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Friday, March 28, 2008

Troll: A Love Story

From Publisher's Weekly: A young Finnish photographer makes a pet of an orphaned troll in this strange, sexually charged contemporary folk tale, a hit in Europe. Mikael, nicknamed Angel for his stunning blonde good looks, finds the troll behind some dustbins after a night of drinking, and feels compelled to bring it home. Obsessed by his new companion, whom he names Pessi, Angel sets out to learn everything he can about trolls, which in the novel's world are a real but extremely rare species. Angel also coerces help from a veterinarian ex-boyfriend; an advertising art director who buys his photographs and rejects his advances; and an abused Filipino mail-order bride who lives downstairs. Sinisalo's elastic prose is at once lyrical and matter-of-fact, but this is not a comfortable novel. The troll brings out Angel's animal instincts, representing all the seduction and violence of the natural world. As the troll becomes ever more unmanageable, the sense of doom grows; the ferocious ending is thoroughly unsettling.

Earlier in the week I dug into my TBR pile and picked out Linda Howard's After the Night. Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! (Almost tempted to read it again, right away.) Quintessentially, classic Howard romance. I wish she was still writing romances like this one, but I understand that she wanted/needed to explore and grow in her writing.
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raine said...

I take it you liked the Linda Howard, lol.
I should pick up one or two of her older romances...

Gennita said...

You have never read After The Night? GASP***! Now go get Shades of Twilight. You have to read that one.

vanessa jaye said...

Raine - I love her older stuff, she's moved away from romance quite a bit in the last couple of years and reads more like *genre with romantic elements*

Gennita, I glommed a bunch of Linda's stuff but haven't read them all. I'm pretty sure Shades of Twilight is in a box somewhere in the basement.

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