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29 September 2009 @ 09:24 pm
What I talk about when I talk about books.  
Books.

Aren't books just the best sometimes?
I mean think about it; They're different sizes and colors which means, if you're not a total pedant, your bookshelf will be delightful to look at. Your imagination might want you to think that the tiny book with the pink and white cover will be the one telling you something new, but actually it might be the old, gray one from 1981 with some pages in the introduction torn out.

I like how black ink on white paper can do so many things to you; your imagination, your reception of things. How it can influence you to do something you hadn't thought of at all before you read it.

(I'm not saying that what people read in books and puts into action after what they've read is always a good thing. Several quick glances down history and we'll see the influence from something written and read in a book and put into action, system or control even, wasn't always such a good idea. ANYWAY! Today I'm only talking about the kind of reading that makes fun, happy and yay and...thoughtful, maybe sad or provoked, but at least not crazy. Well, moving along...)

When you read a book you make your own mind-films. American Gods by Neil Gaiman BUT! A Michelle production. ;D  If you want you can even make your own soundtrack to what you're reading. Find songs that will fit in to just be there in the background somewhere. The characters in the book have names, they're in situations and scenarios you yourself didn't make up, but they might have the haircolor, the clothes, the voices, and the tons of other things you gave them and added to the story. 

The books I've read just recently are these two: "Crimson Labyrinth" and "La den rette komme inn" (Directly translated: Let the right one come in).

The Crimson Labyrinth is written by a Japanese author named Yusuke Kishi. How I eventually stumbled over 'crimson' is but a mere coincidence. I saw a film named "The Blue Light" (featuring Ninomiya Kazunari) and I liked it. I found out that the film was based on a novel by Yusuke Kishi and I searched the world wide web to find it. No such luck. As far as what I found out "The Blue Light"-novel was never translated into english.
All this time as I was searching for "The Blue Light" I only got "The Crimson Labyrinth" instead. (The guy sure has a thing for colors, eh?) Eventually I gave up and thought that maybe this 'crimson' book would be interesting. Interesting is only the beginning.

"The Crimson Labyrinth" is a truly intriguing book.
A man wakes up on what he only can presume is a red planet. He feels like he has the worst hangover and the main thing indicating that he's gotten himself into some serious shit is the gaming console-like device he's got in his pocket, telling him to meet up at a first checkpoint. He meets a woman whop claims she does yaoi and shounen-ai manga for a living and has no idea of why they're there either. They reach the first checkpoint. Seven other people are there, all with the same gaming console. All the gaming consoles give different information, and they have to work as a group to deciphre what the donald duck-like mascot on the screen are telling them.
From there on and out it's mindfuck and mayhem and you will love and hate it at the same time. Love it because how is it possible to come up with an idea like that, or even that one?! And hate it because of the vulgar, sickening and morbid images that will be burned into your mind forever.
If you're a fan of role-playing games you'll dig this book. It's not a big part of the book, but it has influences from role-playing game books and all in a terribly ...shall I say "tasty" twist? Yeah.
The two last pages in the book...
I'm not going to go and spoil for you or anything, but the ending will give you the feeling of an itch you've had all your life and that will never stop itching. But you won't be sure if it bothers you all that much, or if it's just slowly making you crazy.

I might suck at trying to show the good sides of good books. Whether I do or don't, you seriously should read "The Crimson Labyrinth". You won't regret it... Maybe.






The other book I just recently finished is called "La den rette komme inn" (Let the right one come in) and is written by a swedish author called Jon Ajvide Lindquist. My boss recommended this book for me and she's a big zombie film/book/cartoon/whatever-as-long-as-it's-with-zombies fan. I have never been a fan of zombies, vampires (OH OK! YES! Of course I loved Buffy when I was a kid. Geez...) and the like.

(Btw, here's a delightful disgression: If you do happen to love zombies, and just happen to be a fan of Japan and maybe even Arashi, then I NEED you to read the fanfic "The Lost" by katmillia and astrangerenters . Go here for their wonderful apocalyptic zombie havoc:   http://community.livejournal.com/hiamafic/ .)

But. "La den rette komme inn" was a damn good read as well. I love the feeling when you've picked up something and almost out of stupid prejudice judged a book/film by it's cover, but read/seen it anyway and then proven you were OH! so wrong.

"La den rette komme inn" is a story set in suburbian Sweeden in the early 80s. The main character is a 13 year old boy named Oscar who's being bullied terribly at school, but of course doesn't want to bother his poor mother with his problems. He's obsessed with criminal investigation and makes his own "Scrapbook of Horrors" out of paperclips from newspapers.

The new neighbors who've moved in  in the apartment next door keep to themselves. Oscar learns it's a girl and her father. Presumably. One day Oscar is outside and stabs a rotten tree with a kitchen knife and imagining he's doing it to the boys who are bulling him at school. Eli,  the new girl, observes him. They start meeting in evenings outside their building complex. Oscar wonders why she's only wearing such little clothes, why she doesn't get cold, why she smells weird and why she sometimes get's gray hairs. He doesn't ask much though; He's happy that he's found a friend.
Eli's "father" is not her father at all. Eli and "her father" has a deal. This deal is what major parts of the story is about.
There are so many people involved in the story, and usually when one read a book with many people taking part in the story, it is easy to mix them up a bit, but Lindquist's genious storytelling won't let you do that. Instead you'll sit there all swallowed up in a terrifiingly exciting book and stunned by how the author manages to write about all these different people, with the one thing connecting them all.

It's a good long story, stretching over 480 pages and the author uses the good first half of the book to build up to what's coming. You'll sit there and think "Don't tell me about this! Get on with it!" but when the time comes, you've read the first 200 pages and you're there right in the middle of it.... first you're truly thankful that he used the good first half of the book to plant the seed that's now exploding out into a big chaos of nightmares and angst. Then you'll almost wish you never continued reading after page 250. Because it chills you to the bone. Because it totally changes your impression of suburbian towns in Sweeden. Because it makes 20 year olds check under their bed for monsters or pedophile zombies before going to bed.

Even though I've tried to give whoever it is that's reading my ramblings an impression of what this book is like, I'm not even close at succeeding. There's to much to tell.
The book is even translated into english! The english title is "Let me in." I don't know how it will be for a person of the english language to read this book with many sweedish names, but please! Don't let that stop you from reading this brilliant peice of braingnawing art! I truly recommend it. I'm glad my zombie-fangirl of a boss pushed this book on me.


 
Hm.
I like talking about books.

I'll talk about more books later.

And sorry for spamming f-lists xD. If LJ-cut fails me now...

Peace and cookies for all.

- Michelle








 
 
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Naomi: hands.varziel on September 29th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
The Crimson Labyrinth. Noted. I must look it up :)

Japanese writers are intriguing. Have you ever heard of Yukio Mishima? You might enjoy his works. It's pretty much tragic and painful and true, but you can't stop reading.

Let The Right One In has a movie adaptation too, right? I remember it being shown in a movie festival here last year or 2 years ago. It seems nice.

Talk more about books! :) I love reading book reviews like these. ♥
Michellemisherru on September 29th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Wow, you actually bothered reading this shit :D

Do read crimson labyrinth! And yes Let the right one in has a film adaption. Though I truly recommend reading the book before seeing the film. Always better in that order :)

I haven't read the works of Mishima, but i'll definitely look them up, thanks!
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