Friday, January 26, 2018

Never End - Åke Edwardson


Linked by...

It was another swedish author who led us to Åke Edwardson. Stieg Larrson in his book "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" mentioned Åke Edwardson´s crime novels. At the time, I went on the internet to look for a crime/detective novel book from the author and found that "Never End" was the cheapest I could buy on wook (a site I frquently use to buy books online). I ended up buying this edition on a different site: world of books.

This book had been on Linked Books "to be read" list for quite some time. But this January, on Goodreads, I came upon a reading challenge, that challenged us to read a Swedish author. I liked the challenge and wanted to join. Åke Edwardson was therefore the perfect choice.

Started this book hoping Stieg Larsson would send me on a good journey into swedish literature...

Linked synopsis...

"It's summer in Sweden. As the coastal city of Gothenburg suffers through a heat wave, Chief Inspector Erik Winter broods over a series of unsolved rape-murders. The crimes bear an eerie resemblance to a five-year-old case that the mercurial detective has refused to let go cold. Has the same rapist reemerged to taunt him, or is a copycat at work? And can Winter find a common thread among the victims before there are more of them? With Never End, Åke Edwardson brings American readers another installment of the smart, suspenseful, atmospheric series that has won him legions of fans all over the world."


Linked opinion...

This was a nice reading. Can´t say it was amazing or breathtaking, but it was fairly good and interesting.

This book screams out Summer. First of all, just for being a pocket edition of a crime novel: the perfect summer reading. The kind of book you see people reading on the beach, or find left behind by the previous summer tenants in holiday lodgings. Second, because the story takes place during an extreme Summer in Gothenburg, Sweden. I didn´t even know that temperatures could rise so high in Sweden. Heat, beach, ice-creams, cold drinks, pools... Summer!

And that is what you get out of it: a summer book that gives you a summer reading. An entertaining and brief joy of a few days reading a somewhat intriguing and interesting, yet forgetful story.

There are some features I would like to point out as positive. The author´s writing is one. I liked his style of writing, keeping it interesting, with lot´s of dialogues and action, well balanced with the more descriptive parts. I also like the way he used repetition to enhance queue issues and factors of the characters thinking processes. 

The characters are strong and distinctive, well characterized, people that we can easily relate to. In spite of this being the fourth book of the "Inspector Winters" series, there are no "stars" within the police department, no genius detective or inspector: just a hard working team of police officers trying persistently at their jobs.

Another positive note about this reading, and very important when it comes to crime novels, is that I really didn´t have a clue of the outcome, of solving the mystery until the very very end of the story.

Nothing bad to say about it, just that it lacks a memorable or striking plot, in spite of being a very complex one. An average reading: don´t expect much and just enjoy. It isn´t a book I would reccomend , but then again  I would not say "don´t read it!". In my opinion, it´s just a good, average book. 

good book, liked it

Linked opinion by others...


Linked books...


A Map of the World - Jane Hamilton (an album by Pat Metheney was mentioned: "A Map of The World. I then found out that Pat Metheney´s album was the soundtrack of the movie with the same name, and that the movie is based on this novel by Jane Hamilton)

A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

Gulliver´s Travels - Jonathan Swift (Liliput, the fictional island in Gulliver´s Travels,  was mentioned)

Sun and Shadow - Åke Edwardson (Sun and Shadow is book 3 of the Inspector Winter´s series. It appeared mentioned in the first as "Also by Åke Edwardson ")

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame - Vitor Hugo


Linked poem...

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.



Linked places...

Gothenburg
(Sweden)
Frölunda
(Gothenburg, Sweden)
Vasagatan
(Gothenburg, Sweden)
Heden
(Gothenburg, Sweden)
Marbella
(Spain)
Puerto Banus
(Nueva Andalucía, Spain)
Slottsskogen Park
(Gothenburg, Sweden)
Linköping
(Sweden)
Lunden
(Gothenburg, Sweden)
Långedrag
(Gothenburg, Sweden)
Saltholmen
(Gothenburg, Sweden)
Upper Volta
(now named Burkina Faso, country in Africa)
Nueva Andalucia
(Spain)
Landala
(Gothenburg, Sweden)
Lilla Bommen
(Gothenburg, Sweden)
Opera House
(Gothenburg, Sweden)

King´s Cross
(Sydney Australia)
Alice Springs
(Australia)
Ouagadougou
(Burkina Faso)


Linked songs...





Mad Max
(1979)



(The soundtrack of this movie was mentioned: the album "A Map of the World" by Pat Metheney)



Linked bands and musicians...


Led Zeppelin
Buddy Miller
Chris Hillman
Eddie Cochran


Linked flowers and plants...


wood anemones


Linked bird...



Wagtail


Linked food and drinks...


Zingo


Cotriade


Linked company...


Swedish Match


Linked designer clothes...

Baldessarini shirts
Oskar Jakobson suits


Linked tobaccos...


Mercator cigarillos
Corona cigars
Corps Diplomatique cigarillos

Linked drugs...

Rohypnol
GHB


Linked looked up words...

A&E - abbreviation for Accident and Emergency: the part of a hospital where people go when they are ill or injured and need treatment quickly.
cul-de-sac - is one of many alternative names for a dead end, sometimes called a dead-end street.
foul - a young horse or related animal. 
flagstones - is a generic flat stone, usually used for paving slabs or walkways, patios, fences and roofing. 
headbutt - an aggressive and forceful thrust with the top of the head into the face or body of another person.
listlessness - having or showing little or no interest in anything; languid; spiritless; indifferent.
old Bill - a policeman (slang).
secateurs - pruning shears.

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