The Rabbit Factor (Volume 1) (Rabbit Factor Trilogy)

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The Rabbit Factor (Volume 1) (Rabbit Factor Trilogy)

The Rabbit Factor (Volume 1) (Rabbit Factor Trilogy)

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Antti Tuomainen on suosikkini suomalaisista "jännistyskirjailijoista" (jos häntä sellaiseksi voi luonnehtia, varsinainen dekkaristi hän ei mielestäni ole). You can also read from the second book, much is clear from the context. However, both are better, they are worth it.

It really felt like Henri was in the best place as The Rabbit Factor ended, but he's obviously not as this begins with him in another risky situation. Poor Henri seems to attract every shyster and conman in Finland and the re-appearance of an unseen, but major character from the first book just throws his life into total and utter chaos.The premise is this: 40-or-50-something Henri Koskinen is Viz’s Mr Logic. He runs his life by calculating probability trade-offs and by following Schopenhauer’s gloomy doctrines. He’s comfortable in his world and doesn’t see the value in straying outside it. When Finnish insurance companies introduce working practices that sit uncomfortably with him, he ends up unemployed and unemployable. But he inherits from his brother an adventure park (distinct from an amusement park – these things are, we learn, important) and some dodgy off-book loans that some heavies are trying to enforce. He has to immerse himself in a new industry, bring a fairly haphazard leadership team along with him, negotiate what seems to be his very first romantic liaison and think one step ahead of various men who are sent to kill him. So he flexes his skill-set and finds that methods he’d previously condemned might just work. Ei Tuomainen tälläkään kertaa petä, mutta mitään kovin uutta sellaista, mitä ei Jäniskertoimessa kerrottu, hän ei Hirvikaavassa tuo esille. Vakuutusmatemaatikko Henri Koskisen seikkailut seikkailupuistoyrittäjänä jatkuvat. Koskinen on vähän samantapainen nörtti kuin vaikkapa Rillit huurussa -sarjan Sheldon (ilman niin näkyviä autistisia piirteitä). Vastaavanlainen insinöörihahmo on ollut esimerkiksi Graeme Simsionin Vaimotesti-kirjassa. Jäniskertoimessa Koskisen ajatusmaailman kuvaaminen oli vielä ihan mielenkiintoista, mutta Hirvikaavassa toisto alkoi jo kyllästyttää. Toki pari kertaa Tuomainen nytkin osuu maaliin Koskisen ajatuskulkua kuvatessaan. una problematica che ho riscontrato anche con diversi altri autori nordici, quindi forse è proprio il loro stile che non va sempre d’accordo con i miei gusti, purtroppo. I love Henri. I understand Henri. Dead Man Walking on the other hand is someone I’d want to punch from the moment he showed his face. Laura is lovely as ever, though she seems to walk all over Henri too, though of course he doesn’t mind. The people surrounding Henri are all lost in their own little worlds and while Henri tries (and usually fails) to really understand them, it’s less convincing that they are trying to understand Henri. Though Minttu K is surprisingly supportive in this instalment. Of course, Detective Inspector Osmala does a good turn in this book, several of the descriptions reminded me of Mr Incredible, especially those relating to the car. But what Henri really can't compute is love. In the adventure park, Henri crosses paths with Laura, an artist with a chequered past, and a joie de vivre and erratic lifestyle that bewilders him. As the criminals go to extreme lengths to collect their debts and as Henri's relationship with Laura deepens, he finds himself faced with situations and emotions that simply cannot be pinned down on his spreadsheets…

I noted in my review for The Rabbit Factor that we all need more Henri Koskinen in our lives and he makes a very welcome return in Antti Tuomainen's latest slice of dark absurdity. This time it's a moose rather than a rabbit taking centre stage but with even more of the love, death and insurance mathematics that made The Rabbit Factor such a wonderfully memorable read, The Moose Paradox is another complete joy from the author described by The Times as 'the funniest writer in Europe'. Needing to pay the loan, the bills and trying to keep the adventure park running, Henri comes up with a bold plan and presents his criminal creditors with an audacious proposal, the sort only an actuary could convince the big man will be viable. His radical idea includes starting a bank and offering park patrons pay-day loans, but can it really work? We meet Henri initially as he is grappling with his firm’s new team oriented, feelings driven way of working which ultimately sees him out of a job and before he knows it he is plummeted headlong into adventure park chief executive, complete with giant rabbit with one fairly unstable ear. Henri soon learns that inheriting his brother’s adventure park means inheriting a whole lot of other interesting scenarios and that is where the actuary metamorphosis actually begins... propelled into chaos by the rabbit factor. Il libro si apre molto bene, con un’idea interessante e un inizio brillante, che invogliano alla lettura. Lo stile è apprezzabile, allo stesso tempo sornione, un po’ compassato e dalla sottile ironia. Mi ha ricordato molto quello di un altro autore finlandese di cui ho letto diversi libri, Arto Paasilinna. Ah the King of Finnish quirky crime is here and he’s got a rabbit with him, a Komodo dragon and a cat by the name of Schopenhauer. It’s a crime novel, set in an adventure park close to Helsinki. Now, with a premise and characters like that, what more could you ask for?An astounding read. It has the suspenseful twists of a thriller, the laugh-out-loud moments of a comedy and a tragic dimension that brings a tear to the eye' Crime Fiction Lover With my left hand I squeeze the tube of industrial-strength glue, with my right I hold the screwdriver, and I listen. But there is also nigh-on writing genius here as, woven into what is essentially a crime thriller, albeit a raucous, rip-roaring comic one, is a genuine sense of pathos, a real understanding and expression of human frailties, the random doubts and failures, that make The Rabbit Factor such a wonderfully engaging and enduringly humane read.

It contains all the main elements of a dark crime/comedy mixed with a peculiar love story that is destined to move and engage the audience. Fans of the Finnish author's previous work should definitely read this one and the same goes to all those who love quirky crime novels with unique characterization. I will be eagerly waiting for the second installment in the series." — Tap the Line I was not surprised to read that this book is being turned into a movie. I hope the production company does it justice. Palm Beach Finland was an immense success, with Marc Antti Tuomainen (b. 1971) is one of Finland’s most acclaimed and award-winning crime fiction writers. To date, Tuomainen’s works have been translated into more than 25 languages. Crowned “The King of Helsinki Noir,” Tuomainen’s piercing and evocative style has never stopped evolving. after the park is closed, Henri goes to the dark deserted park entrance to repair a broken ear on the large plastic rabbit that greets guests as they enter the park...

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The narrative is filled with figurative language and imaginative descriptions. The silence is like water in a glass, transparent but still concrete, tangible. The moon looks like creamy Finnish cheese, yellow and hanging heavily in the sky, almost within reach. The story progresses at an even pace but increases in intensity and incongruity. The truth has sharp, cold, deeply personal nails ready to scratch and tear Henri to pieces. One of those rare writers who manages to deftly balance intrigue, noir and a deliciously ironic sense of humour … a delight’ Vaseem Khan

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