Search Results: "Astri von Arbin Ahlander"


BOOK REVIEW

NEVER FUCK UP by Jens Lapidus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2013

"Outsized, low-minded, mannered (at least in English translation) and often downright tedious. But there's no doubt that Lapidus creates a dark world that feels, while you're immersed in it, like the whole world."
Amazing. The cleansing violence that swept through Stockholm in Easy Money (2012) has left the city no safer for three misfits who seem incapable of heeding this sequel's title. Read full book review >

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LIFE DELUXE by Jens Lapidus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Through it all, Lapidus wastes no opportunity to explore the labyrinthine affinities between his heroes and villains. Better put aside the whole weekend for this guided tour of his Swedish hell."
The conclusion to Lapidus' monstrously ambitious Stockholm Noir trilogy (Never Fück Up, 2013, etc.) is every bit as dark, sprawling, rambunctious and volcanic as you'd expect.Read full book review >

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EASY MONEY by Jens Lapidus
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"The closest models for this sprawling, ambitious debut are gangster movies from Scarface to Mesrine."
Three small-timers claw their way to the top of Stockholm's vast cocaine empire, with predictably mixed results. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF KING LION by Sibylle von Olfers
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Fun as a novelty piece, but unlikely to engage too many 21st-century readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A 1912 German classic is reprinted in English for the first time in its 101-year-old history. Read full book review >

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THE UNFASTENED HEART by Lane von Herzen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

"An endearing tale, though von Herzen's characters are, for the most part, familiar members of the magical realism roster. (Literary Guild selection)"
This light but charming follow-up to Copper Crown (1991) is the whimsical story of a Southern California healer, her female clients, and their effect on her angelic daughter's first love affair. Read full book review >

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Survivanoia by Baroness Von Smith
Released: Aug. 27, 2012

"A novel with so many painstakingly well-defined layers that readers may want to flip back to page one for a second read—or even a third."
First-time novelist Von Smith tells a complex tale centered on Survivanoia, an engineering firm with a potential link to a deadly virus. Read full book review >

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TIC ONLINE by Von Rashawn Coleman
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"A jargon-heavy but tightly paced read that begs for a sequel."
Coleman's debut novel offers sci-fi action fans a robust, futuristic adventure. Read full book review >

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COPPER CROWN by Lane von Herzen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 1991

First-novelist von Herzen's tale of an interracial friendship in early-20th-century rural Texas is based, in part, on oral history from the author's own forebears; and, indeed, there is a hearthside, grandmotherly, yarn-spinning rhythm to the telling of this story of tragedy and hardship, courage and love—all given a cosmic weight with ghosts slipping in and out. Read full book review >

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SHIVER by Hans Von Osten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2010

"A rollicking satire."
A happy-go-lucky polygamist weds his way through post-war American history in this bawdy picaresque. Read full book review >

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HOAX by Nicholas Von Hoffman
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"But the delivery, a careless sermon to the choir, will not convince those most in need of convincing. A shame: von Hoffman's done much better."
A full charge of liberal birdshot, aimed and fired at the broad side of the barn—or, better, White House. Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 1998

"Readers are advised to follow Feynman's principle: Read until you don't understand, then go back and reread."
Von Baeyer (Physics/Coll. of William and Mary) offers assorted views of the —demon— and how he's been slain over time to preserve the sacred second law of thermodynamics. Read full book review >