February 20th, 2015


Links I found interesting for 19-02-2015


Links I found interesting for 20-02-2015


What is the best-known book set in Sweden?

See note on methodology

This won't take long. Think of a trilogy, published in 2005, 2006 and 2007, after the author's death, which became a worldwide best-seller, combining kinky sex, computer hacking, and political intrigue at the highest level. Not since Harry Potter in the very first of these entries have I had a series which so completely dominated the books set in a particular country; and in contrast to Harry Potter, these three are very much set in the gritty reality of contemporary Sweden (with a certain allowance for dramatic licence). They are, of course:

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To turn to something much more wholesome, the fourth-placed book is also the first of a trilogy (I had thought there were more, but no, there were only three) for children, first published in 1945, about an eccentric and very rich nine-year-old who lives alone with her monkey and horse and is befriended by two local children. She is, of course:

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Nothing else really comes close.

Nebula novel nominees by Goodreads/LibraryThing popularity

A clear front-runner here, and a clear ranking of the others; though NB that last year's winner was fourth of eight nominees on both GR and LT. Note also that The Goblin Emperor gets the highest average rating from those who have read it.
ownersav ratingownersav rating
Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer17,8953.657453.79
Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie4,4744.093264.16
The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison2,7834.132524.27
The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu1,5854.121473.90
Coming Home, by Jack McDevitt4023.77443.28
Trial by Fire, by Charles E. Gannon1234.00163.50