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Comments on The Drowning Machine: THE BLACK PATH by Asa Larsson





Updated: 2017-10-11T10:40:40.765-04:00

 



I don't fancy any of the swedish books, too be...

2009-12-11T16:06:38.298-05:00

I don't fancy any of the swedish books, too be honest.



Sounds like fans of Larsson will continue to like ...

2009-12-10T13:19:11.156-05:00

Sounds like fans of Larsson will continue to like her books, but new readers will be split.

Patti, I haven't heard of Ekstrom - how would you describe that book?

I think - but don't quote me - that the other Larsson (Stieg) is the only Swedish crime writer I've read. Indridason is Icelandic and Dahl is Norwegian; I enjoyed both of those writers' books. I have Sjowal and Wahloo as well as Mankell in the TBR somewhere. Somewhere.



My favorite Swedish crime nove (aside from Sjowal ...

2009-12-10T11:05:21.814-05:00

My favorite Swedish crime nove (aside from Sjowal and Wahloo) was Blackwater by Kersten Ekstrom (I think.)



Oh, yeah, it was proposed by fans of the book that...

2009-12-09T21:11:51.703-05:00

Oh, yeah, it was proposed by fans of the book that the flatness I discerned in the characters' voices was probably due to the translation. Could be; I'll buy that explanation since I can't read the book in the original Swedish. But that doesn't account for the lack of empathy from the female leads.



In fairness to the author, I want to say that I ha...

2009-12-09T21:08:20.891-05:00

In fairness to the author, I want to say that I have just returned from book club (I didn't stay for dinner; I just felt too poorly. It's bad when I'm off my feed.) and while there were some readers who felt just as I did, there were just as many who enjoyed this book immensely, disagreed with every flaw I found, and have already begun reading the prior books by this author.

I'm glad you like the disclosure notice. I hope the Feds think well of it, too. :-)



I was thinking as I read, this being Swedish crime...

2009-12-09T18:26:04.145-05:00

I was thinking as I read, this being Swedish crime fiction, if translation added to the disjointedness of the piece. Then, as you got the crux of it, not even a bad Google translation of it would have done or created the problems it seems to have. The Bosch mantra was an especially effective allusion, here. Plus, the crimes in the book seem well-worn lately in fiction (but, it could be just me). I really appreciate your review, Naomi. Thanks for this.

p.s., your disclosure notice is just perfect :-).



I've only read the first of the Stieg Larsson ...

2009-12-09T15:43:25.485-05:00

I've only read the first of the Stieg Larsson books, but there's no comparison. Stieg's is the choice.



Nice review, Naomi! Being a huge fan of Stieg Lars...

2009-12-09T15:11:28.781-05:00

Nice review, Naomi! Being a huge fan of Stieg Larsson's books, I was kinda interested in this but now...maybe not so much. Thanks for helping me decide what goes in the TBR pile.