Monday, November 8, 2010
By Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland (translator)
Summary (from book)
Harriet Vanger, 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.
Dislikes: I felt at times this book was two separate stories that didn't really go together. There was the trial and follow up between Blomkvist and Wennerstrom and the search for Harriet Vanger. There was some weak lines in each story to connect the two together, Vanger promising dirt on Wennerstrom to Blomkvist, in order to get him to work for him, which turns out to be nothing.
I also felt disconnected from Lisbeth Salander in this book. She did not seems to be as prominent or integral to this book as the title would suggest.
Likes: I loved the cover for this book. The colors and graphics make it stand out among the rest of my books. As disturbing as the family is, I enjoyed the research into the disappearance and history of the Vanger family. The supporting characters in this book made it worth reading.
Overall: I didn't feel it was as great as all the hype. It did not make me want to read the second book and I had to read the summary before deciding to continue with this series.