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review 2018-03-11 12:41
Macbeth (Hogarth Shakespeare) - Nesbo Jo

When I was in high school, I was that weird girl in your english lit class who actually liked Shakespeare. The Hogarth Shakespeare project gave 8 authors a chance to recreate one of the Bard’s classic plays & when I heard Jo Nesbo was taking on MacBeth, I had to read it. And he’s done a remarkable job.


It’s a daunting challenge. After all, we already know who did what & how it ends. But Nesbo has given it a modern facelift by turning it into a dark, violent tale of cops vs criminals set in an unnamed city drowning in drugs & corruption. Poor old Duncan is the shiny new Chief Commissioner of police while MacBeth heads up the SWAT team. Other familiar names have been assigned to characters on both sides of the law, their roles staying true to the originals.


I won’t dwell on the story except to say this is decidedly bloodier than “the Scottish play”. But there are several things that make it work. First, the setting. Nesbo vividly describes his city & it’s a pretty bleak place. Relentless rain, dark streets full of skeletal junkies & rusted out factories litter the landscape. Now add in cops & politicians who have been bought & paid for by the rival drug gangs that rule the city. The result is a grim & gripping read that practically oozes moral decay.


And that of course is the point. Shakespeare wanted to shine a light on the psychological & physical ramifications for those who seek power for power’s sake, how ambition without morality leads to carnage. He also distinguished between the sexes. Not that women can’t be just as reprehensible. It’s just their methods that differ. In this story, MacBeth’s wife may not care to actually get her hands dirty but she’s more than capable of inciting violence with well chosen words whispered in the right ears.


Nesbo has nailed the themes & even sneaks in symbolic moments such as blood that won’t wash off. What I found most startling is how relevant something written over 400 years ago still is. But then all you have to do is read the news to find modern examples of his characters. It’s not an easy read but Nesbo pulls it off with style. My only quibble is the wealth of long descriptive passages that at times  stall any building tension.


As always, the wonderful Don Bartlett has done an outstanding job of translation. Recommended for fans of Shakespeare and/or gritty crime drama. If you’re keeping track of this series, next up is Gillian Flynn of “Gone Girl” fame taking on “Hamlet”.




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review 2018-03-03 03:58
Lisa and Nilly have an adventure with time travelling bath tub
Bubble in the Bathtub (Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder) - Mike Lowery,Nesbo Jo

Lisa and Nilly are fun characters who tried to find their friend Doctor Proctor. 


So they travel by plane, and use the time travelling bath tub to try to locate him. Doctor did leave clues on where he had been and they did try to follow his trial.


But that's not it.


It is the way these children acting like children and find solutions only children could. 


As a fan of Jo Nesbo, one would be curious on what kind of children books he would write. 


He wrote like how he wrote his other books, with a lot of fun plot twists. And running around with clues.


The good thing is, there are a lot of surprises as well. Surprise on what the characters thought as solutions, or the next move. 


First clue, A post card. 


Not to spoil the plot. The post card is illustrated and anyone could try to get the clue. 


Then there are big guys. The big guys are obvious big guys as this is a children book.


They chase the children. And the children run and escape. 


Traveling in bathtub is fun.


Also, the use of fart powder. One of the invention of the Doctor who give a person ability to fart with power. 


Like speeding up a bike ride up the hill. Yes, that's part of the running around bit in the book.


Highly recommended for kids. 


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review 2018-01-31 15:57
Die Fährte // Nemesis!!!
Die Fährte: Harry Holes vierter Fall - Jo Nesbø

German and english review
First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.


Inhalt: Der Osloer Kriminalbeamte Harry Hole jagt einen Bankräuber, der während eines Überfalls scheinbar grundlos eine junge Angestellte erschoss. Da wird er selbst in einen Mordfall verwickelt: seine ehemalige Geliebte wird tot aufgefunden, und Harry ist der Letzte, der sie leben sah. Er gerät nun selbst unter Mordverdacht und muss untertauchen, um auf eigenen Faust weiterermitteln zu können. Eine heiße Fährte führt in bis nach Südamerika.


Ich fand es ein bisschen schwieriger als sonst, in das Buch reinzufinden, vorallem weil ich es gleich nach dem letzten Buch angefangen hatte und einfach noch so wütend wegen Ellen war und einfach nicht darüber hinwegkommen wollte, was im Band davor passiert ist. Vor allem war ich jedes Mal wütend wenn Tom Waaler in dem Buch aufgetaucht ist, alles was er im Band vorher gemacht hat und alels was er in diesem Fall getan hat, ich war einfach zu wütend.


Dann die Tatsache, dass wir zwei Fälle hatten. Den Bankraub und Anna.
Ich war stellenweise dann wirklich total verwirrt, welcher Zeuge wegen welchem Fall befragt wurde. Es war mir manchmal einfach ein bisschen zu viel los. Allerdings waren beide Fälle wirklich spannend gemacht und hatten auch genug Wendungen, so dass ich absolut nicht wusste, was gerade was ist und wer was angestellt haben könnte. Es war bis zum Ende einfach sehr spannend.


Und dann mein absolutes Highlight, Beate. Und sie lebt noch. Sie hat das Buch überlebt. Was nicht so selbstverständlich ist, wenn man an andere weibliche Charaktere in den Büchern vorher denkt. Beate!!! ich hoffe, dass wir sie auch noch in weiteren Büchern sehen werden, denn sie ist mir ehrlich ans Herz gewachsen.




Summary: How do you catch a killer when you're the number one suspect? A man is caught on CCTV, shooting dead a cashier at a bank. Detective Harry Hole begins his investigation, but after dinner with an old flame wakes up with no memory of the past 12 hours. Then the girl is found dead in mysterious circumstances and he begins to receive threatening emails: is someone trying to frame him for her death? As Harry fights to clear his name, the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery...


I had a bit of trouble getting really into the book, mostly because I started it right after I finished the book before and I was still so angry about Ellen and I couldn't and didn't wanna get over what happened to her. Everytime I read Tom Waaler's name in the book, I got angry all over again, angry about what he had done in the book before and everything he did in this book.


Then we had two cases. The bank case and Anna.
To be completely honest, I got super confused sometimes and couldn't remember which witness got questioned for what case. Sometimes it just got a bit too much. BUT, both cases where super well done and had enough twists and turns, that I could never figure out what really happened and who did what. It was suspenseful until the end.


And then, my absolute highlight, Beate. And she is still alive. She survived the book. That is not a sure thing, when I think about all the female characters before her. Beate!!! I really hope we get to see her in the other books two, cause I love her and I want her around.

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review 2018-01-01 15:24
"The Snowman", by Jo Nesbo
The Snowman: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 5) by Nesbo. Jo ( 2010 ) Paperback - Nesbo. Jo

Book #7, in the Harry Hole series

Mr. Nesbo has certainly created a disturbing, spine-chilling and macabre story with this one. The snow is beginning to fall. A young boy is awakened and finds that his mother has disappeared, wet footprints are on the stairs and he sees a snowman with black eyes positioned to look at the bedroom window around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf……if you are a little isn’t it a way to scare you death or leave an unimaginable impression that will haunt you for a very long time. Leave it to a master storyteller to write such a story….

The book begins in 1980 but the bulk of the story is in the present day. After a blood- chilling opening DI Harry Hole makes his appearance with his new female partner Katrine Bratt and we are in the standard police procedural territory. 

Meantime, “The Snowman” is hard at work…… mothers and wives are disappearing and when a gruesome discovery is made: a severed head of a woman in placed on top of a snowman….. The pressure mounts for Harry to find the snowman….Mr. Nesbo took his chance to show us his stuff as a writer at every corner.

“The Snowman” has its own pulse that keeps it moving along with very gruesome images and eccentric flashbacks concerning a hard drinking cop. The meat of the story is the hunt for the Snowman, a serial killer who leaves an actual snowman on the site of his crimes. Mr. Nesbo gives us plenty of atmosphere through his protagonist’s observations and significant details. This thriller gives us suspense and a veritable gallery of memorable suspects and most of all a first-class roller-coaster ride. On the down side, we have many disjointed and incomprehensible plot twists and series of red herrings to content with, it gets a little confusing at time. 

Although “The Snowman” put chills on my bones, it is by no means one of my preferred books by this author. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-12-30 13:21
Rotkehlchen // The Redbreast!!!
Rotkehlchen - Jo Nesbø

German and english review
First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.


Das wird meine letzte Buchbewertung dieses Jahr. Ich bin so froh, dass ich das Buch heute fertig lesen konnte und damit, abgesehen von dem Hörbuch das ich gerade gehe, vollkommen frei und ohne angefangene Bücher ins neue Jahr starte. So mag ich das.


Inhalt: Der Osloer Kriminalbeamte Harry Hole wird auf einen Posten beim Staatsschutz versetzt. Eines Tages erhält seine neue Dienststelle Informationen über eine südafrikanische Spezialwaffe, die nach Norwegen importiert wurde. Harry Hole nimmt sich der Sache an und findet bald heraus, dass der Käufer ein alter Mann sein muss. Alle Spuren weisen in die Vergangenheit, auf eine Gruppe von Kollaborateuren, die während des Zweiten Weltkriegs an der Seite der Nationalsozialisten gekämpft haben. Offenbar haben diese Kräfte ein Attentat auf den norwegischen Thronfolger geplant. Es gibt viele potentielle Täter, alte und neue Nazis, und Harry Hole muss sich in einen tiefen und beängstigend brodelnden Sumpf begeben, um diesen Fall zu lösen.


Das ist jetzt das dritte Harry Hole Buch in einer ziemlich kurzen Zeit für mich. Ich liebe diese Reihe, Harry ist mir unheimlich ans Herz gewachsen obwohl er auch weiterhin eine absolute Katastrophe ist und ich ihn öfter gerne mal schütteln würde, doch anders würde ich ihn garnicht haben wollen.


Der Schreibstil in dem Buch hat mir extrem gut gefallen, mit den zwei verschiedenen Zeitleisten, einmal im Hier und Jetzt (1999/2000) und dann einmal in der Vergangenheit (ab 1944). Anfangs hat es mich ein bisschen verwirrt aber mit der Zeit hat sich das auch gegeben und es war einfach nur total spannend gemacht und hat super funktioniert.


Bis zum Ende hin hat das Buch wirklich die Spannung gehalten und hat durchweg Wendungen eingebracht, die die Geschichte wirklich bis zum Schluss interessant gemacht haben.



ernsthaft, ich halte es zwar vage aber SPOILER!!!!!





Wie in den beiden anderen Büchern, habe ich auch in diesem Buch einen weiblichen Charakter präsentiert bekommen, den ich gleich ins Herz geschlossen habe und der mir weggenommen wurde. Das ist der Grund warum ich dem Buch einen Stern abgezogen habe, weil es jetzt wirklich zum dritten Mal passiert ist und weil es mich echt wütend macht. Was mich auch gestört hat, ist dass der Fall nicht mal richtig aufgeklärt worden ist, dass einer der damit zu tun hat immer noch frei rumläuft und sogar eine Beförderung erhalten hat. Ich hoffe es wird im nächsten Teil dann aufgeklärt wird und der jenige seine Strafe bekommt.




My last book review for this year. I'm so happy that I had the time to finish this book today and that I get to start the new year with a clean slate, the only book I'm currently in the middle of is the audiobook I'm listening to, apart from that no unfinished books are left. That's how I like it.


Summary: A report of a rare and unusual gun - a type favoured by assassins - being smuggled into the country sparks Detective Harry Hole's interest. Then a former WW2 Nazi sympathiser is found with his throat cut. Next, Harry's former partner is murdered. Why had she been trying to reach Harry on the night she was killed?

As Harry's investigation unfolds, it becomes clear that the killer is hell-bent on serving his own justice. And while the link between the cases remains a mystery, one thing is certain: he must be stopped.


This is now the third Harry Hole book in a row that I have read in a short span of time. I love this series, Harry is really important to me at this point, even though he remains to be a total mess and I want to shake him more times than not, I really wouldn't want him to be any other way.


I really liked the writing in this book, with the two different timelines, one in the present (1999/2000) and one in the past (starting from 1944). I have to admit that it was a bit confusing in the beginning but with time, I got into it more and more and I think it made the book so much more interesting and it worked perfectly.


The book kept the suspense up until the very end, with all the twists and turns throughout the story, the whole thing was gripping until the end.


seriously, I keep it vague but SPOILERS!!!!!!!!




Just like in the books before, I get presented a female character that I love right away and that I get her taken away from me. That's the only reason I took one star away from the rating, cause this isn't the first time but the third time and it's really starting to piss me off. I also didn't like that the case didn't get fully solved, that there is still one of the people involved who is free and who even got a promotion. I really hope this will get solved in the next book and that this guy will get his punishment.

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