more reviews and some thoughts on place

Peter Rozovsky connects the dots between John Connelly, James Lee Burke, and Arnaldur Indridason, then collects some suggestions for writers who evoke a strong sense of place.

Norm (aka Uriah) has some fascinating things to say about Leif G.W. Persson’s massive novel, Between Summer’s Longing and Winter’s End. I am grateful to him for reading and analyzing the  good points and the bad in his review (because I gave up on it, but am still very curious about it -tack så mycket.)

Glenn Harper thinks Ake Edwardson’s The Shadow Woman is a terrific novel. I agree – though it’s slow and circular and I’m not crazy about Winter as a character, I though it was thought-provoking. Glenn does have a plot point quibble, but his overall verdict is positive.

Two books about Stieg Larsson are reviewed in Ireland’s The Post. The reviewer finds Kurdo Baksi’s memoir self-serving and not particularly kind to Larsson; but she gives Afterword, a collection of essays by fellow journalists that is included in the new boxed set of the Millennium Trilogy, high marks.

Captain April reviews The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. One of the things she liked about it was that she wasn’t sure whether it would have a happy ending or not – and she wasn’t sure what sort of ending she would prefer. She also finds Salander fascinating and likes her working partnership with Blomqvist.

And Norm (aka Uriah) is reading Liza Marklund’s Red Wolf and making it sound very tempting indeed. Apparently both this book and to some extent Mankell’s The Man from Beijing deal with the fling that Westerners have had with extreme ideologies. There’s also a bit about the Swedish covers that is interesting. (Is that really the author on the covers? Yes, she is attractive, but appearing as part of your books seems a peculiar mix of postmodernism and merely modern branding.)

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6 thoughts on “more reviews and some thoughts on place

  1. Barbara, Persson’s tome was a real struggle and probably put back my reading schedule, but I was determined to finish it. I will say, in case you had any doubts, that it is not as good a read as Three Seconds or Red Wolf.
    Thanks very much for all the mentions, which have produced a boost in visitors.

  2. Am wondering if anyone who sees this blog can shed any light on why Kjell Eriksson has no more books being published in English and/or the U.S. His books are great. I did see that he couldn’t get a translator, but if a publisher wanted to publish more of his books, the company could find a publishers, and it’s not like there’s a scarcity of Swedish to English translators.

  3. As far as I can tell, Kathy, his only English language publisher is Minotaur, and while they publish a lot of mysteries, they are no more likely than other commercial publishers to continue a series unless sales are showing promise, and unfortunately a debut author with no sales record might be “the next” something while one with numbers is considered a known quantity. That could be why he hasn’t had more books translated, but … I’ll see what I can find out.

  4. PS: I contacted the translator and she tells me that another Kjell Eriksson in English translation is in the works, and the rights to another have been sold – so don’t give up! We may yet see more of the series in due course. (Of course, we could all learn Swedish and be able to read them in order as they are released, but …)

  5. Oh, Barbara, thanks so much for finding this out.

    I was disheartened as I loved “The Demon of Dakar,” and nearly as much liked “The Princess of Burundi.” But now the future about Eriksson looks brighter.

    And I found out that Soho Crime will publish more of Helen Tursten’s Irene Huss books, so this is a good sign, too.

    Then again, we could all learn Swedish! Yes, sure, but I’d be like Nora Ephron’s piece parodied, “The Girl Who Misplaced the Umlaut,” (or whatever).

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