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As Black as Ebony (The Snow White Trilogy) Paperback – August 4, 2015
This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers "In a Dark, Dark Wood" and "The Woman in Cabin 10" comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, "The Lying Game." See more
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About the Author
Winner of the 2013 Topelius Prize, Salla Simukka is an author of young-adult fiction and a screenwriter. She has written several novels and one collection of short stories for young readers, and has translated adult fiction, children’s books, and plays. She writes book reviews for several Finnish newspapers, and she writes for TV as well. She lives in Tampere, Finland.
Owen F. Witesman is a professional literary translator with a master’s degree in Finnish and Estonian area studies from Indiana University. He has translated over thirty Finnish books into English, including novels, children’s books, poetry, plays, graphic novels, and nonfiction. His recent translations include the novels in the Maria Kallio series, My First Murder, Her Enemy, and Copper Heart (AmazonCrossing); the satire The Human Part by Kari Hotakainen (MacLehose Press); the thriller Cold Courage by Pekka Hiltunen (Hesperus); and the 1884 classic The Railroad by Juhani Aho (Norvik Press). He currently resides in Springville, Utah, with his wife, three daughters, a dog, a cat, and twenty-nine fruit trees.
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Top customer reviews
Perhaps I would have liked this book more had I read the two preceding novels. Or more likely I would have know to avoid this finale. The atmosphere is dream like. Lumikki herself is apathetic and uninteresting. She reminds me of the old Dorothy Parker insult that she runs the gamut of emotions from A to B. She is bland and boring. Just about every contemporary hot button issue is inserted but do nothing to add to the story. It is blessedly short and not badly written. But the lyrical quality is sticky and slow and this tale desperately needs some sharpness and speed. It's brief but boring.
Overall, I did enjoy this dark foray into Finnish YA. I enjoyed having a little change from the standard US heroine and felt that the much touted Scandinavian darkness we see in lit did add to the atmosphere of this book. It's dark, a bit depressing, and does feel a bit like an old fable.
Unfortunately, though, there was too much angst - I didn't care for either love interest - and at times the angst overtook the mystery.
As for the mystery itself, I didn't really care about the 'who' and found the answer to be rather anticlimactic.
Again, though, I think I would have fared better had I read the other books first.
If you are a fan of Scandi-lit you will probably like this. It has a particular feel and pace that is very unlike most American writing, and that tends to turn off a lot of readers who expect a quicker pace. I love to read books from this region because I'm fascinated by the culture and history and just like seeing how different people live.
Good, enjoyable story that will stay with you.