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The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
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Jan 29, 2012

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bookshelves: literary-pact, slow-build-grand-finish
Read from September 28, 2011 to January 29, 2012

This book is almost 100 percent ridiculous, but it's not a book to be read for educational purposes - unless you're a Swedish-English translator looking for examples of "how to translate in the clumsiest fashion possible". For the most part, the plot plods along - even the double murder just reads like bean-counting - Larsson (or the translator, ahem) treats all major events so clinically that it is impossible to believe that anyone in the story cares about them except in pantomime. I wouldn't mind that approach if it weren't for the fact that I don't get the impression that he was aiming for that result. That said, if you take it at a remove [-how else can it be taken?] the story, after meandering all over in a bizarre duck-gathering manner, begins a random full force charge to the last page. The ride, at that point, is totally silly but also enjoyable because after all of the admin has been completed it's nice to see Lisbeth in action, after all.
If you're halfway through, you might as well finish it. Great book? Nah, but it has good points. It's like a Bourne movie, you're not there for what you'll learn about yourself but you'll be entertained.

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Reading Progress

01/09/2012 page 278
44.0% "Nearly halfway through and it's only just beginning."
01/16/2012 page 428
68.0% "Action still rising..."
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