Sunday, June 27, 2010

Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy

So far I have read the first two books of Stieg Larsson's trilogy, and I have mixed feelings about the books at this point.  I enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo more than The Girl Who Played with Fire because I was really interested in the mystery of Harriet Vanger.  Mikael Blomkvist, a disgraced financial journalist who was found guilty of libel, is hired to write a book about the Vanger's family history and to try to find something new about the unsolved disappearance of Harriet Vanger.  Eventually Lisbeth Salander joins him in his search for answers.  This book has everything from family secrets to corporate fraud, Nazis, sexual violence...the list goes on and on.  I thought the first book was very good, although a bit intense for me at times (I am a big baby when it comes to creepy books).  The second book didn't grab me as much.  It focuses more on Lisbeth's violent past, and it was even more brutal than the first.  I will read the third book, however, because I want to know what will happen with Mikael and Lisbeth.   I have heard that the original title was Men Who Hate Women.  Keep that in mind if you are planning to read them.  I think the title fits.


BookAddict said...

I have the first one on my kindle to read. I have heard some people thing they are great, some thought they were too long, some had mixed feelings. Guess I will have to read and decide for myself!

Hope you are well, Christine, and enjoying your summer. Hope the kids are doing well! Miss you!

Christine said...

I miss you too! I couldn't open the picture link that you sent me from your trip. I meant to ask about that.

I think you would like these books. You have a higher tolerance for being freaked out than I do, and the story (especially in the first book) is definitely good. Some financial parts did go on too long though.

Mie said...

I read all three of the books and liked them a lot - but I guess I have a high freak-out level too!

Did you read the new Plum yet? I did and loved it.

Miss ya! Hope you are having a great summer.

Christine said...

Of course, Mie! I read it right away, and it was as fun as always. Nice to hear from you!

Literary Feline said...

I've read the first book so far and loved it. I'm anxious to see the movie now.

TheBookGirl said...

I enjoyed your thoughts on the trilogy. There has been so much talk about these books, that I felt a little weird for not having read one. The thing that stopped me was the violence part...After reading your thoughts, I'm not sure that I will read them, but at least I won't feel like I'm the only book-person who was hesitant:)

I also noticed that you are now following my blog, and I wanted to say thanks:)