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text 2017-11-24 14:41
Reading progress update: I've read 325 out of 773 pages.
The Crow Girl - Erik Axl Sund

Jeanette, along with Hurtig's help, risks her career by working on the serial killer case after the boss has shut it down; she's getting a bit conspiracy-minded...but maybe she's right. meanwhile, Sofia probes at her own psyche to try and get a grip on her strange relationship, and partially forgotten history, with Victoria--Victoria, who seems capable of anything.

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text 2017-11-24 00:52
Reading progress update: I've read 289 out of 773 pages.
The Crow Girl - Erik Axl Sund

I finished "Part 1", which I guess was a separate book--one of three--now collected into this thing called The Crow Girl. the plot twist that got Spoiled in a review I read yesterday has now broken open and been revealed within the story itself--pretty much acting as the big surprise at the end of "Part 1" (or Book 1, when there were separate publications). so now I'm heading into the true unknown (and I'm staying away from any more reviews!).

 

bits and pieces of the plot have reminded me of other books--and some films--along the way, but at this point, the plot is unique, and riveting.  Victoria is going to stick in my memory for quite some time.

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review 2017-11-23 18:13
Read in English
Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur Vol. 2: Secca... Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur Vol. 2: Seccature Spaziali (Italian Edition) - Brandon Montclare,Amy Reeder,Marco Failla,Natacha Bustos,Tamra Bonvillain,Elena Cecchini
I found this one a little less enchanting than volume one. Now, don't get me wrong, I think part of that is how I feel about Marvel, and has less to due with Moon Girl.

I think it is great that Marvel is showcasing characters like Moon Girl and Ms Marvel. Not only are they minority characters but they are non-trophe female characters. To me this was always the charm of Firestar (and to a lesser degree Scarlet Witch), and yet, I had to watch Marvel writers constantly screw over Firestar and finally paint her simply as the girlfriend and that pissed me off. (Seriously, her home life is too normal Mr Marvel Writer Fabien? She had a father figure die in her arms, and almost lost her real father the same way. Hey, and what about her mother? Shit poor writing, dude. You just like the male characters better. You never could write women and you screwed your female characters over). Marvel still wastes her. So I guess, I am a little jealous on her behalf.

So there is that. Which is why I was a little resentful of Ms Marvel here because that is the way the women in New Warriors should have been. Really, should have been.

But I love this series because of Lunella who has two loving parents and value her own intelligence, who doesn't care when a guy says he loves her because she is fourth grade. That is so important today. So important. So give Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur to all the women and girls in your life. Because this series is actually right.
 
 

 

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text 2017-11-23 14:40
Reading progress update: I've read 209 out of 773 pages.
The Crow Girl - Erik Axl Sund

the book is slowly becoming the long nightmare that I don't yet want to wake from.

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text 2017-11-23 01:29
Reading progress update: I've read 152 out of 773 pages.
The Crow Girl - Erik Axl Sund

I cruised around the Web earlier today, trying to get a line on how exactly this novel fared amongst the majority of book reviewers...and so far, I sorta agree with the ones that called it must-read Scandinavian Crime fiction, as opposed to the ones that suggested it was maybe too long, or maybe a somewhat pasted-together rehash of what had gone before but with the gore amped up, or maybe choppy and confusing. 

 

it turns out that this was originally three linked books, that have been combined for a North American audience. so of course it's long. as for the gore--well, I've read Nesbo's The Leopard, and Black's The Killing Lessons, and many other gory and violent novels. so I don't know who should be accused of trying to outdo the other, but it's all kind of similar, if that's a fault. as for choppy...it does jump around but mainly between two key characters, though it has been very busy filling in every detail of most aspects of the personal lives of the two of them, while at the same time moving a complex serial killer case along. I'm completely captivated, and hate putting the book down to do other things.

 

one review did manage to feed me a pretty significant Spoiler--it was very shocking to encounter a review revealing a major plot twist--and the only thing that kept me from going berserk about it is that the idea--the twist--had actually occurred to me earlier this morning. so I just thought 'oh. I guess that wasn't such a crazy notion after all.". of course, I'm seeing certain scenes and a certain character differently than if I knew a specific detail, now spoiled. I still love the book.

 

another review talked about The Crow Girl in relation to "that other long, translated, major Crime novel" thrust upon us in 2016: a Japanese novel called Six Four. apparently, the reviewer thought Six Four justified its huge page-count in the end, but felt that Crow Girl does not, and is generally the lesser effort. I've read Six Four, in English translation, and I can tell you I'm of the opposite opinion: Six Four was okay, but became a bit of a grind for me, with a lot of pages and not much actually happening, and a "twist" near the end that maybe didn't need 600 pages to get to--how about 300, instead. no, I'm finding this Erik Axl Lund book much more riveting, with a lot going on, a lot more to think about bursting from all the pages, and more like The Hermit, by Thomas Rydal...as in: "okay--could be shorter, but since I'm enjoying it, who cares.". and again, The Crow Girl is actually three books combined.

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