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Full title Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson: Dikt i utvalg [permalink]
Translated title Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson: Selected Poems
Language Norwegian
Authors Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (author), Olav Christopher Jenssen (illustrator) and Knut Ødegård (foreword)
Publisher Den Norske Bokklubben
Categories Anthology and poetry
Publication year 1979
ISBN 82-525-0295-4 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 124
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Full title De dødes tjern [permalink]
Translated title Lake of the Dead
Language Norwegian
Author André Bjerke (author)
Publisher Aschehoug
Categories Crime and novel
Publication year 2008
Original publication year 1942
ISBN 978-82-03-18497-0 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 191
Synopsis

A group of people (including the author's alter ego, crime author Bernhard Borge) travel into the woods to explore the mystery around the eponymous Lake of the Dead.

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Full title Døde menn går i land [permalink]
Translated title Dead Men Walk Ashore
Language Norwegian
Author André Bjerke (author)
Publisher Aschehoug
Categories Crime and novel
Publication year 2008
Original publication year 1947
ISBN 978-82-03-19323-1 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 272
Synopsis

A business man decides to re-purpose an old house on the southern coast of Norway to a summer hotel. There's a superstition among the locals that the house is haunted, and a gang of friends travel down to stay there. Scary things ensue...

Review

I don't normally read crime novels, but André Bjerke is really good at setting the mood, and he writes with wonderful wit, humor, and knowledge. (For instance, there's an Omar Khayyam poem in it!)

A riveting read, and definitely recommended.

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Full title Fremtiden [permalink]
Translated title The Future
Language Norwegian
Author Eirik Newth (author)
Category Science
Publication year 1999
Pages 254
Synopsis

This is a book about the immediate human future; its perils, its hopes, its possible solutions, its possible unfoldings.

Review

Like Asimov's Counting the Eons, this is an excellent book about the future of the world, but unlike Counting the Eons, the meat of Fremtiden limits itself to only a few millennia into the future; the beginning and ultimate fate of the Universe are discussed, but with far less detail than Counting the Eons and with far more emphasis put on the future of the human species and how it can survive (or become extinct). Especially eerie, I think, is the chapter discussing space lifts to geostationary space stations 36 000 kilometers above the Earth's surface. Reading about that gave me the same fuzzy feelings as seeing the space walk between the spaceships Alexei Leonov and the Discovery over Jupiter in 2010: The Year We Made Contact did. I mean, just imagine that! The book unfortunately contains a lot of typos, but I actually forgive him for that; the book is too interesting to dismiss on that ground.

Full title Fyrsten [permalink]
Original title Il Principe
Translated title The Prince
Language Norwegian
Authors Niccolò Machiavelli (author) and Trond Berg Eriksen (translator)
Publisher Kagge Forlag
Categories Classic and warfare
Publication year 2007
Original publication year 1532
ISBN 978-82-489-0659-9 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Online version Link
Pages 150
Synopsis

The Prince is the book which made the term "Machiavellian" enter language as meaning someone willing to ignore morality in favor of keeping power. The book is divided into many chapters, each dealing with a different aspect of keeping a prince in power.

Review

As I'm not a prince nor a real student of history, it didn't really speak to me, but it was an interesting read if only for the historical perspective.

Full title Kilden [permalink]
Alternative title Brevet om fiskeren Markus
Translated title The Source; or, The Letter Concerning Mark the Fisherman
Language Norwegian
Author Gabriel Scott (author)
Publisher Aschehoug
Category Novel
Publication year 2009
Original publication year 1918
ISBN 978-82-03-19498-6 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 166
Synopsis

Follows the life of a simple fisherman named Mark, interspersed with his thoughts and commentaries.

Review

Even though the story is simple, it's very gripping. Gabriel Scott has a very engaging way of writing, and is especially good at describing situations.

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Full title Kunstformen der Natur [permalink]
Translated title Art Forms of Nature
Language English
Author Ernst Haeckel (author)
Categories Biology and science
Publication year 1904
Online version Link
Synopsis

A beautifully illustrated book about the various life forms found on our planet.

Review

I wish I could read the original German, but I can't claim to have read the book. Maybe I'll someday find a good translation, but in the mean time, if you too don't read German, enjoy the wondrous images! See Kurt Stüber's wonderful 300 DPI scans, which are simply amazing.

Full title Nattmennesket [permalink]
Translated title The Night Person
Language Norwegian
Author André Bjerke (author)
Publisher Aschehoug
Categories Crime and novel
Publication year 2009
Original publication year 1941
ISBN 978-82-03-19479-5 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 181
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Full title Tilslørt. Avslørt: Et oppgjør med norsk naivisme [permalink]
Translated title Veiled. Revealed: A Settlement with Norwegian Naiveté
Language Norwegian
Authors Hege Storhaug (author) and Solveig Lid Ball (illustrator)
Publisher Kagge Forlag
Categories Politics and religion
Publication year 2007
ISBN 978-82-489-0740-4 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 178
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Full title Uzumaki Volume 1: Spiral into Horror [permalink]
Original title うずまき
Translated title Spiral
Language English
Authors Gary Leach (editor), Yuji Oniki (translator), Junji Ito (creator) and Susan Daigle-Leach (letterer)
Publisher VIZ Media
Categories Horror and manga
Series Uzumaki (1/3)
Publication year 2011
Original publication year 1998
ISBN 978-1-4215-1389-8 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 202
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Structure [Toggle visibility]
  • Chapter 1: The Spiral Obsession Part 1
  • Chapter 2: The Spiral Obsession Part 2
  • Chapter 3: The Scar
  • Chapter 4: The Firing Effect
  • Chapter 5: Twisted Souls
  • Chapter 6: Medusa
  • Afterword
Full title Uzumaki Volume 2: Spiral into Horror [permalink]
Original title うずまき
Translated title Spiral
Language English
Authors Gary Leach (editor), Yuji Oniki (translator), Junji Ito (creator) and Susan Daigle-Leach (letterer)
Publisher VIZ Media
Categories Horror and manga
Series Uzumaki (2/3)
Publication year 2010
Original publication year 1999
ISBN 978-1-4215-1390-4 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 197
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Structure [Toggle visibility]
  • Chapter 7: Jack-in-the-Box
  • Chapter 8: Snail People
  • Chapter 9: The Black Lighthouse
  • Chapter 10: Mosquitoes
  • Chapter 11: The Umbilical Cord
  • Chapter 12: The Storm
  • Afterword
Full title Uzumaki Volume 3: Spiral into Horror [permalink]
Original title うずまき
Translated title Spiral
Language English
Authors Gary Leach (editor), Yuji Oniki (translator), Junji Ito (creator) and Susan Daigle-Leach (letterer)
Publisher VIZ Media
Categories Horror and manga
Series Uzumaki (3/3)
Publication year 2012
Original publication year 1998
ISBN 978-1-4215-1391-1 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 253
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Structure [Toggle visibility]
  • Chapter 13.The House
  • Chapter 14.Butterfly
  • Chapter 15.Chaos
  • Chapter 16.Erosion
  • Chapter 17.Escape
  • Chapter 18.Labyrinth
  • Chapter 19.Completion
  • Lost chapter: Galaxies
  • Afterword

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