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Subject: Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series?
Date Posted: 8/28/2009 9:57 PM ET
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Has anyone read these?  Is he similar to Steig Larson?

Date Posted: 8/29/2009 10:22 AM ET
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I've read the first two or three and I'm waiting for the rest.  I've not read Stieg Larsson (I have the first one here in my pile) so I can't compare but I love the Henning Mankell books. Kurt Wallender reminds me a bit of Inspector Morse in that he is melancholy and very driven. He is a man with faults. The mysteries are always really good and the writing is good though at times the translation is pretty evident.

I don't know if that helps.  I think the Wallender books are excellent.

Date Posted: 8/29/2009 5:34 PM ET
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I put the first one on my WL to give it a try.

Subject: wallender
Date Posted: 9/19/2009 4:35 PM ET
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watched the series from Netflix and liked it a lot.  have not read any however.  

Date Posted: 9/19/2009 9:13 PM ET
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I saw the series on PBS,  and enjoyed it.  There were only 3 episodes, I wish there were more.  Anyone read the books and see the series?  What is your opinion of the series vs. the books?

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 12:01 AM ET
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I quite like the Wallander series--haven't seen either of the two different TV adaptations. They are different than Steig Larsson's I think (although I've only read the first of his)...the tone is different, plus the Wallander series is a police procedural series. And the Wallander series has a rather bleak and melancholy tone to all the books, so you probably don't want to read them all together if you normally do that...you probably would be overwhelmed. I like them, but they are not light beach reads. :)


Subject: Mankell
Date Posted: 10/6/2009 8:06 PM ET
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Can't tell you if these are like Steig Larsson's but I like this author.  His books are very interesting and multi layered.  I just finished Before the Frost and enjoyed it.  It features Linda Wallander, Kurt's daughter. The only difficulty is that the translation to English doesn't always result in the smoothest of prose.  Enjoy!

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 3:15 PM ET
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I just found The Pyramid at the library.  It's 5 short stories that are a prequel to the main Wallender stories.  It has a short WL here.