and character development that I have seen in the post-apocalyptic genre over the course of the last several years. Game, by Anders de la Motte, however is slow, stylistically uneven, and literarily clumsy.

I am not sure if this is due to a ba
Susan Leonard
When I started this book I was disappointed as I didn't enjoy the writing style, it felt overly simplistic. The writing alternates between the viewpoint of Henrik who plays the 'Game' and Rebecca, his sister, who is in the police force, and the style changes accordingly, which I came to enjoy.

There is a good, easy to read thriller story here about a young guy being drawn into a strange online game involving illegal activity. But there is much more to this novel. I really enjoyed the development
Cate (The Professional Fangirl)
The Swedish does the mystery/thriller genre so well. They have that fast-paced yet sinister tone down perfectly. One of my favorite books is Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo because of its darkness and the intricacy of the story. Usually mystery novels become predictable after reading a handful but somehow Swedish authors get things done. And props to their English translators as well.

I stumbled upon Geim / Game on a Vroman's Bookstore run. My eyes were drawn to the display of the
Po dlouhé době kniha, o které můžu s čistým svědomím říct, že je skvělá, že ji doporučuju. Potěšila mě jednak zajímavou zápletkou, jednak promyšleností, ale hlavně autorův jazyk (v kombinaci s vynikajícím překladem a precizní redakční prací – to už se dneska jen tak nevidí). Vážně vynikající čtení, úplná lahůdka. Těším se na další díl a trochu se bojím, aby mě nezklamal, jak to už někdy u pokračování dobrých prvních dílů bývá…
Paulo Pires

« A primeira ideia que me surgiu quando vi o livro foi o filme, com o mesmo nome, de 1997 interpretado pelo actor Michael Douglas. Um filme extraordinário, devo acrescentar. O que de alguma forma aumentou ainda mais a curiosidade.

Embora haja (poucos) pontos em comum, a história e o propósito são claramente divergentes. O interessante é que o autor não se coibiu de utilizar outras referências cinematográficas de grandes obras para dar referenciação e uma imagem mais próxima ao leitor.

Um dos de
Carla Geraldes
Viciante, apaixonante e ao mesmo tempo aterrador, se pensarmos que um dia isto posso mesmo acontecer (ou será que já está a acontecer?)
I received a free copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book! A real edge of your seat thriller! HP finds a cool looking cell phone on the train in Sweden. It keeps asking him if he wants to play a game and it knows his name. He eventually gets sucked into "The Game", earning kudos, points and money for doing progressively risky and illegal assigned tasks in the real world. He doesn't care why, he is having too much fun feeling like he is a superstar onli
OMG, such a big twist at the end, I'm forced to read book 2 stat!
I liked this book, but I can't rate it with more than 3 stars, because I've read much better thrillers (Lee Child, Tom Rob Smith, etc.) and they got 4 stars from me.

The overall impression is not bad, although there are some parts which I literally hated. In my opinion, the novel would be better if those parts could be removed.

One of the best parts of this book is its ending. I really didn't expect anything like. When I came to the end I was just:"Wow, what an ending." Totally unexpected.

And yes,
Петър Панчев
Играта е забавление на по-високо ниво
Цялото ревю тук:

Идеята зад тази книга съвсем не е нова, но далеч надмина очакванията ми. Ако се разположите на удобно място, където да не си схванете мускулите от застояване, може да отворите тази книга и да не спрете да четете, докато не откриете (след неизвестно колко време), че на 385-а страница вече няма текст и следва само задната корица. „Играта“ („Сиела“, 2015) на Андерш де ла Моте е едно вихрено надбягване око
Začiatok bol dobrý. To, ako plnil tie úlohy, bolo naozaj dobré čítať. :)
Ale potom to začalo upadať...
Niektorí píšu, že práve vtedy to začalo byť zaujímavé, ale mňa nebavilo čítať čo "nového" sa dozvedel o Hre, keď som tie veci od začiatku brala ako samozrejmosť. Však som sa zamyslela a posúdila, že keby Hru ovládal nejaký dospelý muž žijúci s matkou, ktorý je neustále zavretý vo svojej pinvici, tak by o tom asi autor nepísal. Takýmto štýlom som na väčšinu vecí prišla, a tak už tie šokujúce odhal
Georgina Howlett
My full review with spoilers is here:

But as a summary of my thoughts:

Game was a book which, and I'm going to be blunt here, annoyed me in quite a lot of ways as a reader. Things about it and in it just got on my nerves or confused me, and of course these are two emotions I'd hope never to feel when reading a book. Despite this, however, I did relatively enjoy the book and would look to continue the trilogy in the hope that a) it continues to have the same
Ana Pereira
I saw this book in a bookstore and I was immediately attracted by its cover and after I read the synopses it seemed a very interesting and promising book.
The story begins when HP finds a cellphone in a train, and basically, in the first chapter, we find an annoying smartphone asking HP if he wants to play The Game. It took me a while to finish this chapter because I knew HP would play The Game (obviously, that’s the tittle of this 300-and-something-pages-book) so all that narrative was a little
Henrik "HP" Pettersson is an immature person who has no impulse control. He is riding on a train and sees a mobile phone on the seat. When he looks at it, there is a message to him, inviting him to join a game. He thinks his friend set this up but goes along with it. He's told to wear a small camera on his clothing and is excited that people will watch his actions.

HP is given small challenges to begin with. These are usually illegal things like stealing a man's umbrella but HP doesn't care if t
HP Pettersson is going nowhere. He's unemployed, lazy, and has no motivation. All that changes when HP finds a mysterious cell phone that asks him, "Would you like to play a game?". The Game's risks are high, but so are the rewards. Rebecca Normen is a police officer on the rise, with a lot at stake. How will HP's Game effect her and the career she's worked so hard to get?

I'm not sure if Game translated well, literally. The sentences range from choppy to down right clunky. Is this the author's s
Paul Pessolano
“Game” by Anders De La Motte, published by Emily Bestler Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – December 03, 2013

This is another Mystery/Thriller from Sweden, although it is a little, maybe a big difference, from their other offerings. “Game” is built around “Gamers”. Gamers are those of use who are drawn into playing computer games and play as if our very life depends on the outcome.

What if you were invited, by cell phone, to play a real life game that started off with simple task
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Anders de la Motte (b. 1971) made his debut in 2010 with [geim], which won the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' 'First Book Award'. He is a former Police Officer and was until recently Director of Security at one of the world's largest IT companies. He is currently an International Security Consultant. With his blend of fast-paced suspense, humor, and informed commentary on IT and social media, A ...more
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  • Bubble
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