Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson .

This novel is about the mystery of Harriet Vanger, who went missing over 30 years ago. There are 2 main characters - Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist and Lisbeth Salander, a hacker who is the girl with the dragon tattoo.

This book is a best seller but I disagree with the hype around the story and the author. I agree with Henry Goldblatt of Entertainment Weekly when he writes...

Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s crime trilogy about crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his hacker lover/pal Lisbeth, in my view, is poorly written, ridiculously plotted, and (yawn!) incredibly tedious.

...The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an easy read but I am glad that there are better books out there. Having read the book I do not want to see the film. This book would not encourage new readers to take up reading as a hobby. This novel has 533 pages that were published in 2005. This book was translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland in 2008 and is Issue One in the Millennium trilogy. This story fails as a mystery and it can't be described as a thriller. It is like a soap opera.

This tale washes over you as the many mundane details fill the text. Who would want to solve the mystery of the missing Harriet Vanger, as the prospect of resolving her disappearance is not very good. The plot lacks realism as what single girl could afford to only work part time and be so choosy and unreliable? This novel has a very shallow plot with no likeable characters. There is nothing to recommend about this book. Sadly there is no humour and there is nothing special about this story. There were no real surprises in this story and I took nothing away from this book. Reading this novel is like walking in on a television programme that is already running and you are glad that you have not watched it from the start.

This book is slow and rumbles along until page 196 when some vanilla sex begins but this does not liven up this sorry tale. When you get to page 454 you discover Lisbeth's problem . There is no thrill about the ending to this long tale. This book is poor and I vote it only 2 stars on Goodreads as I rate it a MISS.
Comments:
You definitely didn't like this novel. I loved it, although a bit of editing would have made it better...

Love your blog BTW
 
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