You want me to go to Norway? I asked. And what do you want me to pick up?An owl, he said.A real, live owl?No, he said, the owl’s dead.Short Ride on A Fast Machine is a quirky and engaging caper, the story of a young cycle courier from London who goes on an improbable journey to Norway, to pick up a stuffed owl for a mysterious client. For his oddest job to date, Sam enlistYou want me to go to Norway? I asked. And what do you want me to pick up?An owl, he said.A real, live owl?No, he said, the owl’s dead.Short Ride on A Fast Machine is a quirky and engaging caper, the story of a young cycle courier from London who goes on an improbable journey to Norway, to pick up a stuffed owl for a mysterious client. For his oddest job to date, Sam enlists the help of his friend and fellow courier Poyntz. But as they make their haphazard journey to Mr Sorensen’s mountain hut, its owner is attracting the attention of the Norwegian police. Have Sam and Poyntz become unlikely accomplices in one of the biggest crimes in the country’s history?...
|Title||:||Short Ride on a Fast Machine|
|Number of Pages||:||320 Pages|
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Short Ride on a Fast Machine Reviews
This book is a lot of fun. Fast paced, intelligent, educational and gripping. The main characters came across as well rounded, empathetic individuals that I wanted to know more about as the story unfolded. There were a few laugh out loud moments as well as some quite moving descriptions of lost love and close family relationships. For a first novel I just think it was really well balanced, though I still find the rules of backgammon and bicycle nicknackery confusing. So I will do my own research into those areas and await the sequel.
An entertaining tale of impulsiveness and irreverence, centered around love for bicycles and cycling, with a bit of bittersweet love story in the background.
Mostly I read for an hour each night. This quirky tale prodded my imagination and demanded more attention. Work went undone as I raced through this book in little more than a day . Sometimes thrilling and fast-paced, sometimes laugh out loud funny and at times emotional too. I don't ride a bicycle or play backgammon, but Sam makes me feel like I'm missing out. I enjoyed the banter and relatable friendship between Sam and the annoying Poyntz. I smirked at supporting characters like Fat Barry and of course The Armenian, whose dialogue was highly entertaining. Sorensen's developing back-story and the mystery of the Black Goddess also kept me turning the pages. I could have done without the Marta Olsen chapter in Part 2 which I found slow and hard to read, but thankfully, it was a short chapter.A good, fun read and I hope to see more of Magnus McGrandle.
A fun and thoughtful read.
In a reading slump at the moment but hopefully I'll be able to get back to this one!