Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
Interesting, translated, swedish fiction. The subject matter is rather dark and I don't regularly read detective novels anymore, so in some sense this was a welcome change, but it also reminded me of why I gave up on this genre. The writing (or the translation) is interesting - its very to the point, matter-of-fact sort of narration. It gives the book a very wierd feel - almost like you are reading a scientific paper or something but with a murder mystery and lots of sex. Very strange. Its got a bit of computer hackery thrown in - quite funny if you know what he's talking about and what can be actually done and which parts are written with a rather liberal literary license. All in all, a "Borrow" at best, good for quick reading on a plane or something but not worth your valuable dollars (or francs, as the case may be).

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1 comment:

fredrik said...

I really enjoyed "Men who hate women" (a more direct translation of the original Swedish title) and the other books in Stieg Larsson's "Milennium"-trilogy :)

Of course you have to suspend disbelief about Lisbeth Salander's "superpowers", but it's not meant to be totally realistic. I think it reads more like an action movie than a typical crime novel.

Speaking of which, the first movie is coming out this year. Check out the trailer at http://se.filmtrailer.com/cinema/1248/ - it's in Swedish so might not make much sense if you haven't read the book though... bork! ;)