Kjære leser, det er søndag og søndager er kjipe siden det etter søndager er mandager og jeg ikke har ferie, men må gjøre kjedsommelige greier som jobb helt frem til uke 28 (da derimot vil verden by på Stavanger-tur og London-tur og vil følgelig være episkhet i så stor grad at jeg gleder meg fryktferdelig). Men ser man bort fra visse kjedelige ting så er livet jo veldig fint. Og jeg syns det er helt greit at Tyskland vant i går selv om jeg elsket Belgia inderlig mye og har dannet meg en liten teori. Saken er nemlig det at jeg egentlig syntes veldig mange av balladene i Grand Prix i år var veldig fine, men jeg tror at de (siden det var en hel del ballader egentlig) gikk litt i ett. Når det er flere ballader så glemmer man forskjellen mellom dem og så viste det seg i går at Europa ikke var i ballademodus, noe som man kan se ved at de aller fleste sangene blant topp ti var mer up-tempo og dette har jeg absolutt forståelse for. Grand Prix-sanger skal svinge og det er egentlig bedre at en sang i Grand Prix teknisk sett ikke er så bra, men fenger en enn at den er flott, men tretthetsskapende. Og ballader gjør seg best i musikaler uansett 😉
Men nok om Grand Prix og andre emner, jeg har nettopp lest ut en veldig genial bok og skal følgelig anmelde den og jeg begynner med en gang. Og siden jeg har en hemmelig drøm om at forfatteren av boka jeg skal anmelde skal lese anmeldelsen så vil anmeldelsen bli skrevet på engelsk (jeg har lagt til forfatteren på Twitter nemlig og det kan kanskje bidra til et sånt resultat, som jo hadde vært helt konge):
THE ORDER OF ODD-FISH BY JAMES KENNEDY
(Picture found here: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p4kF8zcp3wU/Sc2hrpmIbJI/AAAAAAAAAh4/d7CmD1zpcdA/s400/the+order+of+odd+fish+by+james+kennedy.jpg)
"JO LAROUCHE HAS lived her 13 years in the California desert with her Aunt Lily, ever since she was dropped on Lily?s doorstep with this note: This is Jo. Please take care of her. But beware. This is a dangerous baby. At Lily?s annual Christmas costume party, a variety of strange events take place that lead Jo and Lily out of California forever?and into the mysterious, strange, fantastical world of Eldritch City. There, Jo learns the scandalous truth about who she is, and she and Lily join the Order of Odd-Fish, a collection of knights who research useless information. Glamorous cockroach butlers, pointless quests, obsolete weapons, and bizarre festivals fill their days, but two villains are controlling their fate. Jo is inching closer and closer to the day when her destiny is fulfilled, and no one in Eldritch City will ever be the same."
(The synopsis that goodreads has is what I posted right above this parenthesis and I think it gives just enough information for any new reader and this in bit since the book seems quite undescribable to me, it's so imaginative that it's simply brilliant and I am in awe to James Kennedy and would polish his shoes and make him lunch any day just because he is awesomeness to an awesome extent.)
Anyway, this is a book about a young girl named Jo which is a very sympathetic and relatable character which you can easily put yourself in the shoes to, so to speak. She is quite normal compared to the other characters in the book, but that makes sense seeing as there is a great amount of senselessness going on otherwisely, so the reader is like Jo, an Alice in a rabbit-hole as well as a Lucy discovering Narnia, we're in the mist of madness and just enjoying the view.
And I reaaally liked this book, it wasn't impossible to put down, but it was impossible to not love in my opinion seeing as it was so random. It reminded me a bit of a book called "Abarat" by Clive Barker which I enjoyed a lot when I was younger, but this was much better written and even more imaginative. I've also heard that "The order of Odd-Fish" has traces of both Douglas Adams and Monty Python and I simply haven't read enough of Douglas Adams or seen enough of Monty Python to say for certain if this is true, but I can see that I understand why these comparisons has been made, "The order of Odd-Fish" is certainly very random, absurd and imaginative and very tongue-in-cheek too, I for one is a big fan of James Kennedy now. And when we talk of James Kennedy:
James Kennedy is epicness of epic proportions! I mean, just look at his website: http://jameskennedy.com/ It looks good, it's incredibly entertaining and the fact that he posts the fanart he has gotten from fans and has fan-art gallery shows makes him all the more wonderful in my opinion. He really, truly cares about his fans and that makes him totally loveable so I'm a fan and has planned to make some Odd-Fish fanart of my own just because it's that brilliant.
And the main reason for why I'm a "Order of Odd-Fish"-fan is the character Ken Kiang which is one of the books two bad guys and Ken Kiang is the bad guy one just has to love, the type of bad guy that really isn't that bad, but tries his hardest and I just want to give him a great big hug. And to excemplify Ken Kiangs wonderfulness I'm going to post an excerpt from "The order of Odd-Fish" that shows how insanely cool he is:
(This excerpt happens as Ken Kiang is following the heroes of the story as they try to escape from him in a plane. He is planning to kill them and they can hear him on their planeradio as he's counting down their minutes in an epic way):
The radio popped on again. "Ken Kiang here! It just occured to me – you're about to die. Rather makes you wish you'd spent more time cherishing life's little pleasures, doesn't it? Well, too late for that. And you're probably too panicked to remember those pleasures at all. But don't worry, I've drawn up a list! Let's remember them together." He cleared his throath. "Ah, warm summer days… your faverite song coming on the radio… a hot dog at the ballpark, extra mustard and relish…"
"I can't take it anymore!" said Sefino. "When will it all end!"
"In one minute ten seconds," crackled the radio cheerfully.
"The smell of freshly mowned grass… peppermints… shiny pennies…"
"For the love of Lenin, shut up, Kiang!" yelled Colonel Korsakov.
"Chamomile tea," droned Ken Kiang. "Funny puppies- oh, the silly things they do!… the smell of freshly baked bread… dandelions…"
I admit it, I laughed out loud as I read that excerpt, something that brought me quite a few stares as I was sitting on the subway train at the moment. But I loved that and Ken Kiang just continues on being epic, even deciding to write a musical at some point in the story and I adore him, I want to read a book just centered on him. And there is a chapter that tells how Ken Kiang came to the conclusion that he wanted to be evil and he is simply the coolest wannabe-villain ever =0) KEN KIANG FTW!
And other characters like Audrey and Sefino (a very vain cockroach) are just as brilliant and there's even a love-plot that is just subtle enough to not make the book a love story, but still makes the reader think: "yeah, Ian and Jo, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g" in the bestest of ways. They're totally cute together.
So, basically what I'm saying is that this book rocks and that I think everybody should get it at once, it is really good and wellwritten and I would post more excerpts, but that would mean writing in entire chapters and I don't really feel like doing that. But I'm so glad that I bought this book at Tanum three weeks ago since I almost didn't. I wasn't that captured by the cover (my cover is different from the one at the beginning of this review), it was a little bit thicker and with thinner print than many other books I've read lately and I haven't been that into fantasy lately. But I bought it seeing as it seemed intriguing and at the beginning when I read it I liked it. Then I read chapter five and that was it, from page 60 and throughout the book until it ended at page 405 (or something like that) I loved it. "The order of Odd-Fish" is the kind of book where you're totally into it, laughing loudly, wanting to quote entire chapters to family members and just want everyone you know to buy it or at least put it on their "to read"-lists on Goodreads seeing as it's so epic and enjoyable. In short, this isn't my favorite of all the books I've read this year, but it's definitely the most imaginative and crazy one and that is a compliment =D
Other reasons to love "The order of Odd-Fish": feasts, weird hats, insult-guns, festivals, duels, newspapers, evil people, rituals and gods (oh my!), encyclopedias and appendixes, quests and so much more <3
So, I give a 5 and hope this review get people very interested in "The order of Odd-Fish". Now I'm going to finish this blog-post and blog again soon and then I'll probably write in norwegian again. Otherwisely I hope everybody has a nice day, hope James Kennedy will read this (one can dream, can't one?) and now I'm planning to make myself some sunberrytoddy (wouldn't that be the correct translation of the word "solbærtoddy"?) and maybe write an ode to Ken Kiang if my imagination decides to cooperate. See you all later, alligators =0)