Backstrom: He Who Kills The Dragon
Leif G.W. Persson
He who kills the dragon, or rather he who kills my desire to finish this book, was awful.
I'll admit I only picked this book up because I have enjoyed the TV series, but the book is NOTHING like the TV show. Evert Backstrom is overweight, drinks excessively and dislikes pretty much everyone and everything other than himself.
Yes, Backstrom is meant to be unlikable and trust me, the author achieved a high rate of success in making Evert Backstrom completely and utterly unlikable...in fact, I can't think of a single thing I liked about the character. To enjoy a book I have to have SOMETHING to draw a relationship between myself and the character(s), whether it be a curiosity of their well-being or a relatable characteristic, He Who Kills the Dragon offered nothing like this. If you like a book who's main character is racist, sexist and any other "ist" you can think of, then this might just be the book for you!
Other than the sheer dislike and somewhat distracting dislike of the main character, most of the book seemed to be in a state of mass confusion. No one seems too sure what the other is doing and there's a lot of "I'm not to sure what is going on" dialogue through out the whole book. Most of the confusion comes unraveled at the very end, but this book lost me way before the last few pages even came into play. This was just not my kind of writing, not my kind of characters and I think the whole story suffered with overdeveloped, unlikable characters.
I've been in a bit of a reading funk (it happens to the best of us) and this was most certainly not the book to boost me back into the world of literature.
An avid reader with a thirst for knowledge, and adventure through words printed on paper.
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