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Little Siberia

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  33 reviews

The arrival of a meteorite in a small Finnish town causes chaos and crime in this poignant, chilling and hilarious new thriller from the King of Helsinki Noir

‘Tuomainen is the funniest writer in Europe’ Marcel Berlins, The Times

‘The biting cold of Northern Finland is only matched by the cutting dark wit and compelling plot on this must-read crime novel … most highly recommended!!’ Denzil MeyrickBerlins, TheEurope’ Marcel

Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published August 17th 2019 by ORENDA BOOKS
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Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour
Picture are driving along minding your own business...along a snowy road, going about 240 km/hr (149 mph). Taking swigs of warm Koskenkorva vodka and contemplating life. How did you get to this point in your life where you are no longer a rally driver even though that is your identity? Then a meteorite falls from the sky, rips through the roof of your car and smack dab lands on the seat next to you. Whatttt??? What in hell did I just read?

I have been wanting to read someth
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: October 9th 2019

"It seems that the turning points in our lives are always associated with a strange combination of the banal and the extraordinary, like watching a spaceship land in a perfectly everyday landscape."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Anne Cater and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's astonishing the amount of trouble you can find yourself in just because a piece of space rock decides to fall from the sky and crash through the roof of a car that is being driven by a resident of the small village of Hurmevaara in Finland, where you just happen to be the village parson. A piece of rock that is apparently worth one million euros and comes to the attention of some greedy and unscrupulous individuals including a femme fatale,a couple of Russian mobsters and a number of the re ...more
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There are some writers who have that innate skill of mixing comedy, horror and that close to the knuckle, tongue in cheek characterization and yet still manages to bring the unexpected. There have been books about Finnish beaches, flamingos, mushrooms and..well now we have a UFO in the sky above a small Finnish village….

Could I love Antti Tuomainen any more? What writer not only reshapes genres and expectations but smashes them and remoulds them himself? This is one funny and dark twist
Julie Morris
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes when you read a book you have to marvel at the ways people’s minds work. I just know that I could never come up with this story and you can understand why people frequently ask authors that age-old question, ‘where do you get your ideas from?’ I know it is a trite and boring enquiry, but I really would like to know where this author gets his ideas from, because this one is literally out of this world.

The story in question here being, what happens when a meteorite that might
Bella Jones
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was hooked from the first page of the prologue: a man is driving at high speed through snow-covered Finnish wilderness whilst drinking vodka. He explains that a car’s top speed isn’t what the manufacturer says, it actually depends on who is driving it. His drive comes to a dramatic conclusion when a meteorite plunges into his car. The meteorite turns out to be worth a million euros and is being kept at the local museum for four days before being passed on to scientists. The local pastor Joel, ...more
Lel Budge
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anne-cater
A meteorite lands in the small village, and as it’s so rare it is worth a million euros. So it is being kept in the local war museum for security reasons.

Joel, is also a security guard and the night shift at the museum, when there’s a break in…..but after assaulting him, they only get away with an old grenade, with disastrous consequences…

Will they try again?

Pastor Joel has issues, his wife is pregnant….he cannot father children due to a war wound, so who is t
Melanie’s reads
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like things that are offbeat, quirky and with a little bit of dark. Films, people, music, books. If it’s different I’m in. For someone who is an atheist I also really like religious undertones, The testament of Gideon Mack and The Shack being great examples.

Well this book has it all and then some, a great protagonist in Joel ex military chaplain and now sterile priest whose wife is pregnant. (Miracle conception I think not!). A rare meteorite falling from the sky through the car of
Kelly Van Damme
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Little Siberia is about Joel, who is a priest and former military man, and he also works in the local veterans museum as a guard. At the beginning of the book, a race car driver is pushing his car to the limit on the dark and snowy roads of rural Finland, when a meteorite strikes and lands on his passenger seat. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but this opening scene is brilliantly summed up in the striking cover of this book.

The meteorite is placed in the local museum before it will b
The Reads
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for my spot on the blog tour. All thoughts are my own.

You know when you receive an email about an ORENDA Books blog tour you just know you have to get on by any means necessary because it’s always going to be all kind of awesome.  Yes, Little Siberia is another kick Ass Thriller from Orenda and you aren’t going to want to miss this one!  Orenda Books just know what’s going to blow your socks off, they love a twisty, dark tale and this is
Jacob Collins
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A simple lump of rock, travelling for billions of years across the universe finally makes its mark on Planet Earth, choosing to make icy cold Finland its destination. But this simple lump of rock is about to cause a storm among the locals. With an estimated worth of one million euros, it catches the eye of more than a few crooks, who are desperate to get their hands on it before it makes its journey to London. Charged with protecting the meteorite is Pastor Joel Huhta, a former soldier who takes ...more
Susan Hampson
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-reads
This is just one weird and wonderfully entertaining book. Dark and mysterious with human nature all wrapped up in one small community in a poignant yet hilarious tale.
When a meteorite falls to earth in a small Finnish town, well through the roof of a car, it brings out the worst and best in people. What is it worth? It isn’t just money, is it worth a wife, a friendship or a life? The meteorite is put into the safe hands of the priest to take care of it. But Joel the priest, in this madcap
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having thoroughly enjoyed Antti Tuomainen’s Palm Beach, Finland last year, I was delighted to be able to join this new blog tour as well.

Little Siberia is another demonstration of how skilled Tuomainen is at constructing spectacularly unique situations for his characters to navigate.

Joel is a sympathetic and fully-rounded protagonist who, due to a perfect storm of circumstances, has a very bad few days indeed. Many a hurdle and various temptations are thrown into his path
Cheryl M-M
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to hand it to Tuomainen you just never know what he is going to bring to the table. Stealing a meteorite?

If you are planning a trip to Finland watch out for meteorites falling from the sky. The Finnish tourist board should hire Tuomainen to write their adverts for them. The only downside would be the amount of people wanting to travel there for the atmosphere he creates and quirky characters this author keeps introducing to the world.

In a way the author makes somet
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whenever I read a novel by Antti Tuomainen I can see it as a Coen Brothers movie. This latest book is a perfect example. The weather, which I just can’t imagine having to cope with and consider it normal. The relationships, where you can see the love and adoration but also the issues and the brilliantly and bizarrely accidents that result in the bad guys being killed.

Joel, the lead character is just wonderful, struggling to cope with his wife’s pregnancy when he knows he can’t be the father he
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A former rally car driver finds himself racing along a snowy road in Hurmevaara, Finland. Intoxicated many drinks above the legal limit this man cannot be sure if the flash in the sky is real or in his imagination until a meteorite comes crashing through his car.

Local priest, Joel, finds himself working his alternate job as a guard for the museum where the meteorite is being held. The same meteorite that crashed through a car. The same meteorite that has been appraised at a million e
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first discovered this author when I read his novel, The Healer, a post-apocalyptic story set in a Helsinki beset by the effects of calamitous flooding and climate change. It was a brilliant novel - and with climate change increasingly seen as an emergency - one that was ahead of its time. I next encountered this author’s work when I read one of his first novels to be published by his current British publisher, the always brilliant Orenda Books. The Mine was crime noir set against the backdrop ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a mystery story surrounding a meteorite which, after landing in the small Finnish village of Hurmavaara, is being temporarily stored in the local museum whilst awaiting collection by scientific authorities who intend to transport the item to London for testing. The meteorite is worth a significant sum - €1 million. A sum sufficient to make some of the locals wonder what impact that money could have on their lives.

Disillusioned military pastor, Joel Huhta, is the protagonist o
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is not the first book I’ve read from Antti Tuomainen, so I suppose I am a little biased with my reviews… I love how he writes, his dark humour and original stories. Of course this time was not different; with real characters and meteorite problems this will be the story you’ll remember all the year around.
Before discussing about Little Siberia, let me talk a little about what makes Antti Tuomainen books so special; they are all slow paced but with a rear clock that you know you can’t
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
We join the blog tour Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen, author of one of our favourite reads in 2018. But would Little Siberia match up to the glorious neon that was Palm Beach Finland?

Gone are the plastic flamingos of Palm Beach instead we are invited to winter in the middle of nowhere. A place for internal exhiles such as ex racing driver Tarvainen, washed up bar owner Karoliina and a priest named Joel. The story starts with the falling to earth of a meteorite that Joel takes it u
Jane Hunt
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you’re searching for something original and quirky to read, this is it. Apart from the unique plot, this is a wonderfully descriptive story, with vividly portrayed characters.

The story starts with an unlikely and unusual event, that snowballs into a fast-paced thriller, with curious insight into human nature, and what happens when there is a chance to make easy money. There are many satirical observations, which will appeal to many.

The story is many things and so will
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure I would agree that this was an 'hilarious' book. It did have it's moments of comedic hysteria and the whole concept of the plot is 'out there'. I did find it captivating and very different, as only scandi-fiction can be. The main character is a pastor/priest who gets involved in guarding a meteor worth a million euros, finds out his wife is pregnant and then has to navigate both of these situations in a remote Finnish town.

What ensues is both outrageous and fantastically ridiculous
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I can see from the reviews that many people thoroughly enjoyed this, and good for them. However, I'm afraid I am with the few who found the humour particularly well hidden, and was left with a feeling of maybe having missed something vital. I'm ok with the central conceit of a meteorite crashing through the roof of a speeding car, and becoming embedded in the passenger seat, all stories have to start somewhere...but as subsequent events relating to the potential theft of this valuable object (ke ...more
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
Yet again Orenda have not disappointed me with this beauty… Infact they never have. From the prologue alone I was interested, intrigued and hooked! It’s different, but I bloody loved every minute of it! It was a real page turner.
Brilliantly written, short chapters and fast paced. It’s an edge of your seat read as you don’t know what is going to happen next or should I say… When it will happen in this case. I loved Joels character he was so determined bless him in all aspects of his life an
Alex  Jones
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my first novel by this intriguing author and most certainly not the last!

When a meteorite rich in minerals and metals crash lands through the roof of a drunk driver's moving car, little does he or the small town of Hurmevaara know what it is about to unleash...

Town pastor Joel Huhta, assumes responsibility for looking after the meteorite, unbeknown to him, the trials and tribulations this will bring.

While also facing a massive personal dilemma, Joel se
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having a meteorite fall from the sky is not that far fetched. There have been objects falling from the sky intermittently even recently. I have been enjoying reading the very entertaining novels by Tuomainen. The characters in his novels are bumbling, but loveable. I look forward to reading more of his enjoyable novels.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read for the blog tour. See blog 27th October 2019 for full review.
stephen john Ainsworth
It was ok. Don't know where to humour was. Maybe it's Finnish and me as an English didn't see it.

However I'm sure that I didn't miss it.

Ashti Latchman
Oct 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'm not a fan of slow books in which the narrator contemplates the same things over and over again for most of the book. By 50% in not much had happened and I lost all interest in it.
Marina Sofia
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a joy, as always, to read that special blind of darkness and humour to which Tuomainen has accustomed us.
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English Translati...: Antti Tuomainen - Little Siberia 6 15 Oct 25, 2019 03:09PM  
Antti Tuomainen is the award-winning author of eight novels: A Killer I Wish, My Brother’s Keeper, The Healer, Dark as My Heart, The Mine, The Man Who Died, Palm Beach Finland and his latest – Little Siberia. He has been called ‘The King of Helsinki Noir’ by the Finnish press and his writing has garnered attention worldwide.

In 2011 his third novel The Healer was awarded the Clue Award
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