I loved the series (see here), but the violent chase scenes through the impossible to pronounce streets, government conspiracies aimed at innocents, and the prevalence of gruesome scenes at the hands of ghastly individuals, shouldn't exactly make people say hmmmm that sounds lovely, for our next vacation: Stockholm it is.
Although for me, and many others it appears, the book did just that.
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Here are some more books on my list of great reads that take you through a haunting journey through a location that should at first glance discourage a potential vacation, but entices you all the same.
Follow two recent college graduates on an often harrowing adventure through Communist China (based on the author's real experience), with a surprising twist.
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This riveting tale that takes place during Franco's era in Spain, does not paint the picture of the vibrant Barcelona we all know today. Equal parts mystery and romance, you can imagine reading this book while sipping espresso at a cafe in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter.
I imagined La Sagrada Familia's Gothic architecture looking dark and ominous as I read the novel.
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The setting of this Pulitzer Prize winning book of short stories from one of my favorite writers often takes place in the United States rather than India. But the cultural and familial pull to India is a constant theme and leaves you wanting to get a glimpse in to the country that has seeped into the characters' psyches.
Both challenging and addicting, India, is a country I often long to re-visit and is also the country that I have the hardest time articulating to others who don't share my yen for traveling why that is so.
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There is also the award winning movie Slumdog Millionare helming this trend (which is based on the book by the same name). Marie Claire's recent article (January 2011) noted that in Mumbai, the
slum-facing hotel rooms are the MOST requested. This also goes for the Four Seasons Hotel, where people seem to prefer the slum view rooms to those facing the sea. I guess travel inspiration comes in the most unexpected of ways.