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I confess I really struggled to finish this book I had read its predecessor and found it mildly amusing but this one really did drag It wasn t even funny The Let s give themof the same approach really didn t cut it.So, what s it all about Well, Martha and her friends, our geriatric Robin Hoods, have left the residential home and from the proceeds of their crimes have bought themselves a house in the country, where they all live together Their small community is disturbed by the arri I confess I really struggled to finish this book I had read its predecessor and found it mildly amusing but this one really did drag It wasn t even funny The Let s give themof the same approach really didn t cut it.So, what s it all about Well, Martha and her friends, our geriatric Robin Hoods, have left the residential home and from the proceeds of their crimes have bought themselves a house in the country, where they all live together Their small community is disturbed by the arrival of a gang of Hell s Angels, who buy another house in road, right next door as it happens, and then start taking liberties, assuming no one will object Wrong Whilst trying to handle their unwelcome neighbours, our gang are once again plotting robberies, to make up for the money they keep losing, but mainly to give away to homes for the elderly, to make their livescomfortable.The problem I have with this book is that it has all the hallmarks of being written by a child The plots, such as they are, are simplistic and full of holes The With one bound he was free style does prove wearisome after a while.Sadly, even if there arein the series, I doubt I will be bothering to read them I ll admit I was concerned at the start the gang up to their old tricks in a Las Vegas casino only because I really didn t want them to get nabbed and sent to US jail I especially don t think Martha would do well there , but soon enough we are back to familiar ground Social Justice Robbers, Swedish grandparent style Much like the last book, they find they are great at stealing vast sums of money but not so wonderful at holding onto or dispersing the funds, when they are outraged to discove I ll admit I was concerned at the start the gang up to their old tricks in a Las Vegas casino only because I really didn t want them to get nabbed and sent to US jail I especially don t think Martha would do well there , but soon enough we are back to familiar ground Social Justice Robbers, Swedish grandparent style Much like the last book, they find they are great at stealing vast sums of money but not so wonderful at holding onto or dispersing the funds, when they are outraged to discover that their old nursing home is even worse than it was before They also tangle with a motorcycle gang, the police, crooked custom officials while carrying out their intricate schemes Passages like Strange how much somebody could reveal when they were talking to old people It was as if they thought that the elderly had stopped thinking For youths and politicians the elderly just didn t seem to count Not at all underscore the point of the book Like if Miss Marple was crooked the League of Pensioners or..not sure what they decided the gang should be called at the end use their frailness and age to outwit everyone around them The Little Old Lady Who Struck Lucky Again is the second book in the League of Pensioners series by Swedish author Catharina Ingelman Sundberg After escaping to the Bahamas with their ill gotten gains, Martha Andersson and her four old friends head to Las Vegas Then, having made De Beers, Casino, Bank security and Police look like total idiots, they head back to Sweden, so the book s cover is actually rather misleading With the help of Christina s adult children, they set themselves up in a g The Little Old Lady Who Struck Lucky Again is the second book in the League of Pensioners series by Swedish author Catharina Ingelman Sundberg After escaping to the Bahamas with their ill gotten gains, Martha Andersson and her four old friends head to Las Vegas Then, having made De Beers, Casino, Bank security and Police look like total idiots, they head back to Sweden, so the book s cover is actually rather misleading With the help of Christina s adult children, they set themselves up in a grand house, only to discover a Tarot reading siren and a gang of bikies are their neighbours These self styled Robin Hoods manage to lose their stolen assets as easily as they acquire them, and their commentary on the government, financial institutions and legal firms becomes repetitive and borders on preaching Their justification for committing these crimes the terrible conditions of retirement homes, schools and art galleries is also reiterated numerous times The humour relies on sitcom or slapstick, and obviously loses something in translation While the characters are portrayed as resourceful, their activities bank robberies, museum theft and extortion are too far fetched to be even vaguely believable The plot commit theft, give away funds, lose some, rinse and repeat is executed in a rather tedious and occasionally clumsy manner This sequel is disappointing With thanks to TheReadingRoom and Pan Macmillan Australia for this copy to read and review Yes I have said that won t read the second book, but I hear so many good things about it and how it s better than the first one So here goes something Do I really need to hear step 1, step 2, step 3 step 12step 37 step n as n approaches infinity in the decision making process of whether to have coffee, tea, cloudberry liqueur, some combination of these, or something different EVERY time this group has a snack and they snack OFTEN NO NO I really have no need and no desire to hear this process every time Especially since it is virtually the same process every time, and I then get to hear all of the steps on why it was a go Do I really need to hear step 1, step 2, step 3 step 12step 37 step n as n approaches infinity in the decision making process of whether to have coffee, tea, cloudberry liqueur, some combination of these, or something different EVERY time this group has a snack and they snack OFTEN NO NO I really have no need and no desire to hear this process every time Especially since it is virtually the same process every time, and I then get to hear all of the steps on why it was a good or bad decision often fromthan one of the main characters, and then the whole thing again for whether they should have wafers, or cinnamon buns, or cake, or who really cares why am I being forced to read page after page of this tedium Then, I got to read the tedious, repetitive rants about social conditions in Sweden Then, the tedious repetitive details about their plans and tedious, repetitive discussions on whether they can morally commit the crimes Then, I got to wonder why anyone thinks the so called plot twists are funny when they were fairly predictable and mostly just made me wonder how anyone who makes such stupid mistakes can pull off these crimes OH wait because the author just makes stuff up as she goes with no basis in the reality of how banks and museums, or police investigations, etc work I hate it when authors are too lazy to do their research and apparently think I am too stupid to notice And finally, really they are robbing a museum of its treasures to get money to support, among other things, the culture of their country you know, by donating money to museums How does that even make sense Sadly, while I found this book tedious to read, I might well be misguided enough to read the next one in the series But then again, with my growing TBR list of good and potentially good books, probably not This one wasn t anywhere near as funny as the first one and it dragged a bit in the beginning, but it picked up once the motorcycle gang members moved in next door The League of Pensioners always seem to get caught up in something LOL I will continue on with the next one as I want to see what happens with them and what hijinks they get into. 3.5 5Originally posted on loved the Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules, I was really looking forward to meeting The League of Pensioners again and see what they would get up to this time Although you could probably read this as a stand alone novel, if you have not read the The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules, I still recommend you read that one first as that will put this one into context.Just like the first book, The League of Pensio 3.5 5Originally posted on loved the Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules, I was really looking forward to meeting The League of Pensioners again and see what they would get up to this time Although you could probably read this as a stand alone novel, if you have not read the The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules, I still recommend you read that one first as that will put this one into context.Just like the first book, The League of Pensioners get up to all sorts of crazy criminal activity and just like last time, it is all for a good cause Martha the brains behind The League of Pensioners definitely stood out as my favourite character this time as she comes up with some fantastic criminal plans I think I shall aspire to be like Martha when I m older, but maybe wouldn t quite get away with the things that she does It was fun reading as even though The League of Pensioners carry out some truly brilliant crimes, they do have a habit of getting themselves into a bit of a pickle and can be a bit forgetful Once again though I loved that this book gets across that you should NEVER underestimate a pensioner Although I still enjoyed reading this, The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is still my favourite as it was all new and hadn t read anything like it before However this book was still a really fun read, it made me laugh loads and there was one point where I did actually go Awww as something that I wanted to happen in the last book happened in this one More Swedish fiction but definitely not up to the standard, which has been driven pretty high by the likes of Stieg Larsson s Millenium series, Fredrik Backman s A Man Called Ove and even Jonas Jonasson and The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.To be blunt, it was naff It s carelessly written and needs some brutal editing, the same things being described over and over, ad nauseam When I read the first League of Pensioners yarn, I thought it had a certain char More Swedish fiction but definitely not up to the standard, which has been driven pretty high by the likes of Stieg Larsson s Millenium series, Fredrik Backman s A Man Called Ove and even Jonas Jonasson and The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.To be blunt, it was naff It s carelessly written and needs some brutal editing, the same things being described over and over, ad nauseam When I read the first League of Pensioners yarn, I thought it had a certain charm to it, which led me to venture on But this was just too much of the same, a prime example of an inadvisable sequel, succeeding only in forcing the perpetuation of a tired idea You also get repeatedly bludgeoned with a wishy washy sort of author s message to do with the politics of Sweden, but it feels all wrong with the tone of the book, like trying to find meaning in an episode of Road Runner Maybe it translated badly, but I wouldn t recommend it So we last met the little old lady, also known as Martha Anderson, when she was breaking all the rules and forming the league of pensioners That was a terrifically fun and hilarious read and luckily this one was the same.This time all our friends are in Las Vegas where they are soon caught up in a hugely hilarious amount of criminal activity.This was such a great uplifting read if you can imagine the Ocean Eleven gang all in their 70 s and 80 s planning all sorts of shenanigans, you ve prob So we last met the little old lady, also known as Martha Anderson, when she was breaking all the rules and forming the league of pensioners That was a terrifically fun and hilarious read and luckily this one was the same.This time all our friends are in Las Vegas where they are soon caught up in a hugely hilarious amount of criminal activity.This was such a great uplifting read if you can imagine the Ocean Eleven gang all in their 70 s and 80 s planning all sorts of shenanigans, you ve probably got this one down pat Beautifully hilarious at times, with a really good heart to it, I loved Martha evenin this one than the last, her character really grew for me I think possibly I enjoyed the first one a LITTLEsimply because it was such a new idea, rampaging pensioners refusing to sit in a corner and knit but still, it is a rip rollicking adventure and I am definitely planning to become a master criminal when I hit 65 I mean why not One group of lively pensioners versus a criminal gang made for all sorts of laugh out loud moments, the great writing and storytelling of the first novel is very much still right there, there are some side stories and little bits and bobs that REALLY brightened my day at times and overall you won t find much better if you are looking for a funny, heartwarming read From someone who spends most of their reading time with serial killers and psychotic women, this was a breath of fresh air and a little bit of a wonderful reading holiday So glad there is going to be a third book `Free ⇸ La piccola ottantenne che cambiò tutte le regole ⇩ M rtha Andersson e la sua banda di ottantenni, dopo aver lasciato il triste ospizio di Stoccolma dove erano alloggiati, hanno finalmente raggiunto le rutilanti luci di Las Vegas la loro occasione per rifarsi una nuova vita e per rendere migliore quella di tanti anziani che vivono in ristrettezze o chiusi in desolati ospizi cadenti Ora, sotto il nome d arte di La Banda dei Pensionati , stanno per manomettere con i loro classici trucchi i sistemi di sicurezza di uno dei casin pi grandi della citt Poi, qualche operazione finanziaria tramite computer per trasferire i soldi in Svezia e via , si ritorna in patria ma solo per scoprire che un hacker insospettabile ha deviato tutti i loro beni sul suo conto M rtha e i suoi inseparabili amici devono ricominciare tutto da capo e per farlo come si deve in tranquillit si trasferiscono in una villa in riva al mare dove vengono presi di mira dai loro vicini, gente davvero poco raccomandabile Riusciranno i nostri eroi dai capelli d argento tutti rapine, sciroppi e dolcetti a battere sul tempo e in furbizia i giovani delinquenti che si aggirano a bordo di favolose moto lucide e rombanti O stavolta la nostra Banda dei Pensionati ha fatto davvero il passo pi lungo della gamba, finendo in un terribile guaio