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The Bat
The Bat | Jo Nesbo
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Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl, who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect, and the pattern of the other crimes seems impossible to crack. Then a circus performer is brutally murdered followed by yet another young woman. Harry is in a race against time to stop highly intelligent killer, who is bent on total destruction.
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Jadams1776
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I was really interested to read this since it was referenced a lot in The Snowman. Harry Hole‘s first novel, and he‘s in Australia hunting a serial killer. This book has everything: clowns, prostitutes, skydiving, drugs, guillotines, questionable life choices, drinking, boxing, and even sharks! At this point you‘re either intrigued or severely confused - honestly, so am I. But I did like this book. 7/15 #Jumpstart2020

Lizpixie Sounds like a normal day in Australia!🤣 1w
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jenniferw88
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#nordic completed #jennyis30

4 🌟 and I will probably continue the series.

Also Brigitte & Harry made a cute #happycouple #newyearnewyou @Eggs

First book for #murder2020 @Tove_Reads . I'm not going to pledge an amount of books, just going to see where the challenge takes me.

Eggs Double play ❤️📚🤗 2w
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Any Scandinavian crime novel recommendations? This isn‘t doing it for me - I usually love this genre but the language in this one (esp. regarding race) was jarring and not kind in my 2020 eyes.

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jenniferw88
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Definite #januarytbr although I'll probably read more. #newyearnewyou @Eggs

Eggs 💗Atkinson 3w
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SquirmyBookwormy
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Thanksgiving leftovers and a bestselling mystery author, what could be better?

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TheReadingMermaid
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Up next...

1959 starring Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead and Gavin Gordon

Fun fact, for those of you who don't know, Agnes Moorehead is the lady who played Samantha's mother on the original Bewitched TV show.

2pts for #TeamStoker
#Scarathlon

IamIamIam I absolutely loved this!!! Agnes Moorehead is perfect! Thanks for the reminder... I'll have to pull it out and show the kids. 3mo
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collegecatlady
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I enjoyed this book and its pacing immensely until the ending. I was engaged in the search for the murderer and kept turning the pages. However, I have a huge problem with the characters who are not white, straight males being the only characters demonized. I will elaborate on this in a spoiler comment for those who have read the novel. Can anyone tell me if the other novels do this same thing? If so, I am not interested in continuing the series.

collegecatlady With the reveal of the death of a possibly transgender character plus two characters of color, I can‘t say that I felt comfortable with these reveals. The killer‘s monologue about his revenge against white women was not uncomfortable for its concept, but rather because a white man wrote this of a character of color. Is this what Nesbo sees Aboriginal men as? It was just straight up uncomfortable and the only main characters to be murdered or the 8mo
collegecatlady “bad guy” were people on the outskirts of white straight male. How did you guys feel about this? Am I overreacting or was this uncomfortable for others too? (edited) 8mo
collegecatlady I want to continue the series as I felt the pacing and writing was engaging, but I need to know that the rest of the books don‘t have that racist undertone. 8mo
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collegecatlady @Reggie I was curious as to your opinions on the book since you commented on my other post. You can see how I felt about the ending. What did you think? And have you read more of the series? 8mo
Mandoul Thanks for the review! This one is on my list, so its good to know what you thought, including how characters were portrayed. 8mo
Reggie The racist thing switches over to what feels like heavy sexism. There is a later book where he has a woman that commits suicide in a way that makes it look like any of the three men she loved could have done it just to get back at them. Like really? I will say this. The 3rd in the series is the best. And it was voted the best mystery of all time in his country. I say read that one and decide how you feel. I‘ve only read up to the Snowman. 8mo
collegecatlady @Reggie Thanks for the information! I will definitely take your advice. I enjoyed the hunt for the killer, but the racism in the end was just terrible. I will try out the 2nd and 3rd for sure then. I‘m one of those people who has to read them in order! 8mo
Reggie Also yes to the racism in here. He has a POC be the bad guy which is so cliche and then to go over the top and have him be eaten by a great “white”shark it was so bad it was funny. In interviews he does say that he‘s embarrassed of the first 2 in this series. They weren‘t even published in English until much later than the rest of the series. 8mo
collegecatlady @Reggie That‘s at least some consolation. It was also blatantly racist to have the POC cop character murdered and wow, turns out he was a heavy heroin addict 🙄 8mo
Leftcoastzen That was my problem with it too .And I tend to read in order so .. 2nd one too? (edited) 8mo
CarolynM If you want a more authentic murder mystery with an Australian Aboriginal protagonist you might try 8mo
collegecatlady @CarolynM Thanks for the rec! I‘ll definitely have to check that one out 8mo
Reggie Just FYI I sent you the next 2 books for group Z today. 8mo
collegecatlady @Reggie Sounds perfect!! 8mo
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collegecatlady
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My #currentlyreading stack is starting to get a little out of hand...

DGRachel I‘ve read and loved three of the four. Great stack! 8mo
teainthelibrary I have that same problem 😬 8mo
Reggie I‘m interested to hear what you think about The Bat. 8mo
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Michollio
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It started out okay but quickly devolved. The characters were flat, hard to connect with, and unlikable. It kept building up to a moment and then changing scenes without really finishing. It was needlessly long and complicated. I just wanted it to end.

#BookishBingo & #ISpy: Translated

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rachelk
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I have read a few of his later books so it‘s fun to see where it all started for Jo Nesbø and his Oslo Crime Inspector, Harry. BTW, if you‘ve never googled Jo Nesbø —he‘s a father, rock climber, bestselling author of crime thrillers and children‘s books, is lead vocal and guitar in a rock band, a former economist and reporter. Oh, he‘s also handsome as a movie star. ?

AnneCecilie You forgot that he was a pretty good soccer player too 😉 He was forced to retire at a young age because of injuries. So who knows what would have happened if his knees hadn‘t failed him? 12mo
rachelk @AnneCecilie Oh my gosh, of course he was! He‘s unreal! 😂 (edited) 12mo
rachelk The Most Interesting Man in the World wishes he was Nesbø 9mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Reading Jo Nesbø‘s 1st book after reading two others in the series, it is obvious how much he grew as a writer after this one. I was on the fence as to how to rate this, but I liked the Australian setting, and the Harry Hole backstory. It was also definitely more gory than Redbreast and Nemesis.

AmyG Hanukkah is coming! 14mo
SkeletonKey Is it better to read them in order? It‘s tough when the first book isn‘t so good, but I keep seeing these at the library and would like to try them. 14mo
4thhouseontheleft @skeletonkey I almost never read a series out of order, but I saw numerous recommendations to start with the 3rd book, so I did. I read the 3rd and 4th, and now I‘m reading the 1st and 2nd. I‘m glad I didn‘t start with this one. 14mo
4thhouseontheleft @AmyG It is!!! 🕎✡️ 14mo
SkeletonKey Thanks! 14mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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#gratitude30 Day 27: #luxury

I finally have an empty house. The last of the house guests left this morning. That feels so luxurious right now! 🥰

tracey38 Nice! Enjoy the peace and quiet. 14mo
Bklover Enjoy! 14mo
AmyG I know how that feels. Enjoy every minute! 14mo
bookcollecter I'm writing a book on the number #37 and I was taken a back that you are on chap 37 😀 14mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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✔️ Maya‘s room painted ahead of her birthday
✔️ Laundry done
✔️ The Yule Tree and Chanukah decorations are mostly up
✔️Visiting house guests are out of the house

It‘s reading time!! 🎉📚🙌🏽🍷

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4thhouseontheleft
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Harry Hole and his Australian counterpart are talking about Fraser Island, one of my favorite islands in the whole world!!

This chapter is making me nostalgic for the years I lived in Brisbane.

riversong153 Can‘t wait too see your review. I have this but haven‘t read it yet. 14mo
4thhouseontheleft @riversong153 It‘s okay so far. I can tell it‘s his first book, and it definitely isn‘t as strong as 14mo
4thhouseontheleft @riversong153 Also TW for rape and assault. I love the Australian setting, but that‘s about it so far. 14mo
riversong153 Thanks! 14mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Apparently, this has become the “hide from houseguests” spot. 😂😂😂 There is also a 10 year old out of the picture but just to my right.

Finished most of my Thanksgiving prep, and taking some me time! #catsoflitsy

jenniferajanes You deserve it! Hide (and read) away! 1y
CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻 1y
CouronneDhiver 🙌🏽🙌🏽 14mo
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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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So I finished this last night, and ended up thinking it was okay, good but not great. It started out strong but got convoluted and felt a little long. I liked The Snowman a lot more.

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cajunsyd
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This one has been on my shelf for a while. I hope that it lives up to the hype. I do love a good Scandinavian noir!

Reggie This one was bad. Start with the 3rd one. 1y
cajunsyd @Reggie thanks for the advice! I have already started but I will definitely compare it to the third book when I get there! 1y
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pagenumbers
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An exhilirating read that keeps you interested wuth its' twists and turns

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JoScho
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Unexpected book mail on a rough Monday make the day so much better! Thanks so very much @Alfoster It arrived at the perfect time! ❤️ #jb

Alfoster Oh good! Sorry you‘re having a rough day😫. Glad I could cheer you a little!👏👏👏 1y
JoScho @Alfoster you really did 😊❤️ 1y
Trashcanman How did you and your community and fur babies fair from the storm? How's your mother? 😊💗 1y
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JoScho @Trashcanman we got really lucky here. We never even lost power. My parents evacuated and got back home yesterday. Mom is good! Thanks for asking George ❤️ 1y
Trashcanman @JoScho that's great to hear, wish her and your pops the best. And you too lol. Hope tomorrow is kinder. 1y
JoScho @Trashcanman thank you George! ❤️ 1y
Alfoster Glad everything is better! Yay! 1y
JoScho @Alfoster 😘❤️ 1y
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Indexasaurus
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1. A Quiet Place
2. My husband and I either go to a movie or to a bar 🍻
3. 13. Myself, one of my daughters and my stepdaughter all born on a Friday the 13th. Also married on Friday the 13th
4. Tagged. Couldn‘t do it.
5. Ok!
@jesshowbooks #friyayintro

Guildedearlobe I really want to watch A Quiet Place again soon. Loved it so hard. 1y
Indexasaurus @Guildedearlobe I had heard it was good, was not prepared for it being THAT good! 1y
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Pandareads37
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First book in the Harry Hole series. It was easy to read with the short chapters and lots of description of Australia. Using this for the Norwegian Noir prompt for #Popsugarbookchallenge. Going to read more from this author this year

Drnkpnkprincess I‘m thinking of using one of his books for that prompt too!! With all the #litsyhype I need to read more ASAP! 2y
RachelAmphlett I loved the stand-alone by Nesbo - Headhunters! 2y
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mdm139
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The Last Bookstore book haul. The books on the left are #blameitonlitsy buys. The two on the right I got used.

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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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My current stack for the #mounttbrreadathon -I know there‘s no way I can get through them all but I‘m sure going to try! I‘m going to finish The Man From the Train and Brain on Fire first, and then go from there.

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Dempsey
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I should have read this first. "The Snowman" totally spoiled the ending for me. Still liked it though. #mysteries #whodunit

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Shemac77
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Fantastic thriller. I‘m going to enjoy reading more Harry Hole.

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Kodak2057
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I just want to know how accurate the translation is for Hole exclaiming “holy macaroni!”

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Shemac77
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Evening reading...because his name is Hole.

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benchley1
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Another blah prompt that I found the right book for. My dad said Jo Nesbo is the sickest SOB he's read, and that was good enough for me. This one hasn't much violence or blood, but I enjoyed it anyway.
#aroundtheyearin52books
#popsugar2018nordicnoir
#readerhardergenrefictionintranslation

tomes4gnomes Your dad is right! I think The Leopard is the most disturbing book of the series, for me anyway. 🐆 2y
benchley1 @tomes4gnomes I plan on listening to more! Also, my dad is always right. 😉 2y
ThatNerdyBookwyrm I listened to all the ones I could find on audio and now I have to buy the rest of the books (and the previous) which is fine because I love this series! Check out Camilla Läckberg as well. 2y
EricaReads I just finished this one for the Nordic Noir Pop Sugar prompt too! I liked it, but I‘m more excited to read the later books that got better reviews. Might try to fit in a few more this year 😊 2y
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ThatNerdyBookwyrm
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I love this series so much.

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Kboltz
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Once I got past page 100 I started enjoying this book and then by page 300 I needed this book to end. I‘ve read other reviews and I guess by book #4 in this series it takes off. I‘m not sure if I can make that flight.

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Kboltz
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Why do I like this quote?

Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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intothehallofbooks
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📖 I wasn't sure what to expect from this one; I've seen so many mixed reviews about the beginning of this series. It started out a little slow but ultimately I loved it. I fell pretty hard for Harry and his flaws.

The story is a little bit wordy at times and the details of the investigation seem to wander around, but I'll keep reading the series because I want more from Harry.

🎧 John Lee is FANTASTIC narrating this audio, oh my word. So good.

Owlizabeth I love John Lee!! 2y
Karkar The books get better as the series moves on. 😁 2y
intothehallofbooks @Owlizabeth Me too! He is so great!! 2y
intothehallofbooks @Karkar I've heard that! I've actually read several times to just skip the first two books, but I couldn't bear to do that 😳 I'm excited to keep going and see how much better the series gets. 2y
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So I‘ve read the first Harry Hole book. How this became a sensation in Norway is beyond me, but I‘ve been told the books get better. This one was not very good. The story wasn‘t very interesting, the characters were stereotypical and it all felt like a lame attempt at an American type action story. Kudos to the audiobook narrator who was a very convincing and EXTREMELY annoying drunk.

MyBookLife I actually like Jo Nesbø. This is his first, maybe you should give one of his later books a try? 2y
Bambolina_81 I read them in the order they were published in the UK and love them. The Bat is definitely the weakest in my opinion. The Snowman is really good though if you want to try another sometime. 2y
MicheleinPhilly THIS. I have 4 more of these that I picked up on super sale for Kindle but I hated this first one so much, I don‘t know if I can do it. 2y
tricours @MyBookLife @Bambolina_81 it was actually The Snowman I was curious about (and my boss is of the opinion you don‘t have to read the books in order), and I have that one, but then I got access to the entire series through a Norwegian audio book service, so I thought I‘d just give it a go... a friend of mine didn‘t start liking them until book 3 @MicheleinPhilly 2y
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Meganbub
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This was so hard to get through and basically I️ hated it. Supposedly the series doesn‘t get good till book 3 or 4... my reading rut is far too deep right now to deal with that so this series is definitely tabled for me for awhile.

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Meganbub
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I‘m struggling with a major reading rut! Ugh! Hoping some Scandinavian crime drama can pull me out of it. We‘ll see...

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No_One
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4/5: I've heard the first three Harry Hole books are average. But I can't start a series at book four, so I gave this a go. The story wasn't bad. It felt like we had to learn absolutely everything about Harry, in a hurry. Too many characters told too many stories about old Australian legends. Overall, a little convoluted of a plot, but a good intro to Harry Hole.

rubyslippersreads Cute 🦇! 2y
TricksyTails Aww this is the cutest bat! ♥️ 2y
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No_One I still have no idea why this book is titled: “The Bat”. 😂😂 2y
minkyb Totally agree. When I started my journey with Harry the Bat and Cockroach weren‘t translated so I started with the Redbreast. As a general rule I always start at the beginning! Glad you will be continuing. 2y
No_One @minkyb Wow, you started early with Harry! I'm looking forward to more. 😊 2y
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No_One
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Bookjigs! I love ‘em. I try to match the colour of the Bookjig with the colour of the book I‘m reading. Looks like I need to read more lime, turquoise, fushia books. 😆😆😆

DivineDiana These are interesting! 2y
Kaye Cute ! 2y
Bambolina_81 These are lovely! 2y
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No_One @DivineDiana @Kaye @Bambolina_81 thank you! They are very handy. They clip onto the book cover, and the ribbon keeps your place. No matter if I‘m in bed or on public transportation, it can‘t fall out of the book. 😀 2y
Kaye Just ordered one. They‘re very pretty. 2y
Bambolina_81 I've been looking and I want them... ALL! 2y
Sassy_Steph So pretty!! 2y
TricksyTails Ooh these are pretty. I'm going to get some!! 2y
No_One @Kaye yay! Hope you like it! 2y
No_One @Bambolina_81 hahaha, that's how I ended up with six. 😕 2y
No_One @Sassy_Steph they have lots of designs! Different styles for different tastes! 2y
No_One @TricksyTails If you do, post a pic! 😀 2y
TricksyTails Will do! 😆👍 2y
[DELETED] 206653737 Hmm never heard of them but I‘m now scouring all the designs! 2y
Ms_T Christmas gift idea right there! 2y
DivineDiana @Kaye Where did you order? 2y
No_One @bookish22 👍🏽 2y
No_One @Ms_T great idea! Stocking stuffer-sized. 2y
Kaye Amazon @DivineDiana (edited) 2y
DivineDiana @Kaye Thank you! 2y
FlowerFairy Had never heard of bookjigs so looked them up. Now I feel I need to own them all. LoL 2y
No_One @FlowerFairy haha! Same! I have to stay off the Franklin Mills website. 😊 2y
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Mngzz
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It took me forever to finish the book. I could never get into it. I have read similar reviews saying the first book is so slow, but the others in the series are awesome. I‘m not sure if I should risk reading book 2....

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intothehallofbooks
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I've been working on this one for a while now and I've finally found my groove. It was slow-going for me at first but I just had to learn Nesbo's writing and speaking styles, that's all. I started The Bat because wanted to read The Snowman but I just couldn't make myself read out of order.

Sidenote: Jo Nesbo pronounced his name Harry "Hoo-leh" in two interviews that I watched -- the book and audiobook both call him Harry "Holy"

No_One He explains early in the book how the Australians pronounce his name as "Holy" and he doesn't have the heart to correct them, as it's infinitely better than "Hole" as pronounced by the Americans. He does also explain in the book that it is pronounced "Hoo-leh". 2y
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jackilynn
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"Violence is like Coca-Cola and the Bible. A classic."

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