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A book about a dystopia. In English that's translated as "not-good place". I've read a few, for this list. The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, Twilight... What? Would YOU want to live in a place wherein blood sucking sparkly dudes kill indiscriminately?

Today's book is also part of the "I have a LOT of books on my bedside table, any new book added has to be thin as heck!"-category.

The Outrider 1 by Richard Harding

It came out in 1984. Do you need to know more? Part Mad Max, part Escape from New York, all dystopia. The book is set in America, AFTER the nuclear bomb hits. A LOT of references to "today's" America, of course, since you have to draw in the audience. I didn't know that much about American geography when I first read it and... I don't know that much about it now, honestly.

Tough men in leather, naked women, fast vehicles, big guns, a world in ruins... If you watched action movies in the 80's you know the drill. No surprises in the story, really. Well, maybe one, but I'm accepting it as "character stupidity". Sometimes a character HAS TO do something that is illogical and doesn't benefit them in any way, just so the plot can go on.

My copy, translated to Swedish, has "original title" as The Outrider 1. From what I found during a Google search, the first title was simply The Outrider. The ending is BEGGING for a sequel, but I guess they didn't add the number until the sales figures were in and the next book was written.

Recomended? Sure. I view it as a time capsule if nothing else. I doubt a book like this could be written now. Although: I DON'T usually keep up with newer books, so I might be wrong.

1. A book based on a fairy tale - Witches Abroad by Sir Terry Pratchett
2. A National Book Award winner - Mördare utan ansikte by Henning Mankell [Murderer Without a Face]
3. A YA bestseller - The Maze Runner by James Dashner
4. A book you haven't read since high school - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
5. A Book set in your home state - Innan frosten by Henning Mankell [Before the Frost]
6. A book translated to English - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Män som hatar kvinnor]
7. A romance set in the future - The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8. A book set in Europe - Enigma by Robert Harris
9. A book that's under 150 pages - Chadwick's Chimney by Colin Thiele
10. A New York Times bestseller - The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year - Inferno by Dan Brown
12. A book recommended by someone you just met - Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
13. A self-improvement book - Från utbränd till nytänd by Inger Jalakas [From Burned Out to Reignited]
14. A book you can finish in a day - Bruno & Boots: This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman
15. A book written by a celebrity - Pippi Långstrump by Astrid Lindgren [Pippi Longstocking]
16. A political memoir - Fidel Castro by Björn Kumm

7. A book at least 100 years older than you - Asken Yggdrasil by Alf Henrikson and Edward Lindahl [The Ash Yggdrasil]
18 A book that's more than 600 pages - The Seeds of Singing by Kay McGrath
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club - We were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
20. A science-fiction novel - The Death Cure by James Dashner
21. A book recommended by a family member - Hyperion by Dan Simmons
22. A graphic novel - Power Pack Origin Album by Louise Simonson
23. A book that is published in 2016 - The Long Cosmos by Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation - Only You Can Save Mankind by Sir Terry Pratchett
25. A book that takes place during summer - Our Man Weston by Gordon Korman

26. A book and it's prequel - Röde Orm: Sjöfarare i västerled & Röde Orm: Hemma och i österled by Frans G Bengtsson [The Long Ships]
27. A murder mystery - The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
28. A book written by a comedian - Har man inget liv får man köpa ett som alla andra by Jonas Gardell [If you don't have a life, you have to buy one just like everybody else]
29. A dystopian novel - The Outrider 1 by Richard Harding

30. A book with a blue cover
31. A book of poetry
32. The first book you see in a bookstore
33. A classic from the 20th century
34. A book from the library
35. An autobiography
36. A book about a road trip
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with
38. A satirical book
39. A book that takes place on an island
40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy
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A book written by a comedian... Do comedians write books? Huh, I need to broaden my book reading yet again...

Remember a few weeks ago, me taking 4-5 weeks to read a book and me not being overly worried about the list being finished on time? Now you know why. I read LOOOONG books and then I read short ones. 52 books a year means one book a week. On average. I started reading this one when I woke up this morning, sat up in bed to get going on my day... Read a bit more and then layed down again to finish it. A page turner.

Har man inget liv får man köpa ett som alla andra by Jonas Gardell [If you don't have a life, you have to buy one just like everybody else]

The book is a collection of tweets, written by the author. I'm not active on Twitter so I have no real idea about how it works... 140 characters? Ok.

The book is... It's a page turner for sure, since every tweet is a pun or joke or phrase for thought. However... It came out 5 years ago. Most of the tweets connect to the world as it was back then. Also, you need to know that "Mark" as mentioned in the tweets is Mark Levengood, Jonas Gardell's husband. Carola is a singer who is very famous in Sweden. Reinfeld was the prime minister at the time. Etc. Etc. I can't imagine anyone getting ANYTHING out of the book unless they followed the news back then. I didn't, really, so I was a bit lost... Oh well.

1. A book based on a fairy tale - Witches Abroad by Sir Terry Pratchett
2. A National Book Award winner - Mördare utan ansikte by Henning Mankell [Murderer Without a Face]
3. A YA bestseller - The Maze Runner by James Dashner
4. A book you haven't read since high school - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
5. A Book set in your home state - Innan frosten by Henning Mankell [Before the Frost]
6. A book translated to English - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Män som hatar kvinnor]
7. A romance set in the future - The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8. A book set in Europe - Enigma by Robert Harris
9. A book that's under 150 pages - Chadwick's Chimney by Colin Thiele
10. A New York Times bestseller - The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year - Inferno by Dan Brown
12. A book recommended by someone you just met - Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
13. A self-improvement book - Från utbränd till nytänd by Inger Jalakas [From Burned Out to Reignited]
14. A book you can finish in a day - Bruno & Boots: This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman
15. A book written by a celebrity - Pippi Långstrump by Astrid Lindgren [Pippi Longstocking]
16. A political memoir - Fidel Castro by Björn Kumm

7. A book at least 100 years older than you - Asken Yggdrasil by Alf Henrikson and Edward Lindahl [The Ash Yggdrasil]
18 A book that's more than 600 pages - The Seeds of Singing by Kay McGrath
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club - We were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
20. A science-fiction novel - The Death Cure by James Dashner
21. A book recommended by a family member - Hyperion by Dan Simmons
22. A graphic novel - Power Pack Origin Album by Louise Simonson
23. A book that is published in 2016 - The Long Cosmos by Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation - Only You Can Save Mankind by Sir Terry Pratchett
25. A book that takes place during summer - Our Man Weston by Gordon Korman

26. A book and it's prequel - Röde Orm: Sjöfarare i västerled & Röde Orm: Hemma och i österled by Frans G Bengtsson [The Long Ships]
27. A murder mystery - The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
28. A book written by a comedian - Har man inget liv får man köpa ett som alla andra by Jonas Gardell [If you don't have a life, you have to buy one just like everybody else]

29. A dystopian novel
30. A book with a blue cover
31. A book of poetry
32. The first book you see in a bookstore
33. A classic from the 20th century
34. A book from the library
35. An autobiography
36. A book about a road trip
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with
38. A satirical book
39. A book that takes place on an island
40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy
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When it comes to detective novels, two names pop into my head: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. I'm pretty sure I've already read all the Sherlock Holmes books though... I am certain I've read the ones in my book shelves. So Agatha Christie it it.

The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

In my mind her protagonist tends to be Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple. This book is 220 pages long and Miss Marple doesn't enter into it until page 166... The happy ending also includes the happy ending for the main character. A branching out of characters, perhaps? Although, it HAS been quite some time since I read one of her books last, maybe it was common?

The story... A man and his sister move to a village named Lymstock. The reason being that the man had been hurt in an accident and needs time to recuperate. So they rent a house complete with servants, gardeners, cooks etc?! For six months!? Wow, some people have money... Or maybe that was common 70 years ago in England?

During their visit a lot of rather nasty anonymous letters start being sent. Even they receive one. One of the letters leads to a suicide! Now the book has become a murder mystery and fits into today's category.

1. A book based on a fairy tale - Witches Abroad by Sir Terry Pratchett
2. A National Book Award winner - Mördare utan ansikte by Henning Mankell [Murderer Without a Face]
3. A YA bestseller - The Maze Runner by James Dashner
4. A book you haven't read since high school - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
5. A Book set in your home state - Innan frosten by Henning Mankell [Before the Frost]
6. A book translated to English - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Män som hatar kvinnor]
7. A romance set in the future - The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8. A book set in Europe - Enigma by Robert Harris
9. A book that's under 150 pages - Chadwick's Chimney by Colin Thiele
10. A New York Times bestseller - The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year - Inferno by Dan Brown
12. A book recommended by someone you just met - Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
13. A self-improvement book - Från utbränd till nytänd by Inger Jalakas [From Burned Out to Reignited]
14. A book you can finish in a day - Bruno & Boots: This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman
15. A book written by a celebrity - Pippi Långstrump by Astrid Lindgren [Pippi Longstocking]
16. A political memoir - Fidel Castro by Björn Kumm

7. A book at least 100 years older than you - Asken Yggdrasil by Alf Henrikson and Edward Lindahl [The Ash Yggdrasil]
18 A book that's more than 600 pages - The Seeds of Singing by Kay McGrath
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club - We were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
20. A science-fiction novel - The Death Cure by James Dashner
21. A book recommended by a family member - Hyperion by Dan Simmons
22. A graphic novel - Power Pack Origin Album by Louise Simonson
23. A book that is published in 2016 - The Long Cosmos by Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation - Only You Can Save Mankind by Sir Terry Pratchett
25. A book that takes place during summer - Our Man Weston by Gordon Korman

26. A book and it's prequel - Röde Orm: Sjöfarare i västerled & Röde Orm: Hemma och i österled by Frans G Bengtsson [The Long Ships]
27. A murder mystery - The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

28. A book written by a comedian
29. A dystopian novel
30. A book with a blue cover
31. A book of poetry
32. The first book you see in a bookstore
33. A classic from the 20th century
34. A book from the library
35. An autobiography
36. A book about a road trip
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with
38. A satirical book
39. A book that takes place on an island
40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy
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What's a prequel? A prequel is a story that takes place BEFORE the other story. So ANY book in a series is a prequel to any that follows it. That was easy enough. As it happens, I was asked to do my next book review for the paper I write for from a list. One of the books on the list was two books. One before the other. A book and it's prequel. Win!

Röde Orm: Sjöfarare i västerled & Röde Orm: Hemma och i österled by Frans G Bengtsson [The Long Ships]

Yes, in the English translation there was only one book. That would've been heavy! No wonder foreigners read less when their books are bigger than ours...

So who is Röde Orm [Red Snake] and how long is his ship? In short: it's a book about vikings. Plunder, fighting, drinking of mead, fornication with women and the praying to of Nordic gods. Except... Orm gets himself a wife. And turns Christian. He also prefers beer over mead. This is a more researched tale of the time. What time? Around 1000. It starts off before the millenium shift and ends after it.

Other cultures and religions are explored and tested (the banging of the head on a rug while turned towards Mecca is NOT approved of, but they DO test it for a few years).

The most important thing is that they're easily read. And fun. You need levity in your life, sometimes.

1. A book based on a fairy tale - Witches Abroad by Sir Terry Pratchett
2. A National Book Award winner - Mördare utan ansikte by Henning Mankell [Murderer Without a Face]
3. A YA bestseller - The Maze Runner by James Dashner
4. A book you haven't read since high school - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
5. A Book set in your home state - Innan frosten by Henning Mankell [Before the Frost]
6. A book translated to English - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Män som hatar kvinnor]
7. A romance set in the future - The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8. A book set in Europe - Enigma by Robert Harris
9. A book that's under 150 pages - Chadwick's Chimney by Colin Thiele
10. A New York Times bestseller - The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year - Inferno by Dan Brown
12. A book recommended by someone you just met - Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
13. A self-improvement book - Från utbränd till nytänd by Inger Jalakas [From Burned Out to Reignited]
14. A book you can finish in a day - Bruno & Boots: This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman
15. A book written by a celebrity - Pippi Långstrump by Astrid Lindgren [Pippi Longstocking]
16. A political memoir - Fidel Castro by Björn Kumm

7. A book at least 100 years older than you - Asken Yggdrasil by Alf Henrikson and Edward Lindahl [The Ash Yggdrasil]
18 A book that's more than 600 pages - The Seeds of Singing by Kay McGrath
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club - We were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
20. A science-fiction novel - The Death Cure by James Dashner
21. A book recommended by a family member - Hyperion by Dan Simmons
22. A graphic novel - Power Pack Origin Album by Louise Simonson
23. A book that is published in 2016 - The Long Cosmos by Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation - Only You Can Save Mankind by Sir Terry Pratchett
25. A book that takes place during summer - Our Man Weston by Gordon Korman

26. A book and it's prequel - Röde Orm: Sjöfarare i västerled & Röde Orm: Hemma och i österled by Frans G Bengtsson [The Long Ships]
27. A murder mystery
28. A book written by a comedian
29. A dystopian novel
30. A book with a blue cover
31. A book of poetry
32. The first book you see in a bookstore
33. A classic from the 20th century
34. A book from the library
35. An autobiography
36. A book about a road trip
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with
38. A satirical book
39. A book that takes place on an island
40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy
Leave a comment
A book that takes place during summer? That got me thinking: do I remember ANY time scale in books? As I recall it, the time of year might be mentioned, but it seldomly affect the plot. True: if it's a HOT summer or a REALLY COLD winter, there are precautions the main characters have to take (sun oil or an extra pair of socks). Or, more often, the story takes place during a longer period of time, so summer would be a PART of it.

Today's book though DOES take place during summer. The protagonists are working a SUMMER job. There is no doubt about it this time!

Our Man Weston by Gordon Korman

I've mentioned in the past that I have seven of this author's books on my shelf. This makes the second this year and fourth over these past two reading challenges. Three left for next year or will Mr Korman pop up again? Who knows...

As previously mentioned the protagonists work a summer job. At a hotel. Sidney believes there are crooks and spies around every corner. Fancying himself as a junior detective he starts investigating the hotel visitors. Tom, his identical twin brother, tries to stop him at every turn. Let's face it: there are NO spies at this nice, calm, relaxing hotel!

The twist? Yes, yes there are. Of course, Sidney doesn't notice them. After all, if there is something that spies are good at it's stealth.

Now Canada and the Free World has to be saved by Sidney! But first he has to empty the trash cans...

Me? I like it. I laugh, I smile and I enjoy myself. And that's why the book is still on my bookshelf. Even though the book cases have been replaced from time to time, the books by Gordon Korman remain.

1. A book based on a fairy tale - Witches Abroad by Sir Terry Pratchett
2. A National Book Award winner - Mördare utan ansikte by Henning Mankell [Murderer Without a Face]
3. A YA bestseller - The Maze Runner by James Dashner
4. A book you haven't read since high school - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
5. A Book set in your home state - Innan frosten by Henning Mankell [Before the Frost]
6. A book translated to English - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Män som hatar kvinnor]
7. A romance set in the future - The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8. A book set in Europe - Enigma by Robert Harris
9. A book that's under 150 pages - Chadwick's Chimney by Colin Thiele
10. A New York Times bestseller - The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year - Inferno by Dan Brown
12. A book recommended by someone you just met - Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
13. A self-improvement book - Från utbränd till nytänd by Inger Jalakas [From Burned Out to Reignited]
14. A book you can finish in a day - Bruno & Boots: This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman
15. A book written by a celebrity - Pippi Långstrump by Astrid Lindgren [Pippi Longstocking]
16. A political memoir - Fidel Castro by Björn Kumm

7. A book at least 100 years older than you - Asken Yggdrasil by Alf Henrikson and Edward Lindahl [The Ash Yggdrasil]
18 A book that's more than 600 pages - The Seeds of Singing by Kay McGrath
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club - We were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
20. A science-fiction novel - The Death Cure by James Dashner
21. A book recommended by a family member - Hyperion by Dan Simmons
22. A graphic novel - Power Pack Origin Album by Louise Simonson
23. A book that is published in 2016 - The Long Cosmos by Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation - Only You Can Save Mankind by Sir Terry Pratchett
25. A book that takes place during summer - Our Man Weston by Gordon Korman

26. A book and it's prequiel
27. A murder mystery
28. A book written by a comedian
29. A dystopian novel
30. A book with a blue cover
31. A book of poetry
32. The first book you see in a bookstore
33. A classic from the 20th century
34. A book from the library
35. An autobiography
36. A book about a road trip
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with
38. A satirical book
39. A book that takes place on an island
40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy
Leave a comment
A book with a protagonist who has my occupation? Hm... Occupation means job or what one does for a living. I don't work. I'm on disability leave (I think that's the correct phrase in English). That's NOT something the PROTAGONIST would do in a book! Maybe a secondary character or side character, but not the protagonist.

What to do, what to do... What I always do. Take things literaly. If you search a bit more on the word, this definition comes up:

"An activity engaged in especially as a means of passing time; an avocation."

Well, what occupies a lot of my time is playing computer games. So that's what the protagonist does in today's book.

Only You Can Save Mankind by Sir Terry Pratchett

Johnny Maxwell is playing a game wherein he is flying a space ship blowing up enemy ships. He's done it in countless other games. But this time something is different... The "evil" aliens wish to surrender?! Now Johnny has to SAVE the ones he tried to destroy. Part of that salvation is hunting down other players ships. Things aren't supposed to be this way! It's only a game! Or is it?

This is, honestly, one of my least favourite Pratchett books. The concept of war and the inability to view one's enemies as people is a bit too heavy for me. In the book are also a lof of references to the Gulf War that was taking place at the books release (August 1990 - February 1991). In his home life, Johnny's parents are getting seperated.

There are hostilities all over the place in this book! Conflict is a basic story telling device, but this might be too much... For me. I might just be too sensitive...

1. A book based on a fairy tale - Witches Abroad by Sir Terry Pratchett
2. A National Book Award winner - Mördare utan ansikte by Henning Mankell [Murderer Without a Face]
3. A YA bestseller - The Maze Runner by James Dashner
4. A book you haven't read since high school - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
5. A Book set in your home state - Innan frosten by Henning Mankell [Before the Frost]
6. A book translated to English - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Män som hatar kvinnor]
7. A romance set in the future - The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8. A book set in Europe - Enigma by Robert Harris
9. A book that's under 150 pages - Chadwick's Chimney by Colin Thiele
10. A New York Times bestseller - The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year - Inferno by Dan Brown
12. A book recommended by someone you just met - Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
13. A self-improvement book - Från utbränd till nytänd by Inger Jalakas [From Burned Out to Reignited]
14. A book you can finish in a day - Bruno & Boots: This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman
15. A book written by a celebrity - Pippi Långstrump by Astrid Lindgren [Pippi Longstocking]
16. A political memoir - Fidel Castro by Björn Kumm

7. A book at least 100 years older than you - Asken Yggdrasil by Alf Henrikson and Edward Lindahl [The Ash Yggdrasil]
18 A book that's more than 600 pages - The Seeds of Singing by Kay McGrath
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club - We were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
20. A science-fiction novel - The Death Cure by James Dashner
21. A book recommended by a family member - Hyperion by Dan Simmons
22. A graphic novel - Power Pack Origin Album by Louise Simonson
23. A book that is published in 2016 - The Long Cosmos by Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation - Only You Can Save Mankind by Sir Terry Pratchett

25. A book that takes place during Summer
26. A book and it's prequiel
27. A murder mystery
28. A book written by a comedian
29. A dystopian novel
30. A book with a blue cover
31. A book of poetry
32. The first book you see in a bookstore
33. A classic from the 20th century
34. A book from the library
35. An autobiography
36. A book about a road trip
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with
38. A satirical book
39. A book that takes place on an island
40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy
Leave a comment

So, I was, sort of, complaining about this year being a lot of sci-fi books and it not being my genre? Well, you're clever, you know what genre the next book belongs to...

The Long Cosmos by Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

Yup, this book came out a month or two ago. Sir Terry passed away in March last year. That's how long publications take, apparently... Yes, this is definitely science fiction. However, there is enough Pratchett in there to make it light hearted enough for me to read. In under two weeks! Yay! True, the pile on my bedside table IS six books high by now, but that will change VERY quickly. The same way the pile has always shifted: one book added a week and a smaller book if the pile is three books or more. Add to that the Hyperion books taking a long time to read and I end up with quite tiny books indeed.

A description of the book? Well... It's the fifth and final book in The Long Earth series. In the first one, mankind was able to "step" between alternate realities on Earth. Each Earth being very similar to our own but with slight changes. The books then introduced other sapient beings on those Earths. The third book had a trip to Mars as the main plot. This one? This one goes beyond that. Now they're travelling across the galaxy! In cosmos, so to speak. A bit overly sci-fi for my taste, but like I mentioned earlier, Pratchett keeps the fantasy part well and truly available to me, the fantasy nut. Recomended.

1. A book based on a fairy tale - Witches Abroad by Sir Terry Pratchett
2. A National Book Award winner - Mördare utan ansikte by Henning Mankell [Murderer Without a Face]
3. A YA bestseller - The Maze Runner by James Dashner
4. A book you haven't read since high school - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
5. A Book set in your home state - Innan frosten by Henning Mankell [Before the Frost]
6. A book translated to English - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Män som hatar kvinnor]
7. A romance set in the future - The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8. A book set in Europe - Enigma by Robert Harris
9. A book that's under 150 pages - Chadwick's Chimney by Colin Thiele
10. A New York Times bestseller - The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year - Inferno by Dan Brown
12. A book recommended by someone you just met - Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
13. A self-improvement book - Från utbränd till nytänd by Inger Jalakas [From Burned Out to Reignited]
14. A book you can finish in a day - Bruno & Boots: This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman
15. A book written by a celebrity - Pippi Långstrump by Astrid Lindgren [Pippi Longstocking]
16. A political memoir - Fidel Castro by Björn Kumm

17. A book at least 100 years older than you - Asken Yggdrasil by Alf Henrikson and Edward Lindahl [The Ash Yggdrasil]
18 A book that's more than 600 pages - The Seeds of Singing by Kay McGrath
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club - We were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
20. A science-fiction novel - The Death Cure by James Dashner
21. A book recommended by a family member - Hyperion by Dan Simmons
22. A graphic novel - Power Pack Origin Album by Louise Simonson
23. A book that is published in 2016 - The Long Cosmos by Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation
25. A book that takes place during Summer
26. A book and it's prequiel
27. A murder mystery
28. A book written by a comedian
29. A dystopian novel
30. A book with a blue cover
31. A book of poetry
32. The first book you see in a bookstore
33. A classic from the 20th century
34. A book from the library
35. An autobiography
36. A book about a road trip
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with
38. A satirical book
39. A book that takes place on an island
40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy

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Ok, this book has a back story which I will now tell. Beside the point? Not important? Well... You CAN just skip the first paragraph if you want...

20-25 years ago I subscribed to Spider-Man. More specifically Spindelmannen (Swedish translation, importing foreign comics hadn't really started being a thing yet). In one issue there was a comic drawing contest. Would I claim that I can draw? Not really... But I skewed the story given in the script enough to make it, somewhat, funny. I did NOT win first prize, which was for the comic strip to be published in a comic book. Instead I won shared 2-50th prize. Which was the graphic novel I have now re-read for this challenge list.

Power Pack Origin Album by Louise Simonson

That's the name listed as script writer. True, a comic, or "graphic novel", has quite a few people working on it, but for simplicity's sake: she WROTE it.

The story?

An alien comes to Earth, dies and give up his power to the one trying to rescue him. Yes, it's the Green Lantern origin. So? Just because it's derivative doesn't make it bad. In this case, the rescuerS are four children. Yes, the foursome. Like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Harry Potter, Fantastic Four, South Park, etc, etc. Also, two boys and two girls, got the gender rule down as well. The reason they call themselves Power Pack is because they're siblings with the last name Power.

The comic have quite a few references to Star Wars. Only to be expected, it came out in 1984 and Return of the Jedi came out in 1983 so it was everyone's mind. To some of us, it's ALWAYS on our minds... May the force be with you.

Did I like it? Yes. A tad childish, true. They're quite YOUNG children after all. When the comic got translatet and I bought it (which I did BEFORE winning the copy in English) there was something of a... Storm of complaints. Too many readers thought it was for babies. Of course there was also praise from parents thinking that the portraying of the four children were spot on. There will always be opinions. But like I wrote earlier: I liked it. Probably more so now that I'm an adult and can see the view of those parents.

Aliens, space ships, superpowers. Yes, this is another sci-fi book. Dang I'm reading a lot of those this year!

1. A book based on a fairy tale - Witches Abroad by Sir Terry Pratchett
2. A National Book Award winner - Mördare utan ansikte by Henning Mankell [Murderer Without a Face]
3. A YA bestseller - The Maze Runner by James Dashner
4. A book you haven't read since high school - Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
5. A Book set in your home state - Innan frosten by Henning Mankell [Before the Frost]
6. A book translated to English - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Män som hatar kvinnor]
7. A romance set in the future - The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8. A book set in Europe - Enigma by Robert Harris
9. A book that's under 150 pages - Chadwick's Chimney by Colin Thiele
10. A New York Times bestseller - The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year - Inferno by Dan Brown
12. A book recommended by someone you just met - Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
13. A self-improvement book - Från utbränd till nytänd by Inger Jalakas [From Burned Out to Reignited]
14. A book you can finish in a day - Bruno & Boots: This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman
15. A book written by a celebrity - Pippi Långstrump by Astrid Lindgren [Pippi Longstocking]
16. A political memoir - Fidel Castro by Björn Kumm

17. A book at least 100 years older than you - Asken Yggdrasil by Alf Henrikson and Edward Lindahl [The Ash Yggdrasil]
18 A book that's more than 600 pages - The Seeds of Singing by Kay McGrath
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club - We were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
20. A science-fiction novel - The Death Cure by James Dashner
21. A book recommended by a family member - Hyperion by Dan Simmons
22. A graphic novel - Power Pack Origin Album by Louise Simonson

23. A book that is published in 2016
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation
25. A book that takes place during Summer
26. A book and it's prequiel
27. A murder mystery
28. A book written by a comedian
29. A dystopian novel
30. A book with a blue cover
31. A book of poetry
32. The first book you see in a bookstore
33. A classic from the 20th century
34. A book from the library
35. An autobiography
36. A book about a road trip
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with
38. A satirical book
39. A book that takes place on an island
40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy
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Well, not much to say. I read a book that took almost a month to read and now I've read the sequal that ALSO took a long time.

The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons

I DID ask my brother if it was really wise to expect the reader to know about Beowulf, The Illiad, Keats, Shakespeare, Dante and a few other "high brow" authors? In his mind? Yes. This was NOT a run of the mill book, this was HARD sci-fi. Great. I don't like sci-fi to begin with and he dumps the premium stuff on me...

Me? I have read ... a FEW of those authors and know OF enough of the others to get the points.

Did I like it? Well... I was tempted to give up. After all, that fear I wrote about last time, jokingly, still exist. Two books in a row taking that long to read and the next-next book being a big sci-fi book as well... Oh well, I'll figure it out. I usually do :).

*reads back what he just wrote and realises it*

Ok: yes, I did like it! Dangit, my thought keep getting derailed by - oh look a butterfly...
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Disclaimer: I have not seen the movie and I highly doubt I ever will. So this post is ONLY speculation.

Reviews
Some good, some bad. That is the case with all things. Someone will love something someone else will hate. Most of the ones I've read / seen / listened to were non-favourable though.

Remake
I STRONGLY dislike remakes. Sure, sometimes they work. I still like Star Wars (1977) even after having seen The Hidden Fortress (1958). But on the whole... Not a fan.

The trailer
This is the big one. We've all seen trailers for comedies that make the movie look great! After having seen the movie though we realise that the only funny parts were the stuff in the trailer. This trailer? Ouch...
How long it took me to dislike the trailer? 14 seconds. 14 seconds into the trailer we're told that four scientists saved New York. In other words: the makers of the remake hadn't SEEN the original movie! They were THREE scientist, not four. Minor thing, yes, but fact checking is so easy to do with Google!
The humour looks like the lowest common demonitar crap. Normal, of course, since their audience is EVERYBODY. They can't leave anyone out.

So I can only go by the trailer and a few reviews I've seen online that REALLY disliked the movie.

Female Ghostbusters
Do I mind them being females? No. Women can be scientists. Women can be exterminators. Women can be funny! The last one is the most important thing. The movie is a comedy! But yet again I go back to the trailer. The trailer didn't make me laugh! The trailer had one and only one job: make me want to see the movie. It didn't.

Cuts
The first cut, according to IMDb, was 4 hours and 15 minutes. I think most of us have seen cut scenes from movies that made us go "oh! THAT was the reason for the character doing what he did!". I fear it will be the same this time...

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In short, bad reviews, unfunny trailer, a strong dislike of remakes and the CGI doesn't look very good. I think you can understand why I won't see this one.
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