Saturday, July 03, 2010
DNF The Girl Who Played With Fire
I've heard so much talk about Larsson's books and was so looking forward to reading one. My daughter gave me this book for Christmas. When I found out it was book 2 in a 3-book series I tried to mooch the first one. It never became available. After I did a small search through blogs, I discovered that the first book had a lot of deviant sex throughout and I decided I would skip it.
I read over 90 pages and found I didn't care to read on. Salander sounded like an interesting character but I felt like I had missed much of her character development that I assume happened in the first book. I felt like I was hanging in mid air trying to fit the pieces together. And does the first bit about the couple in Grenada have anything to do with the rest of the book or was that just a side story thrown in right at the start of the book to further confuse and bewilder the not-too-savvy reader?
I ran across a brief article where I learned that the author may have based his ideas for Salander on a grown-up version of Pippi Longstockings. If that's true, I thought he hit the mark right on the head. I mean, just imagine what type of adult that delightful misfit of a girl would be.
I may have to go back to this book some day because even as I write this I wonder what will happen as Bjurman seeks his revenge from Salander. Or maybe someone can just tell me...
Has anyone read this series and if so, what do you think? Did you like the books? Is it a MUST to read the first book? Should I try again or am I just too dense to ever catch on?