Friday, August 27, 2010

The Girl who Couldn't Put the Book Down

For our holidays this year I picked up a copy of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson. If you haven't heard of it, it's a wildly popular Swedish crime mystery - translated into English.  The book is the first of three (known as the "Millennium Trilogy").  Larsson finished the three books, gave them to his publisher, and died. Sad he didn't see the huge following his novels now have. More tragic though (at least from a reader's viewpoint) is that he'd laid out a serious of 10 novels and only partly finished the 4th. There's a dispute about his estate so that novel sits.

The movie came out, Swedish with English subtitles.  I didn't want to see it until I read the book.

I wasn't sure how much time I'd have to read on holidays this year, but I made the fortunate mistake of getting the book started. I could not put it down. I read in every single free moment I had, no matter how long or short. Lucky for me, the chapters are divided into sections, none of which is very long making for an easy spurt read.

And then I finished. Serious withdrawal.

A day or so later, on a cool, sort of rainy day, we found ourselves in Fred Meyer just outside Astoria, Oregon. (Kerry compared Fred Meyer to a mini Wal-Mart.) I walked by the book section and lo and behold, book number 2: "The Girl Who Played with Fire".  I wasn't sure I could have another two days of virtually non-stop reading, but I just could not put the book back on the shelf.

I bought it and like something from a "Kids in the Hall" skit, it followed me everywhere daring me to read just one more page. I succumbed and was again grateful for the easy spurt reading.

And then I finished.

We'd been home not very long when I rented the movie "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (Swedish with subtitles).  Very good.   As with any movie from a book, bits were different and lots cut out, but still good.  Hollywood is getting into the action now and is going to make it's own version - so people don't have to read the movie I suppose.

"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" has just come out in hardcover and soared to the top of a variety of Best Selling lists. After getting home still thinking about Lisbeth Salander (The Girl) I had to order it. It should arrive any day now.

Wait, is that the doorbell....

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