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Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson: Mini Book Review

The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
Penguin Canada
ISBN: 978-0-14-317009-9

Description: Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch - and there's always a catch - is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo. 

Jen's Ramblings: It took a long time for me to get into this one, but just over half way through it, it finally grabbed my attention and  didn't let go. Now I cannot wait to get to the next book.  It has a fascinating storyline, but it could have done with a serious edit.  There are way too many overly descriptive and useless scenes and far too many political ramblings.  Some of the scenes are extremely raw and disturbing, and let me tell you the original title (Men Who Hate Women) for this is extremely appropriate.  The characters are fascinating and unusual which is the only reason I kept reading through the extremely slow beginning.  For those who have picked it up, got frustrated  and put it down, I recommend you give it a try again.  It really does get better.  I have heard fantastic things about the movie, so I am going to pick it up from Blockbuster tomorrow.  Honestly the only other reason I kept reading was I have heard there is going to be an American version of it starring Daniel Craig as Blomkvist and I kept imagining Craig's face when I was reading.  Yummy!!  One last thing, a family tree at the beginning would have been extremely helpful.

3.5 Dewey's

My sister lent this to me and hopefully she remembers to bring me the next book in the trilogy when they come by in a couple of weeks -hint hint Tracy


  1. When I recommend this book I add to stick with it, it does get better! Enjoy Book #2.

  2. Hello
    Definitely stick with this series, the second book is excellent. The third book I found slow to start but the ending is so well done it simply takes your breath away.

  3. Thanks Lynn and Nise - My sis is bringing me the 2nd and 3rd book over when they come and visit in a couple of weeks. I can't wait to read them.