- I’ve actually read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo twice now.. and people keep telling me I need to read the rest of the series, because they are better.
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- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Summary from GoodReads:
Part blistering espionage thriller, part riveting police procedural, and part piercing exposeé on social injustice, The Girl Who Played with Fireis a masterful, endlessly satisfying novel. Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past.
So, despite reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo twice, I still had no desire to pick up these last two books of the Millennium trilogy. There they sat, on my TBR list, woefully looking at me and wondering just what they’d done wrong – when what they’d done wrong was nothing they’d actually done int he first place, it was their dratted older sister, that Dragon Tattoo book.
You see, I was insanely bored.. TWICE (once for pleasure, once for book club) through the first half of Dragon Tattoo. I’m just not all that interested in Swedith politics, business or.. well anything outside of just every day human stories, and IKEA of course. Mikael has a kind of milque-toast personality to me, yes, I know he’s all gung-ho about exposing things but he’s just so.. bland. So the book really came alive for me with Lisbeth Salander, who ended up redeeming the whole thing.
The Girl who Played with Fire was better – much better, but still.. long portions smack dab in the middle that just seemed to drag the story on endlessly. This book was so incredibly long, it was frustrating me, frustrating me to read the fumbling of the police and to sit through all of the work and shuffling Larsson had to do to get everyone’s thought processes to sync. And don’t even get me started on yet another cliffhanger – so glad I waited to read this one.
Is The Girl who Played with Fire better than Dragon Tattoo? Yes. Definitely. However there were still things about it that irked me, it’s length being one of the major ones. And I’m still not sure what exactly Salander’s actions on Grenada had to do with anything – that part of the story seemed really out of sync. Oh well though!
Now I’m bound to read The Girl who Kicked a Hornet’s Nest because after the cliffhanger here, there really was no doubt about it!
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