Operation garbo

This is a three part Swedish series about a war that never happened.  it's written as a collection of stories following multiple main actors along in the main story. This makes sometimes makes it hard to follow a specific character and remember past  events that effect there behavior. the story takes place at the end of the cold war. The setting is a Scandinavia harassed by increasing tensions between the soviet block and national. This tension places a formally neutral Sweden in a precarious position.

The book is written by under pseudonym hiding a group of authors all whom had insight into both the Swedish defense at the time and the political situation of the area. The authors background knowledge allows them to create a plausible scenario depicting a soviet assault on Sweden in a bid to improve there positions on a global scale. However the authors close relationship with the story and the area does done through. Especially in there views of Swedish politics of the cold war Era.

Despite some minor shortcomings the story is interesting and raises some important issues. Especially for a small neutral country placed between two super powers with less than friendly relations. 

The book is a good read and I would recommend it to anyone living in Scandinavia who have even a minor interest in how geopolitics could effect our region. 

Alas Babylon

Apart from sudden fears of imminent doom this book is a fascinating look into the world after a disaster. It is fiction and makes no claim on correctness but the alternative history it describes is hauntingly plausible.

The story revolves around a single relative to a bomber pilot in the cold war. After a short buildup where he gets the responsibility of his brothers family a full scale nuclear war breaks out.

The story then revolves around him and his home towns struggle for survival in the contaminated zone. Despite the warlike setting this is a book about human survival. It is also a book about the undiscovered good in a community. This is especially visible with a story set in a still fairly segregated society where necessity forces people to reevaluate there preconceptions.

Apart from having a compelling narrative the book itself is written in a very approachable way making the story easy to digest. This for me is very important since I no longer have the time for extended reading sessions. Despite having a very approachable story this book still retains a certain depth that makes it even more compelling.

As a positive spin on a fairly common dystopian theme this book really does brought me both joy and a few moments of thought. Both on the fragility of our society and the good in community. I do recommend this book, especially the audiobook version read by Will Patton.


This is one of my first forays into sci-fi as a genre and I think I made a good choice.
Even though the setting seems somewhat far fetched the story and the way the fictional society evolves is surprisingly relevant.

The only major gripe I have with the book is the last quarter which sadly becomes somewhat anticlimactic after a fast paced and interesting beginning.
The book is in a way split in three parts which in turn deals with the realization and preparation before a catastrophe, the actual catastrophe and the aftermath.
And since all the parts seems to be well researched and the science behind them at least plausible I found it easy to get caught up in the story.

In short I'd say that it's a good entry point into the world of sci-fi even though the disappointing end lets it down.

The Great Gatsby

I've had a great deal of trouble deciding on what I think of this short classic by F.Scott Fitzgerald.
The story is well written and makes an excellent job at describing the decadent intrigue without leaving the
reader with empty characters and false promises.

However large parts of the story lacks any coherent plot and could almost be considered an extended prelude or footnote to the
fast paced ending.
This long prelude is rescued by the deceivingly catchy glamor and humor which shines through in the beautifully written dialogue and the
colorful characters. 
At the very end of the story we get introduced to the grand moral of the story, which of course would be totally lost without the prelude.

We are finally left with a story about the importance of looking beyond worldly riches and glamor. It also manages to include
a fair bit of etiquette with the intriguing notion that you should thread your guests as friends, without necessarily having considering them
guests or actual friends.