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message 1: by Ken, Moderator (U.S.A.) (last edited Sep 09, 2020 02:03PM) (new)

Ken Fredette (klfredette) | 4863 comments Mod
For September 2020 we are reading four books, they are:
1) Who Is Greta Thunberg? Who Is Greta Thunberg? by Ann Leonard by Ann Leonard published 1 September 2020. Sweden.

The inspiring story of a young Swedish schoolgirl who sparked a worldwide revolution, told in a new Who HQ NOW format for trending topics.

When she was just fifteen years old, Greta Thunberg knew she wanted to change the world. With a hand-painted sign that read "School strike for the climate" in Swedish, Greta sat alone on the steps of the Swedish parliament to call for stronger action on climate change. Her one-person strike would soon spark a worldwide movement. This exciting story details the defining moments in Greta's childhood that led up to her now-famous strike and all the monumental ones that have fueled her revolution since, including being named Time's Most Influential Person of the Year in 2019.

2) Anxious People Anxious People by Fredrik Backman by Fredrik Backman Fredrik Backman to be published 8 September 2020. Norway.

This is a poignant comedy about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.

Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers slowly begin opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths.

As police surround the premises and television channels broadcast the hostage situation live, the tension mounts and even deeper secrets are slowly revealed. Before long, the robber must decide which is the more terrifying prospect: going out to face the police, or staying in the apartment with this group of impossible people.

My review: I love the way that Fredrik Backman makes you think about bank robbers, policemen, real estate agents, bank managers, actors, retirees, flower shop owners, and lesbians. He says they are all idiots, which I don't doubt. In his story the bank robber flees the bank because it is one that doesn't use money. We're talking Sweden. The robber runs out of the bank and across the street up into an apartment which is showing with a lot of people in it. The bank robber holds the people hostage. This is how the story goes with all the people and their stories told to make you believe each and every person, but you wouldn't believe what they tell you. It makes for an interesting story. You learn why Backman says their all idiots. Each one in a different way makes mistakes that lead to other truths and funny and sad stories. Each person knows something about some of the others and that's as far as I will go. Read it for yourself to find each person.

3) Chernobyl Wolves: The Wolf in Ukraine Chernobyl Wolves The Wolf in Ukraine (Wolf Crimes Book 3) by Christoffer Petersen by Christoffer Petersen Christoffer Petersen to be published 12 September 2020. Denmark & Ukraine.

When a wolf biologist goes missing in Ukraine, Jon agrees to finish his colleague’s research before the wolves leave the Chernobyl exclusion zone. But when a pack of mutated wolves grabs the interest of the international media, Jon discovers that the sensational headlines contain a shred of truth.

Following a tip of a recent sighting, Jon tracks the wolves through the deserted streets of Pripyat, only to discover masked figures following his every move.

When Jon goes missing, and the authorities refuse to search for him, his daughter defies the orders of the Danish and Ukraine governments and enters the exclusion zone to find her father.

Emma discovers that her fear of radiation is soon dwarfed by the terror of being hunted through the streets of a fallout zone.

Chernobyl Wolves is the third book in Christoffer Petersen’s series of eco-crime thrillers. If you like books that twist fact into fiction then you’ll love Christoffer Petersen’s radioactive thriller.

My Review: I would like to say, "Why don't you write more in this series now?". I'm captivated and a bit weird as to what Jon or Emma Østergård's physical beings have gone through. From Alaska to the Chernobyl and then Africa, will we meet Liam again? Just asking for a friend. I know you write about Greenland but we haven't had Jon there yet, except in your notes or references. Let Emma finish college and then have her father and her go to Greenland. Emma has her best friend, Nukilik in Alaska, communicating with her every night, giving her advice and input on how she progresses in relating to her Alaskan adventure. And now she's with her father again. Let's let them heal a bit before their next wolf project.

4) The Nesting The Nesting by C.J. Cooke by C.J. Cooke C.J. Cooke to be published 29 September 2020. Norway.

The woods are creeping in on a nanny and two young girls in this chilling modern Gothic thriller.

Architect Tom Faraday is determined to finish the high-concept, environmentally friendly home he’s building in Norway—in the same place where he lost his wife, Aurelia, to suicide. It was their dream house, and he wants to honor her with it.

Lexi Ellis takes a job as his nanny and immediately falls in love with his two young daughters, especially Gaia. But something feels off in the isolated house nestled in the forest along the fjord. Lexi sees mysterious muddy footprints inside the home. Aurelia’s diary appears in Lexi’s room one day. And Gaia keeps telling her about seeing the terrifying Sad Lady. . . .

Soon Lexi suspects that Aurelia didn’t kill herself and that they are all in danger from something far more sinister lurking around them.

...................................So we will add books as they become known to us. Good reading.


message 2: by Ken, Moderator (U.S.A.) (last edited Sep 09, 2020 01:57PM) (new)

Ken Fredette (klfredette) | 4863 comments Mod
The Fox The Fox by Sólveig Pálsdóttir by Sólveig Pálsdóttir published on 18 September 2020. Iceland.

Grips the reader all the way to the last page - Yrsa Sigurðardóttir


Hoping to put behind him tragedy in his professional life and to resolve the turmoil in his personal life, Reykjavík police officer Guðgeir Fransson has moved as far away from home as he can, marking time in a dead-end job in a small town in eastern Iceland.

His detective’s instincts are triggered when he hears about a foreign woman who arrived in this tight-knit community – and then disappeared as suddenly as she had appeared. The trail of the missing woman takes him back to Reykjavík, and then to a remote farmhouse beneath dark mountains where an elderly woman and her son live with their sinister past.

An exciting new voice in Nordic crime fiction, Glass Key Award-nominated Icelandic author Sólveig Pálsdóttir is published for the first time in English.


message 3: by Ken, Moderator (U.S.A.) (last edited Sep 09, 2020 01:46PM) (new)

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Christoffer Petersen's Christoffer Petersen has a new book called The Greenland 50: 50 Greenland stories of 50 words each The Greenland 50 50 Greenland stories of 50 words each (Greenland by the Numbers Book 1) by Christoffer Petersen published 3 September 2020. Greenland.

Explore Greenland on your coffee break with 50 Greenland stories of 50 words each!

Written for busy readers who are following the careers of Constable David Maratse and Police Commissioner Petra “Piitalaat” Jensen, these mini-sagas tease out tiny adventures from the books and novellas in the series.

Each story features characters from Christoffer Petersen’s Greenland crime books and thrillers. The collection also includes some of the author's personal experiences from Greenland wrapped up in fifty words of fiction.

If you’re waiting for the next book in the main series, or just need a quick Greenland fix, then these stories and the accompanying notes are for you.


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Ken Fredette (klfredette) | 4863 comments Mod
Lyle Mays's book Musings of a Nerd Musings of a Nerd by Lyle Mays was published 7 Septenber 2020. Iceland.

Albert is a nerd. He is brilliant and inventive, but he has a minimal social life until he becomes interested
in college theater. There he meets China and begins to fall in love. After losing her briefly, they are
reunited, and they agree to be married the next spring. In the meantime, China will finish her music
degree, and Albert will pursue a graduate degree in Iceland.

While in Iceland, Albert innovates for a project in geothermal energy. He studies Iceland’s energy
independence that accompanies its volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, hot springs, and plate tectonics. And
he learns about this fascinating country, its people, its history, its food, and its culture.

His cleverness leads to him rescuing a man, a woman, and a little girl from situations of peril, and
discovering a mystery of the deaths of 143 sheep and two men. To track down the cause of
those deaths and hopefully prevent thousands more, Albert finds and explores a mysterious
realm.

Albert discovers the source and the culprit behind the threat and proposes a remedy, but first, Albert
and China must face murderers, volcanoes, and poison gas. Before they can be married as planned, they
must avoid being washed away by a rogue wave, climb a mountain to escape an erupting volcano, and
outsmart a murderous kidnapper.


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O Caçador O Caçador (da séria Joona Linna) by Lars Kepler by Lars Kepler Lars Kepler published 18 September 2020. Sweden.

Do mesmo autor de O homem de areia e Stalker, mais um excepcional thriller da série Joona Linna. Sucesso em dezenas de países, O caçador é um conto moderno sobre vingança e obsessão.

O detetive Joona Linna passou dois anos em uma prisão de segurança máxima quando recebeu uma inesperada visita. A polícia precisa de sua ajuda para deter um misterioso assassino: o chamam de O Caçador de Coelhos, pois a única conexão entre suas vítimas é que ouvem uma canção de ninar sobre coelhos antes de morrer. Joona agora tem a chance de sair da prisão para, com a policial Saga Bauer, tentar desvendar quem é esse misterioso caçador e salvar seus próximos alvos. Mas o que aparentemente parece ter motivações terroristas se transforma em um dos casos mais complexos de sua carreira.

Em O caçador, o romance mais vendido da Suécia e da Noruega em 2016, Lars Kepler apresenta novamente sua fórmula imbatível: ritmo frenético, situações limite e personagens impagáveis.


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Dalia | 18 comments This is in Portuguese? :-)


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