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Re: Got it!

Post by metoo » Sat Aug 23, 2014 4:55 am

Nightrider wrote:Sooooo....You had no reaction....at all.......
Well, I probably did. It's just that I don't like to put it in terms of "like" or "dislike". I rarely do. Let's say that this novel is thought provoking.
But from the beginning Eli was just Eli. Nothing. Anything. And he is still a mystery to me. John Ajvide Lindqvist

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Re: Got it!

Post by Nightrider » Sat Aug 23, 2014 4:58 am

metoo wrote:
Nightrider wrote:Sooooo....You had no reaction....at all......./quote]
Well, I probably did. It's just that I don't like to put it in terms of "like" or "dislike". I rarely do. Let's say that this novel is thought provoking.
That's the one.... :lol:
And i was going to say:" We had livelier conversations about pickled herring then we did about Himmelstrand.
Would you recommend this book if and when it will be translated into English...
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Re: Got it!

Post by metoo » Sat Aug 23, 2014 5:31 am

Nightrider wrote:That's the one.... :lol:
And i was going to say:" We had livelier conversations about pickled herring then we did about Himmelstrand.
Sure. I find it easier to express likes and dislikes about food, it seems. ;-)
Nightrider wrote:Would you recommend this book if and when it will be translated into English...
I guess that you'll get it anyway, don't you? :-)
But to recommend a book is tricky. This one maybe more so than others.

To my rescue I found a review quoted on Ordfront's FB account for John Ajvide Lindqvist (just an excerpt, probably):
"Ajvide Lindqvist övertrumfar skräckmästaren King med sin förmåga att skriva fullständigt hudlöst om rädslan för att förlora det som verkligen betyder något - kärleken, familjen - och allt man är beredd att göra för att försvara det. Samt den perfekta tonträffen när han närmar sig alla de snårigaste känslorna: oro, ångest, rädsla, avundsjuka, bitterhet. Det mest skrämmande i Himmelstrand är, precis som i all verkligt bra skräck, det som alla människor bär inom sig." Therese Boman, Tidningen VI

"Ajvide Lindqvist trumps horror master King with his ability to write completely skinless about the fear of losing what really matters - love, family - and all one is prepared to do to defend it. And the perfectly hit tone when he approaches all the most tangled emotions: worry, anxiety, fear, jealousy, bitterness. The most frightening in Himmelstrand is, as in all truly great horror, that which all people carry within themselves." Therese Boman, VI magazine

I hope you find this informative!
But from the beginning Eli was just Eli. Nothing. Anything. And he is still a mystery to me. John Ajvide Lindqvist

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Re: Got it!

Post by Nightrider » Sat Aug 23, 2014 2:29 pm

metoo wrote: Sure. I find it easier to express likes and dislikes about food, it seems. ;-)
Yes, I do find those most engrossing.

metoo wrote:I guess that you'll get it anyway, don't you? :-)
Indeed I am. I'm arranging for the Swedish version and will certainly get the English translation.
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Re: Got it!

Post by editrice » Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:23 pm

I finished it too. The first of John's books that I haven't been involved in. Quite nerve-wracking to know that it was already finished, and if I didn't like it there was nothing I could do about it. Should have known I could trust him!

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Re: Got it!

Post by drakkar » Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:27 am

Nice to see you're alive and kicking, editrice! :)

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Re: Got it!

Post by Opeth » Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:28 pm

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Re: Got it!

Post by drakkar » Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:22 am

Would be nice to be there again, but alas...
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Re: Got it!

Post by danielma » Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:07 pm

<sigh> and so begins the long agonising wait for those of us who can't speak or read Swedish :(
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Re: Got it!

Post by blazius » Wed Sep 10, 2014 3:17 pm

Finished it yesterday. The book left me quite confused, but I did enjoy reading it .

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