Supposedly the great American novel (or one thereof), The Great Gatsby is now read by high school students across all 50 states whether they are interSupposedly the great American novel (or one thereof), The Great Gatsby is now read by high school students across all 50 states whether they are interested in it or not. I remember disliking it while reading it but liking the discussion of it that followed as that is when I started to really understand some of themes and symbolism. I would probably like it now if I re-read it but I have no intention of doing so at this time....more
This book was good. At times it reads kind of odd, largely because it's translated from ancient Greek, but good all the same. There isn't much else toThis book was good. At times it reads kind of odd, largely because it's translated from ancient Greek, but good all the same. There isn't much else to say about it that hasn't already been said....more
An excellent specimen of modern horror. The flavor of this book is somewhere between House of Leaves and an amateur Ghostbusters fan fiction with elemAn excellent specimen of modern horror. The flavor of this book is somewhere between House of Leaves and an amateur Ghostbusters fan fiction with elements of Lovecraft and theoretical physics thrown in as seasoning. Despite what that might sound like, the result is actually wonderfully engaging and highly enjoyable to read. This novel is not best described as scary though (at least not when compared to House of Leaves), but rather eerie in a very thought provoking kind of way that is probably really difficult to intentionally achieve in one's writing. A great book for anyone who wants to think twice about the things they see out of the corners of their eyes......more
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: The book reads like a roller coaster. It starts with a slow climb that accounts for a sizable chunk of the whole. OneThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: The book reads like a roller coaster. It starts with a slow climb that accounts for a sizable chunk of the whole. One might take this to mean a boring opening but not so. Mounting anticipation creates a highly enjoyable sense of unspoken tension and a strong desire to keep reading. Then the book hits a turning point and everything starts to move faster and faster. There are ups and downs and plenty of turns. It gets dark too. There are many a moment in which the only response to events seems to be, "Did that really just happen?" Finally, after quite the trip, the pace slows as the story pulls into the station to wrap up the details. All in all a highly enjoyable read although certainly not for the faint of heart. As for the other two books, the first seemed to wrap up its loose ends very well so one can only guess where the next two volumes will dare to tread.
The Girl Who Played With Fire: Larsson continues his roller coaster style and this is not a bad thing. There is a similar layout to the plot events as well. What is more satisfying that the first book is that much is revealed of the girl's history. Consequently, there is much less focus on the journalist Blomkvist. The only disappointment was that about the biggest twist in the tale was evident about 150 pages before it was revealed, but all in all it was a superb read. As with the first, the options for sequels are nigh infinite.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: Once again Larsson's writing style favors a gradual build up followed by a sudden rush of events. However, in this case the action was much more drawn out. At times it read more like a James Bond novel than its predecessors but this wasn't wholly a bad thing. Unfortunately he never got around to finishing his work on the fourth book before he died and given the way the book ends and the way the ending is written might hint at being changed once it was evident no fourth book would ever be finished. Despite the fact that this is by far the most complicated tome in the series Larsson managed to wrap everything up nicely and deliver another excellent work....more