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The Girl Who Played with Fire - Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

Having been blown away by “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” I was nervously expectant of this, the second part of the Millenium trilogy, not wanting to be disappointed by a weak sequel. I need not have worried. If anything, “The Girl Who Played With Fire” is a more compulsive read than the first book.
Where ‘Dragon Tattoo’ had a rather slow start, this one drops us straight into the chaotic life, past and present, of Lisbeth Salander; post gothic angel of retribution, hacker savant and eponymous girl with the dragon tattoo. Salander is still the enigmatic creature she was in the first book but this time empowered by tens of millions of Krona which, as we soon discover, have done nothing to make her life any easier. Surprisingly, she spends most of the story estranged from ‘Dragon Tattoo’s’ other hero, crusading liberal journalist, Mikael Blomquist and their paths are only thrown together again when Salander finds herself the number one suspect in a triple murder seemingly connected to the trade in east European sex slaves in Northern Europe. Blomquist finds himself compelled to dig into Salander’s mysterious past and exactly what “all the evil” was that landed her in a psychiactric hospital and state guardianship in her teens. Needless to say, as Blomquist digs, the plot takes some startling twists and Blomquist finds himself unravelling another sinister conspiracy.
Yet again, Larsson’s riveting story takes place against a beautifully atmospheric backdrop of rural and urban Sweden. The cast of characters, many returning from ‘Dragon Tattoo,’ are by turns charming, despicable and ultimately fallible in a very human way. Blomquist in particular is such an enjoyable protagonist, a kind of middle aged, sexually charged Tintin and I’m sure a reflection of Larsson’s own psyche.
Another superlative crime thriller. As 2008 was the year of the Dragon Tattoo, so shall 2009 be the year of Playing with Fire.

Format: Hardback 576 pages
Date of publish: 08/01/2009
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Poor Fat Charlie Nancy. His eccentric father’s just passed away, the brother he barely knows is screwing his fiancé, his boss is trying to frame him for fraud, the WPC investigating the allegations is his best chance at happiness and….oh yeah, his dad was the famous trickster-God Anansi, the one who stole Tiger’s balls. More lunacy from the genius who brought you American Gods.

Format: Paperback 480 pages
Date of publish: 08/05/2006
Publisher: Headline Review
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Bone in the Throat by Tony Bourdain

New Yorks' Dreadnought Grill is in trouble. The owner owes money to two Mafia families and is an informant for the Feds, the head chef has an out of control heroin habit and there is some distinctly non-kosher butchery going on in the kitchen. Although better known for his food writing, Bourdain's crime debut is a superlative work of crime noir, perfectly seasoned with his trademark acidic wit.

Format: Paperback 332 pages
Date of publish: 17/04/2008
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
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Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson

Ronson's foray into the worlds of loony left-wing conspiracy theorists, Islamic fundamentalists and Klu Klux Klansmen who won't use the N-word is by turns hilarious and slightly disturbing. The time he spends with David Icke is inadvertant comedy gold whie the chapter on the search for the Bilderberg Group raises serious concerns about exactly who rules the world. A must for conspiracy-philes.

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Date of publish: 02/02/2002
Publisher: Picador
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The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

It is easy to forget that at the core of Anthony Minghella's lavish film adaptation beats this little heart of darkness of a novel. It follows Bostonian orphan, Tom Ripley as he progresses from awkward cheque-fraudster to identity thief, murderer and pseudo socialite against a backdrop of '50s mediterranean Europe. It is a tense and breathless read as Ripley's paranoia builds that the police and the families of his victims are one step away from catching him and unravelling the complex web of lies and subterfuge he has spun around him.
A masterful thriller and a convincing portrait of the evolution of a highly functioning sociopath.

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Date of publish: 19/05/2008
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
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Excession by Iain M. Banks

An Outside Context Problem has occurred, an artefact has appeared in Culture space, it did so 2500 years ago and nobody understood why it was there and then it mysteriously disappeared. Now that it’s back it would seem everybody wants it, even if that involves the Culture entering a conflict, the likes of which have not been seen since the Idiran war.

This book introduces us to the Affront, in my opinion, the funniest race of psychopaths in recent science-fiction history. We are also spoilt to a lot of ship Mind action and interaction (apologies to non Banks readers) from the eccentric (and, indeed, legendary) Sleeper Service, the psychopathically righteous Grey Area and an ultra mysterious inner quorum of conspiratorial Special Circumstances Minds, intent on provoking a war that will finally rid the Universe of the affront.

Absolutely my favourite Culture novel. A kind of amphetamine charged, techno homage to 2001. Discover the Culture, you won’t be disappointed.

Format: Paperback 464 pages
Date of publish: 15/05/1997
Publisher: Orbit
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The One from the Other: A Bernie Gunther Novel by Philip Kerr

Set against the gloomy backdrop of post-war Germany, this superior thriller-noir pits Private Eye, Bernie Gunther, against a villains gallery of Nazi sympathisers and collaborators as he searches for a missing and wanted concentration camp scientist.

Kerr captures the downcast mood of post-war Germany perfectly and peppers the plot with a series of cameos from prominent Nazis. This reads very much like a hybrid of Raymond Chandler and John le Carré, highly recommended.

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Date of publish: 07/02/2008
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
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Matter by Iain M. Banks

Following the battlefield death of her father, Culture Special Circumstances agent, Djan Seriy Anaplian, must return to the Shellworld feudal society, the Sarl, from whence she came, seemingly, to pay her respects. However, insidious undertones to the situation quickly become apparent to Djan and the increasingly concerned Culture and an appropriate level of interference in the undeveloped society’s war must be decided upon. What is the ancient secret of the emergent ruins on the Shellworld and what power does it hold for a species intent on becoming “Involved.”

Not only is this an awe inspiring chapter in the Culture’s future history, (dripping in dark humour with Banks still relishing in the complexity of Galactic Taxonomy) but also, potentially, a very convincing sci-fi parable about Western interference in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Format: Hardback 608 pages
Date of publish: 31/01/2008
Publisher: Orbit
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The Conran Cookbook by Caroline Conran, et al.

“The only cookbook you’ll ever need” is an appellation that is thrown around far too readily these days, frankly, I don’t think you can ever have too many cookbooks. However, in a situation where I could keep only one, a nationwide Gordon Ramsay book-burning, say, this would be the one. The book is split into three encyclopaedic sections, Purchase and Preparation, Equipment and Recipes and if I’ve ever been stuck for a recipe, needed to bone a rabbit or just needed some inspiration, I have always turned to this book and I’ve never been let down. So good I’ve bought it twice myself (after inadvetantly setting fire to my first copy)and twice for family members.

Format: Paperback 432 pages
Date of publish: 15/08/2007
Publisher: Conran Octopus Ltd
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

This is going to be the crime thriller breakthrough of 2008, already a hit in its native Sweden and Northern Europe, it is quite simply the best crime thriller I have read for years. The multi-layered plot follows a seemingly disgraced journalist and a private investigator as they unravel a thirty year old mystery involving an ageing industrialist and his darkly eccentric family. The plot is pure Agatha Christie with psycho-sexual relationships straight out of Milan Kundera, I was absolutely superglued to this superb debut and I can’t wait for the next one!

Format: Hardback 572 pages
Date of publish: 10/01/2008
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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Challenger's Hope - Seafort Saga 2 by David Feintuch

Not the first, but probably the best of the "Culture" novels. This is in no small part due to the protagonist, psychopathic space cowboy, Cheradanine Zakalwe, arguably the most tortured anti-hero since Bronte's Heathcliff. However, I think the main appeal of these books is the realisation that all you've wanted, all your life, is to have as much fun as the ever hedonistic "Culture" do!

Format: Paperback 416 pages
Date of publish: 05/12/1996
Publisher: Orbit
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A Cook's Tour by Anthony Bourdain

The Gonzo Gastronaut embarks on a world tour in search of the perfect meal. Bourdain eats, drinks and smokes his way around the globe taking in everything from "odd" digestifs in a Khmer Rouge eatery in Cambodia (would sir care to see the dessert menu, or the selection of automatic weapons?) to the consumption of various bugs and scorpions in Mexico, pythons blood mixed with vodka in Vietnam, pigs-bladder football in Portugal and, naturally, deep fried mars bars in Glasgow. This is a must for fans of 'Kitchen Confidential' or to anyone who has been offered a fermented chicken foetus on the road-side in the Phillipines as a "tasty snack." A clever, insightful and witty travelogue.

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Date of publish: 07/10/2002
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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