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Reading The Girl Who Played with Fire July 19, 2010

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Book #2 in Larsson's Millenium Trilogy, all of which were published after his death.

Holy crap! What a ride! Although I loved Steig Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first 100 pages read like an annual report. Larsson’s second book, The Girl Who Played with Fire, puts you in a chokehold on Page One.

I’ve entered Day Five of being consumed by this book, which I literally haven’t been able to put down. Okay on Day One I took it to Children’s Court, but tucked it inside How to Improve Children’s Reading, so as not to tip my hand. It seemed downright wrong to be reading this book with so many children about. My husband pointed out that the movie is now out and got great reviews, but any bibliophile knows it’s not the same. So now I’m looking at another late night.

It’s not that I’m a slow reader, but there are so many twists and turns that I can only read a couple of chapters till I’m flat out exhausted. Then there’s the matter of IKEA. When Lisbeth Salander furnishes her new apartment, every item she buys at IKEA is listed, so it’s like I’ve been inside her apartment. Hey, I’ve got those BILLY shelves too!

Speaking of things that begin with “B.” I’m beginning to think half the surnames in Sweden start with a B, which makes it a challenge to remember who’s who. Blomkvist, the yin to Salander’s yang from the first book is easy to remember along with Berger, his long-time lover, and her husband Beckman. Then there’s Bjurman, Lizbeth’s guardian, and now in this book, detective Bublanski (Good Cop), and Bjorck (Bad Cop) and Bohman (Former Cop). I was half-expecting Bjork to make a cameo appearance.

And what’s with the characters grabbing a bite to eat at a 7-11? Or McDonalds for that matter? Something must be missing in translation as the last place I’d pick up pasta is 7-11. That’s where you go for the bladder-buster-sized soda or some lotto tickets, or to make some quick cash. No not Lotto – robbery!

Lisbeth’s obsession for Billy’s (there’s that “B” again) Pan Pizza got me to wondering, so I googled it. Who would have known?  To learn more about the best pizza you’ve never tried, you can go to Billy’s Pan Pizza – Comfort Food for the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Gotta go. Chapter 26 awaits. But if you’d like to read more about the series and Stieg Larsson’s untimely death, check out  Steig Larsson.com.

Post Mortem – I finished the book yesterday and came up for air. Whew, my heartbeat has returned to normal. Book 3, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, is now out in hardcover, but I’m biding my time. My husband’s friend couldn’t wait, but didn’t want to shell out the big bucks. His solution?  He went to Borders for three days in a row and stood and read the new book. He says it’s a slam dunk. I can wait, but I am feeling the need to go to IKEA. UPDATE: The Borders Option is no longer available.


1. shoutabyss - July 21, 2010

LOL! Reading a whole book in the bookstore! What a great idea. Why didn’t I ever think of that? 🙂 At B&N they practically invite you to do so by providing coffee and furniture. On the other hand, I normally prefer to strip down to my underwear. Maybe I’d better not.

I’m really glad I saw this post. I was somehow thinking The Girl Who Played With Fire was the first book. If I’m going to read them, which I think I am, I definitely want to read them in the correct order.

Shout – Thanks for that visual. 🙂 With the hard economic times at bookstores, they might actually encourage you to strip down to your underwear to attract more customers! I do suggest you start with the first book. The link I provided for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is for Catherine Sherman’s book club’s blog, Blather. Jan


2. asbestasican - August 4, 2010

Preach it, Sistah! I LOVED the second one (and the first one was good too–and this from someone who doesn’t like thrillers/mysteries)! Just wait til you get to the third. I’ve got it on my Kindle and the first part reads like the first 100 pages of the first book. I look at it like setting up dominos. You work and you work and you work and then suddenly ZZZZZZZZZZZZZIP! They grab you and pull you in and you just can’t stop and it’s over all too soon! Happy reading!

Asbestasican – The dominos analogy is perfect! Oooh, I’ve never actually known someone with a Kindle. I’m still learning to parent my iPhone, but maybe there’s a Kindle in my future. Jan


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