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Jeg lever, far (in Danish)

Jeg lever, far: En personlig fortælling fra Utøya - Siri Marie Seim Sønstelie, Erik H. Sønstelie, Hanne Steinicke

Det er udmattende læsning. Nødvendigvis. Jeg har tudet så meget igennem dem. Men det var der som sådan ikke meget overraskende i. (Jeg tudede om end endnu mere, da jeg læste "Tre meter fra Breivik".)
Jeg vil ikke sige, at bogen, sproget osv., er noget prisværdigt. Den bliver lidt lang sommetider, måske fordi det ikke er litterær kvalitet og teknik der er i hovedsædet, og måske fordi man gerne villet have alt med. Men ikke desto mindre er jeg glad for, at der er nogen, der har gidet dele deres oplevelser. Så kan jeg få stillet min morbide sult efter viden og beretninger om dengang for to somre siden. Få afhjulpet min store nysgerrighed - og endnu større manglende forståelse for, hvordan sådan noget går til. Og hvad i al verden vi må gøre, når det gør - altså, går til.

An Abundance of Katherines - John Green There were funny bits. Hassan is pretty funny! Colin gets in a couple good jokes as well. The story ... Didn't really grip me. It took me a long time to get through, as in: I needed to take it out from my library about 3 times before I actually got through it - and it's around 200 pages.

I especially liked:

"Come here."
"I am here."
"More here."
"Okay. There?"
"Yes. Better."

Lovely bit of dialogue.

Also:

"I feel like, like, how you matter is defined by the things that matter to you. You matter as much as the things that matter to you do."

Of course.

The Lover's Dictionary

The Lover's Dictionary - David Levithan

lovely

Going Too Far

Going Too Far - Jennifer Echols Definitely one of the better N/A-books that I've come across.Nice writing, somewhat interesting premise - quick and easy read.Perhaps the ending lacked a bit compared to everything before the ending, but I will try not to hold that too much against the rest of the story.

Into the Wild

Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer Midtvejs Rant (14-03-2013)Jeg tror, jeg har lidt mht. udformningen af bogen; forfatterens vinkel/stemme. Men egentlig også den måde alle de her forskellige mennesker fortæller deres dele af historien, deres oplevelser af Chris. Jeg forstår, at bogen svært kunne være udarbejdet uden dem, og måske det heller ikke er helt slemt. Der kommer efterhånden nogle stykker, som er lidt kritiske overfor Chris, hvilket jeg tror, at jeg havde brug for. Men forfatterens stemme, alle de steder, hvor han taler direkte til læseren, hvor han giver udtryk for hans tanker om Chris - Det ville ikke være så skidt, hvis det ikke var fordi, at det ofte fik mig til at overveje: Hvor har han det fra? Hvad i den her historie gør, at jeg skal tænke(/at han tænker), at Chris var et eller andet ... helt særligt, fantastisk?Jeg er nok tilbøjelig til at tænke, ind til videre, at ham Chris McCandless var en ung fyr, som havde nogle meget stærke værdisæt og principper - og at disse måske ikke var til hans eget bedste. Som sådan har jeg svært ved at sætte mig ind i den måde, han vælger at leve sit liv på, men det er ikke så meget der filmen knækker for mig, hvis man kan sige, at den gør det. Det der er så utroligt uchamerende og .. ved beskrivelsen af hans person og hans foretagende, er hans ekstreme uvilje mod sine forældre, den måde han ikke kan se udover sig selv og igennem deres klare forskelligheder i en sådan grad, at han i det mindste fortæller dem, at han har brug for tid for sig selv, at han ikke er interesseret i at leve sit liv, som de har levet deres, hvad end han så kunne finde på at fortælle dem - et eller andet. Dette ønske om at såre dem, hvilket er hvad jeg et eller andet sted ser det som, og ellers denne ligegyldighed overfor hvordan de måske måtte have det med aldrig at se ham igen, og ikke ane hvor han befandt sig, og hvordan han havde det i det mindste, det virker så ... umodent og usympatisk, og det virker bare som fedtfingre på et nypudset vindue. Ydermere lader han dette behov stå i vejen for, at han giver sin søster, som han eftersigende skulle være meget tæt på, en forklaring på, hvad han har planer om. Det er en egoisme jeg har svært ved at forlige mig med. Men måske det også bliver særligt fremtrædent, fordi han ikke fik muligheden for at rette op på det. Måske han havde haft tanker om, at han på et tidspunkt ville række ud til nogle af dem igen - sin søster fx. Måske ikke. Jeg har ikke læst noget, der peger på det. For al hans store indsigt, alle hans holdninger og principper, al hans interesse i at lære af mennesker, af naturen og sig selv?, så virker han stadig meget ung af sind (og ikke på den skønne, charmerende måde), som om han kunne have godt af noget perspektiv. Dette fører til, at jeg har svært ved at lade mig rive med og tænke: Næh, hvor gjorde han noget vigtigt for sig selv her. Godt for ham. Det var godt for ham, men det var bare så umådelig strengt samtidigt med. Det var strengt langt tid før, han begav sig på sin Odysse væk fra civilisationen; det blev så meget desto strengere, da han begav sig afsted med en erkendelse af, at han måske ikke ville vende tilbage.Måske der kommer noget i anden halvdel af bogen, som kan - om ikke ændre dem så - nuancere disse tanker en smule.----------------------------------------------------------------------Færdig (09-05-2013)Et af problemerne med den her bog er vel, at Krakauer identificerer sig i så høj grad med McCandless, og at det kommer så stærkt til udtryk. Det må nødvendigvis i den grad påvirke vinklerne han anlægger beretningen. Han er så utrolig subjektiv, troværdigheden (objektivt bestemt) kompromitteres. Men samtidigt skal man ikke overse, hvordan dette også netop gør bogen til hvad den er. Krakauer lægger ikke skjul på, at det har været en præmis for hans udarbejdelse af bogen - hans særlige interesse i Chris' historie. Der bliver, for mig at se, nødt til at være en vinkel i sådan en historie her, for at den fanger og rammer. Det er der her, og det gør den. En forståelse for Chris, der ikke er betingelsesløs, og en stillingtagen til hans handlinger i mangel på megen konkret bevis på, hvad Chris har ment, tænkt, følt. Om det så ikke kan siges at være "Chris" hele vejen igennem (hvilket ingenlunde er en given betingelse for bogens berettigelse), giver bogen læseren noget - den sætter tanker igang, griber fat i nogle følelser. Hold dig bogens fortæller og de særlige omstændigheder, der omgiver den, for øje og nyd så det, den har at bidrage med. Hvilket ikke er så lidt.

Point of Retreat

Point of Retreat  - Colleen Hoover I really liked Slammed, so this one had something to live up too. For me it didn't do that. It just wasn't as good in any kind of way. There was just a minimum of progression in this book. It was like ... many other second novels in a series/trilogy - stalling. What was the point (it was making)?I'm not sure what I wanted from it. I guess I just didn't need a continuation of Will and Lakes story.

Reflected in You (Crossfire, Book 2)

Reflected in You  - Sylvia Day Jeg medgiver gerne, det er ikke noget storslået litterært værk, vi har med at gøre her. Som mange andre anmeldelser herinde har nævnt, så er den her nok heller ikke så god som dens forgænger. Historien er lidt usammenhængende, der er en hel masse frem og tilbage; Han er for kontrollerende, hun siger nej, så jo, okay, hun kan godt forstå ham. Så er hun ked af, at hun har været skyld i hans frustration/knuste hjerte, osv., osv. Personerne udviklede sig ikke videre i denne, fra hvor de var i bog 1; jeg som læser, lærte dem ikke ret meget bedre at kende. (Så igen fra start, bog 1, til slut, bog 2, går der 2 mdr.?) I virkeligheden er historien (alt for lang og) en lang optakt til klimakset, som er lagt til aller aller sidst: Når det endelig bliver afsløret, hvad Gideon var udsat for som barn, og at Nathan har stalket Eva i et godt stykke tid, for til sidst at dø for hånden af Gideon. Altså, ikke noget som ikke var til at forudsige, eller som var særligt skelsættende for historien. Men ikke desto mindre, så læste jeg den mere eller mindre i et streg. Den er super let at komme igennem, til trods for at forfatteren ikke lader til at have investeret alt for meget energi eller tanke i den. Jeg havde for en gangs skyld ikke noget problem med at se bogen, for hvad den er; og dét er ganske underholdende - minusser til trods.

Drowning Instinct

Drowning Instinct - Ilsa J. Bick Den sidder i mig, historien, lidt mere end jeg umiddelbart kunne have forestillet mig, mens jeg læste den. Det er godt nok også mindre end en halv time siden, jeg blev færdig - Men jeg funderer da lidt over den. Mest de forskellige oplysninger man fik. Hvad var relevant? Og i forhold til hvad? Hvad er sandsynligt? Hvad forestiller jeg mig? Det hele endte ikke med en sløjfe bundet helt perfekt på historien. Det er altid rart. Eller lidt anderledes? Det var ikke alle personerne deri, der var nødvendige; ikke alle personer var lige så velbeskrevet/udarbejdet som andre; ikke nødvendigvis alle oplysninger, der var relevante? - Var der fx en mening med, at David kom til hende, til at starte med på biblioteket? Hvorfor snakkede han overhovedet med hende? Skulle det sige noget om hans forhold til Danielle - lighederne mellem Jenna og Danielle? I så fald var det ikke noget, der blev fulgt ordentligt op på for mig at se. Og faren var psycho-dad, og det var egentlig mest derfor, han var psycho. For jovist, han virkede kontrollerende, tendererende til voldelig, men det var ikke meget, man rent faktisk fik at vide, som gav mig indtryk af, at han var fuldstændigt langt ude. Men måske var det ikke meningen? Måske han bare var "psycho-dad", fordi Jenna så ham sådan. Ikke disideret psykotisk, men i mangel på bedre ... eller i frustration?Historien om Bedstefaren - Der blev samlet op på den, da Detective Bob kommer, men ...Hvor kom idéen om, at Mitch havde dræbt Jenna og David til hende fra? For mig kom det ret ud af det blå. Og ordet "predator", som lige pludselig skulle passe på ham. Det faldt da også rimelig meget ned fra himlen. Så snart hun fandt ud af, at der havde været løgne - jeg medgiver: store løgne - så var det der som det første: predator, og var han det? Jeg havde svært ved at følge tankerækken der. Er det det første, der vil falde en ind eller hvordan?Lige her er vi ved den store plot-linje: Mitch og Jenna. Og et hav af spørgsmål. Der var en storm af oplysninger, overvejelser uden afsluttende konklusioner (fra Jennas side i de sidste kapitler. Og det leder alt sammen lidt til de helt andre spørgsmål, som man ikke kan forvente, at forfatter/implicit fortæller giver nogen svar på; dem der er helt op til læseren af besvare. Dem der ikke er afgørende for historien, men som bliver liggende i det umiddelbare kølvand, efter at have læst den. Hvor meget vidste Mitch fra starten? Var alt det han fortalt om sin kone løgn? Der var billedet, arrene på hendes arme, bulen på maven - Så der var noget. Hvor meget af det var rigtigt? Hvor meget af det han fortalt om sig selv, hans ungdom, skolegang, oplevelserne i vandet - dykning, surfing, hajer, hvaler, - hvor meget var sandt? Hvor meget var for at skabe "common ground"? Og den bog ... var det fordi, han ville fortælle hende noget? Han må have kendt til den inden - hvordan kunne han finde den frem, lige når hun havde brug for den. Havde han aftalt noget, med engelsklæreren? Var det Mitch' idé, at hun skulle skrive om Alexis, eller fortalte ham engelsklæreren ham blot om det, efter han havde givet hende opgaven? Var det ægte mellem dem? Kan det være ægte, når udgangspunktet er ... så forplumret? From obsession to love? Følelser er som bekendt ikke rationelle, og i sidste ende, når hun frem til, at hun elsker ham, og han elsker hende, så er det ikke konklusionen? Den endelige. Hvor vigtigt er det andet?Det virker for mig som om, at der for en gang skyld (føler jeg), i sådan en YA-novel her, var en fortæller som ikke nødvendigvis var særlig troværdig. Som ikke skulle være det. Som for det første lægger ud med kommentaren om, at der jo ikke er én sandhed, at hendes fortælling ikke nødvendigvis er sandheden, at vi alle går og fortæller os selv historier, vores egne historier - historier for at skabe den virkelighed, vi helst vil og har brug for at se.Men ikke kun det. Der er bruddet, da hun vender rundt og fortæller, at broren ikke mailer længere - han er død, og hun har vidst det hele tiden. Men hun har ikke ladet os vide det, for hun har ikke selv villet erkende det. Læseren bliver holdt i mørke. Forholdet til Bedstefaren. Scenen hvor de besøger ham, og man kun ser glimt. Senere fortæller hun, hvad hun (nødvendigvis) hele tiden har vidst, hvad der er foregået, hvad folk omkring hende har vidst - hendes familie, detective Bob, Mitch? - men ikke læseren. Jeg tænker: Hele hendes familie har levet i benægtelse. Hvor meget erkender hun? Hvor meget går hun og overvejer på daglig basis, og hvor meget har hun gemt helt væk allerlængst nede. Hun fortæller læseren så lidt. Det er en fed måde, at lade læseren overveje, hvad der foregår inde i hende, i hendes familie, omkring hende. Er der ting folk ikke siger. Modsat så mange YA-novels, hvor det hele er udpenslet, alt skal frem i lyset, og når der bliver hintet om ting er der intet som helst diskret ved det. Flere gange, giver hun udtryk for, at jo, hun ved mere, end hun har ladet os (og hendes omverden) vide. Hun har tænkt på, hvad forholdet mellem Mitch og Daniella egentlig består i. Overvejelser om hendes eget forhold til Mitch - sammenkoblingen til store romancer i romaner og fortælligner, sammenkoblingen til Romeo og Julie. Ting der ikke bliver fortalt, fordi mange ting - til trods for at være den objektive sandhed - ikke er de vigtigste. Jeg kunne som læser have overvejet en million ting. Prøvet at regne de forskellige plot-linjer ud. Jeg overvejede kun få ting. Regnede meget lidt ud. Jeg vil hellere læse videre, og så overveje bagefter. 1. persons fortællere er så vilde, når det bruges på den her måde. Det kunne godt være dyrket endnu mere for mig skyld.Den her bog er altså ikke en genistreg, selvom jeg har skrevet nær en halv roman om overvejelser, den har efterladt mig med. Jeg har læst andet, der har fået mig ud i flere litteraturanalytiske overvejelser, og for sin vis også overvejelser omkring mennesket. Men det skal ikke tage fra den bog, hvad den har givet. Jeg gider sidde og overveje de her ting efter at have læst historien. Jeg kan ikke rigtigt lade være - men har heller ikke lyst til det. Den har gjort noget. Lidt mere end en del af de her YA- og NA-novels gør. Plus. Stor plus.At den ikke får 4 eller 5 stjerner ... Det er noget med følelsen, jeg har i maven. Jeg ved ikke, om jeg har tænkt over det før nu, men alt over 3 stjerner giver jeg ud fra følelser, ikke objektive kriterier. Mine ratings siger måske i virkeligheden så ikke for meget om bogens kvalitet ift. præmis, sprog og udførelse i det hele taget. De siger mest, at der var "et eller andet".Jeg ville nu nok give den her 3.5, hvis jeg fik lov.
Requiem (Providence, #2) - Jamie McGuire This did not for me hold up to the Providence in any way. I wasn't as engaged as with the last book, I didn't feel the connection between Jared and Nina the same way, there was a lot of repetition, not a lot of character development, the writing i general bored me a bit and to add to it it tended to be overly descriptive and things were spelled out for the reader (I am able to think for myself, you know. Not too much, just a little - try me, I'll show you).It felt a bit dragged out. Seems to be the usual problem with #2's of series/trilogies.

Foreseen (The Rothston Series)

Foreseen (The Rothston Series) - Terri-Lynne Smiles First things first: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review....And I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. The premise of the story is not something I would usually read. A girl finds out she has the ability to see/sense things (and people) on quantum level and then manipulate them - Like interfere and make people decide to do something different from what would seem the obvious choice for them. Really I'm not at all science-y enough to understand any of this. How unlikely is this in real life? Cause I kind of felt like I do with the wizard powers (and world) in Harry Potter: This might exist. And that right there is what gets this book it's first point with me: It's made this - probably unlikely? - premise of adept people seem quite likely to me. I'm convinced.Secondly: The writing wasn't bad. There wasn't to many typos thrown around to distract the reader. (Major pet peeve of mine. Major.) There was some variation in the language, there were funny points in the dialogue. (I actually quite liked the dialogues between Greg and Kinzie.)The pacing of the story was fine. The build up to the climax at Grand Central Station worked. The characters (for the most part) were believable - maybe especially Greg and Kinzie. And there weren't any major inconsistencies. There was more focus on the plot story line than on the love story between Kinzie and Greg. The love story developed nicely as an addition to the main story revolving the Rothston Institute. 2, 3, 4 pointsOverall the story was a quick and easy read - And that's meant as a positive thing. It didn't blow me away, but one doesn't have to be blown away for it to be a nice read. It was engaging. I wanted to keep reading. I wanted to know how it turned out. How far Rex would get with his plans (to take over the world?;)). And I was involved enough with the characters to be annoyed when Greg didn't go to Kinzie, when she texted him that she needed him - But at the same time I felt with Greg and his frustrations about the situation. And I liked the fact that Kinzie didn't have everything figured out in regards to how she was going to handle combining Greg and college with Rothston. It all felt genuine. 5 points [not to be confused with star-ratings:)]I would say that this is a pretty well executed debut novel in the NA Fantasy/Sci-fi genre. And I would recommend this to NA-readers (and maybe especially ones who're looking for a little more of a story line other than "bad boy meets good girl, ..."), and fantasy and sci-fi readers. And anyone else looking for an entertaining read.This is to be the first in a series. Honestly I liked the open ending. I personally don't need a sequel. BUT I'm sure that there will be many readers out there who would be interested in knowing that happened to the people who got away. (I like to just let my mind wander ... (They got away and are going to take down the Institute and the rest of the world with their evil ways;))

Easy

Easy - Tammara Webber Nicely paced. Writing: fine. = Fast read. = Enjoyable afternoon.

Every Day

Every Day - My decision to read this was based on the very good ratings and reviews here on goodreads and from booktubers who read/hauled the book. I was expecting something great. This wasn't even "good" to me. I realize I'm in the minority here but never the less.My problems with the book were (to mention a few): The whole discussion of all of the issues that must follow waking up in a new body every day are not giving a lot of attention in the book. The focus is mainly on the plot line: A is in love with Rhiannon - how does A get Rhiannon to fall in love with A. To me it wasn't a very interesting plot line especially given the premise of the book; New body every day while everyone else stays in there own bodies. Wow.Every other minor plot in the story, like the small stories of the bodies A inhabits, felt like they were put in as filling.I never understood why A woke up in a new body every day. Because A doesn't understand. Apparently that is not awfully important.And all of the sudden A is not the only one out there who is forced into a new body from day to day? And all of the sudden changing bodies is solely a good thing, because you can make it work to your advantage? What? Why? To me it was like: "OK, We have a love story. It's not going to work out, we know that, so we need an ending. Here's one: we'll have christian fanatics chase him down, and maybe it's the devil and maybe not - And maybe it fits the story, and maybe not. We'll just scatter some emails through out the story, that should do it." It seemed a bit forced and/or rushed to me?Lastly, I am sorry to say: The writing didn't work for me either. I wasn't into the voice of the story, and the dialogues seemed ... unrealistic. To many things were explained; both in the text and in the lines exchanged between A and Rhiannon. (Don't get me started on the one with the suicidal teenager! "I want to kill myself" "We need to get me help." ...)The messages in the story are very literal. Gender shouldn't matter, you should fall in love with a person not his/hers physical appearance, sexuality is not important (and is perhaps just a society made construction to ease our understanding of each other/to keep each other in well defined boxes). I am a believer in all of the above mentioned points - no need to stuff it down my throat. I hate when books stuff stuff down my throat.All in all I was pretty disappointed in this. I have only read one other book by Levithan: Love is the Higher Law. I, however, loved that book. And I don't remember being annoyed by his writing style in that one, so I am not completely put of reading more of his works yet.

To Stand Beside Her

To Stand Beside Her - B. Kristin McMichael I have been hesitating for a while now, not being sure on how I wanted this review to go. But I did receive a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review, and even though there won't be any goshing or any happy dancing going on (guessing the rating gave that much away), I still feel that there should be a review. So here we go. (Brutally honest I'm afraid.)The plot itself had potential. The execution ...The omniscient narrator confused me. A lot. The POV changed all the time. At times it was like it would change in the middle of a sentence? More than once I had to go back in order to understand what was happening and who was saying/thinking what. Often I wasn't sure how much each character knew about the other. And I didn't see how that was to add to the story or my experience. Again I did not believe that it was deliberate on the writers part.The writing to me left something to be desired. I would have liked it if it had some more flow to it. Fx the almost constant use of the characters names in every line. Instead the use of pronouns could have maybe added a bit of variation. Alteration between longer and shorter sentences might also have had a positive effect. At least I found the language/writing came across some what simple, because most lines where short/cut off. It gives it kind of an staccato feel. And in this context I didn't see how it added anything (good). Maybe because I didn't believe it was deliberate on the writers part.The story also had a lot of dialogue. Maybe too much for my liking. There were several parts of it that I didn't find believable.Parts were skipped where I thought it would have been obvious with more explanation or description; parts where unnecessarily (overly) described where it slowed the pace. An example of the first: the development of the love between Nalick and Leila - It just happened? She hated him, then she saw something, and on the next page she loved him?On top of that there were quite a few repetition (like how Leila "doubting her decision", and mentioning of what Erich ones meant to her). A couple of inconsistencies.And lastly I will mention something that proved a big distraction for me. The grammatical errors (typos, incorrect usage of tenses, "her" instead of "here", ect.); and not just a couple of them. Those were errors that could have easily been caught in an extra proofreading, and they were very distracting to me. Oh, very, very.For me it comes down to this: Had it been 1 or maybe two of these things that urked me, the positives could have outweighed those negative points. But that just wasn't the case with this.I was never captured by the story. And through the end, I am sorry to say, I actually felt it a struggle to finish the book.It felt like it lacked some effort. This sounds harsh, I know. And it might not be the case. Never the less, I as a reader was left with the feeling, that the book could have benefited from ... some more effort (more structure, clearer narration, cutting characters/scenes that aren't essential, more character development) and a good proofreading. And in the end, what the reader takes away from the book is what matters, right? Of course I am only one reader!I have seen other reviews on this novel, and at first a had quite a bit of trouble trying to figure out the reasoning behind the number of stars given. So many stars. But upon reading the actual reviews I saw some of the same critique points that have caught my attention as well. Therefore I have drawn the conclusion, that those other reviewers are just ... more generous with their stars. I really wish that I could give this book at least two stars, but I can't do that while also being honest in my rating. So: 1 star. Had I felt the execution of it to be better, it could very well have been at least two stars.

Slammed

Slammed - Colleen Hoover There are three questions every woman should be able to answer yes to before they commit to a man. If you answer no to any of the three questions, run like hell.Does he treat you with respect at all times?If he is the exact same person twenty years from now that he is today, would you still want to marry him?Does he inspire you to want to be a better person?

Queen of Babble Gets Hitched (Queen of Babble Series #3)

Queen of Babble Gets Hitched (Queen of Babble Series #3) - This just did not in any way live up to the other two in the series.It was much too repetitive for my liking, and I spent the entire read thinking: Just do it already. Just hook up with the other guy. It's as if the second novel ended with that exact 'plot twist' - Oh, they are supposed to be together. OK. And then this third novel just does ... nothing - but dwell on that and draw it out.You could maybe (MAYBE) argue that it's a fairly accurate illustration of what Lizzie goes through during those 9 months or however long it is - BUT it doesn't work either way. I'm left with the impression that there was nothing more to say, the story was finished, but she started this third and final novel and therefor had to finish it, and couldn't go for a short story so she had to fill just short of 300 pages with text ...If only it brought something else to the plate as well, plot wise, or even just in terms of the writing or it being extra funny, ... just give me something.Nope. A bit of a disappointment.

Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis (Canongate Myths)

Girl Meets Boy (Canongate Myths) - Ali Smith LoveLifebeauty