This was tough to quantify in a number of stars. I HATED this book in the beginning. The writing seemed juvenile, the dialogue artificial, the charactThis was tough to quantify in a number of stars. I HATED this book in the beginning. The writing seemed juvenile, the dialogue artificial, the characters shallow, the plot incredibly thin. I looked at the reviews and discovered that there were a lot of people who agreed with me, but I also noted that they were the ones who hadn't finished it. I totally understood their unwillingness to do so.
But something made me keep reading. It took fully half the book before I was interested in the plot and engaged by the characters. By the time I was done I was even considering the sequel... but I decided against it.
I'd say, if you enjoy Louisa May Alcott, you may like this book. If you give it a go, give it time.
It's billed as historical fiction. It really fails on that front. There's a single historical fact on which it's based -- that glass Christmas ornaments were invented in Lauscha. The rest is pure fabrication....more
Crafted as beautifully and elegantly and purposefully as the garden itself. I thoroughly enjoyed this. I thought I would cry at the end but instead itCrafted as beautifully and elegantly and purposefully as the garden itself. I thoroughly enjoyed this. I thought I would cry at the end but instead it left me with a peaceful, meditative feeling. Again, like the garden itself....more
It wasn't bad. I was pleasantly surprised and compelled to keep reading. A lot of reviews seem based on Shatners other work. That seems unfair. (Did hIt wasn't bad. I was pleasantly surprised and compelled to keep reading. A lot of reviews seem based on Shatners other work. That seems unfair. (Did he even write it, anyway?) This isn't award winning material but I enjoyed it.... It has an old school nonfiction feel and also totally a product of its pre-widespread Internet times (faxmag? Lol)
I really hope that everything in the future isn't made of "plas-" something.
Felt a little unfinished. I finished it last night and on waking (pre-caffeinated beverage, I grant you) I couldn't remember if I had or not. ...more
John Scalzi has a unique mind. I think this is my third book read by him, all audio. I'll be honest, I keep listening in part because Wil Wheaton's reJohn Scalzi has a unique mind. I think this is my third book read by him, all audio. I'll be honest, I keep listening in part because Wil Wheaton's reading. The combination of the two of them makes for some very entertaining listening while I'm working.
Anyway, about that unique mind. It's SO unique that sometimes -- actually in this book's case a lot of times -- I find myself going "Seriously, what the hell?" Up to about halfway in, I still really wasn't sure about it.
But... the characters are endearing and memorable, the plot is NEVER predictable (well maybe in that you really expect the good guys to win, but the twists and turns along the way, forget it). Halfway through this would have been at three stars, maybe even a very high two.
But by the time I was done, I loved it. I think that happened with the others, too, to a lesser degree. So don't give up on it partway through.
By the way, Wil, I think I've been along for the ride on very many of your audiobook performances. You just keep getting better. I laughed out loud several times. Please don't stop doing them....more
On some level I just WISH Lisbeth Salander would do things the "normal" way... when her legal guardian raped her, she didn't caBjurman had it coming.
On some level I just WISH Lisbeth Salander would do things the "normal" way... when her legal guardian raped her, she didn't call the police (WHAT! Call the police!)
Change scene. When you come back to her, and she takes her revenge on him, you are seriously cheering for this unlikely heroine who does not do things in the traditionally accepted way.
That was in the first book.
In this book (spoiler, but it's early in the book), Bjurman dies. Furthermore, on page one you find that he is not the first person to abuse her. No wonder she's "the woman who hates men who hate women." And in her own way she crusades for justice. Some might call it vengeance.
Obviously, her unconventional ways of dealing with crises get her into trouble --- big, big trouble in this book.
I find Larsson's writing a little draggy at times. Blomkvist goes to the deli, and this is what he ate, and then he read his newspaper, and then he pets the cat (again, that's from Dragon Tattoo). I found that to be less the case in book 2. I'm not sure how much of that had to do with the fact that I was listening to the first book on audio, and reading this one paperback... I tend to have more patience for written words. I had a bit of a hard time getting into the first book, because of all the financial stuff (yawn), but once you're hooked here, you are hooked, and you are hooked into book 2 and beyond.
Therein lies my only complaint with this book.... book 1 felt like it ended and was a complete story, and if you didn't want to go on, it was fine. Book 2 does not wrap up the story but leads right into book 3. I have no problem with cliffhangers, but this ending felt incomplete.
That's okay, I have the eBook for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Which means I'll have read this trilogy in three different formats.
I love Lisbeth as a heroine. Strong heroines are kind of rare, and when they're out there, they're often too shiny, too perfect. She is anything but. She is more than a little rough around the edges. She is socially dysfunctional, but she is a genius. (Her first legal guardian suggests maybe she has Asperger's). And, she kicks ass.
Recommended? Oh yes. Don't plan on getting roped into these instantly, but once you're halfway through you can plan an allnighter....more