The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium #1)
Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there's always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearanc...more
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I was born and raised in Minnesota, and if you know our state history, you’re already aware that we were predominantly settled and populated by Swedish (and Norwegian) immigrants. So not only are many Minnesota residents of Scandinavian descent, myself included, a lot of our quirky mannerisms and even our accents are commonly attributed t ...more
1. It's misogynistic.
2. It's packed with cliché.
3. It's too convoluted.
4. It's too disturbing.
5. Lisbeth wasn't autistic enough or was foolishly autistic.
6. There were too many red herrings, and the damn Nazi red herring didn't have the usual payoff.
7. Too/Two many plots.
8. Too hard on Leviticus.
I will answer these in a moment, but first I must declare that I am an unrepentant fan of this book. This is ...more
“If you go at night, take a friend.” “Check under the car and in your backseat before you get in.” “I’m just saying it’s a good idea to know where the exits are.” “I got you this whistle for your keychain, you know, just so you have it.” “You were an hour later than I thought you’d be! We called the police!” “Oh, that’s pepper spray; I keep it with me just in case.” “I just make sure I get my keys out and check for other weapons if I’m getting off work lat ...more
So, the good stuff: the main s ...more
"Oh," he replied, "we've been told to recommend it this week." That should have tipped me off right ...more
For a few years now, I've been avoiding The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Since so many people told me I just had to read it, many of them non-readers, I assumed it was a lot of over-hyped, dumbed-down crap. Wel ...more
It's hard to give a short synopsis of the book. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" starts off as an investigation of a 40-year old ...more
He slapped her hard. Salander opened her eyes wide, but before she could react, he grabbed her by the shoulder and threw her on to the bed. The violence caught her by surprise. When she tried to turn over, he pressed her down on the bed and straddled her.
That's just to give you a little taste of what one is dealing with by picking up this book. If you can handle that and the previous x amount of paragraphs and the following x amount of paragraphs, you're golden. If that sort of makes that thing ...more
Larsson takes what seemed at the outset to be a juicy 'locked-island-mystery plot' and turns it first into an insightful family saga and then into a scathing political and social commentary that forces us to think about such a wide variety of themes and aspects that we normally refuse to accept as part of society. It takes an author like Larsson to shove it in our faces in all its stinking ugliness for us to stop turning the blind eye at these atrocities.
Do not mistake this for a mere fictional ...more
Thanks to the slew of Swedish and Hollywood movies, everyone knows that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a story of a kickass hacker Lisbeth Salander who has the eponymous tattoo and a knack for solving decades-old murders.
Well, not exactly. Lisbeth is awesome and badass, no doubt there, but this book is so much more than just her story, and focusing solely on that undermines the message Stieg Larsson was sending.
The original Swedish title is Men Who Hate Women and it is precisely what the ...more
Wow. 500+ pages and entertaining right up to the last sentence? Lingers in the mind long after the book is finished? Geez. I didn't think it could be done in today's fiction ...more
Over the last forty years her disappearance has become Henrik's obsession, and he's positive someone in the family murdered her - but they never found a moti ...more
shall i compare thee to a cinematic adaptation of one of my favorite books?
thou art more genuine and less mass marketable.
rough cgi does shake my sense of disbelief,
and the movie's adaptation hath all too short a running time.
sometimes too overemphasized the plot and action sequences,
and often the depth of character dimmed.
and every sequel from prequel's quality declines,
by chance, or budgets allowed to expand, untrimmed.
but thy entertainment value shall not fade
Keeping in mind that the only crime/mystery novels I have read are novels by Dan Brown and novels dealing with financial matters are the ones by Jeffrey Archer, on this basis I can say that this book was a cross between their book but not at par with either, inferior to both.
The premise of the story is not so simple:
Meet Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist of financial sectors, but today his accusations against industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerstrom ar ...more
I finally saw the movie a couple of days ago, and I'm a bit conflicted. On the plus side, it conveys the feel of the book very well, and several of the main characters are excellently realized. I particularly liked Lisbeth, who was just perfect. But they have taken some enormous liberties with the ...more
لعنة اغتيال المشاعر
هذه هي الرواية المبجلة بلا مبالغة
لقد أصابتني لعنة ليزبث
وأضانني ثقل دمها الذي ينافس ثقل دم المؤلف
وتعلمت درسًا قاسيا
قد تصيبك رواية ثريللر وياللعجب بتثاؤب لا إرادي
أصدق كلمة أستطيع التعبير بها عن هذه الرواية
لا أجد سوى كومات من الثلج تحيط بي من كل جانب
وأجدني فاقدة القدرةِ على إبداء أي نوعٍ من الأراء
أصابني شعور يشبه ما قد يعتريك إن حُبست في فريجيدير أصلي ملآن بالطعام
فلا تستطيع الأكل ولا التنفس
وكل ما تشعره هو البرد والحسرة على كل هذا الطعام المرصوص بتناسق جمالي ...more
“Everyone has secrets. It's just a matter of finding out what they are.”
This was intense and suspensful, it was a thriller to its very core. It excited and got to me in a way that no thriller ever has. Once I started reading I was so lost in it, in the simple but yet outstanding writing, in the amazing real, passionate and original characters. As soon as I finished the book I was so amazed that I immediately downloaded the movie (starring Daniel Craig and Mara Rooney) and enjoyed what I had rea ...more
Editorial meeting of Bryant Reviews Ltd
Topic : book 1, Millennium series
- Is everyone here?
- We should start anyway.
- Okay, well, we have to figure out how to review this damned Dragon Tattoo book. The problem is, everyone and his dog has already reviewed it, and seen the movie. Movies. What’s left to say?
- Well, you could say the same thing about Dickens.
- All due respect, Larsson is not no Dickens.
- True dat.
- True dat? Who are you, gangsta-reviewer?
- What about the sandwiches and coffee?
مبدئيا الرواية دي من الروايات التي لا تحرق
يعني ممكن اقولك
واللي عمل الكيكه هو فلان
وتتضايق انت وتقول ليه يا برنس
وانا مش بحرق الاحداث
اينعم انت ممكن تحرق حدث مهم ومحوري
ولكن هناك الالاف التفاصيل
مش من السهل انك تحرقها
الا لو انت رخم قوي بقي
الرواية دي اتعملت فلمين
واتعمل منه الثلاث اجزاء كاملة
ومن الافلام الجيدة
واتعمل منه الجزء الاول ك فيلم امريكي للمخرج الرائع ديفيد فينشر
انا بقي ولا شوفت دا ولا شوفت دا
مع انت الاربعه عندي
لاني بطلت اتفرج علي فيلم قبل ما ...more
I’m usually wary when the hype around a book reaches huge proportions and this novel has been a worldwide phenomenon even before I started seeing it all over the bookstores here in America. But this is one example of when the furor is justified.
There are two main characters. Mikael Blomkvist, a vet ...more
Too many possibilities.
I try not to fall prey to hype. Normally, when a book has received as much exposure as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I will wait until the dust well and truly settles before even attempting to read it. However, this year it was part of the have-to-read agreement with my wife. So…
…was the hype justified? Well. Honestly? Yes. And No. It is a pretty good crime thriller, but it took me till page 347 (literally) to realize it.
The book starts off interminably dry an ...more
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As a journalist and editor of the magazine Expo , Larsson was active in documenting and exposing Swedish extreme right and racist organisations. When he died at the age of 50, Larsson left three unpublished thrillers and unfinished manuscripts for more. The first three books ( The Girl With ...more