Sunday, 27 May 2018

Omtale; Krysseren Blücher - 9. april 1940 av Alf. R. Jacobsen

Da jeg for en stund siden kom over boka Krysseren Blücher - 9. april 1940 av Alf. R. Jacobsen på Løvås i Stavanger, klarte jeg ikke å motstå fristelsen, og nå kommer omtalen av boka.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
I grålysningen 9. april 1940 seilte den tyske Kampgruppe 5 innover Oslofjorden med den flunkende nye krysseren Blücher i tet. Målet var å vinne rask kontroll over hovedstad, konge og regjering. Hitler spilte høyt. Okkupasjonen av Norge skulle sikre isfrie havner for transport av svensk jernmalm fra Narvik og ubåt- og flybaser i kampen om Atlanterhavet. Dette er fortellingen om en manns vilje og mot. Og om dramaet som kostet hundrevis av tyske liv da krysseren Blücher gikk ned i Drøbaksundet. Det er fortellingen om tysk hovmod og villighet til å ta store sjanser. Og det er den tragiske historien om manglende norsk forsvarsvilje og effekten av en målbevisst nedrustning. Forfatteren gir oss et unikt innblikk i Norges skjebnetime - 9. april 1940.

Mine tanker om boka
Boka greier ut på en brukbar måte hva som skjedde fra Blücher seilte fra Tyskland til den sank i Drøbaksundet, samt forteller om hendelsene fra både norsk og tysk side for et litt mer komplett bilde. I tillegg kan en se at det har blitt gjort en del research i forbindelse med skrivingen av boka, men selv savnet jeg kanskje enda litt mer informasjon om hva som skjedde i ettertid.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Book Tag Saturday; The Totally Should’ve Book Tag

The Totally Should’ve Book Tag was created by EmmmaBooks on YouTube so definitely go and check that out.
This book tag takes a series of random situations to do with books and you have to say what book (or books) you would like to see that situation apply to.
Totally should’ve… Gotten a sequel
Roseblood by A. G. Howard

Totally should’ve… Had a spin-off series
The Bear and the Nightingale-trilogy by Katherine Arden

An author who should… Totally write more books
Samaire Provost

A character who totally should’ve… Ended up with someone else
Feel free to slap me for this one, but I do think that Harry and Hermione should be together

Totally should’ve… Ended differently 
The Burning Blue by James Holland - it seemed like he rushed it a bit in the end

Totally should’ve… Had a movie franchise
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone-trilogy by Laini Taylor

Totally should’ve… Had a tv series
Scales by Amity Green

Totally should’ve… Only had one point of view
Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde by R. L. Stevenson

Totally should… Have a cover change
Enemies and Playmates by Darcia Helle

Totally should’ve… Have kept the original covers

All those with movie-adaption covers

Totally should’ve… Stopped at one book
Wytches (Volume 1) by Scott Snyder

Friday, 25 May 2018

Book Blogger Hop; First Book I Read By Myself

It's Friday and perhaps time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "Do you remember the first book you read by yourself?".

I can't remember the exact first book I read by myself, but I do remember that I really enjoyed Rubber Tarzan by Ole Lund Kirkegaard around the time when I first learned to read by myself.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Omtale; The Emperor's Egg av Martin Jenkins og Jane Chapman

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Selv om jeg er voksen, synes jeg at enkelte bildebøker har en viss sjarm, og nå kommer omtalen av boka The Emperor's Egg av Martin Jenkins og Jane Chapman.

Beskrivelse fra Goodreads
Can you imagine spending the winter outdoors in Antarctica without anything at all to eat? That’s just what the male Emperor penguin does. While his mate is off swimming in the ocean and catching loads of fish, he stands around in the freezing cold with an egg on his feet for two whole months, keeping it warm and waiting for it to hatch. This charming, oversize picture book is full of fabulous facts about nature’s most devoted dad. 

Mine tanker om boka
Personlig likte jeg denne boka, spesielt med tanke på at den forteller på en pedagogisk og lærerik måte om livet til keiserpingvinene, og den kan gi unger en grei introduksjon til keiserpingviner.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

My Favourite... Recipe

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for another My Favourite... post thanks to Maureen's Books and the theme of the week was favourite recipe.

I couldn't decide between two, so I'm going to link up to both of them and they are Asian Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken and Portugese Orange Cake. Please don't be too intimidated by the list of ingredients for the Sesame Chicken, it is a really tasty disk (and simple to make).

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Top Ten Tuesday; Best Animal Character Names in the Harry Potter-Series

It's Tuesday, which means it's time for another Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was best character names and I decided to narrow it down to animal characters in the Harry Potter-series.

My picks are;
Crookshanks (Hermione's cat)
Hermes (Percy Weasley's owl)
Arnold (Ginny Weasley's Pygmy Puff)
Fang (Hagrid's dog)
Fluffy (Hagrid's three-headed dog)
Norbert/Norberta (Hagrid's Norwegian Ridgeback Dragon)
Aragog (the giant spider)
Buckbeak (the Hippogriff)
Pigwidgeon (Ron Weasley's first owl)
Hedwig (Harry Potter's owl)

Monday, 21 May 2018

Book Tour and Review; The Last Prejudice by Bill Blodgett

When Ed Connor slips into a coma his wife, children and their families arrive at the hospital to await his recovery. They gather around his bedside and begin reminiscing about the good old days but as the hours pass stress begins to take its toll causing long held family secrets and unresolved issues to surface. A disagreement over a DNR order put Ed’s sons, Steve and Peter, at odds and the family speculates that their anger is really about an event that led to their falling out when they were teens. While in his coma, Ed exists somewhere between life and death and wonders what he could have done differently when Steve tried to tell him that he was gay. The family is drawn into the bitter battle between Peter and Steve, and they fear things will never be right between them again. It’s now up to the family to devise an intervention as a last ditch effort to bring these two battling brothers back into the family.

My Thoughts on the Book
Personally, I found the book heartwarming, even though I got a bit mad at Peter quite a few times because of his behaviour, especially towards Steve. Even though the book is in a sense about Ed and him being in a coma, it's also about Steve and him being gay in addition to the dynamics of this particular family.

The coffee cup shattered when it hit the white porcelain kitchen sink. She had just poured it and added a splash of half and half before she looked out the kitchen window to check on him. Oh well, if it makes him happy. Some things I just can’t change, she thought. Then he slumped over the steering wheel of the lawn mower. Fortunately the mower’s safety mechanism shut the mower down when he fell to the side and onto the newly mowed lawn.

The shattering of the cup had barely quieted before she was through the screen door and at his side. She pulled him the rest of the way off the mower and felt for a pulse. She found it. Thank God.

“Ed! Ed, can you hear me? Don’t do this to me, you stubborn old fart. I told you not to be mowing this damn lawn.”

His eyes opened when she cradled his head in her lap, and he mumbled something. She leaned closer. “… broken…” was all she heard.

“Broken? Ed, what’s broken?”

When he didn’t respond, she pulled back to look at him. His eyes went vacant and then slowly rolled back and closed.

“Help me, please… Anyone, please help me!”

She shrieked until someone heard her. Within minutes Beth, her neighbor, was at her side. “Jan, my God, what’s happened?”

“Call 911.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links
I still live in the community where I met and married my lovely wife, Janice. Actually, she lived around the corner from me and we both ignored each other until our teen years when the hormone thing kicked in and we suddenly realized that the cute little girl skipping rope and that goofy boy riding a bike had both grown up.
We are the proud parents of April and Lindsay; both of whom are now married. April married Darren and they have two beautiful boys, Brian and Owen. Lindsay married Tim and they have two beautiful children: Kailyn and Evan.

 I enjoy hiking, kayaking, camping with my family, golfing, making candles, and restoring my antique European sports car, a 1972 MGB.

They say to write from what you know, so I do. I write of love, life and relationships.

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Giveaway Info
Bill will be awarding an digital copy of Unrequited to 5 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

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