Review: The Grump’s Finland by Tuomas Kyrö

“Namely when you don’t wash the porridge plate, the substance solidifies. It becomes world’s hardest matter that should be sold to NASA in the United States. Nothing would penetrate it, nothing would stick to it and in the end one could eat bits and pieces from the rocket.”
~Tuomas Kyrö, Mielensäpahoittajan Suomi

Plot summary

“Hundred stories of independent Finland, hundred stories from the Grump. The Finnish nation took a leap from the swamp to the sushi bar in a second and it does not matter that the other foot is still in the swamp. From the perspective of the Grump, we witness an agrarian and mobile phone centered Finland, male and female dominated, at least moderately. Finland where in the early phase of national birth, the Jäger infantrymen went cross-country skiing to Germany and in the contemporary period refugees walked over to Finland.

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Listopia: One to go, eight left

Whazzup folks? It’s almost the end of 2017! This year has been a great one, I think, with quite a few surprising turn of events. Currently, I am one book short of my Goodreads book challenge. I am pretty confident in my capabilities to finish the challenge 🙂

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Review: The Explorer by James Smythe

“One of the first things I did when I realized that I was never going to make it home – when I was the only crew member left, all the others stuffed into their sleeping chambers like rigid, vacuum-packed action figures – was to write up a list of everybody I would never see again…”
~James Smythe, The Explorer

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