Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Reading Reflection: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium #1)


--Dave Callanan

I have such mixed feelings about this book, it's difficult to put into words.  I'm not even sure where to start, but I can say that if emotional, sexual, and physical abuse of women makes you extremely uncomfortable than this is not the book for you.

Let's start off with the negatives... the beginning.  For a while I had no idea what was happening, I was completely lost and this almost became the second book in my life I didn't finish.  It starts off with some type of murder mystery, but the characters names are never mentioned.  Then abruptly delves into the financial businesses in Sweden, and something about industries, than goes into Mikael Blomkvist's involvement into all that... boring.  But, it lays the back story and foundation into what is happening into his life presently.  Keep reading! 

The author then introduces Lisbeth Salander, who is strange.  It took me a while to decide if I liked her or not, I do.   The book's point of view goes back and forth between the two characters until their paths intertwine.  Another thing, there are many different points of view... your reading bits of the story through different eyes.  It was confusing.

Alright, the real positives.  Once you get into the story you cannot put it down.  All those little scenes I deemed useless began to take shape and meaning halfway through the book.  Then the mystery of Michael Blomkvist's task becomes very intriguing, I kept trying to solve the puzzle and just couldn't.  Throughout all this you're also getting into Salander's story... which is also very intriguing, but just as confusing.  

This is a great mystery book.  Some of the scenes were a little difficult to read, either because of disinterest or their abusive nature... but the underlying story was great.  If you could look past all those things the book becomes a page turner.


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