I’m not sure where my ears were, but I had only heard of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo once before I read it in February. Little did I know that there was a movie, that the book was a massive (and deserving, surprisingly!) bestseller, that it was the first in a trilogy, or that the author, Stieg Larsson had died soon after delivering the manuscripts for all three.
But enough about what I didn’t know. What I do know is this: I read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire in about a week and they are freaking awesome. I enjoyed the second one even more than the first.
Truly, truly–two of the nicest surprises I’ve ever had.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that I am torn between wanting Lisbeth Salander to be my girlfriend (I’m allowed to have mistresses when they’re fictional) or whether I am terrified of her. Maybe both.
Here are some elements that are the mixtures of these books.
- Lisbeth: Crazy hacker with a miserable past, weird hair, violent tendencies, and a great knack for revenge
- Serial killers
- Human trafficking
- A giant blond guy who can’t feel pain
- A bunch of reporters that aren’t nearly as boring as that makes it sound
- Awesome writing
- Perfect pacing
And so on.
But unless you’re me, you’ve probably already heard about these books. Have you read them? Are you going to? Fess up!
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