Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo


Just finished The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by the late Stieg Larsson on the ferry ride home...yep, all 841 pages of it. It's one of those 'can't put it down' sort of reads. It's an incredibly well plotted, but I did sometimes find I could have lived without some of the extraneous detail. Still, Salander is one of those unforgettable characters that you just don't want to let go of. In fact, I rushed into the ferry bookstore (yes, BC ferries usually have a bookstore on board) to see if I could pick up the second in the series, The Girl Who Played With Fire. While Mikael Blomkvist (the journalist hired to investigate the forty year old mystery of the disappearance of Harriet Vanger) is engaging, I was much more drawn to Lisbeth Salanger, the punk, pierced and tattooed security researcher that can hack into pretty much any computer going. She's both tough and vulnerable so utterly real that you want to by turns shake her or give her a hug. There are some pretty graphic scenes that involve sexual violence, so sensitive souls beware. For those of you who are more visually inclined, I hear a movie is coming, but I can't imagine it doing the Stieg's complex and compelling story justice.





5 comments:

Rebecca B said...

Lisbeth Salander is an amazing and vivid character. My stomach turned more than once at the violence, but TGWTDT was still one of my favorite reads of this year. I'm excited to hear how you like the second book! I've been making myself wait until I finish some work to get that one. :)

Nicola Marsh said...

I'm almost embarrassed to say I haven't read this yet. Feel like I'm the last person on the planet not to have read it!

Really looking forward to it.

readingkidsbooks said...

I agree Rebecca. Lisbeth Salander is a remarkable character, and the violence around her is pretty scary, but it was in keeping with the story line. Not sure if I'll get out to see the movie or not as movies based on books are so often disappointing. I've held off reading the second book until I get some more work done. It'll be like a reward...one of the tricks I play with myself to keep on keeping on.

readingkidsbooks said...

Not to worry Nicola. It's impossible to keep up with reading. Just too many good books out there! My daughter, who works in publishing as a sales rep, gets podcasts of ARCs when she can. She listens to them while driving so that she can cover more ground...Of course if she would stop dropping off bags of books whenever she visits I wouldn't have so many unread piles of books waiting for me!

suzie townsend said...

Oh I loved this book! Definitely a great read :) Have you read the second one?