The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman

I just read volume 14 of the Walking Dead comic books by Robert Kirkman, No way out. As usual, it ends with a cliff hanger, and I will have to wait until the next volume is published. This is the sort of comic books I find easily addictive: Once I’ve started reading, I can hardly put it down.

Normally, zombies aren’t really my cup of tea. However, the Walking Dead aren’t really about the zombies. Yes, the zombies, or roamers, are there, but what’s it’s really about are people. People’s reactions, their feelings, and how they cope under extreme circumstances.

The artwork is brilliant too. There’s so much to read from the illustrations, they express a whole lot more than a lot of other comic books. And to be honest – I find it harder to like comics with crap artwork than the one with really good one.

So, if you really like good comic books, I highly recommend the Walking Dead: It’s one of the best comics written today, in my opinion.

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På besøk i Øksfjord

Helgen 18. – 20. november 2011 var jeg på besøk i Øksfjord. Øksfjord er kommunesenteret i Loppa kommune, som i følge SSB hadde et innbyggertall på 1 087 pr. 1. oktober 2011. Øksfjord ligger i havgapet, sør i Finnmark, og har veiforbindelse mot Alta. Skal man til Hammerfest, hvor jeg i skrivende stund bor, er det rasket å ta båt. Det går rutebåt som tar rundt to timer, samt at Hurtigruta også stopper her.

Jeg hadde en veldig koselig helg. Bland annet fikk jeg med meg lørdagens julemarked, arrangert av bygdas husflidslag. Der ble det solgt mye forskjellig. Selv endte jeg opp blant annet med et par tovede votter til meg selv, som jeg ønsket meg.

Her er noen bilder fra turen:

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På Loppa folkebibliotek.

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På julemarked.

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Happy All Hallow’s Read!

Photo: Elin Bekkebråten SjølieIt is not much left of the day, and it’s time to reveal the winner if the All Hallow’s Read Giveaway! I am pleased to say that there was 30 entries into the lottery, and with the help of the Mrs Glosser’s Math Goodies Custom Random Number Generator the winners have been chosen. The winners are for Bram Stoker’s Dracula Paul Keefe, and for J. A. Saare’s Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between Alina Rios.

Congratulations to the winners, please send me your snail mail addresses so that I can send the books your way!

Happy Halloween & Happy Reading!

All Hallow’s Read 2011 Giveaway!

In the spirit of All Hallow’s Read I am giving away a couple of books: Dracula by Bram Stoker, and Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between by J. A. Saare. Two books I love. They will be brand new books. All you need to do is to fill in the form below. Simple, eh?

The books will be ordered from The Book Depository and shipped off directly to the winners. They ship worldwide, and you can find the list of countries HERE. If your country isn’t on the list, I’m afraid you can’t join. But as you see, there’s a lot of countries on that list!

The winners will be announced on Halloween, 31 October.

Book Review: Little Star, by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Little Star - John Ajvide LindqvistLittle Star is written by the very same author who is known from the book, and the film, Let the Right One In. I have read the book in its original language, Swedish, Lilla stjärna, which was released in 2010. The English version is due to be released 29 September 2011.

Little Star starts with the former pop singer Lennart Cederström, who one day finds something in the woods he not at all expected to: Half buried, in a plastic bag, a baby girl. Lennart gives her the kiss of life, and to his surprise, her first cry is a pure, musical note. He takes the baby back to his wife, and persuades her that they should keep this remarkable child. They hide her in a room in the cellar, and keep her secret from the outside world. The girl turns out to be a strange and disturbed. When she reaches puberty, a terrifying scene sees her kill both her parents. Her adopted brother, Jeremy, takes care of her, but she is still a scared and lonely girl.

Not far from Stockholm, another lonely and strange girl lives an unhappy life. Bullied by her fellow school mates, she finds comfort in poetry, trolling the Internet and learning about wolves. After a while, the two girls get in touch, and forms a special and scary friendship. They form a powerful bond and soon they do things most people wouldn’t even dream of doing.

Yet again Linqvist has managed to create a chilling story. It is at times grotesque, and is not for the faint hearted. Since I read it in Swedish, I don’t know how the translation will turn out, but I found it to be well written. At times he used some slang, but in the setting it was used, it worked very well.

There were parts of the books I almost felt like the need to turn away, as it wasn’t pretty, but I kept on reading. It gripped me from the very beginning, and I am already looking forward to read another book written by John Ajvide Lindqvist.