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(Susso #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,623 ratings  ·  226 reviews
Ein Spannungsroman aus Schweden, der die Grenzen zum Paranormalen überschreitet - „wie der junge Stephen King!“ (Dagens Nyheter)

An einem Sommertag läuft der kleine Magnus in Nordschweden in den Wald und kehrt nicht mehr zurück. Seine Mutter behauptet, ein Riese habe ihn entführt. Jahre später verschwindet wieder ein Junge, und wieder soll ein Troll ihn geholt haben. Alles
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published March 3rd 2014 (first published 2012)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Stallo is a large human-like creature in the Sami folklore and since the book is about giants that kidnap children is the title quite logical. I listen to this book while working and since it's 600 page long was the book around 25 hours long to listen to. However, by accelerating the speed to max did I manage to finish it a bit faster. And, I had a pretty good reason to wanting to speed up the story. I have never before had the speed to max before, but it was the only way for me to finish the bo ...more
Tanja Berg
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A 'haunting supernatural thriller' translated from Swedish, Stallo traces the connections between two events: the disappearance of a boy from a woodland cabin in 1978, and the possible sighting of a troll in a small town, 25 years later. The latter is investigated by Susso, the creator of a website dedicated to supposedly mythical beings: her father, a wildlife photographer, once took a picture of a strange creature which has entered family lore and sparked her obsession. With her mother Gudrun ...more
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Weirdly wonderful...

In 1978, a small boy and his mother are staying in a holiday cabin in the forests near Falun, in Sweden. All seems well until the mother accidentally kills a bat that was flying around her. She throws it into the undergrowth, but the next day, when she goes to the fridge, there is the dead bat lying crumpled on a shelf. Now some of the forest animals begin to behave strangely, sitting motionless staring at the house. The mother tells the boy to stay in but he wants to see the
Maja Kvendseth
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the Norwegian translation of this but could still "taste" the Swedish turns of the language (beautiful). "Stallo" is a Sami term for unnatural creatures and it fits very well with what this book is about. It's part crime story, part thriller, part socio-realism, and part supernatural horror. I can only describe the writing style as characteristically Scandinavian and a very interesting blend between the everyday, straightforward, and the poetic.

The plot ties nicely together but also leave
Jack Tripper
There's a great, haunting 300-page story buried somewhere within--unfortunately there's another 300 pages of padding to wade through. I have nothing against epic-length works if the story demands it, and I love descriptive writing, but Spjut gets a bit excessive here, describing every mundane detail of the characters' lives, as well as every object within their general vicinity, and it breaks up the flow and the tension far too often to keep me totally captivated and engaged.

But hidden within t
Susanne Samuelsson
Börjar fantastiskt bra, kanske en av de bästa inledningar jag läst, men sen kommer ordbajsandet. Det finns många ljusglimtar i den här boken men de dränks tyvärr ofta bland alla oviktiga detaljer, och storyn (som i sig är riktigt spännande)försvinner bland de alldeles för många sidorna. 592?! Hälften hade räckt. Ett stort plus för de noga utmejslade karaktärerna dock.
Anastasia Alén
Well-developed plot around Staalos! Interesting book, Swedish noir filled with fantasy.
Andrew Kelly
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Touted as a horror book, it disappoints. The pace of the story builds nicely and is structured around a road trip and a search for answers. I enjoyed the way the author creates the atmosphere of a Swedish winter, the people functional and somewhat stoic. The hype on the cover peaked my interest, but the story, sadly, failed to deliver the drama, horror and pace I was hoping for. Just gets an "Ok" from me.
Maja Palm
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kommer drömma om troll
Kathy Cunningham
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is of the English translation of STALLO, called SHAPESHIFTERS:

Stefan Spjut’s SHAPESHIFTERS is a creepy, atmospheric horror novel about Nordic mythological creatures in modern-day Sweden. In 1978, a little boy is carried off from a campground by something gigantic, but no one will believe his mother’s story. Twenty-five years later, another child goes missing, and the only lead is a photograph taken by troll-hunter Susso Myren. The photo shows what appears to be a gnome-like creature,
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
After having read an excellent book about trolls just before Stallo, I was hoping for the same kind of excitement. Especially since it was a really long book. I mean, no one writes hundreds and hundreds of pages of nonsense, right? Yeah OK, they do, but I hoped it wouldn't be the case here. I was part right and part wrong.

The book started slowly and confusingly. There were a few different storylines and point of views (fortunately only a few!) and at first it was difficult to keep track of them
May 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished! I loved the opening of this, and throughout there we moments of this is good but it felt overly long and I must admit I got bored. There wasn't enough action or horror, there is a scene which isn't pleasant reading (but I won't say which, so as not to spoil it). It wasn't bad enough for me to stop reading but I felt it needed to be shorter.

To add to the above.....

This is one of those novels which starts strongly but burns itself out and just doesn't deliver. It flickers into li
Wendy Wagner
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dark-fantasy
A slow burner but a very engaging tale. The supernatural creatures in this book--the stallo--are utterly believable and more than a bit creepy.
Ken Fredette
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the story very much. It was done so that all the characters finally knew what they were faced with. The ending was anything but.
Marie  Lund Alveberg
3,5 for fantastisk vakre skildringer, og meget troverdige karakterer. Samtidig kan en del av detaljskildringene bli drøye. Dette er en laaang roman, som kanskje kunne ha vært mer spisset. Elsket å høre på den svenske lydbokversjonen i Storytel. 26 timer med Mangnus Roosmanns vakre opplesning, i kombinasjon med Spjuts glitrende, poetiske svensk. Kan anbefales <3
Tuomas Saloranta
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tässä oli paljon hyvää. Kansanperinteeseen nojaava taustamytologia toimi hyvin, samoin pohjoismainen miljöökuvaus, ja kahden eri juonilinjan välillä hyppivä kerronta koukutti nopeasti. Toisaalta kirja oli kyllä ihan liian pitkä, vaikka sen nopeasti lukikin, ja välillä näkökulmien välillä hypittiin turhankin taajaan (pahimmillaan parin sivun välein), niin ettei kumpaankaan oikein ehtinyt päästä kiinni ennen kuin taas vaihdettiin näkökulmaa. Ja ehkä tarina sittenkin lupasi enemmän kuin lopulta ant ...more
Martina Wolfová
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Věříte na trolly? Na skřítky a obry, skrývající se ve zvířecí podobě? Laponské trolly, kteří unášejí lidské děti? Jestli ne, tak si přečtěte Stallo. Pak možná uvěříte :) Napínavé, děsivé, tajuplné - nebudete se nudit :)
The writing isn't bad, and the subject is quite interesting.... it just takes the author forever to get the protagonists to do anything. The book moves SO slow. There was literally 100 pages of setup before anything in the novel actually happened. And it isn't all about building atmosphere or mythos... I would have been fine if it had been... it is a lot of vague character details that play no impact on the larger story. Also, the tense switching between third-person with Susso and everyone else ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mitt-bibliotek
Bra story. Alla orelevanta observationer och handlingar drar ner boken till en 4:a.allt annat var super! Spännande handling, driv och fängslande karaktärer.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spännande, kunde knappast lägga bort den på de sista 200 sidor eller så. Roligt att läsa en bok som lyfter fram en bit samekultur
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I’ve read in quite sometime. A perfect mix of mystery , fantasy and folklore. The setting is evocative, you just want to curl up in a blanket with a hot beverage and stay safe from the things that lurk in the dark.
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book & think there will probably be a movie made of it one day. It is a very visual book, with huge towering forests with snow & ice & big craggy rocks that could be trolls lurking in shadow.
The story has a few layers that takes a couple of hundred pages to set up before the action really gets going. It is a thick book, around 600 pages & while that usually puts me off ( I have read far too many big thick books that go no-where & should only be used for door st
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book because it's a horror novel published by Faber and Faber with a recommendation from Karl Ove Knausgaard. That sounded like an amazing confluence of unlikely ingredients, and it kept me reading despite wanting to give up a few times.
Stallo is a story that imagines trolls and shape-shifters exist in our world. It's written with a kind of slow-burn, hollywood thriller structure. A sense of mystery and with-held information keep us turning the pages, and the tension is slowly incr
May 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My favorite genre for the last decade has been urban fantasy; shifters, vampires, demons, witches, the fae, etc, etc. And some of them involve what is considered more mythological creatures. But I’m embarrassed to say that I had to force myself to get 25% thru this book before giving up. I just can’t get into the story and find I could care less about the characters, who until this point at least, are incredibly stoic and don’t exhibit emotions. Is this a cultural thing or just the way this auth ...more
Jag har funderat en del på varför jag inte föll så mycket som jag hade hoppats för Stefan Spjuts Stallo. Jag har egentligen inte kommit på något bra svar, förutom att det inte alltid går att förklara på ett bra sätt. Ibland blir man inte hänförd, bara. Ibland går lite berättelsen en förbi, och sidorna känns ovanligt långa, och boken lockar inte riktigt till att plockas upp ständigt och jämt utan blir liggande.

Jag älskar tanken på troll och skrymt. Flygfotografiet som Gunnar Myrén ska ha tagit i
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Azt a tanácsot kaptam, ha valami izgalmasra vágyom, válasszam a Stallót, én pedig izgalmasra vágytam (pedig nem gyakran szoktam), így hát választottam. Innentől magamra vessek, hogy meg is kaptam a magamét… :)
Stefan Spjut, ha valamihez ért, az a hangulat bitang erős megteremtése! Van is hozzá ter(jedelm)e bőven, mégis remekül gazdálkodik mindennel, főleg a kedves olvasó idegszálcsomóival. A világ, amit teremt természetes, ősi, ijesztően hihető. Nem használ csikorgó dallamokat, sejtelmes árnyaka
Lizzy Cartwright
Stallo is an electric thriller set in modern-day rural Sweden; think 'The Killing' meets 'Fortitude' with a troll or two hidden behind the odd cellar door. Strange and unexplained abductions draw the reader into an ancient Scandinavian world where folklore becomes reality in the darkest way possible. Filled with quiet murders and frantic car chases, this book also carefully considers - and perhaps most touchingly - what it means to be a family.

With one of the most terrifying opening chapters I'
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supernatural
This book starts with the kidnapping of a small boy while out camping with his mother. Than the story shifts to a womans search for trolls, which may have been involved in the initial kidnapping that starts the book. Now we have a story of this other womans troll search and also a story of humans who are helping the trolls. The initial kidnapping comes back into the story about three quarters of the way through the book.

Now don't let all of that complication throw you. This book actually works p
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story begin with how a woman brings her young son to a small cabin in the deep woods for a summer vacation. With this opening chapter the author sets a brilliant, chilling and eerie mood, as the reader is infused with a sense of wild nature and mysticism. But then the writing takes on another tone entirely. What follows is a more plain detective story, told from two sides of the mystery. The reader rather soon learns what the story is really about. The author manages to keep things interesti ...more
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