of whales and men.

the North Water by Ian McGuire (2016)
 Behold the man is the opening sentence, and that we really must do. The man in question, Drax, is a brute, a lover of rum and young boys. He is about to ship out with a whale boat named the Volunteer. The year is 1857, and the traditional whale ships are met with hard competitions from the steamers. The captain on the ship is deemed unlucky as he has lost ships and men before, so the atmosphere aboard the ship is nervous.

There is another man we must observe, Patrick Sumner, who has signed up to be the ship’s doctor. He has come back from India where he witnessed the siege of Delhi and the horrors of war. And because of that he is not able to sleep and function without laudanum. But as the ship’s doctor he will witness things equally as bad or even worse; venereal diseases, clubbing of baby seals, conspiracies, frost bites, rape and even murders. One thing that is for certain is that both the ship and its crew are beyond hope.

When I read the book’s description, I knew that this would be right up my alley and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint. Although it is dark, violent and gory, sometimes bordering the grotesque, I loved every word of the book. The language is crucial in order to make such a wild tale work, and it flows perfectly while being entertaining and salty. The only fault I see is that it was simply too short, I wish the author would give more details of the returns at the end.

I have a sneaking feeling that the North Water might end up as one of my 2016-favourites.

den norske bokhøsten, del tre.

Jeg har aldri lest så mange norske bøker som i år. De fleste har vært så som så, men det har da vært litt gull også. Det er heldigvis ei uke igjen til nominasjon til Bokbloggerprisen, og jeg har funnet en del kandidater, men fortsatt usikker på rekkefølgen. Forhåpentligvis rekker jeg å lese en eller to til før fristen er ute.

Vingebelastning av Helga Flatland handler om Andreas som sakte og sikkert går i oppløsning mentalt. Gjennom hans timer hos psykolog får vi et innblikk i barndommen og relasjonene hans til venner, familie og kjæresten. Jeg ble helt nærmest besatt av Andreas mens jeg leste, men dessverre så var det lett å glemme han når boka tok slutt.

En av de beste bøkene jeg har lest i år er Stjerner over, mørke under av Ingebjørg Berg Holm. Det er en historisk krim om et mord i skogen nær en kvekerbosetning. Mannen som er drept dro til Canada ti år tidligere og ingen har sett han siden. Lensmannen forteller historien i brevform og forteller også om egen skyld. Det er rett og slett en fantastisk bok som jeg håper flere får gleden av. Og at Berg Holm er en debutant er enda mer imponerende. Les!


Kledd naken av Agnes Lovise Matre rørte også sjela mi. I likhet med All the Rage handler denne også om voldtekt og den gjorde meg like forbanna. Den er veldig godt skrevet, og det eneste som virkelig irriterte meg var slutten – den ble litt for mye for meg. Enda en bok som du bør lese!

Etter å ha slitt meg igjennom Moby Dick, så var jeg svært skeptisk til Havboka (Morten A Strøksnes). Enda en bok som handler om fiske? Men der Moby Dick var kjedelig og endeløs, var Havboka underholdende og altfor kort. Jeg koste meg skikkelig! Det mest utrolige er at dette ikke er skjønnlitteratur, men faktafaen. Denne er en sterk konkurrent til A Little Life om årets bok.

Den siste norske boka i 2015 ble Alt inkludert av Marit Eikemo. Den sitter enda i meg, mest fordi jeg plutselig bråvåkna av en grusom ide om hva hovedpersonen egenlig drev med. Gleder meg til å diskutere denne med andre bokbloggere hvis sjansen byr seg (altså et hint til selv om å komme seg på tvangslesingskafeene i år). Uansett, den handler om en mor og et barn som bare eier en koffert og bruker finn.no til å fylle opp leiligheten og de møter mange interessante karakterer igjennom prosjektet. En tankevekkende bok om det bruk-og-kast samfunnet Norge har blitt. Nok en bok som du bør lese!

I tillegg til disse, så leser jeg Max, Mischa og Tetoffensiven av Johan Harstad. Har ikke kommet så veldig langt enda, men jeg gleder meg til de resterende 900+ sidene. Jeg orker ikke å stresse meg igjennom den, så det får ta den tida det tar – kosebok med andre ord.

Godt nytt leseår!

september-december.

It’s been a dark and long autumn and I haven’t done half of the things I was supposed to. Like writing here. My reading has been mostly good, I finished my 50th book two hours before the new year. I haven’t been good at writing about the books I have read in the past few months.

The first book, read all the way back in September, was All the Rage by Courtney Summers (2015). It is about a teenager being raped at a party and no one believes her because he is the popular girl. And they bully her. The book gave me a lot of feelings, and especially the raging kind. This is a book that should be taught in schools worldwide. If you’re curious about what rape culture is all about, this book will give you an idea.

The 7th Vera Stanhope novel, the Moth Catcher by Ann Cleeves (2015) was also read in September. I wasn’t entirely won over by the last Vera novel, so I’m happy to report that she’s back on track with this one. Ann Cleeves is my go to crime writer and I regularly check when she has a new book coming out.

From June to November I have been chasing Moby Dick (Herman Melville, 1851). My chase has been as hard as Captain Ahab’s. It should have been a great read for me, but all the detours made it boring. And that’s a shame because I was totally into it until the ship left the harbour. Oh well, at least now I can understand all the references to Moby Dick. I’m hoping Ahab’s Wife will be better.

I finally got around to reading Cannery Row by John Steinbeck (1945). I should have read it before visiting Monterrey back in 2012 (possibly the most touristy place I have ever visited – we ended up with a quick stroll and an expensive Mexican restaurant before continuing to Big Sur). Anyway, it is about a group of young men in Monterrey trying to work as little as possible and party as much as they can. It is a short, entertaining read and I wanted more. I’m glad I still have a lot of Steinbeck’s work unread on my shelves.

Book #49 was Career of Evil by J.K. Rowling (as Robert Gailbraith (2015)). I haven’t been too happy about the previous Comoran Strike books but this was bloody near perfect. It is surprisingly and delightfully dark, nearly grotesque and I was unable to put it down. I hope Rowling will never stop writing!

The final book of last year was Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata (1952). I chose it because of its length, 147 pages. It is about a young man attending a tea ceremony with 3 sexually frustrated women (okay, that was maybe taking it too far, but you can definitely feel the sexual tension between him and the women). It is a beautiful book and I fear I didn’t give it the attention it deserved as the clock was ticking towards midnight. Kawabata is an author I will definitely read more of, having won the Nobel prize and all.

Noon at the darkest day of the year in Jarfjord, Norway.

Happy New Year!

den norske bokhøsten, del to.

Nok en runde med miniomtale av norske bøker. Lesingen er fortsatt i rute, men skrivinga går det tregt med. Har endelig funnet gull! Det er nå iallefall 3 bøker som er gode nominasjonskandidater til bokbloggerprisen. Planen er å få lest noen til før året er omme. Og hadde jeg bare vært like flink til å bli ferdig med Moby Dick, A Brief History of 7 Killings og Jazz, så hadde leselivet vært en lek…

Djevelens giftering av Vidar Sundstøl (2015)
Tags: crime and mystery


Max Fjellanger har dratt hjem til Norge for å gå i begravelsen til en tidligere politikollega i Telemark. De hadde jobbet sammen med en forsvinningssak som fremdeles er uoppklart, men så rystende at begge to valgte å slutte i jobben. Hvorfor hadde kollegaen vendt tilbake til åstedet så mange år senere? Max Fjellanger tviler på at kollegaens dødsfall er naturlig som politiet hevder og starter sin egen etterforskning.

Jeg var en av dem som leste Minnesotatrilogien med hjertet i halsen, så jeg gledet meg veldig til ny krim fra Sundstøl. Og den engasjerte og fikk med meg, helt til det nærmet seg slutten. Da gikk det altfor fort i svingene og det var for mange løse tråder til at jeg fant det troverdig. Og det ritualet da… sukk. Men jeg kan se for meg Max og Tirill som privatetterforskere i USA.

Ingrid Winters makeløse mismot av Janne S. Drangsholt (2015)
Tags: family and self, war and travel, books that made me laugh


Ingrid Winter har det ikke lett. Hun har budt over evne på et hus, kollegaene skylder på henne når det blir oppvigleri på instituttet og hverdagen er ikke lett. Og på toppen av alt så skal hun til St. Petersburg for å overbevise russerne om at de bør samarbeide med universitetet.

Morsom og lettlest bok som fikk meg til å savne St. Petersburg og universitetslivet. Ingrid blir kanskje litt vel nevrotisk for min del, og særlig det som skjer på instituttet er litt for absurd. Og dessverre så er boka fort glemt. Men les den så absolutt hvis du har behov for noen som takler hverdagen verre enn deg!

Fortellingen om øde av Idag Hegazi Høyer (2015)
Tags: family and self, explorers/adventures, crime and mystery, war and travel

Carlo er lei av mennesker og det siviliserte samfunn. Han stikker til Galapagos hvor han blir eneboer. Men han får ikke være alene lenge for hans beretninger om øya fascinerer i Europa, og et ungt ektepar flytter til øya, etterfulgt av en gal baronesse og hennes harem.  Boka er basert på en sann historie.

Jeg var en av de som frydet seg når Ida Hegazi Høyer fortalte om den nye boka si på bbp14, så forventningene var høye. Og jeg koste meg, helt til jeg nærmet meg slutten. Da virket den uferdig og at hele handlingen gikk på hurtigspoling. Og det er synd, for jeg heier på Ida. Det jeg liker best med romanene hennes er språket. Jeg merket at når jeg leste denne så begynte jeg å tenke på samme måte som romanen er skrevet (ja, jeg er litt merkelig).

Lev vel, alle av Hilde K. Kvalvaag (2015)
Tags: family and self, war and travel, books you should read

Gunhild tar med seg den 16 år gamle sønnen sin til Vancouver Island på sommerferie. Det var hit oldefaren dro for å tjene penger mens kona og seks barn ble igjen i Norge. Han kom aldri tilbake og Gunhild vil gjerne finne ut hvorfor. Hennes sønn, Knut, har slutta på skolen etter en voldsepisode og hun håper turen til Canada får han på rett spor igjen.

Jess! Endelig en bok hvor jeg ble helt revet med. Den traff meg midt i alle følelsene og ga meg mye å tenke på. Det hjalp kanskje at den er lagt til en av favorittstedene mine og at den handler om slektsforskning (akkurat nå leser jeg flere kirkebøker enn vanlige bøker). Og så er det språket da. Nydelig. Håper flere for øynene opp for denne for det fortjener Kvalvaag.

Marlens historie (I morgen er alt mørkt #2) av Sigbjørn Mostue (2015)
Tags: young adult fiction, it’s the end of the world as we know it, family and self, books you should read

Oppfølger til Brages historie. Les den først! Jeg skal ikke si noe om innholdet unntatt at denne ikke begynner der Brages historie slutter, men er en parallellhistorie fra Marlens synspunkt. Tror jeg hadde mer hjertet i halsen når jeg leste denne, og det har nok noe med det som dessverre ofte skjer med kvinner når katastrofer inntreffer. Og det er jeg kjempeglad for at Sigbjørn Mostue fokuserer på, for det syns jeg har manglet i mange andre post-apokalyptiske bøker. Når kommer bok 3??

baby, now we’ve got bad blood.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (2015)
 
Mare Barrow (or Bone Marrow as my brain called her) is a common Red girl biding her days until she has to enlist, just like her brothers had to. She lives in a society where the colour of your blood determines what kind of life you will have. Silver means that you have some sort of superpower and you are the ruling class. Red means that you have no power and are worthless.

Mare is helping out her family as she can, mainly by being a pickpocket. Then one day she steals from the wrong person, but instead of being punished, she is offered a job as a servant for the Silvers as they will find the new queen. Then she suddenly stumbles and falls over the banister, but instead of dying, she survives and it’s discovered that she beholds a superpower.

How will the society react to the fact that a common Red girl has superpowers? And who is she?

The kids are currently reading the Hunger Games and I decided not to read it for the third time, but instead to read some of the ya novels in my pile. I told them that I expected Red Queen to be quite similar to the Hunger Games, and in some ways I was correct and in others very wrong. I really liked the idea of the superpowers despite it being one of those things that I usually find boring. It was a good read even if some things were totally predictable. I’m eagerly waiting for the sequel! 

den norske bokhøsten, del en.

Endelig har jeg knekt hvordan-lese-masse-koden! Les på norsk. Det tar jo bare et par timer å komme igjennom ei norsk bok i motsetning til de på engelsk. (Og det er nettopp grunnen til at jeg leser mest på engelsk – jeg liker å dvele med bøker. )Det bør jo gå som en lek å lese mange norske 2015 bøker sånn at jeg har noen å nominere til bokbloggprisen i januar. Så langt har jeg ikke kommet over noen bøker som har skapt ellevill begeistring, men høsten er enda ung. Her er de fem første norske bøkene jeg har lest i høst.

I morgen er alt mørkt av Sigbjørn Mostue (2014)
Tags: young adult fiction, it’s the end of the world as we know it, family and self,



En mystisk pandemi sprer om seg. De som er smittet blir nærmest ustoppelige drapsmaskiner som får det moderne samfunnet til å kollapse. Brage og vennene hans følger utviklingen på nettet mens pandemien nærmer seg Norge. Foreldrene legger en plan om hva de skal gjøre hvis den kommer hit. Og hit kommer den så absolutt. Kommer familien seg unna?

Et utdrag fra boka er den første i årets txt-samling for ungdomsskolen. Etter å ha lest utdraget så visste jeg at jeg bare måtte lese boka, og det var gjort på to timer en fredagskveld. Kjempespennende! Selvsagt er det noen ting man kan plukke på, men det legger man ikke så mye merke til når man har hjertet i halsen og håper på det beste. Og selvsagt slutter den på det mest spennende, så da er det bare å vente på oppfølgeren.

Bienes historie av Maja Lunde (2015)
 Tags: it’s the end of the world as we know it, family and self, historical novels, state of the nation,

Vi følger tre historier parallelt; William i England 1852, George i USA 2007 og Tao i framtidsKina. William er en mislykket og miserabel biolog som plutselig interesser seg for bikuber. George er en småskalabirøkter som drømmer stort. Tao lever i en framtid hvor biene er forsvunnet og hvor menneskene må pollinere for å skaffe mat.

Jeg hadde hørt mye bra om boka før jeg leste den og jeg kjente at jeg ble skuffet. Det som var best var utvilsomt historien om Tao, og det hadde kanskje vært nok å fokusert på hennes historie og en framtid uten bier. Historiene om William og George blir platte i sammenligning. Særlig manglet det nok beskrivelser til at man følte at man var i England i 1852 og USA i 2007. Også var det de språklige virkemidlene som slo helt feil til i min hjerne; hvorfor skulle historien om George skrives i a-endelser? For å få fram at han var en enkel bonde? Det ble etterhvert et irritasjonsmoment. Helt til slutt: litt for mange løse tråder som blir nøstet sammen litt for enkelt mot slutten.

Mannen som gikk gjennom lydmuren av Arne Svingen (2015)
Tags: sex, drugs and rock’n’roll, family and self,

 Birger er en mann som elsker musikk og lever på ferdigpizza og øl. Hans største problem er hans nabo, Løding, som stadig banker på for å klage på at han spiller musikk altfor høyt. Det er inntil hans ukjente tenåringssønn banker på døra.

Underholdende bok men det er litt vel mye fokus på musikk. Jeg var fullstendig med, og kjente meg igjen i nabokonflikten (men jeg er Løding, og naboen har ikke noe som ligner bra musikksmak). Men dessverre så blir det på et punkt for urealistisk (roadtrippen), og da ramler jeg av lasset. Kanskje det hadde vært nok med bare en ukjent tenåringssønn?

Det er mitt hav av Caroline Kaspara Palonen (2015)
Tags: family and self 

Beatrice er nordfra, men studerer i en by sørpå hvor hun skriver en oppgave om et maleri. En dag blir hun med ei venninne som støttekontakt da hun skal møte en hun har møtt på det skumle internettet. Venninnen er ikke interessert, men det er Beatrice. Flere år senere så har hun og gutten hun møtte, Viggo, flyttet tilbake til hjemstedet hennes.

Jeg likte den delen om studentlivet, men så begynte jeg å miste interessen i takt med at Beatrice mister fatningen. Boka er utvilsomt vakkert skrevet, så jeg vet ikke helt hva det var som gjorde at jeg mistet interessen. Er det fordi at jeg har lest for mange lignende bøker? Eller er det mangelen på et tydelig plott som driver romanen framover? Det er uansett veldig synd siden Palonen er en jeg har hørt mange lovord om og som jeg trodde jeg virkelig ville like.

Norsk sokkel av Heidi Linde (2015)
Tags: family and self, state of the nation

HverdagsNorge med sine store og små utfordringer portrettert gjennom en utvidet familie med utdrag fra norsk lov som introduksjon til hvert kapittel.

Denne er den norske boka som har imponert mest så langt i høst. Den er engasjerende og jeg lurer fryktelig på hvordan det går med familien. Det eneste jeg savner er en familiefest hvor alle deltar, tror det hadde blitt den perfekte slutten. Det er en skam å si at jeg kjøpte Nu jävlar! og Agnes i senga til meg selv i 30årsgave og har fortsatt ikke fått lest dem. Kanskje snart?  

books of summer 2015.

I have had an unusual good reading summer. I read nine books in July, and two on my four day long Glaswegian holiday. I had planned to write a post for each book, but I have been struggling with one post for weeks; so I’m going to sum up my summer reading quickly, which is somewhat a shame as some of these books has deserved a post of its own. Oh well.

Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin (2012)

Tags: young adult fiction, usa, queer, love, state of the nation, historical novels,
What is it about: A young girl spends the summer at a lake resort in Minnesota to escape a possible polio outbreak and her father’s ptsd. Away from her mother’s watchful eyes she is able to do birdwatching the way she wants, and then she finds love – forbidden love.

What’s the verdict:  As a book for teenagers, it’s probably good. For me, it was either too many things put into one book or not detailed enough. And all the birdlike observation became too much.

Alamut by Vladimir Bartol (1936)
 Tags: slovenia, historical novels, 1001 books, war and travel, not impressed, state of the nation,

What is it about: Sayyiduna is the religious leader for the Ismailis in the fortress of Alamut. In order to make his soldiers obey him, he decides to give them a taste of paradise with the help of drugs and a garden filled with beautiful girls, food and drinks.

What’s the verdict: I was really into the book for the first few chapter, then it downhill from there. Too much religious philosophy for my liking. Maybe I would have paid more attention if I had known that Alamut and Sayyiduna were real.  I think I’ll blame the reader and not the book.

the Crossing (1994) and Cities of the Plain (1996) by Cormac McCarthy
 Tags: usa, war and travel, state of the nation, books you should read

What is it about: The second and third books in the Border trilogy. Cowboys and horses crossing the Mexican border in the early 1940s.

What’s the verdict: As in all previous McCarthy books I’ve read, violence is ever present and I always feel covered in at least one layer of dirt while I read his novels. The Border trilogy is a great read.

Morvern Callar by Alan Warner (1995)
 Tags: uk, sex drugs and rock’nroll, books you should read, war and travel, family and self, crime and mystery, books into films, 1001 books

What is it about: When Morvern comes home from work and finds her boyfriend dead on the floor, what does she do? Call the police? Nope, she goes out, gets drunk and have a threesome (possible a foursome).

What’s the verdict: I loved it! Morvern is a real quirky character and although her actions aren’t really explained, it is interesting to follow her around in the small Scottish village and on crazy package holidays. The only thing I really didn’t really like was the ending, so I was happy to discover that there’s a sequel, which has of course entered my wish list.

the Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota (2015)
Tags: man booker prize, uk, war and travel, family and self, books you should read, state of the nation

What is it about: Illegal and legal Sikh immigrants to United Kingdom. The reasons why they decided to leave India and how they make a living in the UK.

What’s the verdict: Another great novel set in India. If you like Indian writers, this is right up your ally. And the topic is really important right now. Another author I’m glad to have discovered.

Summer’s over and I’m glad I got to read as much as I did, but I’m still 3 books behind schedule on my 50 books a year challenge at Goodreads.  Right now I’m reading 3 heavy books at the same time (Moby Dick, A Brief History of Seven Killings and Jazz) and it feels like I’ll never finish any of them. Still I don’t want to give up on them as they are all good, they are just heavy and slow. I guess I have to be patient and take the time.

the saddest book I ever read.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (2015)
  “They all—Malcolm with his houses, Willem with his girlfriends, JB with his paints, he with his razors—sought comfort, something that was theirs alone, something to hold off the terrifying largeness, the impossibility, of the world, of the relentlessness of its minutes, its hours, its days.” 

Four young men became friends at college and then move to New York to pursuit different careers, but staying friends. While JB, Malcolm and Willem are sharing everything about their past and present lives, dreams and failures, Jude is a closed book. They know very little of Jude’s childhood and inner life, the only things they know are the things they are able to witness themselves.

Jude was left in the trash as a baby, picked up by a monastery where he was punished for every little thing. And then sexually abused. Things go from bad to much worse as one of the brothers runs off with him. A couple of years later he barely survives something which he himself describes as a car accident to his friends, and his body is severely damaged after it. Once he starts college, things really improve, but yet he feels the need to punish himself almost every night.

 This book is incredibly sad. I cried, cried and cried. And despite the descriptions of all the terrible things Jude went through I couldn’t put it down. Luckily, it’s not all bad, it’s really about the strength of friendship and love. And that’s what makes it so beautiful. It is definitely the best book I have read in years, and it’s a long time since I have been so involved in a book. I had to keep reminding myself that it’s just fiction, and not real. I’m hoping that it will win this year’s Man Booker Prize.

(So much unsaid about this book, so many emotions running wild.)

 “You won’t understand what I mean now, but someday you will: the only trick of friendship, I think, is to find people who are better than you are—not smarter, not cooler, but kinder, and more generous, and more forgiving—and then to appreciate them for what they can teach you, and to try to listen to them when they tell you something about yourself, no matter how bad—or good—it might be, and to trust them, which is the hardest thing of all. But the best, as well.” 

performing Shakespeare at the end of the world.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (2014)
 A pandemic has wiped out most of the world’s population and has left the towns and cities desolate. The Traveling Symphony is a troupe of performers travelling through a vast area around the Great Lakes. Kirsten was a child actress in a production of King Lear in Toronto when the pandemic broke out, but doesn’t remember much of the years before she found the Traveling Symphony. But what she does remember, is that an actor, Arthur Leander, died on stage that last night, and ever since she has been obsessed with him; and searches empty houses for magazines and other memorabilia. 

The post-apocalyptic world is a dangerous place, and the town St. Deborah by the Water has really changed since the last time they were in town. A Prophet has taken over and banished all non-believers. When they leave the town, they discover that a young girl has sneaked on board, and they find themselves in danger as the villagers are trying to get the girl back as she is to be married to the Prophet.

In addition to follow the Traveling Symphony, the book also has flashbacks to the world before the pandemic, and it especially focuses on Arthur and his wife, Miranda, but also on the man who tried to save Arthur on the night he died. I think the most interesting part is the difference between the now and the then, and how quickly everything we are used to just vanished. I had a burning question all through the book and I’m glad it was answered at the end and that it was the answer I was hoping for (and no, I won’t tell you what it is as it sort of spoil things). The only person I would love to get to know better is the Prophet, what happened in between his childhood and becoming the Prophet?  It is a really interesting read, perfect for long sleepless summer nights.

the dragon’s mist.

the Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (2015)
 “Yet are you so certain, good mistress, you wish to be free of this mist? Is it not better some things remain hidden from our minds?”
“It may be for some, father, but not for us. Axl and I wish to have again the happy moments we shared together. To be robbed of them is as if a thief came in the night and took what’s most precious from us.”
“Yet the mist covers all memories, the bad as well as the good. Isn’t that so, mistress?”
“We’ll have the bad ones come back too, even if they make us weep or shake with anger. For isn’t it the life we’ve shared?” 

Beatrice and Axl set out to visit their son in a neighbouring village.  The way to the village is dangerous as it is filled with ogres, bandits and other foul creatures. They spend a night in a Saxon village which is on guard as some villagers have just been attacked by ogres. When they are leaving, they’re asked to take a young boy, Edwin, with them as he has been bitten by a strange creature and the villagers banish him. A warrior, Wistan, also follows them to ensure that they will be safe.

Axl has lately been concerned about that they seem to have forgotten most of their lives. Whilst they are travelling he learns that the memory losses are caused by the shedragon’s breath which is also the reason for the misty valleys. He also learns that both Wistan and Lord Gawain, who they also meet, have been given the roles as dragonslayers. And after a lot of twists and turns, Beatrice and Axl find themselves at the dragon’s lair.

The book is certainly different from what I have been reading lately, and it’s refreshing. It has the perfect amount of fantasy for me, which means just a dash, and I love books about travelling. It was certainly an unexpected book from Ishiguro. I’m also curious about whether it will be nominated to any prizes this year. I certainly hope so, but I know that there are many books coming out this year by excellent authors like Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Franzen, Louis de Bernières and more, so it will be a tough competition.