Well, I've finished another Firstreads book, which means I owe 'em a review.
The Devotion of Suspect X was very good. The title of the book fits it per...moreWell, I've finished another Firstreads book, which means I owe 'em a review.
The Devotion of Suspect X was very good. The title of the book fits it perfectly. The synopsis given here on Goodreads pretty tells all what it's about, but in case you don't know, here's the plot: Yasuko Hanaoka, a single mother, has killed her abusive ex-husband. Her neighbor, Ishigami, who is a genius and is completely devoted to the woman, helps her despose of the body and cover up what she did. When the police come snooping around he coaches her and her daughter on exactly what to say to them and whatnot so that she doesn't get caught.
I realize that's not a very good synopsis, I'm not very good at reviews in general ^^", but that is what the book's about.
The story is very logical and calculative (that the right word to use?). Ishigami is a math wiz, and that's how he thinks. He doesn't see things the way we do, he sees them like math problems. Real life problems he goes at like math problems, taking them apart step by step. And that's a bit like how the story's told.
The writing is kind of...distant? I'm trying to think of the best word. Point blank, yeah that's it. There's no dancing around the bush, it gets straight to the point. It isn't lyrical at all. At first I found it really disjointed, but soon I became used to it. I don't know if that's how the book was written originally, or if that's just how it came out in the translation.
I really liked all of the characters in this book, but because of the way it's written, I feel like the reader never really gets to feel what the characters feel. You're just told what the characters are going through, but you're not put in their shoes. That was fine with me though, I didn't even notice it as the book went on.
The one thing I wasn't too fond of is the ending. It was just an O.K ending. I feel like it could've been better.
But this book was very good and well thought out and I'm so happy I won it through the Firstreads giveaway. It's been a while since I've won a genuinly good book. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who likes mysteries, but I think fans of just logic in general will really appreciate it more.(less)
So, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, what can I say about you? (See that little rhyme I did there?)
Well, first off, this book really annoyed me. I’m n...moreSo, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, what can I say about you? (See that little rhyme I did there?)
Well, first off, this book really annoyed me. I’m not entirely sure what it was, the book was just annoying. It’s almost like it had this subtle smugness to it. Like it knows that it’s a bestselling novel around the world. (Which I still, in all honesty, can’t understand.) But wouldn’t that annoy you too?
Secondly, I hate how this book is marketed as a mystery. Is there any mystery-solving going on here? Barely. It’s like the friggin’ mystery is a subplot. The main plot? That damned magazine Blomkvist writes for, Millennium. That’s all they talk/care about in this book! And I wish I were kidding. Now look, I bought a damn mystery, and that’s what I expect to get! I don’t wanna read about some middle-aged man, who I’m pretty sure is ugly, moan and groan about his friggin’ magazine that he co-owns, or however you put it. (And yes, I realize that the series is calledMillennium, but still, I don't wanna hear about that damn magazine.)
Now, my next point: the sadism. Was the whole bit with Salander and her guardian (I can’t remember his name and I don’t feel like looking it up) really necessary? Did Salander’s getting raped really add to the story? The mystery? Hell no, of course it didn’t. And I find it kinda creepy that a middle-aged man was writing about young women getting raped anyhow.
I also can’t help but feel that Blomkvist was a sort of author surrogate for Mr. Larsson. Know what I’m saying? I mean, who was the one getting all the action? (And by action I mean sex, consented sex of course, but who knows what really goes through Blomkvist’s mind?) Blomkvist. The one just about all the female characters wanted to be with, even though I’m pretty sure the man’s ugly? And no, they didn’t necessarily want him to “passionately take [them:] into the bedroom and tear off [their:] clothes. No, [they:] really just wanted his company.” Cuz if you were given the chance, wouldn’t you want to spend your free time with an ugly, middle-aged man too? God yes.
The whole time I was reading this book I’d think to myself, “Well, maybe it’ll get better on the next page.” I read 4 and 5 star reviews and people said, “Just wait until page 100 and something.” Well, I got to page 100 and something and it didn’t get any better. “Just wait until page 200 and something.” I waited until page 200 and something. Did it get any better? No. “Just wait until you get halfway.” I’m already halfway dammit, it hasn’t gotten any better! And that’s when I decided to give up on this book. I got a lot of stuff to do in the day, and I definitely don’t have time to read a book I’m definitely not enjoying.
But in all seriousness, I’ve got nothing against The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I mean, besides that fact that’s boring and as hell, the characters are dreary, and the whole internal smugness thing going on is aggravating beyond belief, its still…a book. A book that I would not recommend to anyone. Ever. (less)