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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson
Fiction; mystery; thriller
590 pages
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An international publishing sensation, Stieg Larsson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.
Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pieced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

At first, I admit that I didn't think I was going to enjoy this book. It was a little dry with all of the business facts and I wasn't sure where the story was going. However, the second half of this book made up for the dullness that I endured. I really thought Lisbeth Salander was an awesome character, and I hope that she is in the later installments of this book series. I cannot wait to see what happens next!

Books read this year: 39/50.
Pages read this year: 13307/15000

Comments

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dither_spaz
Oct. 13th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
Yes! I loved this book. I've been doing my best to avoid starting the second, because I know as soon as I pick it up I won't be able to do anything else until I finish! That's the way I was with this one, lol. I love Lisbeth too (Mikael was nice, but a little dull for me) and I hear she's more prominent in the next two books. \O/
make_meabird
Oct. 13th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
OOH! I am glad to hear she is in the other two as well. Thank you! :)
fancifull
Oct. 14th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
I completely agree, I made myself get through that business nonsense because the reviews I had read said it was so worth it, and I certainly thought it was afterward.
make_meabird
Oct. 14th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
I am glad that someone else agrees with me! There were times that I almost stopped reading it but I am so glad that I didn't. :)
wyyknot
Oct. 14th, 2009 05:21 am (UTC)
I'm in the middle of the second one now - The Girl Who Played with Fire. There is no slow start to this one!!!
make_meabird
Oct. 15th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
OOH! I cannot wait to read that one! I think I will get it once it is in paperback. :)
sophiaiswisdom
Oct. 14th, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
I don't know why, but all the hype couldn't make me interested in this book, but your review did.
make_meabird
Oct. 15th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
AWW! Thank you!
forever77
Oct. 14th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the first book was a little dull at times, but the next two books are way better. We get to learn all about Lisbeth's past. (I think the movies are great as well.)
make_meabird
Oct. 15th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
OOOH! I didn't know there were movies!
milkmaid
Oct. 14th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
I'll second your thoughts on this book: dry to begin (I nearly quit and I rarely quit reading books), but worth it's weight later. Having read the second book, I can honestly say it is even better, and quicker to the interesting bits. Lisbeth is in fact the focus of the second (and I believe the third as well) of the books. It's a shame Larsson's death has prevented any further books; I truly enjoyed The Girl Who Played with Fire. Hope you will too!
make_meabird
Oct. 15th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
OOH! I can't wait to read it! Thank you! :D
kwiecie
Oct. 15th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
I want to read this now! Awesome review.
make_meabird
Oct. 17th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
geekygirl
Oct. 16th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
I have been a bit hesitant to pick this up. I am not one for mystery novels. However, based on your review, I'll have to check it out! :)
make_meabird
Oct. 17th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
OOH! Awesome! Let me know what you think!
deleilan
Oct. 16th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
I read the French translation, which was almost dreadful enough to wreck this book completely. (Trust me, I'm a translator — it was appalling!) Fortunately, the English version is excellent and somewhat restored my faith in my job.

This book is not for those who enjoy breathless action scenes. Things move so slowly that you almost wonder whether or not the mystery will be solved by the end.

I found Lisbeth a far more interesting character than Blomkvist, visceral and secretive... After seeing the comments here, I can't wait to read the other two novels!
make_meabird
Oct. 17th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
I agree! I can't wait to read the other two novels to see what happens with her. :)
tommy50702
Jan. 28th, 2015 04:23 am (UTC)
Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy has proven to be that rarest of things, a literary blockbuster in an age when book sales seem to be perpetually in an irreversible tailspin.
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