Monday, June 4, 2012

Books I got... (9)



Welcome to Books I got... May Edition! This is my version of In My Mailbox, a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.




Sherlock's Home: The Empty House by Sherlock fans. This is written by fans. Written. By. Fans. And published! I just love fan books. Like, I seriously cannot think of anything better right now. If you know any PLEASE DO RECOMMEND THEM.
Avengers: Road to Marvel's The Avengers which is just Iron Man and Captain America comics but still perfect and I love it to death.
I got Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan at the library, returned home, went to the living room, looked at my mum's bookshelves and saw it sitting there already. Oops?
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein because female spies. You know??? Also I kinda really love the 40's.
My parents took an extended weekend trip to Prague and they bought me Golem: An Old Prague Tale by Jiri Votruba, this cute little gem in German, and ashdggshjd. <3 
Looking for Alaska by John Green. Also from the library. Read it. Hated it. Second chance?
The Dead Do Not Improve by Jay Caspian Kang,
The Watch: A Novel by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya,
I am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits and 
The Kissing List by Stephanie Reents are all from Hogarth. I won them through Shelf Awareness and it was the absolute highlight of my day when they arrived in the mail.


Frederikke, out.

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Anatomist by Federico Andahazi


Title: The Anatomist
Original title (language): El anatomista (Spanish)

Author: Federico Andahazi
Publisher: Gyldendal
Year: 1997
Read in: Danish
Where'd I get this copy: Library
The Anatomist on Goodreads.


Teaser (from Goodreads):

In sixteenth-centruy Venice, celebrated physician Mateo Colombo finds himself behind bars at the behest of the Church authorities. His is a crime of disclosure, heinous and heretical in the Church's eyes, in that his research threatens to subvert the whole secular order of Renaissance society. Like his namesake Christopher Colombus, he has made a discovery of enormous significance for humankind. Whereas Colombus voyaged outward to explore the world and found the Americas, Mateo Colombo looked inward, across the mons veneris, and uncovered the clitoris. 



Thoughts:


The Anatomist is mature, weird/bizarre, alternative, entertaining, fascinating, provocative, filed under "European humour" at the library -- though I just think it's hella awesome, both respectful and disrespectful towards women, can't seem to decide on whether something is good or bad, macabre, insightful, and all in all a book I'd only recommend if you're looking to learn more on prostitution in 1558. Which I honestly believe we all are, right?




I actually really like the English cover. It's quite beautiful although the phrase what is this anatomy you speak of comes to mind.
The prose is very fluent and, shockingly, beautiful at times. The books creates a beautiful loop that's neatly tied up and although you may never connect with the characters you still feel some kind of satisfaction on their behalf when the story is "put to rest". 

Lastly, I never did finish Perfume: The Story of a Murderer but I think these two might be somewhat alike.


7½/10.

Frederikke, out.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Books I got... (8)


Welcome to Books I got... April Edition! This is my version of In My Mailbox, a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.



ALL THE BOOKS I GOT IN APRIL ARE SECOND-HAND!! ARE YOU PROUD OF ME YET? I AM PROUD OF ME.

Lolz, anyway:

Deadly Décisions by Kathy Reichs because hellooooo I really like her mysteries OK.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith. Has anyone read this? Can you tell me if I should read book 0.5 or 1 first?
Band of Brothers, Pegasus Bridge and The Victors by Stephen E. Ambrose. I don't know what happened but all of a sudden I got a massive history boner, so Band of Brothers it is!
The Vampire Lestat and The Queen Of The Damned by Anne Rice and they're even the same edition as Interview with the Vampire so aw yis.



Oh and you know what? I won Reverence by Jeanie L. S. Galster in Laura from Burgandy Ice's Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop. THANK YOU. :)




Frederikke, out.

Reasons to love the internet...

Just a post about some amazing stuff on the internet that I've stumbled upon in the last two weeks.


Laci Green - Sex+





Laci Green is this freakishly good looking girl who makes entertaining educational videos about sex. And I absolutely adore her.




Rob Cantor -  Shia Labeouf





This has been this week's trend on tumblr and I gotta say it's one of the funniest things I've ever heard. If rolling on the floor laughing your ass off was a song...


Frederikke, out.

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows



Title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Author: Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Publisher: Sommer & Sørensen
Year: 2009
Read in: Danish
Where'd I get this copy: Library
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on Goodreads.

Teaser (from Goodreads):

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Thoughts:


I love love love love historical fiction and this is some of the best shit I've read in a really long time. The character developments and relationships are what the book is based upon rather than actual plot, so it's kinda like reading a chick-flick but disguised as a humorous post-war novel. That means you can read it and get approving nods even if you're the more masculine type. 



The absolutely only thing I'd like to complain about is that Part Two, compared with Part One, is a little dull. In Part One where Juliet's corresponding with the islanders, making friends with them and listening to their stories, I nearly swooned. An epistolary novel about writing books, just a handsome dash of war and a teaspoon of very interesting people? I couldn't be more happy with my recent obsession with historical fiction and the fact that I'd picked this exact gem up. Part Two on the other hand starts where Juliet travels to Guernsey and from there on it's basically a love story more or less badly concealed behind all these war stories. I had no idea there would be any kind of romance in this book when I first saw it on The Book Smugglers. Doesn't mean it's bad, though! It just changes objective.


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is hands down the best title of a book I've ever heard and definitely one of the reasons I love it so much. See, it actually tells something about the book (like "yeah it might be post-war, but there's still a spark of humour left."). Most YA titles go along the lines of Silence, Fallen, Marked and so on, so on. And while that's OK it just seems a little false and sad to me.


(Also, what is this I hear that Kenneth effin' Branagh is making this into a movie and KATE WINSLET is playing Juliet Ashton?!?!? 

Can I just. Wow. She could definitely make a convincing Juliet.)


9/10 definitely! I highly recommend it for everyone though if you're a WWII-buff with a burning passion for epistolary novels with kick-ass heroines this might just be the book you've always been waiting for
At last: I am not quite sure how or why, but I've managed to convince myself that if you like TGL&PPPS you might also like Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.


Someone who said everything a thousand times better than I did.

Frederikke, out.