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review 2018-02-09 08:00
The Girl Who Played With Fire
The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson

After finishing the first book I went immediately to the bookstore in order to buy the sequels. On the one hand I was really curious to figure out how to story would end, but on the other I was a little scared because the first book seemed rather closed for me.

While The Girl Who Played with Fire felt like a completely different book, with a different style and a completely different kind of mystery to it, I still liked it, though maybe not as much as the first book in the series. While this was a very fast paced read, it would take years for me to actually pick up the third book.

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review 2017-06-05 02:28
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

Series: Millennium #1

 

I’m not sure how to describe this book. It was mystery and a thriller and I didn’t particularly like any of the characters, but I still had fun with it. I know I complained about it at about the 80% mark but it did finish off with a more upbeat resolution so I think I can confidently assert that I liked the book even though I didn’t like everything about it.

I did quite like the fact that it turned out that it was Harriet who kept sending Henrik Vanger pressed flowers on his birthday and not her killer. I still don’t feel like rating it higher because of the cat, however.

(spoiler show)

 

Anyway, I’m more enthusiastic about reading the rest of the series now, so I’ll probably be picking up the next one eventually.

 

I read this for booklikes-opoly Paradise Pier #30 “Read a book with a twist or that is tagged as ‘suspense’ on GR, or that has more than 555 pages”. It meets the first two criteria, although I think some paperback editions were printed with more than 555 pages. I’m counting it as 480 pages though, so I’m adding another $5 to my bank balance, bringing the total to $109. I feel like I’m getting behind.

 

Previous updates:

85%

80%

26%

25%

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text 2017-06-04 22:42
Reading progress: I've read 85%.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

I'm pretty sure this counts as a twist for the booklikes-opoly square. 

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text 2017-06-04 17:55
Reading progress update: I've read 80%.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

I have to say I'm disappointed with this twist. I know it's not the whole story, but it's resolved abruptly and it just seems a bit lame as far as the solution to the murders goes.

 

I'm talking about Martin Vanger being a serial killer and successor to his father, also a serial killer. Due to the time scale involved, it was fairly obvious that there had to be at least two people in involved. I know we still haven't discovered who murdered Harriet but the fact that Martin just goes off and kills himself (admittedly trying to take out Lisbeth a the same time) was disappointing.

 

I'm planning on knocking it down a star due to what happened to the cat too. I know I was warned about the brutally of this book and all, but...kitty. And kitty we knew. I could deal with the parakeet and the pigeon and so on but poor kitty. And what's with the disposal of the cat's remains?

(spoiler show)

 

I'm also not impressed with Lisbeth's propensity to destroy evidence.

 

I'm hoping I finish this today so I can roll again.

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text 2017-06-03 00:56
Reading progress update: I've read 26%.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

Blomkvist is such a wuss. He can't remember if he's ever felt so cold before, and it's only -15 C out. He's not dressed for it, apparently, but still. What dolt walks around in a light leather jacket when it's -15 out?

 

The temperatures are stated in Fahrenheit, which is annoying. Is this due to the translator or did Larsson actually write the temperatures in Fahrenheit?

 

I know a lot of people (ok, Americans) are more comfortable with Fahrenheit, but I had to look up what 0 F and 5 F were (-18 C & -15 C respectively).

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