It took me awhile to get properly into this book, as I started out not thinking the writing was very good... too much telling, too little showing, butIt took me awhile to get properly into this book, as I started out not thinking the writing was very good... too much telling, too little showing, but I guess that was because it was necessary to get the back story into place, because Christian Jungersen quickly stopped explaining so much and got on with the plot. Once I did get into the book, I couldn't put it down. The descriptions of the bullying is amazing. The book is split up into parts, and each part is told from the view point of one of the women. Somehow Christian Jungersen manages to make you sympathetic with whoever's thoughts you're currently following. When reading the woman who's bullied the worst, you feel incredibly sorry for her. The next chapter is told by one of the women who *does* the bullying, and you start thinking "There you go, she doesn't mean it. It's just the other person who's too sensitive." even though you know that it's not the case. Very impressive! The book is filled with twists and turns that'll leave you guessing until the very end.
I highly recommend it - both as a good suspense novel, and as a novel about bullying at work. Also, because of where the women work, facts about genocides are included in the story to explain the plot (works very well - not nearly as heavy-handed as one could have feared), facts I wasn't aware of, and found extremely interesting to read.
And fortunately, as rare as it is for a Danish book to receive international acknowledgment, this one HAS been translated to English :-)...more
"There are more worlds than there are stars. They can be ruled by Light or Darkness. Their inhabitans can be civilized thinkers or primitive killers. Two"There are more worlds than there are stars. They can be ruled by Light or Darkness. Their inhabitans can be civilized thinkers or primitive killers. Two kingdoms can lie on opposide sides of Eternity, and still have borders that cross each other, without the worlds ever meeting. But if fate so decides, the barriers of time and space disappear. And the borders fade together and open gates..." Dalixam's Book
Dystopia is one of those amazing fantasy books, that - though I remember I love them - I forget from time to time just HOW good they are. I love the universe that Dennis Jürgensen creates, and the detail he puts into the description of it.
Even though I more or less know the story by heart by now, I still lose myself completely in the universe of Dystopia, and the fates of the eudaimons and the two humans. It's the age-old fight between good and evil, but with some delightful twists that make it seem new and original.
Unfortunately it's never been translated into English. It's well worth learning Danish to read it though! ;)...more
I could not put this book down! It was fascinating and chilling, because it could so easily happen.
My only beef with the book was that it ended too sI could not put this book down! It was fascinating and chilling, because it could so easily happen.
My only beef with the book was that it ended too soon. I doubt I spoil anybody by revealing that they catch the guy in the end ;) but the book ends right when they arrest him. I would have appreciated another 20 pages or so - perhaps as an epilogue - wrapping things up. There were too few reactions to the identity of the rapist....more
Long-legged Gerd is doing research in the field just like her author father, because she wants to write a book of her own. Only she doesn't need to trLong-legged Gerd is doing research in the field just like her author father, because she wants to write a book of her own. Only she doesn't need to travel abroad, she can just go out her front door and suddenly she's part of a completely different world - a world governed by the kids who rule the streets of Copenhagen.
Gerd is a reckless girl whose aunt has troubles controlling her while her parents are abroad; but she's healthy, natural and has a strong moral code. Her reflections on life and people in general are wonderfully un-snobbish and droll when coming from her matter-of-fact outlook on life.
I first read "Gerd og gadedrengene" when I was in my pre-teens, and it's still one of my favourite books. Estrid Ott is an amazing Danish author, and her books are always filled with charming and amusing anecdotes from her personal life. This is my favourite book by her and although it's a children's book I still read it every or every second year. It's a quick read and one that never fails to put me in a good mood. I absolutely adore it....more
I have to admit to having an ulterior motive in reading and reviewing this book. Claus Tøndering is my dad :) (And he'll probably find this entry throI have to admit to having an ulterior motive in reading and reviewing this book. Claus Tøndering is my dad :) (And he'll probably find this entry through Google alerts. Hi Dad! *waves*) Still, I hope you can trust that I read enough to know my mind and give an unbiased review regardless.
I'm a geek. This is no secret and something I'm proud of. I love maths, I love logic and I love formulas. For that reason along this book was right up my aisle. I now know how to calculate the day of the week for any given date between 1900-2099. I don't know that I'll ever need it, but just being able to is cool :)
But even non-geeks will find J&G interesting, because of the number of anecdotes spread out throughout it about curiosities connected to the history of our calendar. E.g. the myth that Augustus added a day to August because he didn't find it fair that Julius got 31 days whereas he only got 30 (untrue, but funny), or the practise of renaming dates to fit a deck of cards... seeing as there are 52/53 weeks in a year and 52/53 (if you count the joker) cards in a deck: "Let's meet up on Thursday in King of Spades".
I found the book both informative and interesting. And even if I'll probably never end up needing any of the information gained, it'll come in handy when playing Trivial Pursuit! :-)
Hell - and a loving God Summary: Is it possible to see damnation and Hell as a side of God's love for us?
If we trust in Jesus' words there's no escapinHell - and a loving God Summary: Is it possible to see damnation and Hell as a side of God's love for us?
If we trust in Jesus' words there's no escaping the fact that Hell is real. But most of us hide this thought far away in a small corner of our conscience and are very reluctant to bring it forward. Many of us find it difficult to match our belief in God's love with the undeniable words of Hell found in the Bible. How do we unite the belief of God's unlimited love with the fact that Jesus often talks of damnation and Hell as a reality?
This book is an attempt to address this problem. The author manages to do this without coming with easily bought explanations and with the goal to help us to retain our belief in God's love - also when confronted with the reality of Hell.
Review: I have reread this book several times since I first got my hands on it, because it offers a good take on an interesting subject. The problem of how to understand hell is one that most Christians face sooner or later, and it's important to realize that God doesn't send some people to hell because He doesn't love them, but rather because He loves them too much not to let them make their own decisions.
I won't claim to understand everything about hell - far from it - and there are still things that make no sense at all to me, but this book has given me a greater understanding for how the idea of a loving God can be combined with the horrors of Hell.
Darling Jim was a Christmas present from my brother- and sister-in-law. It was a true page-turner, but very troubling in its plot. One of those booksDarling Jim was a Christmas present from my brother- and sister-in-law. It was a true page-turner, but very troubling in its plot. One of those books where the main characters ought to have gone to the police so many times but didn't and therefore ended up suffering a totally unnecessary death. That plot-device always bothers me. I enjoyed reading it, but doubt it's one that'll end up being a regular reread....more
A Danish book about a woman who's parents immigrated to Denmark from Pakistan. About her life here in Denmark - trying to walk the fine balance betweeA Danish book about a woman who's parents immigrated to Denmark from Pakistan. About her life here in Denmark - trying to walk the fine balance between being accepted here and not offending her parents. Her two failed marriages... Extremely interesting! I'm keeping a look-out for the next book by her now....more
Regicide: Gert Jakobsen has it all - a successful political career, the respect of the media and an ever-growing fan base who'd love to see him as theRegicide: Gert Jakobsen has it all - a successful political career, the respect of the media and an ever-growing fan base who'd love to see him as the next chairman of Socialdemokraterne and - who knows - maybe even the next prime minister! If only his wife, Linda, would behave, so he wouldn't have to beat her into submission all the time. He's not a violent man, oh no, and if he has to slap her around now and then, it's her own fault!
A very, very powerful and disturbing book. While the political and the personal lives of Gert Jakobsen were closely interwoven, it was definitely the personal life I found more interesting, and most troubling. Part of me just wanted to yell at Linda and tell her to get out of there already, to press charges, to divorce his ass, and not allow herself to be subjected to that treatment any longer. The other part of me realised that it's the kind of situation where you never know how you'll act, until you actually try it on your own body.
A very strong book that I hope gets translated to English, because I'd recommend it to everybody....more
(Review in English below) Hvis du mangler inspiration til nogle nye gyserhistorier til næste års campingtur er der ingen grund til at lede videre. Horr(Review in English below) Hvis du mangler inspiration til nogle nye gyserhistorier til næste års campingtur er der ingen grund til at lede videre. Horror.dk indeholder mere end rigeligt til mange aftners fortælling og flere nætters mareridt.
Horror.dk er en ny novellesamling med horrornoveller skrevet af nogle af Danmarks allerbedste forfattere indenfor genren. De spænder bredt med alt fra spøgelseshistorier som de blev fortalt da jeg var barn, over drabelige mordmysterier, til psykologiske thrillers der overlader alt til læserens egen hyperaktive fantasi, men alle har de et element af det overnaturlige.
Det er svært at vælge en yndlingsnovelle fra antologien, for de er gode på hver sin måde, så det mest af alt kommer an på, hvad man er i humør til lige netop nu. Man ved man altid kan regne med Dennis Jürgensen til et godt gys, og Nattoget er ingen undtagelse. Teddy Vork får skabt en usammenlignelig stemning af uhygge i Delilas lokker, slutningen på Stevie af Carina Evytt vil få det til at isne helt ind i rygraden på læseren, og hvis man læser Bøddel af Kenneth Bøgh Andersen efter mørkets frembrud sker det på eget ansvar. Dog tror jeg det er bogens afsluttende novelle, Var er et stort ord af Bernhard Ribbeck jeg oftest vil vænne tilbage til, pga. den dybde han formår at lægge i sin hovedpersons karakter på de kun 30 sider novellen fylder.
Horror er en populær genre, men en genre det er svært at gøre godt. Det kræver en virkelig erfaren forfatter at skrive en god horrornovelle da man alt for let kommer til at falde i ’splatter’-grøften i stedet, eller ender med en historie så overbelæsset med overraskelsesmomenter, at plottet rent forsvinder. Heldigvis har de 12 forfattere et så intimt kendskab til horror-genren at det lykkedes dem alle som en at undgå begge faldgrupper og man sidder tilbage med et godt gys, som det er umuligt at lægge fra sig.
If you need inspiration for ghoststories to tell on next year's camping trip - look no further. Horror.dk is all you could ask for and contains material enough for several evenings' worth of storytelling, and nightmare fodder for many nights.
Horror.dk is a new short-story collection with horror stories written by some of Denmark's very best genre authors. There is a huge variety in the stories with everything from ghost-stories as I knew them as a kid, through terrifying murder mysteries to psychological thrillers that leave everything to the reader's own hyperactive imagination. But one red thread runs through them all - they all contain an element of the supernatural.
It is almost impossible to pick a favourite story from the anthology, because they each have their highlights, so it really depends on what you're in the mood for here and now. Everybody know you can always count on Dennis Jürgensen to thrill, and The Night Train is no exception. Teddy Vork manages to create a creepy atmosphere without compare in Delila's Ringlets, the end of Stevie by Carina Evytt makes the reader cold to the very marrow of their bones, and if you read Executioner by Kenneth Bøgh Andersen after dark - it's on your own head. Still, I think it's the last short story in the book, Was is a great word by Bernhard Ribbeck I'll find myself returning to most often, because of the depth he manages to introduce to the main character in the just 30 pages the short story takes up.
Horror is a popular genre, but a genre that's difficult to do well. It takes a really talented author to write a good horror-novel as it's far too easy to either switch into 'gore' instead, or end up with a story so laden with surprise antics that the plot disappears completely. Fortunately the 12 authors of this anthology are all so familiar with the horror-genre that, that they manage to avoid both traps, and the reader is left with a thriller that it's impossible to put down.
Horror.dk is published in Denmark on September 1st, 2008 from Tellerup, and has yet to be translated to English....more
(Review in English below) Hvor skyggen falder er en nervepirrende samling noveller skrevet af et nyt ansigt på det danske forfatter-landkort – men en j(Review in English below) Hvor skyggen falder er en nervepirrende samling noveller skrevet af et nyt ansigt på det danske forfatter-landkort – men en jeg er sikker på, vi kommer til at høre meget mere til i fremtiden. Teddy Vork formår nemlig hvad få selv mere erfarne forfattere kan gøre ham efter... at skrive en novellesamling bygget over et fælles tema, men hvor alle novellerne er så forskellige at de alle føles unikke, og ikke bare som nye variationer af en kendt melodi.
I novellesamlingen bliver vi præsenteret for personer som ved et uheld – eller et tilfælde – opdager at man skal passe på at opholde sig hvor skyggerne falder. forfatteren som forsøger at skrive en dyster roman og derved opdager en overraskende og ubehagelig side af sig selv, som han ikke helt kan stole på – hverken i vågen eller sovende tilstand. Landskabsarkitekten som har fået en kirkegård lukket og omdannet til park uden at indse de konsekvenser det vil have. Den ulykkelige Balder som indser at man skal passe på hvad man ønsker sig. Katrine som ganske vist ikke tror på nisser… men hvem har så spist risengrøden på loftet? Moderen som opdager at hun og hendes datter er blevet fanget af tågen. Og til sidst min personlige favorit – den uheldige taxachauffør som får en skæbnesvanger tur, da han bliver hyret til at køre en flot ung fyr hjem til sin egen adresse… hvor konen er alene hjemme.
Teddy Vork forstår så fuldt ud at bygge en stemning op, uden at være nødt til at gribe til overraskelsesmomentet for at skabe uhygge. For at sige det som det er, er jeg ikke den store horror-fan, så at det alligevel lykkes ham at imponere mig og gøre det svært for mig at lægge bogen fra mig, vidner om hans ikke uanseelige evner. Jeg glæder mig til at se, hvad han kan drive det til i fremtiden.
Where Shadows Fall is a collection of nerve-wrecking short stories written by a new face on the Danish author road-map - but I'm convinced we'll hear a lot more of him in the future. Teddy Vork understands how to do something even many more experienced authors fail at - how to write a short story collection based on the same common theme where all the stories are still different enough to feel unique, instead of just being different variations of the same tune.
In the collection we're introduced for people who by accident - or coincidence - all discover that you should be careful about where the shadow falls. There's the author who attempts to write a dark novel and thereby discover a surprising and disconcerting side of himself that he can't quite trust - neither consciously nor subconsciously. The landscape architect who managed to close a graveyard and turn it into a park without thinking of the consequences that might have. The unfortunate Balder who realizes one should be careful what he wishes for. Katherine who doesn't believe in goblins... but who else could be eating the porridge on the attic? The mother who discovers that she and her daughter have gotten lost in the fog. And finally my personal favourite - the poor taxi-driver who discovers his destiny, when he's asked to drive a handsome young man to his own address... where his wife is home alone.
Teddy Vork fully understands how to build up an atmosphere without having to resort to the element of surprise in order to scare the reader. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the horror-genre, so the fact that he still managed to impress me and make it difficult to put down the book proves his talent. I'm looking forward to seeing where this will take him....more
Dennis Jürgensen er altid godt for et godt gys, og Sagen om den brændende klovn er ingen undtagelse. Her udfolder handlingen siReview in English below
Dennis Jürgensen er altid godt for et godt gys, og Sagen om den brændende klovn er ingen undtagelse. Her udfolder handlingen sig i den lille flække Marklunde, hvor der foregår noget sært på den lokale tankstation. Anne-Lie – adoptivdatteren til det par der ejer benzintanken – forfølges af en brændende klovn med sort næse, der lugter af svovl og lyder som stegende bacon. Han gør hende ikke noget direkte, men bringer hende skræmmende advarsler: ”Anne-Lie, om kort tid”. Anne-Lie bliver forståeligt nok rædselsslagen, og tilkalder straks Spøgelseslinien, for at hjælp til at løse sagen om den brændende klovn.
Den er dog ikke så ligetil som Spøgelsesliniens anfører, Absalon først havde antaget. Umiddelbart er der ikke nogen i Anne-Lies omgangskreds, der kan tænkes at ville hende ondt, men løsningen må jo findes i den naturlige verden, for Absalon tror ikke på parapsykologiske fænomener, men mener at der er en logisk og rationel forklaring på alt.
Resten af Spøgelseslinien og især Anne-Lie er dog ikke så overbeviste – en efter en hører eller ser de selv den brændende klovn. Er det den onde klovnemyte Græk, der er blevet vækket til live? Eller har Absalon ret, og der er en logisk forklaring på det hele?
Sagen om den brændende klovn er femte bog i serien om det momsregistrerede undersøgelsesbureau, Spøgelseslinien hvor Absalon, Patricia, Kasper og Tanja hjælpes ad med at løse mere eller mindre overnaturlige sager. Ligesom mange andre spændingsserier er hvert bind en afsluttet sag, og det er derfor ikke nødvendigt at læse serien i kronologisk rækkefølge.
Endnu engang har Dennis Jürgensen formået at skrive en serie der henvender sig til tidens unge, og det vil ikke undre mig hvis Spøgelseslinien bliver for unge nu, hvad Bøvsedragens hemmelighed var for unge for 20 år siden.
Dennis Jürgensen always delivers a good suspense novel, and The Case of the Burning Clown is no exception. Here the plot unfolds in the small town of Marklunde where something weird is happening at the local gas station. Anne-Lie - the adopted daughter of the owners of the store - is stalked by a burning clown with a black nose who smells of sulphur and sounds like roasted bacon. He doens't harm her, but delivers frightening warnings: "Anne-Lie, shortly..." Obviously Anne-Lie is terrified, and immediately calls upon The Ghostline to help solve the case of the burning clown.
Solving the case proves to be more difficult than Absalon, the informal leader of The Ghostline, originally had expected. There doesn't seem to be anybody who wants to harm Anne-Lie, but there has to be a logical solution to the case, because Absalon doesn't believe in para-psychological phenomena, but believes everything has a rational explanation.
The rest of The Ghostline, and especially Anne-Lie aren't quite as convinced - one by one they all hear or see the burning clown for themselves. Is it the even clown-myth Graek that's been brought back to life? Or is Absalon right, and there is a logical explanation to everything?
The Case of the Burning Clown is the fifth book in the series about the registered bureau of investigation known as The Ghostline where Absalon, Patricia, Kasper and Tanja work together to solve more or less supernatural cases. Like many other crime series each book is a closed case, and it is therefore not necessary to read the books in chronological order.
Once again Dennis Jürgensen has succeeded in writing a series aimed at and relevant to today's youth, and I wouldn't be surprised if The Ghostline turns out to be just as popular now, as Freddy was 20 years ago....more
Leif Andersen has a very down-to-earth way of explaining difficult topics, and this book is no exception. I do believe that God loves me personally anLeif Andersen has a very down-to-earth way of explaining difficult topics, and this book is no exception. I do believe that God loves me personally and individually and I do believe He takes an interest in what happens to me and that prayers do make a difference - so why the apparent silence sometimes?
The answer is as straight-forward as they come - it's not that God remains silent and doesn't answer my prayers, but that He doesn't always answer them in the way I expect or would have preferred. But I can trust that they're always answered in the way that are ultimately best for me.
Interestingly and succinctly written, it's a quick read that I think will stay with me for quite awhile....more
Estrid Ott writes terrific comfort books, and this is no exception. I've always loved books that take place at a bording school, and enjoy reading aboEstrid Ott writes terrific comfort books, and this is no exception. I've always loved books that take place at a bording school, and enjoy reading about the various antics the girls get up to. There's typically not much 'depth' in Estrid Ott's YA, but it's just pleasant comfort reading, perfect for a lazy afternoon.
Estrid Ott was one of my favourite authors growing up, and it's so gratifying to see that her books still stand the test of time. I've read this bookEstrid Ott was one of my favourite authors growing up, and it's so gratifying to see that her books still stand the test of time. I've read this book times beyond number since I first discovered it in my (very) early teens. It's a lovely story about a family who support each other through thick and thin and who - of course - always come out on top. A lovely feel-good book that I always close with a happy sigh :)
It's always frustrating to read a really good book in Danish, because I know the chances of it getting translated into English are very slim, and I waIt's always frustrating to read a really good book in Danish, because I know the chances of it getting translated into English are very slim, and I want to recommend it to others and discuss it with them!
And the first half of this book was "really good". The set-up was interesting, the writing captivating, I got really fond of both Jon and Katherina, and I was completely fascinated by the concept of influencing/manipulating others through reading.
Unfortunately, about half way through the book, a blatant plot-device was used to move the story along. I'd seen it coming a mile off, so it annoyed me that Jon and Katherina hadn't too, and that they were trusting and unsuspecting enough not to see it. The same effect could easily have been achieved in a different way.
The last 100 pages seemed rushed, and not as well thought-out as the rest of the book, leaving me not quite as blown away as I'd expected to be, and with a number of questions left unanswered.
Edit: turns out this book actually has been translated. I stand corrected....more
I've been known to say that the only short stories worth reading are those by L.M. Montgomery. I'm going to have to take that back. Dennis Jürgensen iI've been known to say that the only short stories worth reading are those by L.M. Montgomery. I'm going to have to take that back. Dennis Jürgensen is a well-known Danish author who writes excellent fantasy and so-so horror. Seeing as this was a collection of horror short stories, my expectations weren't very high, but I ended up finishing the collection in just two sittings, because I kept thinking "Okay, just one more story.... The next one isn't that long, just one more..."
"Dødens mange facetter" can be translated to "The Many Faces of Death", but despite death being the red thread that ties the stories together, the stories are varied in style and genre and the collection ends up being neither depressing nor macabre. Death shows itself in many ways, and it's not necessarily tragic, and not necessarily tragic. And at times, it's downright humorous.
Unfortunately I doubt the collection will ever be translated to English, but if it does - or if you read Danish - I highly recommend it... even if horror isn't usually your cup of tea....more
Elizabeth Meyer, chairman for the Danish Social Democrats has a mission: to win the upcoming Parliament election and thereby become Denmark's first feElizabeth Meyer, chairman for the Danish Social Democrats has a mission: to win the upcoming Parliament election and thereby become Denmark's first female prime minister. Meyer is "one of the boys"; she desires and dares to take on the power and the leadership. So she's completely unconcerned when Islamic fundamentalists send her death threats because of her Jewish heritage. With her long experiences with Danish and International politics, she knows that being political active bears its price. Besides, she has a much more serious enemy - an enemy that threatens her livelihood in a far larger way: she suffers from the feared disease Alzheimers. And she knows that this is her last chance to seize the job as Denmark's prime minister. She must therefore - before the disease gets the upper hand, convince her protege, Charlotte Damgaard, to step up as her inheritor.
This third and so far final book in the series completely lived up the the expectations set by the two first books. I have no idea how accurate it is, but I still found it fascinating to read about the ins and outs of Danish politics as described from an insiders point of view.
After having read so many books set in the US, it was interesting for once to read a book set in Denmark, where I knew the places described, and could mentally "walk along" with the characters. All the references to actual current events did get a bit distracting though. It's very obvious that the framework of the book is Denmark in 2007-2008, so I'd be reading along, following a fictional account of the political race, and suddenly an event I remembered from the news would be introduced, or well-known political persona would be depicted with the same characteristica as their real-life counterparts - but just with different names.
Other than that, the book was excellent. There was a large cast if characters, but as most were repeats from the earlier books, that didn't confuse me, and skipping from having one person in focus to having another, meant that no one plotline ever had time to get boring before it moved on to the next.
It's a quickly read book. Despite being over 600 pages I finished it in one day....more