Friday, October 2, 2009


The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2) The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

My rating:
5 of 5 stars Extremely satisfying. I gave it the five-star treatment because of the higher suspense than in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and also out of sheer overjoyment on finding out that there will be a third book! I had read this one with the knowledge that Larsson has passed away hanging over my head, thinking how sad that as soon as I finish this book there will be no more Lisbeth and Mikael for me. Then in the author bio at the end, glory be! The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Luftslottet som sprängdes)! It's almost worth learning Swedish. P.S. Swedish people drink a lot of coffee. I mean a lot. P.P.S. Great article re the Stieg Larsson phenomenon: Even if the author does misspell "Mikael." OK, Larsson verges on pedantry on occasion, but never makes me want to throw up like Dan Brown does. View all my reviews >>

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Gadvooks! Just what the world needs. I guess this is the kind of crap described in the Brooklyn Rail article I cited a few weeks ago.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

My rating:
4 of 5 stars Compulsively readable. I read this on my Kindle; can I just say, sometimes I can be a total idiot? The story involves a large family, so the author thoughtfully provided a family tree at the beginning, to keep all the Vangers straight. I adore books with family trees, maps, anything like that. So I'm reading along bemoaning the fact that there's no way to turn back to the family tree on a Kindle, blasting the Kindle for being so un-booklike, yadda yadda yadda. Then, almost at the end of the book, I had some vague stirring in what passes for my mind, checked, and sure enough there is a way to set a bookmark on your Kindle. So, OK, now I can bitch and moan that you have to press some buttons instead of physically flipping back in the book, and doesn't that suck to be so un-high-touch, but basically I'm an idiot.


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