NancyO takes a look at Camilla Lackberg’s The Ice Princess, and find the romance thread and some of the cop shop scenes heavy handed (as did I) but otherwise enjoyed the book, with its enigmatic victim and keen sense of place.
Peter clues us in on some of the writers he considers emerging stars: Danish writer Jussi Adler-Olsen, the writing duo Kaaberbøl & Friis, also from Denmark, Swedish writers Kristina Ohlsson and Camilla Ceder, and Øystein Wiig and Thomas Enger from Norway. Ceder will be available in English in the UK soon; Dorte adds in a comment the good news that Kaaberbøl and Friis will be published in the US by Soho. Thanks for the heads-up!
A reviewer at The Bookbag (a wiki-based review site in the UK) thinks Camilla Ceder’s Frozen Moment is slow and confusing at first, but in the end it all comes together nicely. Sounds as if there’s a fair amount of romance as well. Hmm. Norm will be disgusted to know that the publisher has put a big label on it saying “Move Over, Wallander!” At least it’s not the next Stieg Larsson.
And the Girl made it to the cover of Entertainment Weekly, a popular US magazine. It promises to reveal “the secrets behind the hottest book on the planet” but actually focuses on movie deals. There’s also an article on whether Larsson had a problem with women (the author is especially irritated that Salander had a boob job; the comments are voluminous and some are very interesting). And an article on the Swedish National Library acquiring science fiction stories written by Larsson when he was a teen, basically saying “ooh, gross, I hope nobody reads what I wrote when I was that age” (but since you probably wrote it on Facebook you are SO BUSTED!). I am irritated with the hack who wrote . . .”Magdalena Gram, Sweden’s deputy national librarian (which means when she says shhh, you listen)” . . . that’s such a lazy, tired stereotype.
EW’s coverage is rounded out with yet another article on who will star in the American remake. It quotes Knopf’s publicity director, who describes Larsson as a “global brand” which makes me wonder how differently all this hype would play out if Larsson were here to respond to being treated as a highly successful product line.