Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Page turner, for sure
I just finished reading the first book of the Millennium Trilogy by the late Stieg Larsson, Girl with a Dragon Tattoo.
I heard about it a couple of years ago, and for an unknown reason that I can't fathom, I assumed it was about a teenage girl who rebelled against her parents, was influenced by peers, joined a cult, and got a dragon tattoo.
It was nothing like that.
If you read the book, you're probably laughing at me.
If you have not read the book, you should. Then you can laugh at me too.
I really wish I could talk about the book and tell you my thoughts on it, but I know that Falling Up is going to read it soon, and I dont want to ruin it for her.
But if you will allow, here is my summary of the book:
A journalist from Sweden, Mikael, loses a case against a big shot industrialist by the name of Wennestrom. Mikael' s sentence: losing his prestige, his magazine, Millennium, facing repercussions, and a jail sentence of 6 months. Shortly after his sentence, Mikael is approached by Henrik Vanger, a former CEO of the Vanger Corporations, with a unusual job of solving a 30 year old crime that was committed against his beloved great niece, Harriet Vanger. After several attempts to convince Mikael to accept the offer, Henrik finally seals the deal by telling Mikael that he has proof that will put Wennestrom in prison and allow Mikael to regain his former stature. Feeling dejected and at a loss, Mikael agrees to take on the job. Mikael is thereafter joined by Lisbeth Salander, a sly and cunningly intelligent girl who is able to help him with the case. Collectively they embark on a journey and find out more than they ever wanted to know and more than they had ever anticipated finding out.
I didnt think I would be much interested in it. To be perfectly honest, when I first read the book (about 20 pages into it) I wanted to fall asleep and somehow I dragged myself through it. And I'm glad I did. It has so many twists and turns, that I almost couldn't keep up. It is extremely well written and keeps you guessing till the end. If you are in the mood for a book that will force you to keep reading until the very last page and in need of a summer thriller that will keep you engrossed, then this is the book for you.
P.S.Turns out they made all three movies based off the books by Stieg Larsson. I'm so excited to watch the first one this weekend!