Friday, November 12, 2010
Books I'm reading right now
I tend to stay away from novels that are surrounded by hype... I'm always disappointed in them and anyway the average person has awful taste in books. Twilight is a good example. I would shave my tongue before I wasted time on that crap.
I'm glad to say I disregarded my prejudices and decided to get "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" one day when I was waiting to board my flight. For once everyone was right. This novel deserved all the hype. It was a little slow at first, but I'm glad I stuck with it, because by half way I was fully engrossed with the exploits of the heroine, Lisbeth Salander. What's even better is that Lisbeth is a character I can fully relate to and is real. Instead the fluffy main characters we are usually left with in modern books. She's dark, twisted, alienated and hard as nails. I liked the fact that she was petite too, being short and skinny myself! Though the male lead, Mickael Blomkvist, is a bit of an egotistical jerk who sleeps his way through the novels, you can't help but like him. The sad part is that Steig Larsson never got to witness the success of his "Millennium trilogy", having died before the publication of the trilogy: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", "The Girl who played with Fire", and "the Girl who kicked the Hornets Nest". I've flown throw the trilogy but now I'm reluctant to finish the final chapter of the third installment; "the Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest". I don't want it to end and by reading the last page I know it will.
I don't want to give away too much of the plot but it is definitely worth a look and from what I hear the Swedish film version is amazing. So if you aren't the reading type then go watch the film... just be warned it is Swedish so don't expect the characters to speak English. They don't, by the way.