Knife (Harry Hole #12)

** spoiler alert ** They should make this series into a Netflix series. That’s why the snowman didn’t work as a stand alone film because there was not the context to the character albeit fassbender is Harry Hole in terms of how I picture him in my head.

But anyway to the book, in a nutshell great story and it had all the grit that is to be expected of this character and of course a great twist. My only criticism would be too much padding in the middle for me, even for a Harry Hole story this was or seemed chunkier than usual. Back to the twist I did guess this one fairly early on as it was clearly the most obvious but not obvious at all, classic Nesbo sending you of in 5 different directions then 3 then your left with 2 and finally all is revealed.

Loads of directions this series this could go in now. I look forward to more.

 

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Cilka’s Journey (The Tattooist of Auschwitz #2)

Nothing better than a book that makes you want to learn more regarding a particular period of time purely based on the emotions it stirs inside of the reader.

I found Cilka`s story, like Gita & Lale`s, completely shattering. I think it is good to read something that slaps you about a bit, pulls you into the pages to roam your mind behind the lightening bolt insignia and the electrified fences of Auschwitz and then onto the Gulags, with their hammer and sickle winters. I am not sure what else to say, which in itself shows the book had the right effect on me. I will read more of these people and their hell, their tragedy, their triumphs and indeed their grey area decisions they took within a black and white existence in order to do what any of us would do,
Survive.

A triumph of a book. Please read it.

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21 lessons for the 21st century by Yuval Noah Harari – review

As bit of a new feature I am going to be doing some reviews of non poetry books of note that I have been reading/read recently.

So to kick things off, I would like to tell you about, 21 lessons for the 21st century by Yuval Noah Harari.

 

Book info (sourced from Goodreads):

**FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLER SAPIENS ** 

Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present.

How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children?

Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues. The golden thread running through his exhilarating new book is the challenge of maintaining our collective and individual focus in the face of constant and disorienting change. Are we still capable of understanding the world we have created?

My review:

A fascinating read. It made me feel quite uncomfortable at times, reading something and allowing the words to unplug your mind from the Matrix is a strange feeling.

I enjoyed how the author didn’t shy away from any subjects, no subject is safe as it were, and nor should it be. Everything be it religion or world politics must be open for criticism and dissection.

After putting this book down each evening I pondered on the chapters I had just read, and the ones before that. I am a thinker/day dreamer so I did get lost in my thoughts with this book at times.

A brilliantly written, eye opening book. I would say to everyone, allow yourself to unplugged from the system and give it a go.

A worthy 5 stars.

Book review – Words from an unlikely poet vol.2: Further thoughts by Charlie Hasler

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Charlie had a lot to live up to following his excellent first book of poetry Words from an unlikely poet, you may read my review which awarded it a very worthy five stars.  Volume 2 has some similarities; it is again a slender book of verse and many poems are themed on emotional angst, however I feel this book has a more compact range of expression.

Beginning with the romantically titled ‘Pink Skied City’ which, although not romantic in theme, uses almost romantic language to describe the ordinary.  My interpretation is that it’s a commentary on the banality of life.  Throughout the book Charlie uses great imagery and analogies, with ‘Mind Radio’ standing out.  I really liked the rhythm of the poems ‘Back to One’ and ‘Connected’, I felt the flow resonated well with the message.

Overall, a nicely put together book of poetry.  I will leave you with words…

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