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The community of weird writers in Finland is thriving, and producing memorable stories that blur and bend genre boundaries with their unbridled flight of imagination. This publication introduces you to suomikumma, “Finnish Weird”, showcases a few of its bright stars, and also gives you a couple of short stories to read. Step into the wonderful world of Finnish Weird!


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The community of weird writers in Finland is thriving, and producing memorable stories that blur and bend genre boundaries with their unbridled flight of imagination. This publication introduces you to suomikumma, “Finnish Weird”, showcases a few of its bright stars, and also gives you a couple of short stories to read. Step into the wonderful world of Finnish Weird!

45 review for Finnish Weird 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Hall

    Finnish Weird is an online and paper mag produced to promote Helsinki’s bid for Worldcon in 2017, and it showcases some of the finest up and coming Finnish SF and F talent. However, it’s quickly apparent from reading it that the lines between SF, Fantasy and Horror, and between magic and reality, are more blurred in Finland than they are in other countries. Finland is a liminal country, caught between east and west, between forest edge and lake shore, and the speculative fiction produced there t Finnish Weird is an online and paper mag produced to promote Helsinki’s bid for Worldcon in 2017, and it showcases some of the finest up and coming Finnish SF and F talent. However, it’s quickly apparent from reading it that the lines between SF, Fantasy and Horror, and between magic and reality, are more blurred in Finland than they are in other countries. Finland is a liminal country, caught between east and west, between forest edge and lake shore, and the speculative fiction produced there treads an unsettling path between genres. The introduction provides an excellent overview of where the Finnish SFF / Weird scene is right now, and it all sounds very healthy. The magazine includes an interview with Finn-in-exile Emmi Itaranta, whose The Memory of Water* has overtones of SF, set in a future world where fresh water is scarce and only the masters of the ancient tea-ceremony know how to find it. Also featured is Tiina Raevaara, whose “Gordon’s Story” (included here) is an unsettling and touching fable. A bird, injured in an ongoing war, is brought into a hospital where all the other staff and patients are birds. His room-mate, the only human in the hospital, is a man who is gradually turning to stone. Humans and birds live side by side, each unaware of the others world. The uneasy but growing friendship, and it’s inevitable tragic end, is told through the eyes of the bird. The third author featured – and it’s nice to see such a focus on women in the magazine – is Jenny Kangasvuo, whose short story based on a passage from Finnish national epic the Kalevala closes the magazine. Kangasvuo is the author of Wolf Blood**, published by Teos in 2012, an unusual werewolf novel set in the wilds of Northern Finland, with LGBT and pagan themes, which sounds intriguing. If all this has whet your appetite for some Finnish Weirdness, you can read the magazine online for free here : http://issuu.com/teroyks/docs/finnish... Me, I’m off to find someone prepared to publish Wolf Blood in English, because my Finnish is limited to “please” and “thank you”, and I would dearly love to read it… *Teemestarin Kirja - Finnish title **Sudenveri - Finnish title

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tyrannosaurus regina

    In the past year I've discovered a taste for the Finnish flavour of Weird, so the when I saw someone mention this on twitter I was all over it, regretting only that it had been out for a few months without me knowing. In part it's a huge tease, because in its author profiles it mentions a whole lot of books I'd love to read but that aren't (yet) translated into English or are difficult to acquire. But it's also exciting, getting a few more tastes of what's out there. There are only two stories i In the past year I've discovered a taste for the Finnish flavour of Weird, so the when I saw someone mention this on twitter I was all over it, regretting only that it had been out for a few months without me knowing. In part it's a huge tease, because in its author profiles it mentions a whole lot of books I'd love to read but that aren't (yet) translated into English or are difficult to acquire. But it's also exciting, getting a few more tastes of what's out there. There are only two stories in the book, in addition to the interviews and author profiles, but they are well worth it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hanneleele

    Tore kirjandusajakiri :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Artur Coelho

    Este poderia ser um livro interessante se não passasse a maior parte das páginas a falar das biografias dos autores de Weird finlandês. Lá para o fim agracia-nos com três contos, mas fica-se com aquela sensação de muito pouco, muito tarde. O interesse de ficar a conhecer as possibilidades literárias destes escritores sem realmente ler o que escrevem tem o seu quê de relativo. Termina de forma interessante, com dois contos. Gordon's Story de Tiina Raevaara subverte a lógica das guerras humanas co Este poderia ser um livro interessante se não passasse a maior parte das páginas a falar das biografias dos autores de Weird finlandês. Lá para o fim agracia-nos com três contos, mas fica-se com aquela sensação de muito pouco, muito tarde. O interesse de ficar a conhecer as possibilidades literárias destes escritores sem realmente ler o que escrevem tem o seu quê de relativo. Termina de forma interessante, com dois contos. Gordon's Story de Tiina Raevaara subverte a lógica das guerras humanas contrapondo um pássaro que recupera no hospital de feridas em combate contra outras espécies aladas, e um humano que se vai petrificando lentamente. Flow My Tears, Fall From Your Springs! de Jenny Kangasvuo reconta um mito do folclore finlandês com toques curiosos de fantástico e magia. Finda a leitura, fica-se a desejar que esta obra de divulgação tivesse apostado mais em trazer contos dos autores contemplados aos leitores. Ou seja, os editores desta Finnish Weird não perderiam nada em dar um olho à brasileira Trasgo, que essa sim, tem sabido equilibrar a divulgação literária com o contexto artístico.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    An interesting free sampler that contains a lot of essays and bios and two short stories. Ultimately, it left me wanting more. “Gordon's Story” is my second exposure to Tiina Raevaara and the biggest takeaway I have is that she likes weird bird concepts. I liked this one a bit more than the one in the “It Came from the North” anthology as it had some interesting musings on the nature of war and prejudice. “Flow My Tears, Fall from Your Springs!” by Jenny Kangasvuo was an interesting take on a Vani An interesting free sampler that contains a lot of essays and bios and two short stories. Ultimately, it left me wanting more. “Gordon's Story” is my second exposure to Tiina Raevaara and the biggest takeaway I have is that she likes weird bird concepts. I liked this one a bit more than the one in the “It Came from the North” anthology as it had some interesting musings on the nature of war and prejudice. “Flow My Tears, Fall from Your Springs!” by Jenny Kangasvuo was an interesting take on a Vanimoinen story. It remains true to the original frame of the story while providing more agency to our protagonist.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    An interesting introduction to the world of Finnish weird fiction. This consists of a background and introduction to the genre from Johanna Sinisalo and a number of profiles of key authors. The highlight is tge two short stories. Particularly the 'Flow my tears, fall from your springs', which is a beautiful retelling of Aino's story from The Kalevala. An interesting introduction to the world of Finnish weird fiction. This consists of a background and introduction to the genre from Johanna Sinisalo and a number of profiles of key authors. The highlight is tge two short stories. Particularly the 'Flow my tears, fall from your springs', which is a beautiful retelling of Aino's story from The Kalevala.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eftihia S.

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    Kelly

  9. 5 out of 5

    Feketerigó

  10. 5 out of 5

    Goran Maleš

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shawn

  12. 5 out of 5

    Todd

  13. 4 out of 5

    TΞΞL❍CK Mith!lesh

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shane

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mike Manzer

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jukka Särkijärvi

  17. 4 out of 5

    Talvirinka

  18. 4 out of 5

    idle

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ekaterina Trayt

  20. 5 out of 5

    KareenaSu

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mave.Nanuq

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katarina Norrgård

  23. 4 out of 5

    S.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aďa Vaňková

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marc J. Miarnau

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maria

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    Ieva Melgalve

  28. 4 out of 5

    Martha

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wif

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dirk Weger

  31. 5 out of 5

    Rocío

  32. 5 out of 5

    Anne Kaffeekanne

  33. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

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    Joel Cornah

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    Linda

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    Madicken

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    Gregory

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    Veronica Andreea

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    Ryan

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    Nighteye

  41. 5 out of 5

    Lupina Ojala

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    Margit

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    Meghan

  44. 4 out of 5

    Joni

  45. 5 out of 5

    P.J. O'Brien

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