[Book Review] The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks

22714612Title: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales
Author: Oliver Sacks
Genre: Non-fiction, psychology, neuroscience, science, medicine

Where I got the book: This book was gifted to me and I’m reviewing this on my own initiative.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: An elderly man leans like the Tower of Pisa without being aware of it, a young woman has lost all sense of her own body, a musician finds himself incapable of recognizing everyday objects and familiar faces, and a set of intellectually disabled twins demonstrates uncanny calculation abilities. On a personal and human level, renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks recounts 24 case histories of neurologically impaired patients.

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[Book Review] The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbø

34313119Title: The Devil’s Star*
Author: Jo Nesbø
Genre: Fiction, crime, Nordic noir, thriller, mystery

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: While Oslo city is overtaken by a heat wave, a woman is found murdered in her flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand and a tiny red diamond in the shape of a pentagram has been inserted behind her eyelid. Detective Harry Hole, currently in an alcoholic stupor and soon-to-be without a job, is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler. It doesn’t take long before a wave of similar murders follows and Hole appears to have a serial killer on his hands.

*I read this in its original language (Norwegian) under the title “Marekors”.

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[Book Review] Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

612963Title: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Author: Philip K. Dick
Genre: Fiction, science fiction, dystopian, cyberpunk, classics

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Platekompaniet.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: By the year 2021, World War Terminus has greatly damaged life on Earth. Rick Deckard, a San Francisco police department bounty hunter, is on a mission to find and “retire” six technologically advanced Nexus-6 androids who have escaped their Mars colony and are now attempting to blend in on Earth. Deckard hopes the money will help him and his wife find greater existential fulfillment by allowing them to purchase a real animal instead of an electric one. However, the mission is not without its dangers.

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[Book Review] End of Watch by Stephen King

33641267Title: End of Watch
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Fiction, horror, supernatural, mystery, crime

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Brady Hartsfield, the Mercedes Killer, has been in a vegetative state for five years since he was stopped by police detective Bill Hodges. Complete recovery is unlikely, but Brady is awake and in possession of new deadly powers. Bill Hodges, now retired, runs an investigation agency with his partner Holly Gibney. They are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre. This is the start of their most dangerous case yet, one in which Brady Hartsfield is somehow pulling all the strings, and he’s planning revenge not only on Hodges and his friends, but also on an entire city.

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[Book Review] Nemesis by Jo Nesbø

34313100Title: Nemesis*
Author: Jo Nesbø
Genre: Fiction, crime, Nordic noir, thriller, mystery

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: A female cashier is shot dead during a brutal bank robbery. Detective Harry Hole is on the case, but after a dinner with an old ex-girlfriend he wakes up with no memory of the last 12 hours. The girl is later found dead under mysterious circumstances and Harry starts receiving threatening e-mails: someone is trying to frame him for murder. The bank robberies continue, a killer is on the run, and Harry Hole has suddenly become the number one suspect…

*I read this in its original language (Norwegian) under the title “Sorgenfri”.

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[Book Review] It by Stephen King

27877138Title: It
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Fiction, horror, thriller, mystery, suspense

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Outland.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Derry, Maine: a small city practically oozing with hometown familiarity and real horror. When they first had to face It, they were only kids. Then the children grew up, moved away from Derry, forgot everything that had happened, and became successful adults. However, now that It once again has started preying on the city’s children, they must return to their hometown and their past nightmares, and fulfil their promise to defeat the monster hiding in Derry’s sewers.

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[Book Review] Maurice by E. M. Forster

coverTitle: Maurice
Author: E. M. Forster
Genre: Fiction, classics, romance, literary fiction, LGBT+

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Set in the world of Cambridge undergraduate life during the Edwardian era, we follow Maurice Hall, a privileged young man who is conventional in almost every way – except that he is attracted to his own sex. Gradually, Maurice experiences an emotional and sexual awakening, first through Clive, his friend at Cambridge, and later through Alec, the gamekeeper at Clive’s country estate. This novel explores the repressive attitudes of British society, as well as one man’s journey to self-discovery.

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