Wednesday, 31 July 2013

The become best friends with Mindy project

I really hope all of you are watching The Mindy Project on Monday nights (Monday is the best night for TV. There's Up All Night, Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23, The Mindy Project and Parks and Recreation all in a row). It's hilarious and I highly recommend it. If you're into The Office, 30 Rock or any of the shows listed above you will love it.

Unfortunately we don't have the DVD of The Mindy Project in the library yet as it's still on TV in NZ. (9.30 Monday Nights, channel Four) but we do have Mindy Kaling's book Is everyone hanging out without me? (and other concerns).


"Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka" (from Goodreads)


I really enjoyed this book so if you're after a bit of a laugh and a light read request it today!

P.s. Happy birthday Harry Potter and JK Rowling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
P.p.s Happy birthday Dad. 

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

For would-be writers

All my life I've worked in jobs that seem to attract people who want to write. First, there was my student job in a bookshop (that turned into 10 years, on and off), where I met a guy whose success in actually completing a draft novel encouraged me to give it a try. He stopped speaking to me after mine was published and his wasn't. Then again, he was a bit of a prat.

Then I went into journalism, trying to turn my creativity into a career. I very quickly worked out - by day two of my diploma - that I wasn't going to do that in journalism, unless it meant being creative with facts rather than style. But again, I met a few fellow journos who secretly yearned to be writing for themselves rather than The Man from Oz.

Now I work with books again, obviously, and there's a veritable plethora of us. Every time I think I'm struggling alone, I receive a reminder that I'm not as unique as I'd like to think. So here are a few resources for you, the fellow scribblers. You poor baskets.

Literary Rejections: http://www.literaryrejections.com/uk-literary-agencies/
Contains some uplifting stories about the authors who made it big, after breaking records for the number of rejections received (about 300). Apparently the average wait till the big break is eight years. Also contains useful listings of agents around the world, by country.

The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2014
THE essential guide to agents and the publishing industry, with listings and tips. Comes out every year with updated information.

The Best Writing on Mathematics
Whoops, how did THAT get in here? Hahahaha.

Scrivener for Dummies
A book about ME! Actually no, this is a guide to a software programme that helps writers get their thought processes into some semblance of order, and write a fantastic work. Computers can do everything!

Self-editing Fiction That Sells
Writing and editing are two very different things. Once you've got everything down, you need to know how to make it BETTER. This book tells you how.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers
When things are at their Eeyorest, these stories may help pick you up. Remember: Jack Canfield, creator of the Chicken Soup series, was told his books would never sell! The first book was rejected by more than 140 publishers, before going on to establish a series that has sold more than 100 million copies around the world.

Writing Children's Books for Dummies
Pretty self-explanatory, but if you want to be the next J. K. Rowling, this book might well help.

The Writer's Internet: A Creative Guide to the World Wide Web
A guide to how to promote yourself online, where to find fan fiction sites, how to do online research, internet resources for writers and more.

100 Ways to Publish and Sell Your Own E-Book
There are many more ways to get published now than ever before. This book tells you how you can make money without an agent or a traditional publisher. No more rejection! But just in case...

The Positively Productive Writer
Subtitled "How to Reject Rejection". Unfortunately, it's going to happen. This book tells you how to deal, and how to keep going, setting realistic goals and moving your writing forward.

And finally:

77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected (and How to Make Sure It Doesn't Happen Again)
Your mission has been assigned. It's up to you to see it through.

Don't forget writing competitions, writing courses, assessment organisations like Writers Workshop or Elseware and joining networks like the Society of Authors. Good luck, one and all.




Saturday, 27 July 2013

Stalking the catalogue: Secret identity

"Superman was an authentic American dream - he simply outclasses all rivals and seemed to thrive on having enemies. Indeed - the dark side of the myth - he seemed to almost generate them."
 - Dennis Dooley, Superman at Fifty (1988)

It's amazing the number of discussions I've had with people about this book who deem the art inside as some of Shuster's worst, as if Superman was all he had to give and that it defined him in some way. Yoe's book is more than a salacious recount of serial killers inspired by fetish comic art and makes for quite fascinating reading - after all, who could resist reading about a war against comic books that involved '...psychiatrists, senators, religious leaders and parent groups...'?

Superman was all about heroism and justice, interestingly enough none of which can be found in the Nights of Horror images highlighted in Secret Identity.  The drawings seem to show people at their worst. No, that's not right. Perhaps it's more accurate to say that they depict fetishists as 'bad' or 'kinky' people.  A value judgement that would have been underlined by the fact that these publications were sold 'under the counter' at the time. (These days I don't know if it would be so shocking, or if we would be so quick to make such a judgement of people. Maybe we're at the point where we can own our 'kinks' so as not to be made to feel vulnerable about them? I don't know).

There's an introduction at the front by Stan Lee, who writes, 'Joe Shuster eventually found himself in a position where he had to accept any art job that was offered to him because of his need for funds.'  Money issues aside, the artwork is spectacular - if unusual.  Or at least, not something we talk about in polite company - which is probably why I read this in the first place.

One more thing - don't be surprised when you realise that some of the characters in the fetish images resemble Lois Lane or Clarke Kent.  Whether that was intentional or not I have no idea.

If you're after cheap thrills and pictures of scantily clad men and (mostly) women in compromising positions then this is definitely your kind of book.  However...if you're a longtime fan of graphic novel art and can separate the aesthetics (and the talent) over the subject, then you'll get a kick out of this title.

Title: Secret identity : the fetish art of Superman's co-creator Joe Shuster
Author: Craig Yoe
Published: Abrams ComicArts, 2009

Friday, 26 July 2013

Review: A Kiwi Fisherman's Guide to Life by Ian Chapman and Mike Rendle [Jan]


From a Californian native to a celebrity psychic, this book interviews many people and asks why they enjoy fishing, as well as getting them to share tales, tall and otherwise!  This book has snapshots of people’s lives – specifically kiwi fishermen.  The look at their lives is fascinating and they all share a positive outlook on life, enjoying doing what makes them happy. There are some real characters out there and this book lets you view some of them.

Attractively laid out with stunning photos of the New Zealand coastline and rivers, this book looks good and is easy to read.  The format of short interviews with different people telling good stories let readers pick it up and put it down without losing the plot of the book.  You can dive in anywhere and be captivated by a story.

Preferring my fish to be already cooked and on a dinner plate when I see them, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.  This is a must read for the fisherman in your life and for anyone who enjoys a good yarn or two.  Anyone with an interest in New Zealand will enjoy the beautiful photos that accompany each story.

Title: A Kiwi Fisherman’s Guide To Life
Authors: Ian Chapman and Mike Rendle
Published: HarperCollins, 2012
Reviewer: Jan

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Young Adult (actual books, not the movie. Sorry).


"Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris, until she meets √ątienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful √ątienne has it all, including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Life, wishes have a way of becoming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?"

Stephanie Perkins sure knows how to write a love story. Very cute and sweet filled with ‘will they, wont they’ moments. This one is defiantly written for teenage girls but if you love a good romance novel then give it a go. I liked it. 

You will like this if you liked: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight 


After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.’

Despite the blurb above this book is essentially the light, teenage version of The HandmaidsTale’ by Margret Atwood. Set in the future in a dystopian society (they’re all the rage right now) Rhine Ellery is kidnapped to be sold the bride of a wealthy and powerful scientist’s son. Wither has 2 sequels called Fever and Sever.

You will like this if you liked: The Hunger Games

‘I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.’

This is another futuristic dystopian book but unlike ‘Wither’ this one is science fiction. I won’t give too much away because figuring out what’s going on with Trella is super fun but I will say that it’s an interesting concept with great characters and well worth a read. The sequel of this book is called ‘Outside In’ is available now.

You will like this if you liked: Uglies


‘Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low and in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.’

Set in the beautiful city of Prague this dark and mysterious book is a fresh twist on the ever so fashionable supernatural teen novel. A little bit gothic and what would have been emo five years ago. This book made me want to pack a bag and head off to Europe and then not talk to any strangers once I got there.

You will like this if you liked: Hush Hush. 

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Stalking the catalogue: Off the beaten page

"So...what? You think you can just read about places and then go and visit them?"
- My sister, in 2009

Yes, yes I really do believe that I can just read about places and then go and visit them. I mean...why not? Sure, it seems whimsical, but I'm pretty sure it's a common thing. A lot of the places that I want to travel to and visit are because of books I've read, tv shows/movies I've watched, food I like the idea of, and music I've listened to.

A quick look at only some of my travel/literature/music/film/tv list reads something like this: Durrell Wildlife Park thanks to a childhood full of his stories and novels - he is forever my hero. Wider Jersey Island because of shows like Bergerac and the novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Shaffer. Oxford because of Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse books (hell, I even wanted to own an MG because of the place, not a Jag like Morse, and I want one of my sisters to have a baby so I can call him Endeavour because why not?). New Orleans thanks to my grandfather's mixed tastes in music and, later, the show Treme - I wouldn't have met Kermit Ruffins, otherwise, or some of the musicians from the Rebirth Brass Band. Memphis for Beale Street bars, music, Graceland, and most especially for the National Civil Rights Museum. 221B Baker Street because Sherlock obviously. Canada because Due South is my favouritest show ever ever ever (I'm not even kidding - I want another sibling to have a child so I can name him/her Diefenbaker). Anchorage for the song "Anchored down in Achorage" by Michelle Shocked. Route 66 for the song and the movies I saw it featured in growing up. The list goes on and on and, well, on.

If you're into blending travel with literature (and travelling in the US), then you need to add Smith's Off the beaten page to your ever-expanding TBR (to be read) list. Just to read for fun, if not to use as ideas for future destinations. I found one great reason: a Mark Twain inspired steamboat tour along the Mississippi. I never did one when I was last over there and I'm reading this book thinking "You didn't do this? Look at your life! Look at your choices!"

PS: I'm back with a weekly post, stalking our catalogue, bringing you all kinds of strange and wonderful findings. Whether you want them or not... You're welcome.

Title: Off the beaten page : the best trips for lit lovers, book clubs, and girls on getaways
Author: Terri Peterson Smith
Published: Chicago Review Press, 2013

Friday, 19 July 2013

Review: Petrolheads in Sheds by Steve Holmes [Jan]


Another awesome book with slices of Kiwi life!  This one features blokes who collect cars and motorbikes, and usually other things as well, such as tractors, Tiger Moths, Bren gun carriers, and model railways.  The author goes into shed and garages all over New Zealand as he talks to these owners and learns about their collection.  A couple of them have even opened up their collections as museums!

The stories are usually about a page and accompanied by a good number of photos.  Well composed and attractively laid out, it’s the contents of the photos that will make petrolheads drool.  A brief look at the contents of each garage has some interesting shots of some of the objects within.  These will delight motor enthusiasts everywhere.  There are some really unique people out there in New Zealand.  This book shows some really fascinating characters and the love they have for their passion.  A recommended read for anyone bitten by the motoring bug.

Title: Petrolheads in Sheds: Unique Kiwi Car Collections
Author: Steve Holmes
Published: HarperCollins, 2012
Reviewer: Jan

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Marathons: A Pure Indulgence (Part 5): A Wish List...

Just when you think I couldn't have any more things to marathon I do.  In fact it seems that I'm always marathoning something.  Which just goes to show that I really am an addict.  Of course not all the things I marathon are TV shows, I also *adore* doing movie marathons and book marathons. In fact marathoning anything is pretty cool.

Chocolate marathon anyone?

Boardwalk Empire

"The life of times of Nucky Thompson, political and criminal mastermind during the era of Prohibition."

Steve Buscemi rocks.

Which is why I just have to check this show out one of these days. It's on my list for him alone.  He's one of those actors who makes anything he's in just that little bit better.

 Sons of Anarchy

"The Sons of Anarchy live, ride, and die for brotherhood.  But as the club's leader steer them in an increasingly lawless and dangerous direction, Jax, a young member, is torn between loyalty and legacy."

Bad boys.  With leather jackets, no less.

Deadwood

"The town of Deadwood, South Dakota is a lawless place of crime and corruption. Into this uncivilized outpost ride a disillusioned and bitter ex-lawman and a man hoping to find a new start for himself."

Bad boys again.  This time with a gun and a cowboy hat. Plus Timothy Oylphant, Raylan Givens from Justified (which you just have to marathon because Reasons)

Oh yeah I am so there...

Grimm
  
"Detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as Grimms, charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures."

I watched the first episode of this some time ago but couldn't get into it.  I am, though, determined to give it another go. Because monsters. Do I really need to say anything more?

Amanda Hocking

A self-published author who took the world by storm with a series of paranormal YA novels.

All I needed to hear was the word 'paranormal' to decide that I just have to get around to doing a marathon session of all her books.

My To-Be-Read list is never going to go down...

The Tudors

Henry Cavill aka Charles Brandon in The Tudors aka Superman in the latest Superman movie Man of Steel

Tall, dark and bad boy hot, he is reason enough to watch all four seasons of this show.  The stubble helps also...

Sigh...

Something to Sigh About

Speaking of sighing, some of the best marathons are the ones with some eye candy.

And yes I can be that shallow.

Though I also like my men to have something more than just pretty boy looks.  The voice for one. And by voice I mean the voice, the kind that can send you into a  puddle on the floor.  A touch of bad boy is also a must...

Richard Armitage in North and South                Rufus Sewell in Middlemarch
Michael Fassbender in Jane Eyre                      David Tennant in The Decoy Bride
Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock                   Ryan Gosling in The Notebook

Really creepy kid's book covers.

Most children's book covers are really cute and make me wish I had some form of artistic ability but sometimes they get it a bit wrong and the pictures give you nightmares instead. It seems sometimes they can't quite get the eyes right....

What's that horror film when they sew your eyes shut? 
Satanic pony
It's looking into my soul! 

 and do not even get me started on the entire concept of Emily Eyefinger:


That crap is terrifying. 

Friday, 12 July 2013

Marathons: A Pure Indulgence (Part 4): Teenage Angst

I haven't been a teenager for quite a few years but you wouldn't think it if you met me.  I am, it seems, permanently stuck as a geeky 14 year old.  So it probably comes as no surprise that I have a secret passion for teen shows.

Some people love watching soaps and others reality shows but for me my addiction is for trashy, angsty teen shows.  The angstier the better.

It's kind of sad really...

Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls is my go to show.  The show I watch when I just want to unwind and veg out and marvel at the sheer amazingness that it is.

There's snappy dialogue, pop culture references galore and quirky, eccentric characters.  And even better a character who loves books!

As you can imagine it was pretty much a given that I was going to love this show.

Awkward

A little more raunchy than GG (Gilmore Girls) ... because hey it's MTV, Awkward is funny, realistic comedy about the issues facing teens.

There's problems with parents and school and boys and that's only the beginning.  Because life for Jenna is never easy... especially when everyone thinks her accident was in fact a suicide attempt gone wrong.

Life sure can suck sometimes

Gossip Girl

Pretty, rich teens, doing pretty, rich things and wearing pretty, expensive clothing.

Yeah I can so relate...

Still that's part of its charm.

After all everyone needs some fantasy...

Glee

Any show that features singing, dancing high school students has got my vote. Especially when it has a sense of humour like this show does and features the wonderful Jane Lynch.

I *adore* Jane Lynch which is reason enough to watch this show.

Veronica Mars

Forget Nancy Drew.  Veronica Mars is so much better. Think Nancy D meets Dawson's Creek with a touch of Twin Peaks thrown in.

Wonderfully brilliant, the show has such a following that a massive fundraising campaign by fans resulted in a movie being made - due for release sometime next year.

How cool is that.

Pretty little liars

Secrets. Lies. Betrayals.

Pretty Little Liars is so my kind of thing.  So it's kind of shocking that I haven't even watched it. yet... something I am definitely going to be fixing with a massive marathon session some time soon.

Dawson's Creek

I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I liked this show.

Dawson was an annoying dude who I just wanted to slap across the face and tell him to "man up" and Joey was a dithering mess who couldn't seem to decide what she wanted.

The fact that I liked it despite these short comings just goes to show what teenage angst can do for the brain.  Then again Pacey (Joshua Jackson) was a dream... after all any guy who names his boat True Love (watch High Society & you'll understand) just to declare his love is a definite winner.

John Hughes and Other 80's Teen Flicks

I just had to include a list of these movies because Reasons.

The music alone is enough reason to watch them.  If I had it my way every teenager today would be made to watch these as a Saturday night marathon.  Along with bowls of buttery popcorn, M&M's and vast amounts of Coke Cola.

The Breakfast Club              Pretty in Pink
Sixteen Candles                  Say Anything
Ferris Bueller's Day Off        Footloose

Review: Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris [Jan]


“She’s not out to get me?  Your life was not right when you were actually surprised that someone didn't want to kill you."

Sookie is back in her final adventure!  Recovering from bringing Sam back to life, she takes time off to think.  Eric is remote as she chose to use the fairy wish granter for Sam, instead of for his benefit.  He also has an obligation to marry the Queen of Kansas as his maker arranged.  A new vampire has now shown up and after her great-grandfather and cousin returned to the realm of the fairies Sookie is lonely.

Jason is planning his marriage, Tara is driving a minivan, and Sookie's half-demon godfather has shown up with two witches, a demon, and a telepath.  He has learnt several things that make him fear for her safety.  Arlene has been released from prison on bail for trying to give Sookie to the Fellowship of the Sun to be crucified.  The men that arranged for her bail have only asked for her to do two things; ask for her job back at Merlotte’s and a scarf of Sookie’s.

Meanwhile someone has sold their soul to the devil and decided Sookie is responsible for the deal going sour. She must pay...

A fun, easy read for Sookie fans with has a busy plot that ties up loose ends while hinting at new beginnings.  You don’t need to have read the other books in the series to pick up what is going on but it’s such an addictive world you should.  You learn who to trust, some people die, and who Sookie chooses to love.

* the books bear no relation to the plot of True Blood
** but feel free to imagine Eric Northman as Alexander Skaarsgard


Title: Dead Ever After
Author: Charlaine Harris
Published: Gollancz, 2013
Series: Book 13 in Sookie Stackhouse
Reviewer: Jan

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Marathons: A Pure Indulgence (Part 3): Something to Laugh About

There is nothing better than ending the night with a few episodes or so of your favourite comedy, especially on a cold, wet and depressing winter's night.  No matter how often you watch them they can always make you laugh.  Humour luckily never gets old... or boring.

Which is just as well as my partner and I are currently on our third re-watch of The Big Bang Theory.  Yep you heard right and in-between we've also worked our way through Will and Grace, How I Met Your Mother and Caroline In The City.  Next on our list is Spin City. 

After that who knows. Maybe you've got a favourite to recommend...

Black Books

If ever I had my own book shop it would probably be just like the one in Black Books.  And in all honestly I would be just like Bernard Black.  The foul-mouthed, drunken owner who loves books and hates his customers. Personally I can't blame him.  After all who would want to give up all those lovely books to complete and utter strangers. 

A book shop without patrons... except me.  Heaven.

The Big Bang Theory            

Soft Kitty song.

Really that's all I have to say.   Because soft kitty says it all.

If you don't know what that means then you just have to watch the show to find out.
 
Frasier                                  

"Dr Frasier Crane, psychiatrist and radio host navigates single life while coping with the day-to-day eccentricities of his family and patients."

This show never fails to make me laugh and it's easy to see why both Kelsey Grammar (as Frasier Crane) and David Hyde-Pierce (as Frasier's brother Niles) were nominated for a plethora of Emmy's during the show's 11 year run.

I feel another marathon session is called for...

How I Met Your Mother

This show is "legen...dary."  And if you've seen it you'll know exactly what this means.

Though it's about Ted and the story of how he met his wife the real star of this show for me is Barney Stinson, a serial playboy who uses trick in the book and more to get what he wants. Barney is sleazy and funny and romantic and... well the perfect bad boy,

Community

"Smooth talking ex-lawyer Jeff Winger has got a lot to learn, and he’s come to Greendale Community College to avoid every bit of it. Unfortunately for Jeff, he’s not the only misfit to enroll here."

 I've got this show on my To-Be-Watched list.  It sounds like just my kind of thing.

Miranda

Miranda and I are like this *me crossing fingers*

I adore this show and can only hope that they do another season. 

Because I need to know.  I have to know. 

That's got you curious. Hasn't it?

Outnumbered

Family life.

Watching this show you'll be grateful that yours isn't as half as insane.  Or that your kids aren't smarter than you.  Because in the Outnumbered household the kids are the true masters.

Veep

Life as a politician is never easy, especially if you the newly elected Vice President.

Balancing family life, political agendas and the demands of the President are just the beginning

30 Rock

Liz Lemon's, head writer of a live variety show, life is turned upside down with the arrival of a network executive who seems determined  to interfere with every decision she makes.

For a woman with sass and sharp wit and a mean pair of glasses Liz is just the kind of woman who isn't going to back down...

The Vicar of Dibley

The Dibley Parish Council don’t know what has hit them when the new vicar arrives in the village. Because Reverend Geraldine Granger  is not only young, trendy and bubbly but also a woman.  She is also looking for love.  Will a certain tall, dark and handsome stranger be the one?  

Featuring Dawn French at her wonderful best and Richard Armitage (or RA as his fans call him) sigh...

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Marathons: A Pure Indulgence (Part 2): Land of Fire and Ice

As I mentioned yesterday I absolutely love marathons and my current fetish seems to be for all things Scandinavian.

Personally I blame it all on The Killing.  That gripping murder mystery crime show which everyone is talking about.

I've been wanting to watch this show for absolutely ages.  But I kept putting it off... until recently.  And now that I've finally gotten around to watching it I've found myself hunting out further Scandinavian delights to add to my current winter marathon session.

There is just something about these shows that is so good and all are highly addictive, especially for a crime addict like myself.  For a good, eerie thriller you can do no wrong with a touch a Swede or Dane.  Tall, blonde, enigmatic men with an air of mystery and sadness and intense gazes that are guaranteed to melt your heart.

Vikings it seems are the best.  Then again I'm probably biased.

Wallander   

A Brit playing a Swede seems a unlikely thing but Kenneth Branagh manages to convey the loneliness and isolation of Wallander, the main character of this BBC adaption of Henning Mankell's books

Moody and haunting this British made version perfectly captures the quiet beauty of Sweden.

The Killing

A surprise Worldwide hit The Killing  captured the imagination of millions who can't seem to get enough of this Danish crime show.

Sadly only 3 seasons were made.  But 3 seasons are better than none

I'm currently half way through the 1st season and loving every minute.

The Bridge                       

"The body of a woman is found in the middle of the Oresund Bridge between Sweden and Denmark. Half the body belongs to a Swedish politician and the other half to a Danish prostitute. A bi-national team of inspectors is put together to solve the crime."

An American version is due to start screening in the US soon.

Borgen

"A political thriller set in the world of high-stakes Danish politic.  Birgitte Nyborg becomes Prime Minister of Denmark through a political fluke and has to learn the ways of power, quickly. She's an altruistic public servant in an old boys club and must master the art of the deal overnight, manage her image and perform the impossible juggling act of maintaining a family life."

 The Eagle: A Crime Odyssey

"In Denmark, a special unit is set up to fight cross-border crime throughout Scandinavia and to establish operational links with similar teams around the world. In Copenhagen, charismatic detective Hallgrim Hallgrimsson (called "The Eagle" for his unerring intuition) assembles a team of crime fighters equipped with the most advanced technology and high-tech weapons."

The Protectors

"In today's violent world, the lives of many politicians, industrialists, heads of state and other VIPs are often endangered. To counteract these threats, the Danish Intelligence Bureau established the elite Personal Protection Unit - a force of competent, quick-thinking and dedicated bodyguards. This Danish crime series centres around the lives and missions of these specialists, the people they protect and their enemies."

Headhunters

"Roger Brown appears to have it all as but, he is living above his means and is stealing art on the side. At a gallery opening he meets Clas Grev. Not only is Greve the perfect candidate for a position that Roger is recruiting for; he is also in possession of  one of the most sought-after paintings in modern art history. Roger sees his chance and starts planning his biggest theft ever.  But soon, he runs into big trouble and it’s not financial problems that are threatening to knock him over this time…"

Jackpot

"Oscar Svendsen wakes up, terrified and bloodied, a shotgun in his hands, in what was once a respectable strip joint near Svinesund, Sweden. He is surrounded by eight bodies, and police detective Sol r, who is convinced of his guilt, has a gun aimed at his chest. Reluctantly Oscar starts relating the incredible story of four men who won top prize in a soccer pool and suddenly found themselves a million kroner richer."