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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy #1)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,646,898 Ratings  ·  59,689 Reviews
A sensation across Europe with millions of copies sold.

A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue.

... It’s about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden... and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.

Mass Market Paperback, 644 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published August 2005)
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Pipkia I'm thirteen and I loved this whole trilogy, read it in three days. It's a brilliant adult book, but the age at which it should be read depends…moreI'm thirteen and I loved this whole trilogy, read it in three days. It's a brilliant adult book, but the age at which it should be read depends entirely on the reader. People underestimate the mental prowess of younger readers. I got most of the references first time round--it's not an entirely light or pleasant or, well, fluffy read, but it is absolutely brilliant.(less)
Ken The answer is both. The crimes committed are particulary heinous, delving into deep psychological depravity. But it's also about solving those crimes

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Beth F.
Swedish people are nuts! I realize that’s a bit of a broad generalization and it sounds a bit rude, but I don’t care. Because more often than not, I’m nuts too.

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
Jan 24, 2010 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erika, Ruzz
I've heard and read many complaints about Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:

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
Jun 21, 2012 Sparrow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOT Elizabeth
Recommended to Sparrow by: every person in the whole wide world
Women are raised to routinely fear rape.

“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
Ivanna S.
Mar 20, 2011 Ivanna S. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really don't understand the critical orgasms over this book. Amazon pushed it on me for weeks, and the minute I stepped into Borders an employee ran over and recommended it. Thinking, this really better be the best book I've ever read, I took it up to the checkstand, where the register guy asked: "Did one of our employees recommend this?" Um, yeah. And Amazon, too. So of course I asked him why.

"Oh," he replied, "we've been told to recommend it this week." That should have tipped me off right
After having leaped onto the bandwagon with the rest of everyone, I feel a certain amount of pretentious indie pride saying that I wasn't as awed by this book as everyone else apparently was. Which is not to say that the book wasn't enjoyable and exciting; it just didn't knock my socks off whilst simultaneously blowing my mind and rocking my world. (that sounds like either some great song lyrics or a very complicated sexual maneuver. Let's go with the first option.)

So, the good stuff: the main s
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The original Swedish title of this book is "Men Who Hate Women." If you ask me, it suits this story much better than catchier but less relevant "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," because it is in fact about men doing all kinds of horrid things to women. So here is the first warning to you, if you don't handle violence against women and children well, skip this novel.

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
Dan Schwent
Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to solve the decades-old murder of Harriet Vanger, member of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden. Aided by a tattooed, antisocial hacker named Lisabeth Salander, Blomkvist unearths horrible skeletons lurking in the Vanger family closet...

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
Nov 13, 2008 Kristy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I HATED this book. I don't understand all of the good reviews that are coming in on it. I hated the characters, the plot was thin - ugh. I can't believe I read the whole thing.
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
Riku Sayuj
Feb 03, 2014 Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it
Recommended to Riku by: Isaac Varghese, Vikram Johri
Shelves: genre-fiction, r-r-rs

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
Kelli Marko
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Aug 18, 2010 Anthony rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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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
Feb 05, 2010 karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: it-is-for-class
we are in low-three land here. but at least i am learning things about sweden! for example: ladies in sweden just kind of shrug off sexual abuse! they are rape-teflon! this i am learning from the facts provided at the beginning of chapters, and from various characters' reactions to events. they just brush themselves off and go back to eating sandwiches. yes, that is another thing i learned: the swedes eat sandwiches. exclusively. if you excise every occurrence of the words "coffee" and "sandwich ...more
One of the best thrillers I've ever read. Great story, great characters, very intelligent and thoughtful. Writing is nothing special but it doesn't need to be.


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
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Sep 08, 2009 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon (Giraffe Days) by: Kiwiria
In 1966 sixteen-year-old Harriet Vanger, daughter of the CEO of the large family-run Vanger Corporation, goes missing from her family's island community and is never seen again. Not even a body is found, and her great uncle, Henrik Vanger, has explored every possible lead to discover what happened to his one and only favourite family member.

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
La Petite Américaine
Nov 16, 2008 La Petite Américaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nicole / Mystery Buffs / Summer Readers
**Dude, I just watched the Swedish film "När mörkret faller" (When Darkness Falls), a crappy movie about violence in Stockholm. But it made me think back to this book, which constantly refers to stats about violence against women in Sweden. Something is seriously up in Sweden. Gives me the creeps even more than Swtizerland.**

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
Feb 21, 2012 j rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ode to a dragon-tattooed girl

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
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Jul 15, 2010 Wealhtheow rated it did not like it
Recommended to Wealhtheow by: greg
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is charged with libel and decides to take some time off from his magazine. Instead, he works to find what happened to Harriet Vanger, the young niece of a wealthy CEO. Meanwhile, punky hacker Lisbeth Salander has her own investigations, which presumably eventually have something to do with Blomkvist and the Vanger family. I don't know, because I couldn't bear to finish this. It usually takes me about a day to read a book. It took me an entire month to slog through les ...more
Nilesh Kashyap
A good book that got screwed up due to poor writing
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
Huda Yahya

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
Paul Bryant
May 27, 2014 Paul Bryant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels

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?
- ?
Jun 19, 2015 Francisco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My second time around with Lisbeth and Blomkvist. Someone should do a study some day about why we are pulled to certain books at certain times - the way our body pulls us toward a banana when it's running low on potassium. One of the things I loved about Larsson when I first read him (and why I return to him) is this kind of artlessness that he has about writing. There's a naturalness to the way he tells the story as if the important thing is giving you the facts as expediently as possible. Of c ...more
May 19, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nordic noir of the highest order and very entertaining.

Larsson’s 2005 Swedish publication Män som hatar kvinnor “Men Who Hate Women” was later translated and published in English in 2008 by Steven T. Murray, by that time already an international best-seller.

And for good reason.

Complicated, intricate, and intelligent, Larsson’s journalistic prose is crisp and logical. Filled with interesting characters, exciting scenes and this just flows very well.

Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander are two
Oct 04, 2009 Felicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, mystery
A book on the "Faves" shelf, long time no see! This book is soooo good. I love it so much, the characters are unique, flawed, compelling, the mystery is fascinating. I can't recommend this book higher to lovers of mystery and interesting characters.
Edward Lorn
Nov 10, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it liked it
We shall begin with a quote from page 630 of the mass market paperback:

"Berger thought that the book was the best thing Blomkvist had ever written. It was uneven stylistically, and in places the writing was actually rather poor - there had been no time for any fine polishing - but the book was animated by a fury that no reader could help but notice."

That quote explains perfectly how I feel about this book. An unpolished translation of an unedited book that the world collectively lost their shit
I’ve been hearing a lot about how good the Swedish mystery writers are, and if this book is any indication, I’m moving to Stockholm and learning the language because I want to get close to the source.

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
Jul 31, 2015 Laz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller addicts
“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 re
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Stieg Larsson (born as Karl Stig-Erland Larsson) was a Swedish journalist and writer who passed away in 2004.

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 Wit
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  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)
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