Books

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | Part One and Part Two – J.K. Rowling | John Tiffany | Jack Thorne

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My book review of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | Part One and Part Two” written by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

In my view…

This story is about the life of Harry Potter and his friends, 19 years after he has defeated Voldemort and escaped death. This part starts where the film of the seventh sequel ended. London’s King Cross train station. A lot of things happen in this sequel and definitely clears up a few questions you could have had after reading the first seven books. This book is also genius written in a psychological way. There is more dialogue and you get a better view of the thoughts of the different characters. You get the feeling you get to know them better. Even after seven Harry Potter books, this one can not be ignored. This book answers some questions you probably had and some questions you probably never wandered about.

Writing style / spelling

I have read the Dutch version, which is translated from English by Wiebe Buddingh’, and I really love the style of writing. It is a script form because it is a play, a theater production. But you recognise the same style in this 8th Harry Potter sequel as the previous sequels of Harry Potter which I have read in Dutch as well. I have read the first Harry Potter in English too and the second a bit in German. What is different mostly are the names of the characters. The names of the friends of Harry Potter, the teachers, the families, the enemies and so on. But this is not disturbing because it all fits well together for the Dutch version at least! So a really good translation job from Wiebe Buddingh’ throughout all the Harry Potter sequels in Dutch. I have read the book within three days and I like the pace of the story.

Main characters

This part is the hardest part to tell. Because Harry Potter, Ginny Potter (Weasley), Ron Weasley, Hermione Weasley (Granger) and Draco Malfoy are all back in this sequel. 19 Years later and a lot is going on. People come and go in the life of Harry Potter, people stay close or are torn apart of him. All this that we are used to that happens in the previous seven sequels, happens in this sequel too! Not exactly of course, but you recognise the flow of the book. You remember the previous sequels and their stories, you imagine the characters how they were and for some how they are now 19 years later. Even some plot twists of the other books are mentioned. How did J.K. Rowling think about writing it in such a genius way? Brilliant!

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Have you seen the theater play of this Harry Potter sequel?

Greetings by Sophie

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Books

Maigret | Un crime en Hollande – Georges Simenon

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My book review of “Maigret | Un crime en Hollande” written by Georges Simenon

In my view…

This is one of the first novels written by Georges Simenon in his detective Maigret series. A crime has taken place in Holland, in the upper north in the little village named Delfzijl. This is near Groningen in the province Groningen, a very wide – in Dutch terms – green rustic landscape near the sea and the isles around the northern part of Holland. To have an imaginable direction about in which environment the crime in this novel has taken place. Friends, family and neighbours are together for a scientific reading given by Jean Duclos. Yes this name sounds French and he is from origin a Frenchman just as Maigret (no not Poirot from Agatha Christie, he is Flemish). Because of the involvement of this Frenchman at the crime and his vast knowledge, the Dutch police asks if Maigret could investigate to. But of course Maigret does this in his own manner and we have to take in account that this novel is written in 1931 so not any current modern technology involved. Maigret came by train from Paris.

Writing style / spelling

I have found no spelling or grammar mistakes in the Dutch translated version. The pace of the story is first quick, a lot of facts and little happenings and of course the crime. Later on it slows a bit and in the middle it is slightly harder to get through but also the landscape is described. Everything Maigret sees or where he walks on, or if he slips or when the snow is crackling, it is written. And that makes it a beautiful detective novel.

Main characters

The main characters besides Maigret are of course all the suspects, Jean Duclos included, and I don’t want to spoil the story. The Dutch police officer he is helping is named Mr. Pijpekamp and he is working at the police station in Groningen. Those three characters are the opposite of each other. Each of them and none is slightly equal except they share the love for details and told or untold speculations. The ending though did surprise me. But because the pace of the book was a little bit too slow and felt one time as repeating, I gave it only the rating 3 out of 5 stars. Beside the middle quickness it is otherwise definitely my taste with a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Series

Narcos | Season One

My series review of “Narcos | Season One ” created by Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro and Chris Brancato.

In my view…

From some friends I heard that Narcos is a good series based on the life of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. A true-life story, that attracts my attention. I did not know what to expect because I had not heard from Pablo Escobar before. This series can be seen on Netflix.

In this series is Pablo Escobar a man who at one day has a genius idea about setting up a business for making money by growing weed and selling it to the people. He earns even more money when he transports it to the United States and Mexico because there are more people who like to try and use the product.

After a while Pablo Escobar decides to try something in politics. He starts up a campaign to be a candidate for a seat in the government of Colombia. He is very smart and it looks like he maybe will win the election. Pablo is a man who loves his country and his family. He works close for a long time with some friends but some people also become his enemy. This is the cause for a lot of action. And even some real footage of happenings and events is sometimes used in the series.

The main character Pablo Escobar is played by Wagner Moura who is born in Salvador, Brazil and grew up in Rodelas, Bahia. In Brazil the main language is Brazilian Portuguese, but in Colombia they speak Colombian Spanish. The actor had to learn Spanish for the series and I think he is quite good at it for Spanish not being his mother tongue.

For this series you have to resist sometimes the brutal action scenes; I mean you must not be afraid of blood and sometimes some cruelty and women being in a different position than nowadays sometimes. I would say it is definitely a series for the 18+ age. The series is good in the way that you can see how a few decades ago the world was in Colombia and how it had impact in other parts of the world. This happened mostly for real because it is based on the true-life story of Pablo Escobar.

The series episodes vary from 45 minutes to an hour and the first season lasts only for 10 episodes. There is a lot of action, intrigues and complot theories where people talk about. The end of the first season is an open end so you really want to start with the second season. Even a third and fourth season are planned to be released in 2017 and 2018.

What do you think of Narcos?

I am not telling too  much about the story – never do in my reviews – you have to see the series yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Books

The grave in the forest – Simone van der Vlugt

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My book review of “The grave in the forest” written by Simone van der Vlugt

In my view…

This little novel is about a woman who discovers a secret about her husband. The book is a literature novel but in my opinion, and definitely towards the end, it becomes more a little thriller. It is a little book you can read within an hour. The tension speeds up a little. It all starts when the couple is walking with their dog in the nearby forest and the dog goes suddenly off-road. They chase their dog and suddenly they stand still near an open space. They discover a digged hole in the forest. In crime series you would expect it to be a grave, but what is it? The end of the book gave the answer and I did not expect that.

Writing style / spelling

In this little novel I have found no spelling or grammar mistakes.

Main characters

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

The main character of the story is the woman Daphne. She has a relationship with Roelof  and they have a jack russell terrier named Jackie. On Christmas Day Daphnes sister Ymke, her husband Hans and their three kids come over for a nice dinner. Also a friend of Daphne named Elise and the nephew of Roelof; Martin, come over for the Christmas dinner.

The book is a nice little one to read and it is a nice addition if you have read books of Simone van der Vlugt before.

Greetings by Sophie

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Books

Politieserie | Bombs and Fires in Nesselande – Ben de Raaf

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My book review of “Bombs and Fires in Nesselande” written by Ben de Raaf

Title: Bombs and Fires in Nesselande / Bommen en branden in Nesselande [NL]
Author: Ben de Raaf
Genre: Fiction / Youth
ISBN: 9789059521575
NUR: 284 – Fiction 13-15 years
Publisher: Uitgeverij Mes
Year 1st edition & read edition: 2011
Year read: 2016
Original title & language: Bommen en Branden in Nesselande [NL]
Read language: Dutch
Pages: 190
Places: Capelle aan den IJssel / Gouda / Nesselande / Rotterdam / Zevenhuizen
Rating: 4 / 5

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In my view…

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Books

Numero Zero – Umberto Eco

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My book review of “Numero Zero” written by Umberto Eco

Title: Numero Zero [IT / EN] / Het Nulnummer [NL]
Author: Umberto Eco
Genre: Literature novel
ISBN: 9789044628357
NUR: 302
Publisher: Prometheus Amsterdam
Year 1st edition & read edition: 2015
Year read: 2015
Original title & language: Numero Zero [IT]
Read language: Dutch
Pages: 223
Places: Milan
Rating: 5 / 5

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In my view…

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Films, Series

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

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Title: Absolutely Fabulous
Genre: Comedy
Director: Mandie Fletcher
Screenwriter: Jennifer Saunders
Country: UK / USA
Language spoken: English / French
Release Date:  1 July 2016 (UK)
Release in NL: 21 July 2016
Time: 91 minutes
Production Company: Fox Searchlight Pictures
IMDb rating: 6.0 / 10
Rating: 8.0 / 10

I am not telling about the story – never do in my film reviews – you have to see the film yourself and make your own opinion. I hope you like the film too. It is worth to watch it multiple times.

In my view…

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Books

The Scent of Almonds – Camilla Läckberg

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My book review of “The Scent of Almonds” written by Camilla Läckberg

Title: The Scent of Almonds [EN]  / Sneeuwstorm en Amandelgeur [NL] / Snöstorm och Mandeldoft [SE]
Author: Camilla Läckberg
Genre: Literary Thriller
ISBN: 9789026333293
Publisher: Ambo | Anthos
Year 1st edition & read edition: 2010
Year read: 2016
Original title & language: Snöstorm och Mandeldoft [SE], 2007
Read language: Dutch
Pages: 159
Places: Valö
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

I hope you like the short book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

In my view…

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Books

Somebody Else – Arnon Grunberg

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My book review of “Somebody Else” written by Arnon Grunberg

Title: Iemand Anders [NL] / Somebody Else [EN]
Author: Arnon Grunberg
Genre: Literature novel
ISBN: 9789085161035
NUR: 301
Publisher: B for Books B.V.
Year 1st edition & read edition: 2005
Year read: 2016
Original title & language: Iemand Anders [NL]
Read language: Dutch
Pages: 39
Places: New York, Poughkeepsie, Tarrytown
Rating: 4 / 5

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In my view…

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Books

Witse | Eternal Love – Bob van Laerhoven

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My book review of “Witse | Eternal Love” written by Bob van Laerhoven

Title: Witse | Eternal Love
Author: Bob van Laerhoven
Genre: Crime / Thriller
ISBN: 9789089241153
NUR: 331
Publisher:  Houtekiet – Linkeroever Uitgevers nv, Antwerp
Year 1st edition & read edition: 2009
Year read: 2016
Original title & language: Witse | Eeuwige liefde [NL]
Read language: Dutch
Pages: 139
Places: Brussels / Halle
Rating:

This book is not (yet) published in English

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

In my view…

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