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Hard-Boiled Wonderland

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World was not my favorite Murakami, but that just means I was less swept away than usual. (After Wind-Up Bird Chronicle the bar is high.) He is incomparable and it was a remarkable read. As with all the other books of his that I have read, in this Murakami is bizarre and surreal with a strait-faced and honest tone. For me, he is so low-key at times that the momentum of the story lags. I read most of this book a while ago, put it … Continue Reading

The Long Ships

The Long Ships is a great, rollicking, loosely historical viking adventure by Frans G. Bengtsson. Or rather, a series of adventures all featuring the extremely lucky Orm over the course of his remarkable life. While they span Orm’s life – each story remains its own fireside tall tale. The book is in no way a dusty tome, and is easy to read in lively bits and pieces. A great antidote for a long drab winter.