This is a novel to read in a certain mood. It is very atmospheric, emotion-based, musings on death and love and loss. There is not a lot of plot, almoThis is a novel to read in a certain mood. It is very atmospheric, emotion-based, musings on death and love and loss. There is not a lot of plot, almost zero dialogue, but this is not a complaint for me. The novel is marketed as being about a woman dealing with her mother's cancer but I found that to be a background fact; most of the story and reflections are about her romantic relationship. I found my best strategy was to read this in between other books, and just linger over a few pages at a time, almost like poetry.
Here is an example of the writing (noting that I had a review copy so this may not be final version) "Natural disasters don't distinguish between what is foreign and what is not. Nothing stays as you left it. The return home is impossible, one must reconcile oneself with a face that is foreign.
The landscape doesn't miss you. The hills have not pined. To the hills, one person is no more or less foreign than another. All people are always both parts: there is always some recognition, something shred, and no one willing to be shunned in that way. Marginalized like foreign bodies, infants mixed up at birth, planets likewise confused...."
I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review from the publisher via Edelweiss....more
First books in crime series can be difficult. In between solving a crime, the author has to introduce the setting that will continue through, as well as the major characters. Carl Mørck starts the book in a difficult situation - he used to be a successful homicide detective but recently lost a friend (and another is paralyzed) in a shoot-out gone wrong. He has been assigned to a basement nonexistent department called Department Q, basically cold cases. He is relieved to be relegated to the storage spaces and is not planning to do much, but then his very clever assistant Assad, who shows himself to have far more talents than just driving him around, starts making connections that even Carl can't deny.
So I like Carl and his pain, and I like Assad and how he will balance Carl. The actual crime the novel focuses on is more than a little unbelievable so that kind of kept me from finishing it for a while. I honestly don't feel that I can judge the series based on this book but I am a bit ambivalent about picking up the next one. I will gladly listen to opinions from people who have read later books in this series....more
I received a review copy of this cookbook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Kinfolk Table comes from the folks (haha) at Kinfolk MagI received a review copy of this cookbook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Kinfolk Table comes from the folks (haha) at Kinfolk Magazine, a cozy, back-to-roots, folksy magazine that I might be tempted to label as unironic hipster. It reminds me of the aesthetic of the Quaker communities I went to college with, or even my own upbringing with everything homemade, nothing processed. Simple but beautiful living, focusing on getting people together.
The unique angle in this cookbook is its division between four geographical regions, where they focus on individuals living in Brooklyn, Portland (OR), the English countryside, and Copenhagen, Denmark. The people featured are not professional cooks most of the time, and they contribute recipes from their bounty or their own upbringing. One section is called The Wandering Table and has a bunch of international recipes.
The photography is stunning, with a very simple, naturally-lit style. It's hard to explain how these are my people, but I want to live inside this cookbook. Not to mention that I'm 1/4 Danish, and feel disconnected from that part of my heritage.
Recipes I've marked to try, to give you an idea of the contents:
This is a bit of a guilty pleasure book for people who like books, libraries, and the power of reading. It reads a bit like Zafon, but I ranked it lowThis is a bit of a guilty pleasure book for people who like books, libraries, and the power of reading. It reads a bit like Zafon, but I ranked it lower because it isn't as literary or layered. Jon Campelli, a high profile attorney, is notified of his father's death and inherits his bookstore n Copenhagen. That is when he discovers the world of Lectors and Receivers, people who have the ability to manipulate people through the reading and enhancement of text.
Overall, much of this book is convenient, and Jon never seems to struggle with the things that happen, which isn't very realistic. The translation from the Danish is also a bit awkward at times. I enjoyed the bit about the Alexandria Lirary, but a richer book with that setting would be The Book on Fire?...more