The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo question


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How long does it take to get into this book?
TM TM Feb 24, 2012 02:01PM
I'm on page 227 and still have zero interest. I know that the book does take some time to get into and that it contains nearly 600 pages, but this is getting ridiculous. This book was raved by so many and recommended for me so many times that it just doesn't make sense for it to still be so uninteresting this far into the book. It's been a long time since I've dropped a book, but I'm debating it for this one. Help?



about half the book. once lisbeth and mikael meet it greatly improves.

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Deb me too...I didnt truly understand the whole thing at first, after the movie I reread it..much easier
May 11, 2012 01:39PM · flag

I want to say I was told 100 pages and I stuck it out. I do think that I got interested earlier than you have. I ended up reading all 3 and liked them all. I hope you enjoy!


If you think the first book takes a long time to get into, wait till you get to the second! Took me forever to engage, and then I only ended up frustrated.


I was told that it takes a long time to get into. I listened to the audiobook and the beginning was really hard to like. I thought it got a lot better. I think you should stick with it :)


I was the exact same way and on about the same page as you, Tina when I finally wanted to know more. I'm SO glad I did though. It ended up being an awesome trilogy and Lisbeth sticks with you long after you're finished! Good luck and don't give up :)


I didn't care for it myself, but one friend of mine said he got into it at about page 100. My brother and another friend of mine got into it right off the bat.


It took me 45 pages to get into it. I think the whole beginning, used as background i guess, was completely unnecessary. Could have just given a paragraph and then got right to it. the rest of the story seems to pick up right from there. I have to say the next book is my favortie of the series and the last one drags its ass until the last 100 pages.


It took me until page 340 to get truly engaged.

I had to choke down the first half. It was like eating sparsely buttered toast... Dry as hell on most parts, and than it would pick up in taste, and than it would go back to being bland.


100-200 pages. The first part drags on a bit, but don't stop reading it really gets a lot better


I would say you have to get into about half of the book before you're hooked. Something that worked for me but usually doesn't is watching the American movie.
I threw the book down cause I couldn't get into it, but after watching the movie I was eager to pick it up. And that spark continued through the whole trilogy.


It took me about 75 pages. My friend told me not to give up on on it. so I didn't give it my 50 pages and out rule. I really enjoyed it. Good mystery


Because the author lays out so much back story and much of it is political or geography related, it took me almost half the book to get into it. I think I actually put it down for a few weeks and then went back to it. Glad I kept going though, and once I'd got into the rhythm of the writing, I absolutely devoured the next 2 books. Well worth toughing it out.


80 Pages


What do you not find interesting about the book? I love this book because of the authors ability to illustrate his characters.


I can't say anything based on page number, since I read the trilogy on a Kindle, but the three had a pretty much identical formula. They were boring for about 25%-35% of the book, then something happens and the pace spikes. The third book was a little different in this respect, it did get more interesting about 1/3 of the way in, but not as interesting as the previous two. I felt like the third was just the second half of the second, since the second is a cliffhanger, this made the third hard to get through because it felt very protracted.


It was SO hard sticking to this book - I don't remember what page it was but I was about ready to put it down, maybe about a third of the way thru when it finally caught on. My husband is now reading it and I warned him to stick to it-it would catch on. But, in retrospect, I'm thinking "it is worth it to waste time reading a third of a book to get to the interesting part?"

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Rebecca Kerrivan yes.
Mar 26, 2014 11:46AM · flag

It took me about a third of the way through it. I hate to admit this, but usually by that time, I ditch a book in pursuit of one that appeals to me more. However in this case, I plodded on because it was selected for my book club. I am glad I did, because once the story found its legs, it was great.


It took me till about page 100. When you get the timeline down then it gets interesting.


deleted member May 05, 2012 05:27PM   0 votes
I'm FINALLY to a point where I want to keep reading it and honestly, I'm more than halfway through the book. I have been promised by all however, that from this point on I won't want to put not just this book down but the other two as well. I'm excited I'm finally to a point where I can see that happening. All I can say is... keep going and hopefully you'll get to this point too.


Tina wrote: "I'm on page 227 and still have zero interest. I know that the book does take some time to get into and that it contains nearly 600 pages, but this is getting ridiculous. This book was raved by so m..."

Friends told me I would get into this book eventually but I never did. Then they told me I'd like the 2nd one better. I couldn't finish book 2. If you don't like it by now, Stieg Larsson is not for you. The world is full of good books. Read one of those instead.


The first half is slow-going, but it lays the foundation for the rest of this and the other books in the series. After I finished it, couldn't wait to read the second, then the third. There are lots of twists and turns, and keeping up with all the characters and their Swedish names makes it harder.


100% echo what most everyone else said. Bout 80-100 pages of slogging through the overly done financial backstory, then bang it's a pageturner.


Peter (last edited Mar 18, 2012 08:09PM ) Mar 18, 2012 04:20PM   0 votes
One or two pages. Why? I mean, if you have to ask a question like this, it is probably the wrong book.


The firat book took me awhile to get into. I would say the first part of the book was difficult. But it greatly improves if you stick with it.


Stick with it, the first 250 pages drag but once you hit page 251 you won't be able to stop!


Somewhere around chapter 4 or 5 it gets A LOT better. Don't give up it will get better!


deleted member May 12, 2012 05:23PM   0 votes
It does take a while to get into the book but once you do, your hooked. The beginning is overwhelming when you are trying to learn the family's history but as you go on there is something about it that you get attached to, which makes you constantly crave more. Lisbeth is a great character and she's someone you easily get caught up with and want to know more about.


It took me about 100 pages to get into it. I gave up on it the first time and only perservered the second time because it was a book club book. The dry, financial conversation at the beginning nearly put me to sleep both times. Once I got past that, it got better for me.

My problem, now, is that I'm on the second book. I found the first part to be riveting, but now I'm about 50% through and feel like I've hit a wall. I swear to God, NOTHING has happened for 100 pages. I'm trying to decide if it's worth pushing on or not.


I thought the character of Lisbeth was the key to the Millennium trilogy. Lisbeth Salander is to the trilogy what Elizabeth Bennett is to Jane Austin! You just want to know more about her and how her life unfolds.
Blomkvist is certainly not Darcy!


My problem with getting into this book was I kept waiting for Lisbeth story to materialize. Then my buddy in work told me it was more about Blomkvist then her. When I concentrated gave in and paid attention to the murder mystery I got into it. The second book is page 1 till the end. The third book was spotty for me.


It honestly took me roughly two hundred, but I found the latter two-thirds of the book really gripping (I don't usually read that much of a book if the beginning doesn't grab me, but I'd heard such good things about it that I pressed on).

If you're still not getting into it after page 200, though, it might just not be up your alley.


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After about 100 pages the first book became a page-turner for me. And the entire second book was a page-turner for me also. The third book was sometimes interesting and sometimes boring, maybe 50% of the time for each, but I got through so as to finish the story.


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I have to admit, I couldn't finish it. I started it a few times and probably eventually got about three-quarters of the way through, at which point I realised I still wasn't gripped and that life was too short!


As I flipped over that last painful page, I realized that I was never going to get into it.


Nelpha (last edited Apr 10, 2012 08:59PM ) Apr 10, 2012 08:59PM   0 votes
You get gripped by this story once Lisbeth story folds out. I read the book because of the movie and a mix of factors that got me intrigued at the time: Sweden, Lisbeth and the mystery of Harriet's vanishing. I also think that the book should have kept its original title: Men who didn't love women.


I was like you Tina and could not for the life of me get into this book and I began to think that there was something wrong with me because the entire world was raving about it! But I grew to really like Lisbeth and I wanted her to succeed and I liked Michel too, so I persevered. And after the first 100 or so pages it had me. I wouldn't say it was my all time favourite book because there is a lot of needless detail in it, but I'd say it was good. But if you still don't like it then just give up. Life is too short and there are too many other books that you will enjoy.


Everyone I know who has read this book struggles with the same thing. Pity Larsson didn't live long enough for a decent editor to get their hands on it. It does get better in the 2nd half of the book, and general concensus (mine included) is that it is worth persevering to the end. If you didn't really find the 2nd half all that appealing though I wouldn't bother reading the next two, as they are slower and more convoluted than the first one.


this book took me awhile to get into. the first half took me awhile to get through because i wasn't that interested (which was awhile considering the book is relatively long). once i got into it i enjoyed it more but it definitely took awhile i think because the first half was a lot of detailed background info/history.


There is a lot of background information in the first few 100 pages of the book. It does get loads better once the actual story starts. After the initial push, I read all three in less than 2 weeks...


It took 50-100 pages - Had to get really comfortable with 'Sweden'. And I usually don't read high finance info. Realized I was probably fighting it so I quit complicating things, wound up ignoring the rest of the world for several days - could not put the series down. I found them all fascinating.
The books probably just aren't for you - no one likes every book they pick up. Maybe you expected something else because of all the hype.


Life is too short, and I have way too many books on my to read shelf to force myself through hundreds of pages of dreary/boring writing. I gave up and moved on. I couldn't get through any of the books in the series. I found them tedious.


Its an engaging book....the story pulls you in. Its a little dark but doesnt leave you with a bad feeling.I am yet to read the second and the third one in the series .... cant wait to get my hands on them.


The Millineum Trilogy is a particular book for people who can really invest in a story whole heartedly. It's a lot like a movie, like one of those movies where you have to pick up every detail and store it away for later because it will come in handy. You have to be patient and interested to read these series. I stared it in the eighth grade and I always read a few books in between each of them so I won't have an overload. These books are really good though and it's so good because of the way they are written.


Julia (last edited Apr 24, 2012 07:43AM ) Apr 03, 2012 12:04PM   0 votes
I have to say that it takes almost half the book to get hooked. And once you are, it's a surprise because it just snuck up on you. The first half sets the stage. The second half tells the story. And the movies (Swedish and English) are the same. You spend half the movie plodding along and then all of a sudden everything starts racing along.

I've read all three, and I loved them all. I think because of the character development. You get to delve into their psyches, find out how they tick. And once you have an idea, the story just flows and the characters' actions make sense.

They are all flawed, and as time progresses through the books we get to see the consequences to their actions in the previous books. And it makes us wonder "what if she/he had done something else?"

Stick with the series. Each book builds on the previous. Don't let the 'background' slow you down. It explains the story.

24/04/2012: I was thinking about why some people get caught up in this series and others don't. And I wonder, could it be that that people who are into the book are those who tend to continually seek the answer to 'why' or 'what motivates'? I know I'm not phrasing this correctly, but in just about everything I am interested in what brought the current situation into being. And with this series, I want to understand the background. How Blumqvist got to where he is. What motivates Salander. Why they interact so well. What prompted the people to do what they did? And that is what makes this all the more interesting to me. I get to delve into the psyche. I get to see the complex spiderweb of events, motivations, actions, interactions. There are those of us who like a good read that is straightforward. And there are those of us who want to dive right in. So, I'd say it all has to do with reading style and preference. The folks I know who loved this series are people who enjoy trying to piece the puzzle together while reading the story.


Here's my Goodreads review:

I read about 60 pages of this and the financial stuff was mind-numbingly boring. I posted a review here on Goodreads that said I would rather poke my eye out than finish this book. Then I visited another favorite reading website and saw that some trusted reviewers thought this was the best book they had read in years. So, I took down my review here and continued reading. Wow! This is quite a book. I got hooked, and will definitely read the others. I will say that after I finished this violent and disturbing book I feel like I did poke my eye out.


I didn't care for it at first either but the friend that recommended it said just stick w/ it and it'll get better. Glad I stuck w/ it cause I read all 3 and really liked them.


Tina wrote: "I'm on page 227 and still have zero interest. I know that the book does take some time to get into and that it contains nearly 600 pages, but this is getting ridiculous. This book was raved by so m..."

Tina, I tried 3 different times to read this book and found it impossible. I, like you, heard so many rave reviews by friends. I figured that there must be some redeeming value to it. I finally decided that some books are not worth the effort, especially when there are so many thousands of books out there just waiting to be read and enjoyed. If, after 227 pages, you are not pulled in by the book it's time to move on.


The Millineum Trilogy is a particular book for people who can really invest in a story whole heartedly. It's a lot like a movie, like one of those movies where you have to pick up every detail and store it away for later because it will come in handy. You have to be patient and interested to read these series. I stared it in the eighth grade and I always read a few books in between each of them so I won't have an overload. These books are really good though and it's so good because of the way they are written.


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