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Helsinki White by James Thompson
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Sep 24, 13


I loved Snow Angels, which presented an unusual protagonist, who had become who he is both because of and in spite of his upbringing in a small, rural town in northern Finland. Kari Vaara was an unusual and interesting character. By this third book, even if it was through using the literary device of brain surgery, Kari has become kind of creepy, and Thompson couldn't seem to get enough of reporting all the racist and misogynistic thoughts of every character through Kari's unfeeling persona. I didn't like Kate much anymore either. Without depth of character, it just became a "guy's" book - weapons, violence, blah, blah, blah. I also found myself doubting that Finland was such a terrible place - is Thompson's honeymoon with his adopted country over? Come back, Kari Vaara!
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