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The Rabbit Factor (Volume 1) (Rabbit Factor Trilogy)

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Hirvikaava on jatko-osa edelliselle Jäniskerroin-romaanille (jota ollaan ilmeisesti filmaamassa ihan Hollywoodissa asti?). Kirjan voi toki lukea ilman, että on lukenut edellistä osaa, mutta paremmin pysyy kärryillä, jos on aiemman osan lukenut. Tämä taitaakin olla Tuomaisen ensimmäinen "jatkokertomustrina". I noted in my review for The Rabbit Factor that we all need more Henri Koskinen in our lives and he makes a very welcome return in Antti Tuomainen's latest slice of dark absurdity. This time it's a moose rather than a rabbit taking centre stage but with even more of the love, death and insurance mathematics that made The Rabbit Factor such a wonderfully memorable read, The Moose Paradox is another complete joy from the author described by The Times as 'the funniest writer in Europe'. I dive inside Caper Castle. I overcome the first section – the wobbly stairs – and hear the man behind me. He isn’t shouting for me to stop, isn’t bellowing. He’s come here to kill me. The room with the slanted floors is equipped with banisters that help guide me through the space. Escaping is harder and much slower than I’d expected. Light drips in through two plastic windows. The man appears at the entrance to the room. He stops, perhaps to gauge the situation. Then he sets off after me. With his free hand, he grabs the banister to give himself momentum, gripping it like he would a barbell. It works, and I’m beginning to doubt my plan. Antti Tuomainen turns the clichéd idea of dour, humourless Scandi noir upside … Dark, gripping and hilarious. Tuomainen is the Carl Hiaasen of the fjords’ Martyn Waites

British readers might think they know what to expect from Nordic noir: a tortured detective, a bleak setting, a brutal crime that shakes a small community. Finnish crime novelist Tuomainen turns all of this on its head … The ear of a giant plastic rabbit becomes a key weapon. It only gets darker and funnier’ Guardian Finnish crime maestro Antti Tuomainen is unique in the Scandi-crime genre, infusing his crime narratives with the darkest humour … [his] often hilarious, chaotic narrative never vitiates the novel’s nicely tuned tension’ Financial Times One of those rare writers who manages to deftly balance intrigue, noir and a deliciously ironic sense of humour’ Vaseem Khan I never thought I would read a novel set in an adventure park featuring a giant plastic rabbit. A crime novel no less. Would this work? What a strange mix! Well, yes, in the hands of anyone other than Finnish writer Antti Tuomainen! The rest of the cast from Book 1 are here in all their ridiculous glory, the situations they find themselves in a just as insane and hilarious as the first book and the author’s powers of description and turn of phrase, his eye for the sublimely ludicrous are all just as joyous as before. There was not a moment of this book that didn’t fill me with delight and warmth and reminded me, once again, why this independent publisher is so beloved by anyone who has discovered their output. They have an eye for spotting off the wall talent that makes the heart of the reader who enjoys quirky-but-genius reads soar.

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una problematica che ho riscontrato anche con diversi altri autori nordici, quindi forse è proprio il loro stile che non va sempre d’accordo con i miei gusti, purtroppo.

Take a Look at Our Summary of November Highlights, Whether You're Looking for the Latest Releases or Gift Inspiration I love Henri. I understand Henri. Dead Man Walking on the other hand is someone I’d want to punch from the moment he showed his face. Laura is lovely as ever, though she seems to walk all over Henri too, though of course he doesn’t mind. The people surrounding Henri are all lost in their own little worlds and while Henri tries (and usually fails) to really understand them, it’s less convincing that they are trying to understand Henri. Though Minttu K is surprisingly supportive in this instalment. Of course, Detective Inspector Osmala does a good turn in this book, several of the descriptions reminded me of Mr Incredible, especially those relating to the car. What makes life perfect? Insurance mathematician Henri Koskinen knows the answer because he calculates everything down to the very last decimal. I must confess that my heart does skip a little beat and dances around in my chest every time I settle down to read and review a book by the always excellent Antti Tuomainen. With every book we enter a world where the small, some would say humdrum existence of ordinary people, is suddenly enveloped in drama and absurdity, that shifts their world view, and thanks to the compassion of Tuomainen’s writing, ours too…Warmly funny, rich with quirky characters and absurd situations, The Rabbit Factor is a triumph of a dark thriller, its tension matched only by its ability to make us rejoice in the beauty and random nature of life. Henric, il nostro protagonista, viene a conoscenza della morte prematura del fratello, che non vede da tempo e con questo eredita il parco avventura del fratello. Da questo incipit partiranno una serie di situazioni al limite dell'onirico, con intrecci narrativi di discreto livello. Purtroppo pecca nella parte centrale, almeno per quanto riguarda il mio personale giudizio, dove si perde in pagine e pagine noiose e dove succede poco o nulla e dove la suspense viene, letteralmente, disintegrata. Per fortuna si riprende discretamente in un finale, non da applausi, ma degno di nota. Readers might think they know what to expect from Nordic noir: a tortured detective, a bleak setting, a brutal crime that shakes a small community. Finnish crime novelist Tuomainen turns all of this on its head … The ear of a giant plastic rabbit becomes a key weapon. It only gets darker and funnier’ Guardian

Readers might think they know what to expect from Nordic noir: a tortured detective, a bleak setting, a brutal crime that shakes a small community. Finnish crime novelist Tuomainen turns all of this on its head … The ear of a giant plastic rabbit becomes a key weapon. It only gets darker and funnier' Guardian It has been 15 years since award-winning Finnish copywriter Tuomainen launched his career as an author and in that time he has delighted readers and critics with 6 books that have seen him hailed by The Times as “the funniest writer in Europe,” and “the King of Helsinki Noir” by the Finnish press. Antti Tuomainen turns the clichéd idea of dour, humourless Scandi noir upside down with The Rabbit Factor. Dark, gripping and hilarious … Tuomainen is the Carl Hiaasen of the fjords' Martyn Waites As a rule, I don’t run adventure parks, and I certainly don’t batter people to death with giant, plastic rabbit ears.I resigned because I couldn’t stand watching my workplace turn into a playground. Then I inherited one.’ Yes, it's crime fiction, there are some real rogues in this story and Henri fears for his life more than once. However, this is also laugh-out-loud funny as Tuomainen develops the plot and Henri gets himself into more and more crazy situations. Even if I enjoyed reading this absurdist financial and mafia thriller with a love and philosophical twist a tad more, I cannot say it stirred me particularly, despite the delightful and wise company of the protagonist’s cat Schopenhauer and his (the protagonist’s, not the cat’s) satiric take on nonsensical management blather (or is that a pleonasm?). Henri Koskinen’s struggle to concentrate on his calculations when the insurance company he works for moves to open space premises is pretty recognisable – just like his feeling having turned into a Dinosaur, a misfit in the modern workspace when missing the necessary mindset. I agree that open-plan offices were devised by satan in the deepest caverns of hell and that they are hell on earth for introverts.

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