Search Results: "Björn Larsson"


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LONG JOHN SILVER by Björn Larsson
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Still, the genial old salt is harmless enough and capable of telling a fair and bloody old memory more often than not."
Swedish writer Larsson's first US publication, a retelling of the life of the pirate Silver, is a mild confection, perhaps sweetest for fans of Treasure Island who can rely on that classic to provide the motive to keep turning these many pages. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2006

"An absurd yet contemplative chronicle that will charm anyone who believes in rocking hard with a guitar—or with nothing at all."
Crane's debut memoir recounts three whirlwind years braving the contest circuit of a ritual most people only perform behind locked doors. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"Krondorfer's book is theoretically sophisticated, but its strength comes from its vivid, thoughtful accounts of his own and his students' lived experience in Germany and the US."
An engaging meditation on the possibility of reconciliation between the Germans and American Jews who are the grandchildren of the Holocaust generation. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST by Stieg Larsson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 27, 2010

"Patented Larsson, meaning fast-paced enough to make those Jason Bourne films seem like Regency dramas."
Lisbeth Salander is in big trouble. Again. Read full book review >

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THE PARTY THIEF by Mikael Ali  Larsson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2012

"Tap-happy toddlers may enjoy working the sound effects, but even they will likely lose interest after a few moments. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
A slapdash digital mini-mystery lacks a visible text or even relevant interactive effects. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE by Stieg Larsson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Fans of postmodern mystery will revel in Larsson's latest. Those who prefer the old Jason Bourne (or Mr. Ripley, for that matter) to the Matt Damon variant may not be quite as wowed."
Tangled but worthy follow-up to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2008), also starring journo extraordinaire Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, the Lara Crofts of the land of the midnight sun. Read full book review >

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THE STATE OF PLAY by Daniel Goldberg
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A consistently engaging and insightful reckoning with the serious implications of the ascendant entertainment medium of the 21st century."
What video games mean and why they matter. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK PATH by Åsa Larsson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"Larsson's attraction to the pathology of psychological and physical violence is so baleful and intense that it's almost a relief to see her troubled heroine upstaged by an even more troubled group of suspects."
Still reeling from her last encounter with evil (The Blood Spilt, 2007), Stockholm attorney Rebecka Martinsson accepts a probationary position as special prosecutor in a third fraught murder case. Read full book review >

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THE BLOOD SPILT by Åsa Larsson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"A virtuoso mood piece that works endless changes on its unforgiving landscape."
Stockholm attorney Rebecka Martinsson, still recovering from the bloodbath that ended Sun Storm (2006), gets a dose of the best possible medicine: another murdered pastor in a small town up north. Read full book review >

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THE SECOND DEADLY SIN by Åsa Larsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"The translation proves odd and stiff in places, veering between American and British colloquialisms, but this glimpse into Swedish life in the boonies is fascinating."
Another heinous murder in the frozen north. Read full book review >

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SUN STORM by Åsa Larsson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 2, 2006

"Larsson depicts her characters with mordant wit and describes their village with richly atmospheric details. A flurry of clues, however, fails to conceal familiar, uncomplicated and predictable plotting."
Snowdrifts and deep secrets bury a small village in Sweden. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 19, 2008

"Juicy melodrama obscured by the intricacies of problem-solving."
First U.S. publication for a deceased Swedish author (1954-2004); this first of his three novels, a bestseller in Europe, is a labored mystery. Read full book review >