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Amberville Chaufförerna i sina röda pickuper hämtade gamla mjukdjur ”de nötta och de trötta” som det hette Vart de gamla djuren fördes visste ingen men de försvann och sågs aldrig mer Det var inte konstigt att Chaufförerna var fruktade inte konstigt att man ville att det skulle finnas något slags lista; vad som helst som gjorde Chaufförernas nattliga körningar mindre slumpartade Nicholas Duva kung i Ambervilles undre värld är övertygad om att det finns en Dödslista Och att han står på den Allt är över om inte hans namn stryks Eric Björn får under hot uppdraget att åtgärda detta Hitta listan och stryka Duvan Klarar han inte av det går det illa för hans käraste Emma Kanin Eric är skakad och söker genast upp sina gamla kumpaner Ormen Marek Tom Tom Kråka och Sam Gasell Motvilligt accepterar de att hjälpa sin tidigare ledare eftersom de uppfattar Dödslistan som ett rykte endast en överdriven myt Men nattlig spaning på röda pickuper bevisar att det måste finnas ett direktiv till Chaufförerna En obönhörlig ordning som talar om vilka mjukdjur som fraktas bort En hemlig Dödslista – upprättad av någon med den yttersta makten Amberville part 3 of Tim Davys' Mollisan Town uartet is a slightly offbeat mildly disturbing thought provoking entertaining read It touches on the nature of life and death mistaken identity law and order and good and evil all viewed through the perspective of stuffed animalsYes you read that right Stuffed animals Mollisan Town is populated with stuffed animals of varying moral alignments from the holy penguin Archdeacon Odenkirk to the malicious gangster Nicholas DoveEric Bear former mob enforcer now a successful ad exec and devoted husband is asked to do a favor for his former employer the aforementioned Nicholas Dove locate the Death List a roster of all the stuffed animals slated to die on a particular day and remove his name from it or suffer the death of his beloved Emma Rabbit The problem is no one knows if the Death List actualy even exists much less where it is or how to remove a name Eric assembles his old crew from the old days the hulking yet sweet Tom Tom Crow the effete Sam Gazelle and the dispassionate Snake Marek and the foursome search Mollisan Town high and low for leads on this Death List Along the way we see interludes about the characters' seedy past especially one concerning a case of mistaken identity Amberville is shockingly adult in stark contrast to the idea of the characters being stuffed toys There's drinking smoking drug use and sex all over this book and on several occasions you forget you're reading a book about stuffed animals It is imaginative and wildly fun and I honestly can't help but to recommend it8 out of 10 This novel reminded of the tale of the emperor's clothes Not because of a similar story but because some people will see wondrous things while others will see nothing I'm in the latter categoryA Raymond Chandler style pot boiler with stuffed animal characters? Well it's differentDon't waste your money In fact if it's free don't waste your time This is one of the top five weirdest books I have ever read It takes place in a world of stuffed animals but that has both almost no bearing on the story and is key to the main plot What I mean is that it's never revealed that actually they're toys in a toystore or a messed up version of the 100 Acre Woods The fact that they are stuffed animals is not part of some plot twist The thought that it might be a twist kept distracting me the entire time trying to find out the clue But at the same time the entire plot of the book which in a way I don't wish to spoil revolves around life and death depends entirely upon the fact that as stuffed animals they can't be killed in the ways that we canContributing to the strangeness of the book is the fact that it shifts from omniscient 3rd person to first person POVs in various chapters Two main characters are always in first person and a few auxiliary characters are in first person But the bulk of the main protagonists have 3rd person omniscient POVs Part of the trick there is that it's generally assumed that 3rd person narratives are reliable narrators But it eventually becomes clear that some of the first person chapters are unreliable narrators And the reasons for the unreliability are uite varied Speaking of which the narrative winds back and forth between the present and past filling in little details here in there and eventually revealing an almost Fight Club level twist partway through the book It's a meditation on the lies we tell others and the lies we tell ourselves It considers whether there is redemption or whether people are just evil or good Church and state and power are examined Hero worship It's a dense book for so strange a premise that I thought would be mined for humor If you want something different; perhaps something Weird as in the genre you should give this a shot And push through the seemingly cookie cutter ish first few chapters until it flips you around and makes you start uestioning everything Eric now an adult and a successful advertising executive has been successful in putting his reckless and somewhat criminal youthful indiscretions behind him At least that's what he thought But then the local kingpin he once worked for shows up with a non negotiable proposition Find the hit list that his name is rud to be on and remove it from the list Otherwise he will kill Eric's girlfriend Now Eric must get the old gang back together and track down the Death List at any costA compelling and straight forward plot The big twist? Eric the crime boss and all of the other characters in the book are stuffed animals They live in a world completely populated by stuffed animals in which the young and old are delivered and taken away by pick up trucks It is definitely an interesting plot twist But is it necessary?The idea isn't completely original The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The Big Over Easy A Nursery Crime Meet the Feebles but that doesn't mean it isn't good It just means that the author might want to approach the concept from an original angleTim Davys does but he unfortunately decides to play it straight The idea of stuffed animals in a detective mystery novel begs for plenty of sarcastic tongue in cheek humor but Amberville avoids silly humor and instead relies on the subtle absurdities a small stuffed dove as a crime kingpin for example to deliver the humor on their own which they never really manage to do Even the author's approach to the way characters are named in Amberville simply a first name followed by the type of stuffed animal they are shows a lack of desire to truly have fun with the concept In short things that should be comical or farcical are just as boring as they would be in the real worldThe result is a story that could easily be translated into a realistic non fantasy setting and written as a straight hardboiled noir novel Amberville doesn't necessarily fail at making the concept work it just doesn't fully convince the reader that fantastical setting was crucial to the storyAmberville is supposed to reveal truths about human nature morality religion and the concepts of good and evil by having stuffed animals act out the scenarios in which these philosophical debates occur This is where the book does fail much in the same way that White Man's Burden failed Changing reality in some ironic or absurd way might seem deep and meaningful at first But unless there are other connections on multiple levels all that you are left with is an overused gimmickAmberville is a good book It has a compelling story interesting characters and enough twists and turns to keep a mystery lover interested until the end It just doesn't uite manage to be what it wanted to be and that's what keeps it from being a great book

  • Hardcover
  • 378 pages
  • Amberville
  • Tim Davys
  • Swedish
  • 28 September 2015
  • 9789100116088

About the Author: Tim Davys

Tim Davys is the pseudonym for a well known Swedish public figure and Amberville is his or her first novelA dark and stormy nightI was born in a country far far away Before the age of 20 I never read a book Comic books magazines and movies taught me how to tell a story I studied literature got a job found a wife and bought a dog I studied psychology got another job held on to the w

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