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Svålhålet: Berättelser från rymden

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  311 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Forget The Hitchhiker's Guide, this is the only handbook you need to navigate your way through the goings on of outer space.





What do you say to an intellectually superior fistular maggot who wants to observe you watching football?





What happens when you switch your android's personality setting to 'humour'?





Discover the most popular and most pungent Earth mementos taken into s
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 22nd 2005 by Månpocket (first published 2004)
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T4ncr3d1
"Ci è toccato l'universo che meritavamo".

Un po' di Bradbury (soprattutto quello delle Cronache marziane), un po' tanto di Douglas Adams e della sua Guida e una bella spruzzata delle Cosmocomiche di Calvino: questi gli ingredienti dei racconti di Niemi, in salsa rigorosamente svervegese.
Dalla fredda terra dell'Ikea giunge un autore che, fosse solo per distinguersi dalla melma di giallisti che forse più dell'Ikea rappresenta la Svezia, Mikael Niemi sceglie uno sperimentalismo audace che lo porta a
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Tassia
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swedish
Forse sono partita con aspettative troppo alte, forse tutti i parallelismi con Douglas Adams e Dick non hanno fatto altro che farmi notare la netta inferiorità di questo libro rispetto ai suoi predecessori, probabilmente entrambe le cose.
Il mio primo incontro con la fantascienza svedese è andato decisamente male.
Alcuni racconti meritano senza alcun dubbio, altri invece si rivelano solo confusi e riempitivi. Man mano che si avanza nella lettura si arriva ad una volgarità e ad un gusto di voyerism
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Sergio Frosini
Per una volta un libro di fantascienza svedese (!) e pure divertente (con 'sti svedesi non si sa mai...)
Simpatico paciugo di brevi episodi: non c'è una vera e propria trama, sono tutti spezzoni, una via di mezzo fra Douglas Adams, Benni (ma in questo caso sospetto sia stato il traduttore a mantenere, magari involontariamente, certe atmosfere da bar sotto il mare...) e perché no anche Borges (dove la biblioteca di Babele viene in un certo senso rivisitata, in modo alquanto grottesco...)

Divertente

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MaggyGray
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books-in-2016
Mit Kurzgeschichten habe ich es ja nicht so, aber Niemi hat mich mit seiner Phantasie und seinem Einfallsreichtum doch sehr bei der Stange gehalten. Die einzelnen Geschichten, die jeweils einen Teil des Universums und ausserirdischen Lebens behandelt sprühen geradezu vor Witz und Esprit, und man kann das Buch kaum aus der Hand legen. (Da ich es im Bad liegen hatte, hat es aber trotzdem eine Weile gedauert, bis es ausgelesen war.^^)
Christoph
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bei der Lektüre dieses Buches hatte ich durchwegs folgendes Bild in meinem Kopf ...

"Man stelle sich das Weltraum vor, unendliche Weiten, am Rande des Universums ein Planet auf dem es von Spelunken, die mit Verbrechern der übelsten Sorte, mit Dieben, Mördern und Kopfgeldjägern gefüllt sind nur so wimmelt. Ein Greenhorn betritt eine dieser Bars und erzeugt in dem Raum eine Stille welche nur durch das Atmen mancher Lebensformen durchbrochen wird. Kurz bevor ein Streit losbricht - der nur darum geht
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Hologram Dystopia
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Vote 8,5
After a poetic farewell to the Tornedal (where his most popular novel is set), the author/narrator embarks on a trip to space. In many short stories told from many different voices he tells us about how space exploration really happened, and which consequences it had on the minds and the bodies of men and women. The first story is about a human having a drink at a bar on an asteroid who sees how aliens react to his origins. We l
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Henrik Andersson
On the recommendation of Tom Holts review in SFX Magazine, i picked this one up. That was a very good move. Mikael Niemi, who for most of Swedens population is the author of the hugely popular "Populärmusik från Vittula" (also successfully filmed) had not been the object of my attention, because I generally loathe Swedish film and anything that remotely resembles coming-of-age dramas.

This is an entirely different beast, I'd wager. A collection of 14 short stories pertaining to humanitys travels
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Francesco
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una grande prova di fantascienza Made in Sweden.
Declinare efficacemente in chiave umoristica una narrazione che rientra di diritto nella fantascienza dimostra almeno due cose: 1) che il genere non ha nulla da invidiare alla letteratura “mainstream”, tanto da poterne accogliere in pieno le varianti; 2) che l'autore di una simile operazione letteraria è una cellula totipotente, in perenne bilico fra direzioni di sviluppo opposte e imprevedibili, da cui potranno generarsi creazioni estremamente var
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La Stamberga dei Lettori
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tancredi
Un po' di Bradbury (soprattutto quello delle Cronache marziane), un po' tanto di Douglas Adams e della sua Guida e una bella spruzzata delle Cosmocomiche di Calvino: questi gli ingredienti dei racconti di Niemi, in salsa rigorosamente svervegese.
Dalla fredda terra dell'Ikea giunge un autore che, fosse solo per distinguersi dalla melma di giallisti che forse più dell'Ikea rappresenta la Svezia, Mikael Niemi sceglie uno sperimentalismo audace che lo porta ad accostarsi alla fantascienza, con esiti
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Marja
Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved Popular Music from Vittula and Astrotruckers has been in my tbr list ever since it was published. I wasn't sure if I should give this 2 or 3 stars, but I decided to give 3 because of its unrestrained craziness. Mikael Niemi certainly let loose with this one. That being said, I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. This was just too much for me to handle. A handful of the short stories were actually pretty awesome, but the rest, well, they were just too much. I'm not ...more
Mads Kamp
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Niemi skriver sig lige ind i hælene af Douglas Adams (Håndbog for Galakseblaffere), med sine skøre sci-fi-fortællinger med Tornedalsk tvist. Jeg synes faktisk på flere punkter at Niemi overgår Adams. Ikke alene er bogen mere skandinavisk, nutidig og han har droppet at lave en fortløbende historie, men flere af historierne er også mere filosofiske og nærværende end genrens forfaders. Historien om den finske Nostradamus eller hvordan menneskeheden anses for blandt de laveste eksistenser i galaksen ...more
Gretel
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Niemi has one hell of an imagination. Some of the stories/chapters were actually pretty thought provoking, but a lot of the chapters felt nonsensical. I loved The Earth, which genuinely made me chuckle. Also I thought it was a bit strange that considering the stories take place in space and on other planets that there were so many Swedish/Finnish characters. Maybe those nationalities are the most space-savvy.
Martin Schuh
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
A collection of science fiction short stories by author of Popular Music from Vittula. Some of the stories are thought-provoking, some melancholic and many are ridicolous and almost all of them are great.
Juliana
The references to Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker are a bit too evident for my taste, but I loved Douglas Adams' book and I also loved this one. Its short stories are partly just quirky, partly philosophical and all entwined in a whole. A really nice summer read.
Tracey
May 24, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
hmmm. reading this at work - about half way through and it's a bit tedious. i may abandon it if it doesn't pick up any time soon ... another chapter in and i've given up. puerile bollocks!
PolitePolarBear
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi

E' una fantascienza scandinava che assomiglia moltissimo al Calvino delle Cosmicomiche.
Assolutamente da non perdere.
Andrew
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, off-beat and hilarious.
Mikkel
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sulebulen på dansk-
Dave P
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes hilarious, sometimes surprisingly moving and profound, this book really was an unexpected treat. I loved it.
I also liked the odd shape of the book!
Elin
Halfway into the book the author wrote it himself "this book is not that good".
Ansu
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: luettu-2016
Sopivan outoja ja kajahtaneita, avaruusteemaisia novelleja.
Anna
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody ^^
Crazy. Really crazy. But definetely worth reading.
Florita
Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely stark staring bonkers. And extremely scatalogical. Loved it.
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