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rfisher
07-25-2012, 01:13 PM
Has anyone read the Kurt Wollander mystery series? It keeps being mentioned after the weekly Maigret broadcast as part of their International Mystery series.

If yes, would you recommend the series?

Yes. I like them. Although the books are each stand alones, it helps to read them in sequence in order to understand Wollander a bit better. I listened to the first one on audio tape to get the language cadance in my head.

jeffisjeff
07-25-2012, 04:08 PM
I read them too, and enjoyed most of them quite a bit. There were a couple that weren't quite as good, but none were bad. And I agree about reading them in order.

Artemis@BC
07-25-2012, 04:40 PM
Another vote for the Wallander books. Not my favourite detective series of all time, but still very enjoyable. They are a little melancholy perhaps, but nothing that should induce depression in the reader.

And they're downright chipper compared to the Jo Nesbo books!

galaxygirl
07-25-2012, 04:48 PM
Well, they don't get a lot of sun up there. :shuffle:

My exposure to Scandinavian literature is limited to Astrid Lindgren, Selma Lagerlof, Hans Christian Andersen and Stieg Larsson but I didn't find them dreary at all. May be it's all relative.

I once took a course called Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature. I don't remember exactly who we read, other than Ibsen, but I do remember that somebody always died at the end.

Zemgirl
07-25-2012, 05:28 PM
I once took a course called Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature. I don't remember exactly who we read, other than Ibsen, but I do remember that somebody always died at the end.
In The Brothers Lionheart, which I mentioned earlier, people died at the beginning and the end! And in a children's book, no less.

galaxygirl
07-25-2012, 07:56 PM
In The Brothers Lionheart, which I mentioned earlier, people died at the beginning and the end! And in a children's book, no less.

:wideeyes:

IceAlisa
07-25-2012, 08:00 PM
Well, anyone remember the original Little Mermaid, not the Disney animated film? Or The Little Matchgirl? HC Andersen could be level 4 depressing. Or there was one tale about a mother who chased Death because it carried off her child but when Death showed the mother how bad the child's life would be should he survive, the mother just let the child go. The end. Night night, kiddies.

IceAlisa
07-25-2012, 08:07 PM
Thanks, everyone for the Wollander votes of confidence.


I read them too, and enjoyed most of them quite a bit. There were a couple that weren't quite as good, but none were bad. And I agree about reading them in order.
Do you remember which was were good? I just got the first one, Faceless Killers.

Grannyfan
07-25-2012, 09:37 PM
Got an e-mail from Amazon stating that they have shipped the newest Thomas H. Cook mystery, The Crime of Julian Wells. I have loved nearly all of Cook's books, but the last one was a disappointment. Hoping he's back to form with this new one.

michiruwater
07-25-2012, 10:26 PM
Finished Gone Girl and it really is as good as everyone keeps saying. The second half onward in particular is awesome. I'm not sure how they're going to do a film when so much of the book is internal reflection and psychology, but I guess we'll see!

Edit: Oh, and also, I loved the repeated, overt jabs at Nancy Grace, as I cannot stand that woman.

Artemis@BC
07-25-2012, 11:46 PM
Woo hoo, I'm on a roll with my library holds. I've managed to get myself at #1 in the hold queue for One Last Thing Before I Go (Jonathan Tropper), The Casual Vacancy (JK Rowling), and The Twelve (Justin Cronin). And the publication dates are staggered nicely so there shouldn't be any conflicts -- Aug 21, Sept 30, and Oct 16.

TygerLily
07-25-2012, 11:50 PM
I just had some bad luck with holds! Gone Girl is on its way, but it'll probably only get to me a day or MAYbe two before I go away on vacation. Ack! (And Grotesque!) Why didn't I pause my holds one day earlier??!

Spinner
07-26-2012, 12:22 AM
Well, anyone remember the original Little Mermaid, not the Disney animated film? Or The Little Matchgirl? HC Andersen could be level 4 depressing.

I remember the Little Match Girl, and yes... :fragile:

IceAlisa
07-26-2012, 12:25 AM
It's horrific.

galaxygirl
07-26-2012, 12:43 AM
I just had some bad luck with holds! Gone Girl is on its way, but it'll probably only get to me a day or MAYbe two before I go away on vacation. Ack! (And Grotesque!) Why didn't I pause my holds one day earlier??!

I hate when that happens! What's worse is that you can't manage ebook holds and you don't know when the copies that are checked out ahead of you are due.