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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series) Mass Market Paperback – Unabridged, November 22, 2011
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"Wildly suspenseful...an intelligent, ingeniously plotted, utterly engrossing thriller." —The Washington Post
"Combine the chilly Swedish backdrop and moody psychodrama of a Bergman movie with the grisly pyrotechnics of a serial-killer thriller, then add an angry punk heroine and a down-on-his-luck investigative journalist, and you have the ingredients of Stieg Larsson's first novel." —The New York Times
"Unique and fascinating.... It's like a blast of cold, fresh air to read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." —Chicago Tribune
"A whip-smart heroine and a hunky guy who needs her help? This sexy, addictive thriller is everything you never knew you could get from a crime novel." —Glamour
About the Author
Stieg Larsson, who lived in Sweden, was the editor in chief of the magazine Expo and a leading expert on antidemocratic right-wing extremist and Nazi organizations. He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
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I loved this book in spite of the graphic sadistic violence and the unfamiliar Swedish names and words sprinkled through the book. The plot was suspenseful and kept me interested right to the end. I am definitely looking forward to reading the other two books in the series.
You have heard of this book from watching one or both of the movies that have sprung from it, but do yourself a favor: take the time to read through this one. It is a fantastic story involving a complex mystery and engaging real-world characters. The overarching theme though is the spotlight that the author, Stieg Larsson, places on Swedish culture's egregious acceptance of violence against women. Lisbeth Salander is the tattooed girl referred to in the book's title. She is an orphan, a ward of the state, a hacker with a photographic memory who works for a private investigation firm, and a young woman who refuses to be a victim. She is an amazing character, a real woman with strengths and flaws but who can be held up to us all as an example to admire and to aspire to in regard to her drive, intelligence, and agency. It is written well, despite being translated into English from Swedish, and because the hacking described within is not exaggerated and could actually work, it is worthy of consideration for the cyber security canon. You should have read this by now.
Much has been said about the poor writing of Stieg Larsson. I agree that he sometimes has too many subplots going and he lets some just dissolve into thin air This story suffers from the fact that the killer is such an ordinary person. It takes some of the steam out of the climax. But Mr. Larsson does build his scenes toward the climax, he raises the tension as the story goes on, and he has invented one of the most interesting characters in popular fiction.
I found the book was no in part dull and drag and there was no need to skimming through the pages. All the description is just fit which made the characters/novel more realistic. The plot was not hard to follow with the family tree diagram I printed out from the internet.
All in all, I am very satisfy with both the movie (watched several times) and the book (finished reading in a few days) so I urge myself to give this very first review with love and passion.