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review 2020-05-15 02:32
Girl Who Lived Twice
The Girl Who Lived Twice (Millennium #6) - David Lagercrantz,George Goulding,Simon Vance

Sixth installment in the Millennium series; third continuation by David Lagercrantz. I have a soft spot for Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander and do enjoy catching up with them, even when they don't 100% "feel" like their Larsson selves. Is it just me, or is there a pattern of "Blomkvist tries to find/reach Salander, who is hard to find and takes a while before she bothers to read/respond to his texts/emails/messages. And after a while, they finally meet up again, and their plots come together"?

There are conspiracies and cover-ups. There is a confrontation with Lisbeth's evil twin Camilla. The details almost don't matter, because in my head, what I ultimately care about is the Blomkvist-Lisbeth interaction.

The plot lines kept me interested, the narrative moved quickly, and the ending was fairly satisfying, but I wanted something more.

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review 2019-12-16 18:18
A look behind the curtain
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets - David Simon

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon is a work of non-fiction about the Homicide Unit of Baltimore's Police Department during one year in the 1980's when he was a journalist for the Baltimore Sun. This book was actually the inspiration for the TV show Homicide: Life on the Streets so if you've seen that show you might recognize some of the characters (albeit with different names and ethnicity in some cases). Simon focuses on a few of the key cases that the unit investigated during the year he observed (although it was more like became entrenched in their cases and lives). He managed to both show the very best of what it means to be a sensitive, thorough homicide detective and the lengths that they were willing to take to close out their cases (it's often about the closeout rate). The dark underbelly of the city, its inhabitants, and the men (and lone woman) tasked with solving those most heinous of crimes is laid bare in stark detail. These men (and one lone woman who was rarely a focus in the novel) are distinctly human with foibles like all the rest. Vulgarity, racism, sexism, and a general callousness permeate the department. (Baltimore was none too pleased with the portrayal of their city by the way.) Simon shows that not all cases have a tidy ending and in fact could remain unsolved well past the detective's tenure with the unit. If you're looking for a neat police procedural then you'll be disappointed with this book but if you're interested in the investigative process itself you've hit the jackpot. 5/10

 

A/N: Keep in mind when this book was written because there are definitely some problematic issues such as racist slurs, derogatory attitudes towards people of color, sexist asides, and general ickiness that made me shudder. I can't be sure how much of this was a product of the times and/or how much is just a part of Simon's character but it was off-putting in the extreme.

 

What's Up Next: Cool Japan Guide: Fun in the Land of Manga, Lucky Cats, and Ramen by Abby Denson

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Miss D & Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis by Kathryn Sermak (with Danielle Morton)

 

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2018-07-05 01:00
Girl Who Takes an Eye For an Eye
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye - David Lagercrantz,Simon Vance

This book is the second one by David Lagencrantz, continuing Stieg Larsson's series.  At its start, Lisbeth Salander is serving a two-month sentence in a high-security women's prison, for certain actions that she took to protect a vulnerable character in Lagencrantz's first installment, The Girl in the Spider's Web.  Lisbeth's protective instincts are in high gear because of Faria Kazi, a young Bangladeshi woman being terrorized by a brutal inmate who calls herself Benito (yest, after Mussolini).  Salander doesn't particularly mind being in prison, but she minds very much that Benito's reign of terror is going unchecked.  She takes matters into her own hands in her own Lisbeth way, of course.

 

Meanwhile, there is another mystery to relates to Salander's childhood.  Of course, it involves an intricate conspiracy, and Mikhael Blomkvist, famous journalist and Salander ally, is pulled into an investigation. Naturally, there is a ruthless villain who is willing to go to extreme measures to keep the conspiracy covered up.

 

I'd say this is a solid installment in the series, though I can't shake the feeling that I'm reading officially sanctioned "Lisbeth Salander" fanfic.  I will keep reading the books as they come out, so I find out what happens next--and I hope that Lisbeth herself will play a more central role in the next book. 

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text 2018-06-27 01:33
Added This Edition
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye - David Lagercrantz,Simon Vance

I know I keep harping on this....  But I added this edition.  And again, I am sick of adding editions.  It feels as though for every book that is just "there" for me to shelve, there are 10 that I need to add myself (or settle for shelving the "wrong" edition).  GRRRR.

 

[Venting over...  For the moment.]

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review 2017-05-25 07:58
Elektrisierender Krieg
Die letzten Tage der Nacht - STIL GbR Simon Bertling,Graham Moore,David Nathan

Der Kampf gegen die Dunkelheit ist gewonnen seit die Glühbirne erfunden ist. Doch damit bricht in den USA ein elektrisierender Krieg zwischen George Westinghouse und Thomas Alva Edison aus, der sich um die Frage dreht, wer der wahre Erfinder der Glühbirne ist.

Erfindungen verändern die Gesellschaft. Während sie manchmal nur träge ihren Platz im Alltag einnehmen, bringen andre von einem Moment auf den anderen Licht in die Dunkelheit. Zwar kann man sich vorstellen, dass ein Erfinder seine Wunder vollbringt, allerdings kaum, welcher Wirbel damit - zumindest bei der Glühbirne - einhergegangen ist. 

Graham Moore verpackt in diesem historischen Roman die Stromgiganten des 19. Jahrhunderts, denen wir nach wie vor verdanken, dass uns in den Abendstunden ein Licht aufgeht.

Die Geschichte wird aus der Perspektive von Paul Cravath erzählt. Er ist ein junger Anwalt, der von George Westinghouse angeheuert wird. Von seinem Können überzeugt, widmet er sich hingebungsvoll der neuen Aufgabe, die ihn mitten ins elektrisierende Geschehen um Edison, Westinghouse und sogar Nikola Tesla wirft.

Der Autor hat mit der Figur Cravath eine gute Perspektive gewählt, um Licht auf die beteiligten Personen zu werfen. Durch den Einsatz des Anwalts und der Ich-Perspektive schafft es Moore, ihn als Drehscheibe der Ereignisse zu verwenden, indem er in ins Zentrum der Erzählung rückt. Dabei hat es mir seine persönliche Entwicklung weniger angetan. Man merkt ihm an, dass er eben seine Rolle im Gesamtbild zu erfüllen hat und nur darin seine Existenzberechtigung als Figur liegt. 

Besonders gut hat mir hingegen die Darstellung von Nikola Tesla gefallen. Er wird als wirrer, genialer Geist geschildert, dem man trotz seiner chaotischen Art einfach ins Herz schließen muss.

Die Erzählung umfasst mehrere Jahre und ist schon fast im epischen Stil angelegt. Manchmal wurden mir zu lange Zeitspannen übersprungen, worunter die Spannung und vor allem die Atmosphäre gelitten hat. Denn so ganz konnte ich den Erfindergeist, die Begeisterung und die feindliche Gesinnung nicht spüren, obwohl sie im Roman selbst immer wieder zur Sprache kommen. 

Ich fand es allerdings sehr spannend von den Hintergründen des Stromdebakels zu erfahren. Westinghouse und Edison haben sich eine ordentliche Schlacht geliefert und dabei sogar unfaire Mittelchen eingesetzt. Außerdem wird beleuchtet, welche weiteren technischen Errungenschaften auf diese beiden Herren zurückzuführen sind und wie damals Ideen-Fabriken aus der Taufe gehoben wurden. 

Sprecher David Nathan leiht der Hörbuchversion seine Stimme, die in gewohnter Qualität fesselnd und angenehm zu hören ist. 

Graham Moore hat mit „Die letzten Tage der Nacht“ einen historischen Blick auf die Vergangenheit geworfen, die nach wie vor den Alltag unserer Gegenwart prägt. Meiner Meinung nach handelt es sich trotz der genannten Abstriche um ein bemerkenswertes (Hör-) Buch, das bei Interesse unbedingt gelesen werden muss.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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