Monday, November 30, 2009

Books I've read in 2009 - November

Visjonens bok by Muniam Alfaker
Gomorra by Roberto Saviano – AUDIO
Det tredje tegnet by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
Midtvinterblod by Mons Kallentoft
Skumringstimen by Johan Theorin – AUDIO
Svenska skurkar by Stig Linnell
Me and Mr Darcy by Alexandra Potter
Sirkelens ende by Tom Egeland – AUDIO
Leoparden by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Night by Elie Wiesel – AUDIO
The Great Derangement by Matt Taibbi
Daughters of the House by Michele Roberts
Fjellet by Arnaldur Indridason – AUDIO
Afrikanen by Jean Marie Gustave le Clezio – AUDIO
Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris
Stolthet og fordom by Jane Austen – AUDIO
The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps by Michel Faber
Live Flesh by Ruth Rendell
Helt konge by Øystein Sørensen

12 printed books, 3,128 pages.
7 audiobooks, 66h 38m.

Favorite fiction:
Det tredje tegnet. I'll be doing a video review of this book shortly. It's a great read - an entertaining Icelandic thriller with great characters, a fascinating plot, and also surprisingly well translated in the Norwegian edition that I read. I'm really looking forward to reading more books by this author, who was entirely new to me when I picked up the book at a BookCrossing meetup. Thanks to Tine1971 for recommending it so warmly. :-)

Favorite nonfiction:
I have to say ... The Great Derangement. Perhaps slightly outdated in some sections, but more than makes up for that by being very well written, entertaining, insightful and intelligent.

Favorite audio:
Oh, how to choose?? This has been a great month for audiobooks. :-) If I have to pick one, I think I have to say Skumringstimen. I really enjoyed that book tremendously. I'm already reading the author's second novel. :-)

Books with no links will be reviewed here before too long. :-)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I like this writer a lot, so when I discovered she was going to be appearing at the House of Literature here in Oslo as part of their African Week event series earlier this month, I was quick to score some tickets. :-) Adichie was interviewed by Åsne Seierstad, and I recorded most of the interview. Enjoy. :-)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Melville among the Viking ships

I released a BookCrossing book today ... something of a themed release.

I think Melville would have appreciated this. ;-)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Siân Rees: The Floating Brothel

Published by Review/Headline in 2001/2002.
242 pages + index.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Book quote

En drapsetterforskning, tenker Malin. Vi etterforsker et drap, og folk gidder ikke engang ta seg bryet med å ringe tilbake. Og så klager de på at politiet ikke gjør jobben sin? Malin ønsker av og til at hun kunne få folk til å forstå at politiet bare er de ytterste kvistene i et nettverk av greiner der hver og en er nødt til å ta sin del av ansvaret for lov og orden for at samfunnet skal fungere.
Men alle stoler på at alle andre gjør det de skal. Og selv gjør de ingenting.

Måns Kallentoft, Midvinterblod
(Schibsted, 2008)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tom Egeland: Sirkelens ende

Utgitt av Lydbokforlaget i 2005.
Lydbok, 12t 49m.
Lest av Erik Hivju.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fun @

I released a book tonight ... a copy of Jaws by Peter Benchley. Right after I'd written and entered the release notes, I saw the book pop up under 'Recently Released' in the sidebar. Whee! That so rarely happens - I see the books I get under 'Recently Caught' a lot, but rarely the other way. Fun ... to me anyway. :-)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Jack Kerouac: På kjøret

Utgitt av Lydbokforlaget i 2006.
Opprinnelig utgitt på engelsk i 1957.
Lydbok, 11t 53m.
Oversatt av Olav Angell, lest av Mads Ousdal.