Dexter in The Dark

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The third in the Dexter series. In this Dexter in the Dark our hero loses his mojo. The story has something of a supernatural undertone that implies that makes Dexter the way he is. Dexter struggles as his Dark Passenger abandons which he finds confusing and bewildering. The story line here is not as convincing as the previous two books. The first person commentary and humour are as sharp as  ever.

He continues his involvement and mentoring of Rita’s children with some interesting exchanges. Dexter is grappling with wedding plans as the great evil is unfolding around him but as always our hero triumphs. The conclusion is a little chilling and would be spoilt if I mentioned it here. This novel certainly leaves the TV series on a different path.

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Dearly Devoted Dexter

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My holiday readathon continues Dearly Devoted Dexter .
This is the second Dexter novel and the fork in the road beween this book and the TV series continues to widen. There are by the conclusion of this volume big differences in the plot lines and characters.  Where the TV series has Dexter in a continuos dialogue with his dead step father the book has the dialogue  with his “Dark Passenger”. It is more like a driving for than an alter ego. That doesn’t mean that Dexter is not abiding by the Harry’s code;which sets him apart from other serial killers.
This volume has him more tied up with a threat that is affecting members of his own team rather than his raison detre.  There is also the emerging relationship with his girlfriends children.
I must admit to being a fan of the TV series but the books so far have been equally satisfying. Its almost like a story with a different ending which of course it is.
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The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet’s Nest

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Well I manage to write the reviews of books I read out of order and in a rather haphazard fashion so this post should have preceded the last one never mind.
This is the third and final instalment of Stieg Larsson‘s epic trilogy that encompasses computer hacking state sanctioned  abuses of individuals that go to the heart of government. Larsson manages to combine a sweeping story involving all sorts agencies and yet keeps tabs on the personal with his main protagonists Blomqvist and the rather amazing heroine Lisbeth Salander. The tale is at the outer edges of believability but not outrageously so. The books have already been made into films in Sweden and fairly faithfully keep to the story. It is concerning to me that there is  hollywood version of the film on its way which will no doubt be dumbed down and the intrigue and originality of the story will most likely be lost.
Sadly this is the end of the series as the author passed away. This is a fitting conclusion to the story with most of the lose ends tied up rather nicely.

This is the third and final instalment of Stieg Larsson’s epic trilogy that encompasses computer hacking state sanctioned  abuses of individuals that go to the heart of government. Larsson manages to combine a sweeping story involving all sorts agencies and yet keeps tabs on the personal with his main protagonists Blomqvist and the rather amazing heroine Lisbeth Salander. The tale is at the outer edges of believability but not outrageously so. The books have already been made into films in Sweden and fairly faithfully keep to the story. It is concerning to me that there is  hollywood version of the film on its way which will no doubt be dumbed down and the intrigue and originality of the story will most likely be lost.Sadly this is the end of the series as the author passed away. This is a fitting conclusion to the story with most of the lose ends tied up rather nicely.

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Dexter Darkly Dreaming

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This is the first in the “Dexter” series, which is probably better known for the TV series of the same name. Thankfully the TV series is based in the books rather than this being a novelisation. Dexter the vigilante sociopath is an engaging character and those with an academic interest in this type of person will enjoy the characters inner perspectives. Dexter Darkly Dreaming introduces the reader to his story although he is already well established in his murderous ways.
He struggles in many ways to maintain a civil exterior low profile and “normal”. I feel that this book explores the character of Dexter more deeply than the TV series does. It is inevitable that comparisons will be made between the two incarnations of the story. Already at the end of book one there is a major divergence which will make reading the next book  very interesting.
Certainly not a disappointment reading the book after watching the show.

This is the first in the “Dexter” series, which is probably better known for the TV series of the same name. Thankfully the TV series is based in the books rather than this being a novelisation. Dexter the vigilante sociopath is an engaging character and those with an academic interest in this type of person will enjoy the characters inner perspectives. Dexter Darkly Dreaming introduces the reader to his story although he is already well established in his murderous ways. He struggles in many ways to maintain a civil exterior low profile and “normal”. I feel that this book explores the character of Dexter more deeply than the TV series does. It is inevitable that comparisons will be made between the two incarnations of the story. Already at the end of book one there is a major divergence which will make reading the next book  very interesting.
Certainly not a disappointment after reading the book after watching the show. A little late but a great holiday read.

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The Complaints by Ian Rankin

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A great new Ian Rankin novel without Rebus. A most satisfying read. The story crosses the boundaries of who you can and cant trust. Tapping into the modern culture of greed. I do miss the musical references of the Rebus series but the new character Fox has his own foibles. The story weaves but never seem to loose pace.

The story revolves around the Police that investigate the Polis.

Looking froward to the next Rankin novel

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Scandinavian Crime Fiction

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Having watched Unit One (Rejseholdet in Danish see image in post), the Eagle a Crime Odyssey and now The Killing (currently showing on SBS TV in Australia) I have become somewhat entranced by Scandinavian crime stories. Perhaps this is a reflection of my Norwegian heritage.The TV shows offer a refreshing and different approach in their story lines. A for cry from the crime by numbers and a car chase US shows. Perhaps closed in style to the English shows such as Cracker and Wire In The Blood. It is great to see that the cultural imperialism is being challenged on SBS TV at least.

This has in turn put me on the path of  Scandinavian authors. The first author I have read  is the Norwegian Jo Nesbø, his hero the rather flawed Inspector Harry Hole.  The next auther that I have encountered is Asa Larsson I am looking forward to this as it is based in Sweden. Already Henning Mankell with his Wallander series has made a this Swedish authors stories well known in print and and on TV.

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I have added a nice little feature which is seen in one of the side bars on the right hand side of the web page. I can now add the books I am , going to and have read recently. The plugin picks up the book cover and other detail by linking to  amazon.com . I haven’t set up a referral system which I can and get discounts based on people who buy after coming here. Given the low traffic of this site its probably not going to matter. The plugin was written by Rob over at Roblog.

I did look at another similar plugin in based in an open source library net work, but try as I might I couldn’t get it to work. By contrast this worked relatively easily.

Any way if you dare you can look at what I read.  I kicked off with Silesian Station which is  a crime novel set in Pre WWII Germany.