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Kalle Kniivilä

kallekn@kirja.casa

Joined 1 year, 8 months ago

Journalist på Sydsvenskan. Finns mest på Mastodon: mastodonsweden.se/@kallekn Ruotsinsuomalainen toimittaja. Lueskelen kaikenlaista monella kielellä, ja kirjoitankin. www.kniivila.net

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Sergìj Mikolajovič Plohìj: Українська Кліо (Hardcover) 4 stars

Нова книжка знаного українського й американського історика Сергія Плохія уміщує нариси про Україну від ранньомодерних …

Цікаво й корисно

4 stars

Дуже цікаве та корисне зібрання статей про українських істориків і про те, як у різні епохи писали історію України. Не всі статті однаково актуальні сьогодні, але особливо те, що Плохій пише про використання історії в політиці та про викладання історії в школах дуже злободенно.

Robert Penn Warren: All the King's Men (Hardcover, 1946, Harcourt Brace & Company) 5 stars

The story is about Willie Stark, a slick politician of humble birth, who was based …

Of life, universe and politics

5 stars

I picked up the book because a respected Russian political scientist, now living in the West, mentioned that it made a lasting impression on him during his childhood and taught him much about politics. The book was published in Russian in the Soviet Union in 1968 and was adapted into a Soviet film three years later, though the movie omits much of the original content.

I didn't know what to expect, but the book turned out to be about much more than just politics and politicians. It was clear that the author was not only familiar with the circumstances in the US South during the 1930s, but also with the work of a news reporter from that era. I even suspected he might have been a reporter himself, which he never was.

It's evident that populist politics in the US South and Fascist Italy served as inspiration for the author. …

Åsa Avdic: Isola (Natur & Kultur) 2 stars

Året är 2037 och Sverige har i ett par generationer ingått i Vänskapsunionen efter att …

Bra början men

2 stars

Världsbygget är intressant och välpresenterat, man får tänka ut ganska mycket själv. Men själva berättelsen känns tunn och föga trovärdig.

Arkady Martine: Rose/House (EBook, Subterranean Press) 5 stars

Basit Deniau’s houses were haunted to begin with.

A house embedded with an artificial intelligence …

But why did it end?

5 stars

This is a book I wanted to read immediately when I found out it existed, because I very much liked Arkady Martines two earlier, totally different novels. Then I found the book actually didn't exist, or only kind of. It was printed but is out of print and the e-book is not available either, as the rights according to the publisher now have reverted to the author. There seems to be a new edition coming at the end of the year, but right now the only way to access the book legally seems to be to listen to the audio version through a streaming service which I'm not going to subscribe to, even if I was into audio books, or to learn French, which might prove even more time-consuming than waiting for the new edition. In the end I did find a way to access the book anyway, and I …

Naomi Kritzer: Catfishing on CatNet (2021, Tor Teen) 5 stars

Because her mom is always on the move, Steph hasn't lived anyplace longer than six …

An educational thriller

4 stars

This is obviously a young adult book, and I am an old adult. I enjoyed the book anyway, even though some passages are a bit too educational. Interesting thoughts about how a real AI might relate to humans and the physical world.

Jaakko Yli-Juonikas: Jatkosota-extra (Finnish language, 2017) 3 stars

Sekava vaikutelma

3 stars

Hyvää, sanoi mustapartainen mies. Tämäkin on kirjassa mukana. Mutta ei päivää, vaan kahvia. Mainioita oivalluksia siellä täällä, sanoilla leikkimistä, ajatuksia herättävää. Myös sekavaa ja väliin käsittämätöntä. Loppu alussa, tai alku lopussa. Kirja on esineenäkin taideteos, mutta jotenkin minun makuuni homma jää keskeneräiseksi. Kai vaatii minulta lukijana enemmän ajattelemista kuin mihin olen valmis.

Sara Al Husaini: Huono tyttö (Finnish language) 4 stars

Vuoden pakolaisnaisen omakohtainen esikoisromaani ravistelee ytimiä myöten.

Äiti saattaa pelosta tärisevän tyttärensä hääsviitin ovelle. Tätä …

Vahva tarina

4 stars

Omaelämäkerrallinen kirja jonka tarina kantaa pitkälle. Kirjaa on vaikea laskea käsistä. Tekstiä olisi tosin muutamassa paikassa voinut hioa hieman enemmän, ja erityisesti lopussa on hieman liikaa selitystä asioista jotka ovat selittämättäkin selviä. Show, don't tell.