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Do Not Read 'The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo' .

It's of the Dan Brown School of writing.

Just don't subject yourself to it.


Okay, I'll justify the above by telling you that my main objection is that the novel is badly structured. Steig Larson (not sure I've spelled that right...) has tried to smush two stories into one. The beginning is overworked, full of detail about financial fraud which is difficult for lay persons to understand, and for most of the book nothing happens. The premise of the book sounds really interesting, with a really atmospheric and intriguing opening, but the ending isn't worth the time it takes to get there. 


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Aug. 26th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
perfect warning! i can't stand dan brown.

is there a book community where you just warn people about awful writing and bad stories?
Aug. 26th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
I like Dan Brown. :(
Aug. 26th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
Still the novel has been praised by everyone I know and received critical praise galore.

It is an example of Euro Crime which does tend to be a lot slower pace than American crime thrillers and tend to be more concerned with social issues.
Aug. 26th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
I know, everyone is raving about it. But that's just the thing! There was so much 'critical acclaim' that I was expecting something much better.

Plus there's being concerned with social issues, and then there's perversion. This book displays the latter. *shudder* I'm mentally scarred.
Aug. 26th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
Well I shall have to reserve judgement until I read it and the rest of the trilogy.

Aug. 26th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Do give us your judgement afterwards. I'm just bitter because I spent time I was supposed to be using for something else on reading it... *cough* homework *cough*
Aug. 26th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
I just read The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, a book widely praised that disappointed me: the writing was pedestrian and purple (seriously, people on Amazon? "poetic"? "masterful prose"? "beautifully written"? Have any of you ever read Nabokov? Woolf? Or even the Bronte sisters Setterfield constantly references?); the plot was hokey, melodramatic and cliched, and one of the major plot threads fell on its face in the end. I wasn't even expecting literature; I just wanted the classy "ghost story" the reviews promised me. I read it to the end, but it could have been so much better. Also, which critics? Critical praise is not the same as "critics" praising, if you know what I mean. Sometimes lots of praise is due. Other times "lots of praise and hype" rests more on excellent marketing than excellent writing. . .
Aug. 26th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Amen to that! *cough cough* Twilight *cough cough*
Aug. 26th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
This. Sooooo this.
Aug. 26th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
It is an example of Euro Crime which does tend to be a lot slower pace than American crime thrillers and tend to be more concerned with social issues.

It IS! And being European, even so Swedish, it appeals to me a greaaat deal. One of the best modern series I have read in a long while, so I wouldn't warn people about it, not at all. DDDD:
Aug. 26th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
I'm going to disagree here. I despise Dan Brown, but I liked Steig Larson a great deal.

In my opinion the writing and character development is much, much better than DBs. The pacing is slow, but all of the characters are nicely flawed.

Plus no one jumped out of a helicopter trying to use a tarp as a parachute. Oi.
Aug. 26th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
Good point. Tarp-Parachuting was certainly at a minimum. Thank heavens! Lol

However, you must agree that the pacing is an issue of irregularity. The middle section is particularly slow, whereas the resolution of the crime is unsatisfactorily short.
Aug. 26th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
Plus no one jumped out of a helicopter trying to use a tarp as a parachute. Oi.



I read three pages of Dan Brown and decided he was crap. I'm so glad I didn't make it that far.
Aug. 26th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
I'm one of those who despise Brown, and tolerate Larsson. While it is not well written in the sense that I would read it for the prose, it is not a badly crafted story. Also, the second book is better. He gets over the urge to re-introduce everyone every few chapters and seems generally more comfortable.
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Aug. 27th, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
Maybe, yes. Unfortunately I don't understand swedish, so I can't say.
Aug. 26th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
You can absolutely have your opinion and I don't mind that, but..

OMG. That is like one of my favourite books!
Then again I do like The Da Vinci Code, but not like this!
(Yes, I am Swedish and read it in its original language.)
+ The movie is spectacular!

However, Stieg Larsson has released 3 books and the 2nd one is the best.
It's nothing like the first, absolutely nothing, so please give it a try :)
Aug. 27th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it. Maybe it is better in the original language. But what I read really didn't fill me with enthusiasm to read the rest.
Aug. 26th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
I have The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo waiting in my to-read pile. This is actually the first bad thing I've heard about it.
Aug. 26th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
Having read both Dan Brown :( and Steig Larsson, I must diagree. You really do have to keep in mind that it is a translation and so much of the oddities of the writing - like the instances where you are told the specs of the laptop a character is using- come simply from the fact that Larsson isn't an american author with those narrative predispositions. I didn't have trouble understanding the financial bits, and I'm glad that there was an explanation other than just "he's got money troubles!". I thought it made the conflict more realistic and the motivations for the characters decisions reasonable.

Also I don't think 'precedent' is the right word here. Unless it's a term I've never heard used to refer to the synopsis in the dust jacket?
Aug. 26th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
"premise" might be a better choice...
Aug. 27th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
Woops! Thank you!
Aug. 27th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
Oh damn. I did mean premise. *headdesk* Let me just change that.

I haven't read any other Swedish literature, so maybe they all give specific details about technology. You clearly must have a much better grasp of financial stuff than I do (or possibly just a longer attention span!) coz I just lost interest there. I just feel that if it had been JUST a story about the financial fraud stuff, or JUST a story about the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, the book would have been better.
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