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review 2016-06-06 08:00
Hitman Anders And The Meaning Of It All
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All - Jonas Jonasson,Rachel Willson-Broyles

I've been planning to read The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window for years, but somehow never managed to. But when I was offered a review copy of Jonas Jonasson's third novel, it seemed a good chance to finally dive into the world I had heard so much about it.


Hitman Anders, just released from prison, is being exploited by a receptionist and a priest, until one day he finds Jesus and stops his former ways of killing/hurting people. As the receptionist and the priest are unhappy with the situation, (how are they going to make money now?) they need to come up with a new business model.


I've been reading some reviews of Hitman Anders and one thing that becomes clear is the comparison to his other novels. Many seem to think less of this one. I can only say that in that case I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy The Hundred-Year-Old Man when I finally get to reading it.


While Hitman Anders is far from a deep read, as a light read I enjoyed it a lot. You need suspension of disbelief, and just go with the story, but I found it was a quick read. Not everything was funny, some things were very predictable, and I didn't really like the ending. But still, looking back I did enjoy myself, which for me is the most important reason to read.


I can see why not everyone likes it, but I did!


Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2016-03-22 09:14
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All - Jonas Jonasson
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All - Jonas Jonasson,Rachel Willson-Broyles

You'll probably know Jonas Jonasson better as the author of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.


I haven't read The Hundred-Year-Old Man, but Caboodle Firsts was running a giveaway of 100 early copies of Hitman Anders, so I thought, why not. I knew that someone whose taste I respect had enjoyed The Hundred-Year-Old Man. And so it was that I came home one day and found a free book on the doormat, which is always nice.


It's a story of a hotel receptionist, an atheist priest and a hitman who all wind up in the same hotel in Sweden. The receptionist and the priest being considerably cannier than Hitman Anders, they set up an assault business, charging money to the criminal underworld to have Hitman Anders go and break someone's legs or arms or whatever and running a successful PR campaign in the form of scaremongering tabloid news articles. Of course, the business inevitably fails after a time, and the trio have to go on the run and find some other profitable scam.


It's a whimsical and ridiculous novel, reading something like Douglas Adams except not as clever. I did laugh out loud a couple of times, but I don't actually have very much else to say about it. It was OK. I didn't hate it and I didn't love it; it was enjoyable in the same way as a cooking programme with Mary Berry is enjoyable - you watch it cheerfully enough while recognising that it doesn't mean anything very much.

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