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Not Before Sundown: 01/21/07
Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi is a Finish urban fantasy retelling of the fairy and the troll, where the "fairy" in this case is a gay photographer specializing in advertising. His current gig is to help create an advertising campaign for "Stalker" Jeans and he chooses the perfect model for them, a young troll he's named Pessi.
Not Before Sundown (aka Troll: A Love Story in later translations) isn't a typical fantasy. There aren't lengthy sections of description or discussions of the nature of magic. In fact, there are no traditional chapters. Most scenes are no more than a paragraph or two. Every few pages, the book includes a tidbit on trolls: either a piece of lore, a bit about the biology, or a piece about sightings of the elusive troll.
Trolls as described in this book remind me a great deal of a cross between a bouvier des flanders and Stitch from Lilo and Stitch. Trolls are both aluring and dangerous. What started as a good deed, the taking in of an orphaned and injured troll, completely changes the protagonist's life.
Over all I enjoyed the book, though reading it wasn't always pleasurable. There are some scenes bordering on bestiality and there is one graphic death scene.