M. Sundström

Mikael Sundström
Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (195 of 234)
Location: Lund, Sweden

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Lionel Asbo: State of England by Martin Amis
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Short version: Better than The Pregnant Widow, but not the "return to form" certain reviewers crow about.

Long version:

I am the sort of hardcore Amis fan who will likely buy every book he produces until death do us part, but there has been a subtle turning of the seasons with Lionel Asbo: I noticed its existence by chance, where previously I would have known months ahead that it was imminent. In a review about Iris Murdoch's "The Philosopher's Pupil" Martin Amis wrote that it is less than the real thing for the waiting Murdoch addicts ("with [ahem!] their telltale Irises") - that the book is, rather, "a long course of methadone". To me this neatly sums up Amis's own… Read more
How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yours&hellip by Chuck Sambuchino
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vital information, 11 July 2011
The fearless author explores many angles of a threat that for the most part hovers under the radar: that of garden gnome attack. A lot sturdier than the smurfs (another deadly menace), and much better organised, garden gnomes are potentially the most lethal terrorist strikeforce on the planet. The author details the rise of the gnomic society, how they operate, potential attack vectors on your home and, most importantly, how you can defend yourself against them. It is in part grim reading as the conclusion must be that garden gnomes will likely supplant us as the dominating species on the planet, but that should only inspire clenched-teeth determination to go down fighting. The book offers… Read more
Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ozark gem, 21 Feb 2011
Short version: excellent read. A definite buy.

Long version
I notice that Amazon helpfully offers "backwoods" among other tag suggestions, and for good reason. This is the hinterland of America where everybody is related to everybody else, and holds a grudge against them too. The economy in the Ozarks seems to revolve around "cooking", and rather more violent crime. Seventeen year old Ree Dolly ("a Dolly bred and buttered") belongs to one of these extended, and pretty squalid clans, and she faces utter destitution unless she can find her father - and find him in a hurry. That's the surface story, but the theme is when the ties of blood are thick enough actually to mean… Read more

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