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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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text 2017-11-22 14:54
Reading progress update: I've read 72 out of 773 pages.
The Crow Girl - Erik Axl Sund

the book is unsettling, and it's pretty obvious that the most disturbing stuff is still ahead. with that "not for the squeamish" flag flown, as far as my overall reaction goes, I'm really hooked on this long tale now, and am totally captivated as I swim the pages. a totally involving, intricate Crime novel, thus far.

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text 2017-11-22 02:37
Reading progress update: I've read 32 out of 773 pages.
The Crow Girl - Erik Axl Sund

well, the hockey game on TV got a little one-sided, so I decided to start this book, even though I was gonna leave it until tomorrow. I was feeling tired, but that was shrugged off during 32 pages of this; I loved the opening stages of this novel, obviously an intense serial killer story with a strong Swedish female police detective. early-going...but I'm already super-excited about tackling this again, when I'm a little fresher, with my morning coffee. happy!

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text 2017-11-22 01:13
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 773 pages.
The Crow Girl - Erik Axl Sund

okay, this huge book looks challenging--even a little intimidating--but I'm in the mood for something that I can lose myself in, so we'll see if I've made a good choice.

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review 2017-11-21 00:09
Very Cute Story
A French Girl in New York - Anna Adams

This is another book I got as part of Nook's Free Fridays program. Unlike the last Free Friday book I tried and failed to read, this one was actually decent.

 

First, having a non-white protagonist who was described rather ambiguously instead of using the classic, hit-you-over-the-head language to obviate a character's ethnicity was a breath of fresh air. Maude, the main character, was also written to where she was relatable even if I don't see much of myself in her image, proof positive that non-white characters have a certain relatability to those who do not share the character's ethnicity.

 

The grammar in it was pretty clearly marked by a non-native English speaker's pen. It wasn't overly distracting from the story, but it was obvious. The lack of commas in particular made for an occasional challenge in reading.

 

Finally, the plot was good. The standard rags to riches story was spliced with a coming of age story, a dash of mystery, and a bit of romance. All of this led to a highly unique story that only left me knowing the ending within the last 20 or so pages.

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