The Moose Paradox by Antti Tuomainen, trans by David Hackston

Today it’s back to Mandie who is finally sharing her thoughts on The Moose Paradox, the second book in the Rabbit Factor series from Antti Tuomainen. I loved this book and shared my thoughts as part of the tour last year. You can read my thoughts here. Here’s what the book’s about:

Source: Owned Copy
Release Date: 27 October 2022
Publisher: Orenda Books

About the Book

Insurance mathematician Henri Koskinen has finally restored order both to his life and to YouMeFun, the adventure park he now owns, when a man from the past appears – and turns everything upside down again. More problems arise when the park’s equipment supplier is taken over by a shady trio, with confusing demands. Why won’t Toy of Finland Ltd sell the new Moose Chute to Henri when he needs it as the park’s main attraction?

Meanwhile, Henri’s relationship with artist Laura has reached breaking point, and, in order to survive this new chaotic world, he must push every calculation to its limits, before it’s too late…

Absurdly funny, heart-stoppingly poignant and full of nail-biting suspense, The Moose Paradox is the second instalment in the critically acclaimed, pitch-perfect Rabbit Factor Trilogy and things are messier than ever…

Mandie’s Thoughts

Whenever you pick up a book by Antti Tuomainen then you know that you are going to spend half your time immersed in something that is both different and brilliant with a few laughs thrown in for good measure courtesy of his unique sense of humour.

The Moose Paradox sees us back with Henri Koskinen and the adventure park YouMeFun. Things are better than they were when he first inherited it from his brother but the mathematician in him is certain that it can be better and for that he need the new attraction The Moose Chute. Unfortunately for him there are those for reasons unknown don’t want him to have it and they resort to some very underhand tactics just to push home the point. For anyone who has read the Rabbit Factor you will know that these sort of moves wont have Henri running for the hills but straight into the middle of the trouble. The question is will he manage to get himself hurt or will he somehow come out on top again.

Henri is such a great character, from his social awkwardness to the analytical way he tries to solve every problem thrown at him. He sees everything in the terms of numbers and statistics which in turn results in some very interesting solutions to whatever life throws at him. Even when a face from the past threatens what he has achieved he never seems to truly waver from his ultimate goal and the chaos that surrounds him. I loved watching his relationship with former employee and artist Laura Helanto develop as she seems to accept him as he is and at the same time make him a better version of himself.

This series is definitely one of those that throws everything at the reader (and the characters) and that is what makes it so good. The opening chapter sets the tone for the rest of the book as it takes you back over events that led up to the action that takes place. Not going to lie always knew there was a reason why I didn’t like strawberries and Antti has given me one more to prove that the pesky red fruits are not good for your health. From the brilliant covers that catch your eye to the story that unfolds in each page this is a series that you really shouldn’t miss out on.

About the Author

Finnish Antti Tuomainen was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author in 2013, the Finnish press crowned Tuomainen the ‘King of Helsinki Noir’ when Dark as My Heart was published. With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen was one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula, and his poignant, dark and hilarious The Man Who Died became an international bestseller, shortlisting for the Petrona and Last Laugh Awards. Palm Beach Finland was an immense success, with Marcel Berlins (The Times) calling Tuomainen ‘the funniest writer in Europe’. Little Siberia (2020), was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger, the Amazon Publishing/Capital Crime Awards and the CrimeFest Last Laugh Award, and won the Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year. The Rabbit Factor (2021), the first book in Antti’s first ever series,is in production by Amazon Studios with Steve Carell starring.The Moose Paradox, book two in the series is out in 2022.

About the Translator

David Hackston is a British Translator of Finnish and Swedish literature and drama. Notable publications include The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy, Maria Peura’s coming-of-age novel At the Edge of Light, Johanna Sinisalo’s eco-thriller Birdbrain, two crime novels by Matti Joensuu and Kati Hiekkapelto’s Anna Fekete series (which currently includes The HummingbirdThe Defenceless and The Exiled, all published by Orenda Books). He also translates Antti Tuomainen’s stories. In 2007 he was awarded the Finnish State Prize for Translation. David is also a professional countertenor and a founding member of the English Vocal Consort of Helsinki.

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