Friday, November 21, 2008

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Over at the Guardian they liked this book. I enjoyed reading it, though I can’t say I really liked it. It’s a well paced, well plotted thriller, complete with computer hackers, political intrigue, financial shenanigans, missing persons, and sex crimes, so I guess you could say it has something for everyone. What I didn’t like was the sex crimes. I felt like the serial killer subplot was unnecessary and gratuitous. The book would have been great without it. It was like someone took a good cupcake recipe and added mushrooms, just because they had some around. Larsson should have left the serial killer plot for another, different book. Unfortunately, Larsson died a few years ago, after writing two more books in this series. I believe they are coming out in English soon. I’ll be interested to know if he’s more disciplined with numbers 2 and 3 because I don’t want any more mushroom cupcakes.

I’m sorry I’ve not been posting. It’s not like I haven’t been reading, but I was away from my computer for a while visiting my dad. (Hi Dad!) Today I finished Disco for the Departed, by Colin Cotterill and I am almost finished with The Draining Lake, by Arnaldur Indrithason, so I will try to post about these in the next few days.

(Book 41, 2008)

2 comments:

3M said...

That was very similar to how I felt. I thought the mystery/thriller aspects were great, but I was very uncomfortable with the sex crime aspect as well. I rated it 3.5/5.

Monica McLaughlin said...

I didn't like the main character. That always diminishes the enjoyment of a book for me.

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