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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In some ways this book reminded me of what I like about Louise Penny's mysteries--it was more about the interior life of the characters than about the mystery. And all the violence and polemics aside, I liked it well enough to continue reading the series. But I was disappointed that the "villains" were so shallowly realized in comparison to the protagonists. In a story which shares with us the minute details of the open Swedish sandwiches that seem to be consumed in almost every chapter, couldn't we get just a bit of insight into the bad guys, rather than broad brush depictions that could have come out of almost any profiling based book or show in the last 25 years?

However, I suspect I won't watch the movies (either Swedish or the "in production" English language one). If they don't make the violence as horrific as it is in the book it won't adequately illuminate the characters, and if they do make it horrific enough, I'm not putting myself in a position to see it.

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Mar. 2nd, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC)
The violence is horrific in the film, along the lines of "I can't un watch that."
Mar. 2nd, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
I keep looking at those and wondering if I would like them. They've certainly gotten a lot of hype.
Mar. 3rd, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
If you send me your land address in a PM I could send the audio book out to you--my only request is once you are done with it that you donate it to your local public library.
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