Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Its been a while since i've read a mystery novel that i actually liked :) The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo is a suspense thriller with Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist as the main characters. Both are investigative journalists with opposite style and life style. Lisbeth is a peculiar girl and a world class hacker while Mikael is a controversial journalist and part owner of an investigative magazine called Millennium. The 1st half of the book discusses about these 2 characters separately until the a case involving the family of a steel magnate, the Vanger Family, brought them together.

The copy that i have, a paperback from Vintage Crime publishing -- the one in the picture-- did not contain a summary so you really have to let the book grow in you to appreciate it. The book is quite long, the letters are small. Each chapter is appox 20pages long and most of the pages are dedicated to sooo much detailing...what the room looks like, how the vase on the table is positioned and other stuff not really relevant to the scene. but maybe its just me. I know some of you actually prefer books like that, where the author writes as if you are WATCHING it instead of reading...i don't know, i'm just not into those stuff (Booyah! for thin books with big letters HAHA!). Also the book is quite graphic and there's homosexuality and old dudes having sex. If you're not in to those stuff like I am, well, JUST READ THRU IT. its not too much and they aren't a vital part of the story. I guess those were just included naturally because TGwtDT is actually a European book. Its from Sweden and the book is such a success that they already made a movie version of it. So overall it is an excellent book and it's my current favorite thriller novel. A highly recommended book if you're a fan of crime novels. By the way, you might find it odd that the book is titled "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" when it doesn't have much relevance in the story. I almost rated it 2 stars just because of that until i learned that its actually a trilogy..Yay! i'm almost halfway thru the second book and I finally understood why its titled that way which i will reveal after i'm done with the 3rd and last book and i'm sooooo excited :)

This is a repost from my other blog. I just thought it would be nice to post this first before posting a review on its second book as mentioned in my previous post ;)


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