Category: Books

Norse goddesses cry, “Me too, Neil Gaiman!”

Book review Rebecca Snow Nine Mile Falls, Wash. As some readers and critics insist, Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology stories might be best appreciated via the audiobook, in the voice of Gaiman himself. They began...

History of mystery

Did Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö forever change the crime genre? You be the judge Doug Warne KKNW Scandinavian Hour I enjoy a good crime story set in Scandinavia, and currently the head of...

Marit Lund Bødtker

The chronicle of a condemned man

A Norwegian penpal’s book about the Texas prisoner she came to know over 10 years M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway An early 1993 Amnesty International Norwegian branch member news bulletin included an appeal that...

Beyond the Truth

Beyond the Truth

Book review Thor A. Larsen Fishkill, N.Y. When I am looking to read a fast-moving modern mystery in a Norwegian setting, with very little if any violence, I turn to Anne Holt. Since 1993,...

A mystery på Norsk

Tårer fra en tapt tid weaves two realities John Erik Stacy The Norwegian American What if, one day, your daily grind was interrupted by emotions and images from another life? In Tårer fra en...

Book cover: Snowblind

A classic whodunnit in small-town Iceland

Book review: Snowblind Christine Foster Meloni Washington Snowblind is a spellbinding thriller by Icelandic crime writer Ragnar Jónasson. It is the first novel in the author’s Dark Iceland Series, which is set in the...

Yggdrasill

Scholar examines roots of Yggdrasill

Norwegian author Maria Kvilhaug views Norse myths anew, in English-language book M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Yggdrasill, from the Old Norse, is a gigantic, mythical ash tree that interconnects the nine realms of Norse...

Rett Vest book cover

On the Road, Norwegian Style

Book review: Rett Vest, Cape Cod til Big Sur M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway In the spring of 2008, Norwegian author Morten A. Strøksnes drove across the continental USA, tasked with “researching America and...

My European Family

My European Family

Book review Judith Gabriel Vinje Los Angeles The age-old question—How did we get here?—fueled a Scandinavian science editor’s search for her roots as she explored the genetic, social, and cultural threads that connect and...