Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by by Stieg Larsson

Lots of reviews exist about this book so I'm not going to rehash the plot.  It was my first pick for 2010 and I enjoyed it.  It kept me up reading and I plan to read the next two in the series at some point. 
The back blurb says:  "At once a murder mystery, family saga, love story, and tale of financial intrigue wrapped into one satisfying complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel."
(What the heck is an atmospheric novel, really?
 It contained all that ( I enjoyed the family saga and financial intrigue) plus two very intriguing characters, Mikael Bloomkvist and Lisbeth Salander.  I'm not a big fan of scary thrillers so this veers way, away from my normal reads but  again,  I did enjoy it.  My husband noticed my sleep issues while I was immersed in the book.  I had trouble falling asleep and woke randomly through the night. Maybe knowing that will make many of you want to read it.  Some people love getting scared and while this is a mild thriller it was enough for me. 
There is also the sexy issue-my son noticed on the back this comment-"A sexy, addictive thriller."-Glamour.  He didn't think I should be reading anything sexy or addicting!!  It does have s-e-x in it, which is generally not a huge deal but this goes to the extreme with bondage and abuse occuring.  This is the issue that really CREEPED ME OUT!!
I struggled through the several areas where this occurs.  I don't want to give much away as I know there are many out there who have not picked up this series just as I have yet to read Twilight.
It was addictive because I enjoyed those two characters but sexy, well, not for me!!  How many have read this thriller??  Have you read the whole series yet?  A friend told me the second one is the best.  Agree or Disagree?  As this was one I read from my own shelves I must tell you I passed it on to my husband...after he reads it we will pass it on to someone else.  (I'm not interested in any of my kids reading it for quite a few years.)
I'm on to something lighter-Bill Bryson's The Life and Times of Thunderbolt Kid, which is just plain funny and a unique historical trip.

Happy funny reading-

Here is the fairly interesting article for NY Times reviewer, Alex Berenson.-I like how he brings up the Swedish issue-is this a common occurence in their culture-the author made it seem so!


Marce said...

I haven't read it yet but will do this year for sure, you have made me excited again for it, I enjoy reading new reviews on it. I let me brother read it first and he would agree with the 2nd being better and he enjoyed both. Very nice review.

Marce said...

Oh I meant to say, I have never seen this cover before. There has been talk about all the covers.

Jenners said...

This is on my to read list in 2010 because I heard so much about it. I wonder what I'll think.

And I love love love Bill Bryson!!! Thunderbolt Kid is a lot of fun!

Lisa said...

I have this one checked out from the library, but let my husband read it first. I'm wondering what he thinks so far.

Amy Nichols said...

I keep hearing about this book, but haven't read it yet. Thank you for your review. It sounds like I'll put it on the list to read this year. Sounds like it will stretch my comfort zone.