Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Omtale; Sauebondens liv - fortellinger fra den engelske landsbygda av James Rebanks

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Jeg kom over boka Sauebondens liv - fortellinger fra den engelske landsbygda av James Rebanks på biblioteket og jeg motstod ikke fristelsen. Nå kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Noen mennesker har frihet til å velge sin egen retning i livet. Slik har det ikke vært for James Rebanks. Han er odelsgutten på en sauegård i Lake District som i mer enn seks hundre år har vært i familiens eie. 

James Rebanks' første bok ble en stor publikums- og kritikersuksess. Hans skildringer av sauebondens liv er fascinerende lesning, det er engasjerende, rørende og ærlig. Boka hans om et gammelt yrke forteller historien om en dypt rotfestet tilknytning til et særegent landskap og en stille og tilbaketrukket livsstil. 


I en stemningsfull og klar prosa tar Rebanks oss gjennom en sauebondes år. Boka er en unik fortelling om livet på landsbygda, et liv som de fleste av oss har mistet nærheten til. Det er en historie om arbeidslivet og menneskene rundt ham, hans egen barndom, hans foreldre og besteforeldre. Det er historien om å holde ut i et vanskelig yrke, fortalt med en kjærlighet til jorda og dyra som smitter over på leseren. 


For Rebanks og hans familie former været og årstidene livet. Om sommeren skal sauene på fjellet og høyet i hus, om høsten gjelder det å gå på markedet og skaffe nye dyr til flokken, om vinteren må dyrene holdes i live, og litt senere, vårens kribling når lammingen nærmer seg. Den påfølgende beitesesongen gir dem pågangsmot til et nytt år som sauebønder.


Mine tanker om boka
Selv om den tidvis var noe repeterende, var det allikevel en viss sjarm i boka. I tillegg har forfatteren nok kunnskap til at en faktisk kan lære noe av å lese boka.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Book Blitz; The Nerdy Necromancer by S.E. Babin

Top Ten Tuesday; Frequently Used Words in Fantasy Titles

It's Tuesday and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic of the week was frequently used words in X titles and I decided to write about fantasy.

Here are ten frequently used in fantasy titles;
Dark
Blood
Magic
Dragon
King
Moon
Fire
Tales
Night
Shadow

Monday, 23 April 2018

Omtale; Bare du som passer på av Jarle Sten Olsen

For en liten stund tilbake, var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av krimromanen Bare du som passer på av Jarle Sten Olsen fra forfatteren. Nå har jeg fått lest boka og i dag kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Tom Moen, video-journalist i NRK, blir presset til å dra til Bø i Telemark for å utføre et oppdrag for SORG, spesialenheten for overvåking av reaksjonære grupper. Oppdraget, som i utgangspunktet virker som en enkel jobb, viser seg å være langt farligere og gjør at han må nøste i en fortid mange ønsker å glemme. Tematisk fokuserer boken på fremveksten av et nytt ytre-høyre, i Norge såvel som i Europa, og trekker paralleller tilbake til andre verdenskrig.

Mine tanker om boka
Bare du som passer på er en lettlest krimroman med et greit tempo - ikke for fort og ikke for tregt. I tillegg belyser den noen av utfordringene med fremveksten av et nytt ytre-høyre.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Review; The Uninvited Corpse (Food Blogger Mysteries #1) by Debra Sennefelder

It's almost a bit sad that Mystery Thriller Week is over for this time, but I still has one review left; the review of The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder. I was fortunate enough to recieve a press copy/eARC of the book from the author and today I'll post the review.

Description from Goodreads
Leaving behind a failed career as a magazine editor and an embarrassing stint on a reality baking show, newly divorced lifestyle entrepreneur Hope Early thought things were finally on the upswing--until she comes face-to-face with a murderer . . .

Hope's schedule is already jam packed with recipe testing and shameless plugs for her food blog as she rushes off to attend a spring garden tour in the charming town of Jefferson, Connecticut. Unfortunately, it isn't the perfectly arranged potted plants that grab her attention--it's the bloody body of reviled real estate agent Peaches McCoy . . .


One of the tour guests committed murder, and all eyes are on Hope's older sister, Claire Dixon--who, at best, saw Peaches as a professional rival. And suspicions really heat up when another murder occurs the following night. Now, with two messy murders shaking Jefferson and all evidence pointing to Claire, Hope must set aside her burgeoning brand to prove her sister's innocence. But the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer intent on making sure her life goes permanently out of style . . .


Includes Recipes from Hope's Kitchen!


My Thoughts on the Novel
The Uninvited Corpse is the first book in a new series and it is a great start. There's several relatable characters in the novel and well paced. I also fell a bit in love with the dog, the New England setting and the chickens. An added bonus is that Hope, the main character, is a food blogger.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Review; Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

As part of Mystery Thriller Week, you have maybe figured out that I'm reviewing a few books. Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan, which I recieved as a press copy through Netgallery from the author/publisher is one of them. Today I'll post the review of the book which also enables me to cross of Japan in the Literary Voyage Around the World Reading Challenge

Description from Goodreads
Clarissa Goenawan’s dark, spellbinding literary debut opens with a murder and shines a spotlight onto life in fictional small-town Japan.

Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister Keiko's sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister's affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town years ago.


But Ren soon finds himself picking up where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching position at a local cram school and the bizarre arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician’s mansion in exchange for reading to the man’s catatonic wife.


As he comes to know the figures in Akakawa, from the enigmatic politician to his fellow teachers and a rebellious, alluring student named Rio, Ren delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed, trying to piece together what happened the night of her death. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren struggles to find solace in the void his sister has left behind.


My Thoughts on the Novel
I really enjoyed reading Rainbirds, partially because of the writing style and partially because of the characters, which was well written. I also enjoyed reading about the dynamic and relationship between Ren and Keiko.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Book Blogger Hop; How Do I Organize My Books For Review?

It's Friday again, which means it's time for a new Book Blogger Hop post thanks to the blogger behind Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "How do you organize your books for review? Does it work for you or have you had to change it?".

Personally, I sort the books by urgency/priority. The rough draft looks something like this;
1. Book blog tours
2. Library books
3. Advanced reading copies
4. Reading challenges
5. Various books that doesn't fit any other category

It's a somewhat flexible way of doing it and I can tweak it as I go, depending on said urgency, so I don't need to panic too much, but of course mishaps do happen from time to time.