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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

202 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Stieg Larsson.

Amazon Best of the Month, September 2008: Once you startThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie … see full wiki

Author: Stieg Larsson
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Vintage
Date Published: September 16, 2008
50 reviews about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
review by . April 04, 2012
Translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland      I was late coming to the massively popular and critically-acclaimed novel (now a Major Hollywood Movie), and while I was thoroughly entertained, I found it left me not quite satisfied.  The hook, if you've not read or seen it in any of its formats (there is also a Swedish movie version), is the Girl of the titles (Larsson finished three before he died, and an unfinished fourth is in limbo pending a bitter estate battle)--an …
review by . January 01, 2010
Book Review: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
 I had mixed feelings about what type of a rating I should give this book purely based off my disappointment with the end of the novel, which I won't spoil in my review.       Overall, I enjoyed the mystery. I couldn't solve the ultimate puzzle, which always fascinates me since I consider myself an amateur sleuth when it comes to mystery novels. In retrospect, I fear I was too engrossed in the book to pay enough attention to the clues that would help me solve …
review by . March 16, 2010
When I finished reading this book, it was hard to imagine it being the same book that I began a month before. In fact, reading the last third of the book was like reading a completely different book from the first third.  The first third of this book was so slow and boring that I had significant problems even wanting to pick it up off my nightstand to read it. It was great for sleeping but not so good for reading!       Everywhere I went, people were raving about how fantastic …
review by . August 01, 2010
Mikael Blomkvist, investigative journalist and owner of Millennium magazine, is on top of his world. He's just published a hard hitting series of sensational financial articles exposing the staggering corruption of Swedish banker, Hans Wennerstrom, and his star is in the ascendant until Wennerstrom drags him into the courtroom and wins a devastating criminal suit for libel. Blomkvist's world looks bleak as he faces three months in prison and a fine that threatens to take down everything …
review by . December 28, 2011
I finished reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo around three-thirty this morning and I still can't believe how brilliant it was! My husband bought me a copy and I started it as soon as it arrived. Lisbeth Salander is one of the most likable characters that I have come across. I had heard a lot about how great this book was and so I was expecting it to be pretty awesome. What I found though was that words cannot describe this book. No matter how great I tell you it is, you won't understand unless …
review by . October 07, 2010
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is the first book in Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy. It is a well crafted crime thriller, but both in its scope and execution it is much more than that. It features two main characters, a middle-aged journalist Mikael Blomkvist who publishes a magazine Millennium in Stockholm, and a young tattooed girl with a troubled past named Lisbeth Salander who works as a freelance security consultant. These two unlikely individuals find themselves …
review by . February 25, 2011
   I saw the movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, before reading Steig Larsson’s book, and I really enjoyed it. The movie is very true to the novel, but the main surprise I found in reading was how handsome and intriguing the main character was meant to be. Lisbeth’s attraction to him is much more believable in the book. And Lisbeth herself is perfectly cast! I think I liked the book even better than the movie.   The story starts slowly with lots of details of …
review by . September 26, 2010
OK, so I'm a little late to the phenomenon that is Stieg Larsson and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. This book, and in fact the whole Girl trilogy, seemed to come out of nowhere and reach a fevered pitch in a very short period of time. I find it even more amazing that it did so as a novel that had to be translated into English after the author's death. Regardless, I finally got a copy and started reading... and was immediately hooked. Larsson mixes a criminal mystery plot with a number …
review by . June 25, 2010
I was initially drawn to Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo after reading about the movie, which, to be honest, is a crying shame.  When I started looking for it (this was before it started turning up in big box stores, following the release of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - which is, by the way, a great way to pick it up on the cheap), no one I knew had ever heard of it.      Two things really stood out in Larsson's story: the characters …
review by . July 19, 2010
For me, The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo started as an audiobook. It's slow at first, and I had a hard time getting into the story--but after about an hour of listening, I realized that I didn't have enough patience and picked up a hard copy of the book. I couldn't stop reading for seven straight hours. Stieg Larsson's style is enrapturing, every scene leads you onto the next, and you're always wondering what's going to happen, how this information ties into that.   …
review by . July 04, 2010
      Though its got a slow start, The girl with the dragon tattoo gets better and better....adding more and more clues, incidents, and questions, and drawing the reader in. Stieg Larsson, a Swedish author, is incredibly talented in this area, following all the clues and even adding smaller side stories in the sequels to this book. I felt like I was reading a real, live, emotionally gripping and intelligent book. Whereas most crime novels jump from fact to scene to fact, taking …
review by . July 14, 2010
Mikael Blomkvist was a financial investigative reporter, and publisher, for Millennium magazine. That was until he was convicted of libel after he published an article on Swedish businessman Hans-Erik Wennerström. For that, he is to spend three months in prison and pay a hefty fine. His career as a journalist is in serious doubt and he resigns from his position of publisher of Millennium. However, a Swedish industialist, Henrick Vanger commissions him to write his biography and that of his …
review by . September 12, 2010
Mikael Blomkvist is offered a job and a promise to be able to clear his name if he spends a year researching the disappearance of Harriet Vanger. She is the granddaughter of Henrik Vanger's brother and disappeared forty years ago. As an added incentive, Vanger tells Mikael that if he completes the case, he'll give Mikael proof that Hans-Eric Wennerstrom is a swindler.      Part of the mystery of Harriet's disappearance from Hedeby Island is that there were only about …
review by . June 22, 2010
Hadn't heard of the book until the movie came out (which is a lot of times the case for movie adaptations of books, right?) and was determined to read the book before I watched the movie (which tends to be my habit, I hate watching movies before I read the book!)        The first third of the book was engaging yet confusing as to how it tied into the whole plot, but in a way, that's what made this book so appealing to read.  Page-turning was non-stop because …
review by . June 29, 2010
If you're looking for Agatha Christie-type detective fiction, look somewhere else. If, however, the idea of a multi-faced crime fiction novel that is as dark-hearted as it is creative strikes your interest, then look no further. Stieg Larsson balances an interesting blend of crime, mystery, romance, humor, and violence in his debut novel, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." The characters of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander are a mystery duo unlike any seen before - they don't …
review by . July 06, 2010
The writer Nora Ephron wrote a clever parody of Larsson’s best-selling book in the July 5, 2010 The New Yorker, which she called The Girl Who Fixed the Umlaut. Ephron humorously focused on Lisbeth Salander’s unusual energetic unsocial reactions, her sometimes foul language, laptop, moods, confusions, irritability, miserable childhood, abusive father who she set on fire, tiny breasts, small height and weight, and ability with computers. Ephron also pocked fun at our American difficulty …
Quick Tip by . March 07, 2011
Gripping Trilogy. Once you start and get to know the characters you cannot drop the book.
review by . August 10, 2010
        So I wrote a review of this book yesterday, but it has somehow disappeared, which I am not liking, but I will write a new one. This book is a compelling story, which is a little slow to start off with, but the mystery is there right from the start, leaving you wondering, what is this book really all about? Well, most importantly, it is about Lisbeth Salander, the girl who everyone screws with, even though she is one bad ass women who always gets her revenge. Then …
review by . June 28, 2010
I started this book after seeing advertisements and high recommendations for it. The beginning was slow to start - especially because I wasn't familiar with Sweden's culture and system. I pushed through because of the recommendations and the careful setting - plenty of detail to paint a complete picture, but not so much that it drags. Though it did take some time to establish the situation and settings, it was rewarding in the end when I felt like I had a good picture of the setup of a …
review by . June 14, 2010
Going on vacation? Take this book with you. I took this book on a three week trip to Thailand and was so disappointed that I finished in the first two days. You will not be bored reading this book. Not only does the author develop memorable characters but he keeps you guessing page after page. The characters are not only memorable but also believable - We all have known an outcast or two in our life and you will relate to this one too.The plot line is right up there with the Davinci Code , it will  …
review by . July 01, 2010
It's looooong! Over 600 pages in the English edition. It starts slooooowly! At least 140 pages before it starts to show where it's going. It's soooooober! If there was a single instance of humor in it, the joke was too refined for my perception. It's slooooooooppily plotted; there are holes in its plausibility through which you could drive a Volvo XC with all the doors wide open. The writing is boooooring; there isn't a paragraph of good description or a scene of kinetic excitement in the whole …
Quick Tip by . December 18, 2010
A provocative, complex mystery that is more than exciting enough to justify reading and enjoying an extraordinarily long novel. Slightly below the surface, we have a number of cautionary tales on topics as disparate as sexual abuse, the abuse of trust by those in a position of power and, finally, the confounding ethics of legitimate journalism.
review by . August 15, 2010
I've heard a lot about this series and always meant to read them, but only got around to it when someone at my book club chose this one. The storyline is really good, the mystery of the unsolved murder, etc. The problem I had is that getting there was tedious. It was half way through that I finally got into it. I would have given up all together if it weren't for a friends saying "keep going, keep going."    I don't really understand the hype. I guess I'm interested to figure …
review by . August 09, 2010
   This book is not my usual type of read, but was definitely worth it. It drew me in and I quickly read the other 2 books in the series after finishing this one! It is a little slow to begin with but if you make it through to the beginning you will not be able to put it down. There is mystery, suspense, romance (if you could call it that) and murder all rolled up into one with this book. The main character(s) are intriguing and you just need to not only what is going to happen, but also …
review by . July 07, 2010
The original title in Swedish is Men Who Hate Women, which is entirely reflective of not only the events in the book, but Stieg Larsson's feminism.  Lisbeth Salander is kick-ass and complex, and I most enjoyed getting to know her character and watch both the development of my understanding of her through her past, as well as watch her character development through the novel.  
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