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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
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Feb 09, 2010

really liked it
Read from February 09 to March 05, 2010

Intrepid journalist, recently indicted on a Libel charge, is approached by the aging/ailing Head of a noted/notorious Family of Industry..to solve the "mystery" of his Granddaughter's 40-year-old Murder...Let the Games begin.

Mikael Blomkvist is, in fact, an intrepid journalist...albeit on the moody/sexy/nerdy side...which leads him down many a garden path, and through many a bedroom door. LOTHARIO seems to be his second name..distracting to a point...

The VANGERs....give "family values" a bad name..turning said values on their head with a few slaps, punches, whip strokes, and cigarette burns. These people are not Nice, but neither are they truly repulsive. No Borgias here...just wealthy people too accustomed to getting their own way. Poor Grandpops Henrik is both clueless regarding the foibles of the Rest..and all too aware. which gives his concern regarding dear Harriet's 'murder" an odd flavor..Murder? Disappearance? It seems that he's the only one to care..about anything other than himself. But his approach to Blomkvist...and the whole Family History assignment, is a smokescreen...for the destruction of a dishonest Financier (this part of the book..the Very End..was the best)...Harriet? yes, well......

I'm not squeamish regarding violent subject matter..but one can read only so much about torture/rape..before it becomes laughable...The "villain" in this case (Martin the Pathetic) was merely his father's son (Gottfried the Insane)...and Harriet (the little sister) would have paid if not.....
but enough of the Vangers..

I love Liz(abeth) Salander..the anorexic, tattooed girl of the title. Wunderkind researcher, consummate computer hacker...Little-Girl-With-A Heart-Of-Ice...She's the only one who emerges from this book with a "clue" and a plan....to destroy those who have tried to marginalize/"destroy" her. The result of a Horrid Childhood, Liz doesn't let that stop her in her quest for Justice...I wish her well on her journey...she can stay with me any time...

4 Stars (****)
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Reading Progress

02/09/2010 page 27
5.81% "This is an ARC...so page numbers are pretty meaningless....so far, so good.....reading-wise"
02/15/2010 page 146
31.4% "again, this is ARC paging....but ...what a Kill Hell Book...."
02/18/2010 page 193
41.51% "reading pace has slowed...Snow, Ice, and weird leaks in my house..Winter, Be Gone! the book is still GREAT."
02/22/2010 page 247
53.12% "Maybe some day i'll finish this thing...."
03/02/2010 page 406
87.31% "nearing the end..and i'm not sure i want it to...."
03/05/2010 "Finished...at last!"

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