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Old 08-28-14, 07:42 PM
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Popularity Of Swedish Books (Hundred Year Old Man, Girl Who Saved, Little Old Lady)

I've noticed that these books seem to be very popular over the last little while, but I've yet to read any of them. I was a huge fan of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series, but these seem to be much lighter in tone, at least according to their blurbs.

Here are the three that jumped out at me, there could be more. Two are by Jonas Jonasson







Has anyone read any of these? If so, are they worth reading?
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For Crime Fiction, Henning Mankell is arguably one of the most popular Swedish authors. I haven't read any of his books yet (despite him being a distant relative of mine), but they're pretty well-received both across the pond and here in NA. His Wallander series is probably the most accessible.
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Re: Popularity Of Swedish Books (Hundred Year Old Man, Girl Who Saved, Little Old Lad

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For Crime Fiction, Henning Mankell is arguably one of the most popular Swedish authors. I haven't read any of his books yet (despite him being a distant relative of mine), but they're pretty well-received both across the pond and here in NA. His Wallander series is probably the most accessible.
The Wallander series is very good. The main character is pretty much a middle aged grouch. But I really like the way the mysteries are written and resolved.
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Re: Popularity Of Swedish Books (Hundred Year Old Man, Girl Who Saved, Little Old Lad

Jo Nesbo is also pretty popular but I don't remember if he's Swedish or Norwegian.
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Jo Nesbo is Norwegian.

I tend to think that the Dragon Tattoo books and then tv shows such as The Killing have focussed English-speaking attention on the Scando-Nordic crime field to a greater extent than before.

But one shouldn't underestimate the importance of Tove Jansson on the Swedish and Finnish literary scene
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Re: Popularity Of Swedish Books (Hundred Year Old Man, Girl Who Saved, Little Old Lad



Pfft. Nyanlända.
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Re: Popularity Of Swedish Books (Hundred Year Old Man, Girl Who Saved, Little Old Lad

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For Crime Fiction, Henning Mankell is arguably one of the most popular Swedish authors. I haven't read any of his books yet (despite him being a distant relative of mine), but they're pretty well-received both across the pond and here in NA. His Wallander series is probably the most accessible.
Love the Wallander series with Kenneth Branaugh but haven't read any of the books.
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Re: Popularity Of Swedish Books (Hundred Year Old Man, Girl Who Saved, Little Old Lad

I despised 100 Year Old Man, which is basically Forrest Gump only with a geriatric instead of a retard. I wouldn't mind if the writing was engaging, but it felt like the literary equivalent of a contrived, pandering movie that inexplicably becomes the public's darling and gets nominated for tons of Oscars and is quickly forgotten.
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