Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Girl Who Played with Fire


Another random Kroger pick. And of course, I found out after reading it that this was the 2ND of the trilogy by Stieg Larsson Great. Perhaps I should look up bestsellers more often. I have a bad habit of just randomly picking up books.

This book took me forever to finish! Call me uncultured if you want, but it took weeks for me to keep the foreign, Swedish names straight in my head. I'm not complaining, I know it was adapted from Swedish, but I felt like I was going back and re-reading parts over and over because I couldn't remember who was who. But halfway through the book, when I finally got past that, it turned out to be ok. The story seemed drawn out and I never felt a real character connection with Lisbeth Salander. She is most definitely an original type of character, but murdering someone in a hurricane, murdering her crippled father (even though he deserved it) and surviving being buried alive seemed like quiet a stretch for any story. There were lulls that took me days to get through followed by page-turning suspense that I couldn't put down. I would have enjoyed it much more had it been more consistent. Unfortunately, it seems as though a lot of my biases are based on having not read the first book of the series. I would not necessarily recommend this book, but the 1st and 3rd of the trilogy are on my last resorts reading list.


  1. I struggle with a book that has a lot of foreign names too - sometimes I just make up my own names for the characters. I want to try this series.

  2. That is pretty much what I did too, I know I was not pronouncing them right in my head! I have a couple of friends who have really enjoyed the series, so give it a try!