Ebook review: 999 Abroad by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

Today I am reviewing an older ebook than I normally go for, but the author has not been reviewed before which is really interesting to me. It did make me consider that I should add publication dates of the ebooks to the reviews I post…


Publication date: July 24, 2012
About the author: “Börkur Sigurbjörnsson was born in Reykjavík, Iceland in the year of the dragon 1976. Börkur has a PhD degree in computer science from University of Amsterdam. He currently lives in Barcelona where he works on Web related research and development, along with writing fiction. His debut literary publication was the short fiction collection 999 Abroad, in which most stories tell tales of an Icelander living abroad.”

From the dust cover: 999 Abroad is a collection of short stories by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson. The stories are based on real events in the author’s life as an Icelander living abroad. Although the tales contain grains of truth, they are melded with fiction, making the reader curious to know the line between reality and fantasy. Börkur is an avid storyteller whose narratives are packed with funny dialogs and vivid scenario descriptions. The title of the book comes from Registers Iceland and refers to the values used for postal-code and town in the registration of Icelandic citizens living abroad. The book is illustrated by Yana Volkovich.

My Ebook review: There was something gripping about this story right from the start even though at times it became confusing and the lines are muddled but this is the captivating part.

The author’s writing style is pleasant and this is a gentle tale rather than a shocking story and therefore makes for a very pleasant read. I would need to read it a couple more times to know if I know where the line between fantasy and reality is.

In the final analysis worth a read!

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