I realize different strokes for diff. folks and all that but I cannot imagine not loving the whole girl...collection - from the 1st page I was hooked - I am in the middle of the second novel - the girl who played with fire and am very saddened that there will only be three in this series - I don't go for hype - harry potter - blah, I usually go for the most unpopular books - but this one I read about in EW magazine so I decided to try it - it's superb in every sense of the word and I can't get all technical - I just love it - I can't even understand NOT loving it - so that being said - for anyone looking for a more technical review read elsewhere but these books are in my top 10 of all time definitely...masterfully written - I thought the suspense was beautiful - not to fast not to slow - I love all of the characters....wonderful....
i always loved pippi longstocking as a kid and now as an adult i love her cooler older version. an amazing book that will have you scrambling for the in the series, the girl with the dragontattoo will be on the top seller list for a long time.
Fantastic mystery, better-than average prose, delectable heroine
More readable than hardcore literature, but more refined than Dan Brown. With 40 million copies sold, a plot summary seems superfluous. We all know who Lisbeth is and we all love her (or soon will). She's a hotter, waifish version of House with an unquenchable thirst for justice. Suffice it to say her background history and chosen mystery (each bound by secretive violence towards women) both unfold at an appropriate pace and conclude in a very satisfying manner for the reader. (I qualify that statement since dear Lisbeth is anything but satisfied by the last line.)
While the mystery is the meat, Mikael's libel/vendetta story is the bread. His non-mystery story line seems distracting in the beginning, but it eventually dawns on the reader that this is the perfect vehicle to credibly induce someone other than a criminal investigator to take on the Vanger case. Without Mikael's circumstance driving his investigative availability, this is just another crime novel with some occasionally shocking visuals. With his circumstance in place, the novel is a cleverly-plotted and well-written update of the genre.
Other particularly clever writing techniques include the characters' food choices (in nearly every scene), and an acceleration of plot which mirrors Mikael's steadily increasing interest in his sabbatical. Well-plotted, well-written, and extremely satisfying. I immediately purchased the next book after finishing this one.
An international publishing sensation, Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the DragonTattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.
Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.