Not Before Sundown

by Johanna Sinisalo | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAnnimanniwing of Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 1/3/2011
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12 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingAnnimanniwing from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, January 03, 2011
From the back:

"A young photographer, Mikael, finds a small, man-like creature in his courtyard: a troll, known from Scandinavian mythology as a demonic wild beast, a hybrid like the werewolf, and supposedly extinct. Mikael takes him home but soon discovers that trolls exude pheromones that smell like Calvin Klein aftershave and have a profound aphrodisiac effect on all those around him. But what Mikael and others who come into contact with the troll fail to learn, with tragic consequences, is that the troll is the interpreter of man's darkest, most forbidden desires.

A bestseller in Finland and translated into ten languages, Not Before Sundown (aka Troll: A Love Story) is a multi-award-winning novel of sparkling originality, a wry, peculiar and beguiling story of nature and man's relationship with wild things and of the dark power of the wildness within us."

'A sharp, resonant, prickly book that exists on the slipstream of SF, fantasy, horror and gay fiction.' - Neil Gaiman

'Chillingly seductive.' - Independent

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This is one of my favourite Finnish novels and the second English-language copy I have bought for BC purposes :) I don't generally like scifi or fantasy (except for Harry Potter :D), but this novel is an exception. I read it ten years ago when it was first published and it has stayed in my top ten list ever since. A skillfully written, gripping and an original story, I hope it will appeal to the participants of The Favourite Book Roundabout!

(My number one favourite among Finnish novels is Under the North Star by Vaino Linna, but that is a thick, three-volume book and therefore not suitable for this roundabout.)

Journal Entry 2 by wingAnnimanniwing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, January 03, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (1/4/2011 UTC) at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland

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This book will first travel to akosikulot in the Philippines. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 3 by akosikulot at Panabo City, Davao del Norte Philippines on Sunday, January 30, 2011
Received from Annimanni - first one to read this book for the Favorite Book Roundabout! :)

Journal Entry 4 by akosikulot at Panabo City, Davao del Norte Philippines on Saturday, March 05, 2011
Placeholder for review! [to be edited]

Journal Entry 5 by akosikulot at bookray/bookring, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, March 05, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (3/5/2011 UTC) at bookray/bookring, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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On it's way to debnance in the US - part of marsala's Favorite Book Roundabout. Happy reading! :)

Journal Entry 6 by debnance at Alvin, Texas USA on Friday, April 22, 2011
This book arrived today. It has been so long since I signed up for this BC game that I no longer have any information about it. Searching for who to send it to next was useless. If I am to pass it on, I need information on who is playing.

Journal Entry 7 by wingdutch-bookwing at Weesp, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Arrivedat my doorstep. I don't really like scifi, I'm never able to follow it (although I've watched all Star Wars movies in one go, and I'm very proud of that ;) ) Anyway, I do like what the story is about and since Annimanni isn't into scifi either, but she does like this book, I have high hopes for a future between me and the book.

Journal Entry 8 by wingdutch-bookwing at Weesp, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Friday, September 16, 2011
Wow! What a strange story, strangely fascinating. I didn't think I would like this book, but I actually enjoyed it. I loved the lay-out, the chapters (how they were made.)

Journal Entry 9 by wingdutch-bookwing at Weesp, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Friday, September 16, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (9/16/2011 UTC) at Weesp, Noord-Holland Netherlands

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Thanks for sending this book out Annimanni. It certainly was an experience I didn't expect. Sorry for holding on to it so long. It is now traveling to Totje2. I hope she'll be ready for it.

Journal Entry 10 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Sunday, September 18, 2011
This book arrived safely in my mailbox yesterday.
Very interesting to see what other people's favorite books are. Had never heard from this writer before.
From the blurp on the back side it looks like and interesting read. Thank you for making it available, Annimanni and for sending it to me, dutch-book!

Journal Entry 11 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Wednesday, October 26, 2011
It was a very strange read, this book. But I liked it. Mostly because of the way it was written, the chapters where we, readers see things through the eyes of the character that is the storyteller and sometimes the scene is repeated by the other 'participant' in the scene.

I have difficulties with the fact that this book is types as scfi-fi. Or, maybe I don't understand the type of book that is since, like a few other readers here, do not read or like the genre much.
For me it was in general too normal (every day) to say it is sci-fi. At first I did not recognize Angel as a male character, since Angel is also a female name. Well, a book full of surprises. I'm happy to have read it, and I'm happy that I'm done.

Journal Entry 12 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Wednesday, October 26, 2011
As soon as I get a chance to visit the postoffice, this book is on its way to Karen07814.

Journal Entry 13 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (11/3/2011 UTC) at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands

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On its way to the next reader in the bookcircle: Karen07814.
I hope it arrives safe & soon. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 14 by marsala at Chiswick, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, December 01, 2011
This arrived here today, I'm guessing Karen got it and send it on without journalling it.

Anyway, it looks like a fun read, I really like fantasy actually and this seems right up my street with quirky sayings on the cover like: A punk version of the Hobbit and Troll: A love story. Can't wait to get stuck in to it.

So I started reading it yesterday and I've allready finished it. The short chapters meant I just raced through it. I really loved this book. It is odd and slightly disturbing. The plot is original, it is a fantasy, but only very a little of it. Most of it could just be based on real life. The troll is woven into the story in a very realistic way and I love stories where the real world meets a fantasy world.

Journal Entry 15 by marsala at Favourite Book Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, December 02, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (12/2/2011 UTC) at Favourite Book Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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On its way to lemon-crisis

Journal Entry 16 by rem_BGQ-488500 at Birchington, Kent United Kingdom on Monday, December 05, 2011
Arrived today, thanks for sending it on! I wasn't sure if I'd be getting any more roundabout books as so many seem to have got held up.

At first glance this looks weird, but interesting. I'm looking forward to reading it =]

Journal Entry 17 by rem_BGQ-488500 at Birchington, Kent United Kingdom on Sunday, June 17, 2012
Finished this a few weeks ago but I've been away from home with no net. Definitely a weird little book! I enjoyed it though, when I didn't expect to. Like others, I liked the layout of the chapters & the shortness of them - perfect bitesize reading chunks! Given the ending, I'd be interested in reading a sequel, but I'm happy that it's a stand-alone as there's too few of those.

I will get this posted off this week, and I do apologise for keeping it so long.

Journal Entry 18 by mafarrimond at Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 08, 2012
The has arrived and I will read as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 19 by mafarrimond at Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom on Sunday, September 09, 2012
I really enjoyed this book. Unusual and completely absorbing.

Journal Entry 20 by mafarrimond at Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom on Sunday, September 09, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (9/10/2012 UTC) at Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom

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Sending onto earthcaroleanne.

Journal Entry 21 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Arrived at the weekend like all good bookrings - not alone!

Journal Entry 22 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, November 02, 2012
I've just realised I have read this book but my copy was called Troll: A Love Story which is why I didn't recognise it straight away. Here's what I said about it:-

I started reading this book not knowing what it was about and there were a few surprises at the beginning and a few more suprises when I read the blurb on the back of the book. That said, I did enjoy it, in a slightly guilty way at first but I really needed to know what was going to happen next. Unfortunately I did find the "add-ons" annoying and I began skimming them towards the end when I wanted to follow the story. Also I don't understand why the imported Filipino concubine was important. It wasn't really part of the love story and there wasn't enough of it to make an issue. Any neighbour could have been the necessary distraction. Much as I loved the book and it had a kind of happy ending, there did seem to be something missing but I don't know what...

Journal Entry 23 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Warminster, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Friday, November 02, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (11/2/2012 UTC) at Warminster, Wiltshire United Kingdom

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Annimanni's favourite books for this year and last year arrived at the same time so I nearly send this off on the wrong roundabout.

Journal Entry 24 by disneyfreaksam at Warminster, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Monday, November 05, 2012
Received yesterday. I will read and pass on

Journal Entry 25 by disneyfreaksam at Warminster, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Enjoyed this little one a lot.

Was not expecting to like it as the blurb does not do it justice. In the end though I was skipping the add-ons as they were too dry for such a quirky story.

Journal Entry 26 by disneyfreaksam at Warminster, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Sunday, December 09, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (12/10/2012 UTC) at Warminster, Wiltshire United Kingdom

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Enjoy x

Journal Entry 27 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, December 17, 2012
Back at home, thanks. And looking for a new reader.

Journal Entry 28 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Released 8 yrs ago (1/2/2013 UTC) at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland

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Off to someone who has this on their wishlist. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 29 by vedranaster at Zagreb, Zagreb City Croatia on Friday, January 11, 2013
Got a lovely surprise in my mailbox this morning...
Thank you, Annimanni, for this RABCK, and it's a wishlist book to boot!
All the best in 2013... May it be healthy and happy, and full of good books! :D

Journal Entry 30 by vedranaster at Zagreb, Zagreb City Croatia on Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Finally got round to this little gem.

While my current state of mind and the fact that I'm super busy clashed a bit with the format which peppers the plot with "scientific" & folklore chapters that are too slow for this compelling story, the chapter formatting made it very easy to skim the said parts. ;)

A fast paced & interesting read, and definitely different & unusual. Loved it!

Journal Entry 31 by vedranaster at Zagreb, Zagreb City Croatia on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (6/17/2015 UTC) at Zagreb, Zagreb City Croatia

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Congrats on winning the sweeps!!
Hope you'll enjoy this as much as I did.

Sorry for a blank postcard that's going with the book, had to send as media mail, hence no message allowed.

Journal Entry 32 by leahjett at Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Sunday, July 05, 2015
What an incredibly well traveled book! My goodness, I love those kind! I have never read the hobbit so I wonder how i'll find it haha.
Thank you so much (: I shall keep it very safe & tell more once ive read it. (:

Journal Entry 33 by leahjett at Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Sunday, November 27, 2016
I just didn't get this book. Generally, I love sci-fi/fantasy and thought it looked like an epic read (especially with all the good reviews above) but I just couldn't click with it.

I give it a 3/10 - finished book, but more a chore than pleasure. The story follows a photographer written under the name of Angel, who finds a troll & rescues it. Uhhm okay. And trains it to use a litter box made of paper after struggling to feed it. Cue gory image of living guinea pig being devoured. The only characted I cared for was Palomita, but even then I didn't understand why she was in it?

If the supernatural creature was a fairy I could definetly understand the interest. A girl falling for a pheromone rich fairy, with mythology trickled thorough the book would be an absoloute blast to read. This one is about a troll though. A furry, semi-intelligent beast. Beastiality I thought was going to have a bit more of a place in the book from other reviews ive read. I'm kinda glad it didn't delve too deep into it, having an orgasm while the beast sat on his lap though.. that was weird enough.

Journal Entry 34 by leahjett at Little Free Library in Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Monday, November 28, 2016

Released 4 yrs ago (11/29/2016 UTC) at Little Free Library in Invercargill, Southland New Zealand

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Since the little free librarys' stocks are depleating i've decided to do a massive drop off! (:

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