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reviewed The Girl Who Played With Fire (book). June 05, 2010
The Girl Who Played With Fire (book)
While some of Larsson's writing could have used some editing here and there, this second of his trilogy was great.  His plot, the pacing, and the further development of his characters were fantastic.   …
reviewed The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. June 03, 2010
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Sadly, first-time Swedish author Larsson did not live to see the worldwide success of his thriller trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and now The Girl Who Kicked the …
reviewed The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. May 24, 2010
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Our child-like protagonist returns, as does Blomkvist and company.....the last in the trilogy moves between Salander, Berger and Blomkvist as they attempt to bring down the corrupt entities operating …
The Girl Who Played With Fire (book)
The cold blooded murders of a journalist and a scholar, who were about to publish a shocking expose on the sex trade in Sweden, are blamed on bad girl Lisbeth Salander. Salander's life has been far from …
reviewed Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fai.... May 21, 2010
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
A decade ago I read Jared Diamond's Pulitzer Prize winning classic "Guns, Germs and Steel". I have just completed reading this recent work by him. Like his previous work, both take the long view of human …
reviewed The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. May 06, 2010
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Anyone familiar with the tattooed and pieced renegade, Lisbeth Salander of Stiev Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and now a Swedish-speaking film directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, …
reviewed The Girl Who Played With Fire (book). April 28, 2010
The Girl Who Played With Fire (book)
Lisbeth Salander is back....and just as antisocial and strange as ever. Estranged from ex-friend, lover and journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she still finds herself partnering with him--albeit, from afar---to …
The Girl Who Played With Fire (book)
Mia Johansson, a bright young graduate student, is in the final stages of preparing her doctoral thesis on the controversial topic of sex trafficking. Her journalist boyfriend, Dag Svensson, approaches …
reviewed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. April 11, 2010
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of those highly touted books that, for the first several chapters, makes you wonder what all the hoopla is about. But once the set up is done, all those early doubts …
reviewed The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. April 04, 2010
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
One of the things that I remember about my childhood in the 1950s and 60s was how little could be done for family members who became ill. The word "cancer: was barely spoken. Heart disease was mentioned, …
reviewed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. March 16, 2010
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium
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 …
reviewed The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. February 18, 2010
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
As another reviewer noted, I worked with HeLa cells in the late 70s and people in the lab knew at least the donor's name at that time, so when I saw this book appear on the market, I jumped to learn the …
reviewed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. February 14, 2010
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium
I just finished reading this book last night and it's hard to imagine it being the same book that I began a month or so ago. In fact, reading the last third of the book was like reading a completely different …
reviewed Churchill. February 03, 2010
Churchill
Sir Winston Churchill's has to be one of the most well-documented and written-about lives ever lived -- due in no small measure to his own efforts, of course, but new books about the man seem to come …
reviewed Groundhog Day (movie). January 15, 2010
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Groundhog Day (1993)
You've gotta love a movie that features Bill Murray, a groundhog, and time travel. The concept behind this movie has since become famous and widespread. This is still the best. Groundhog Day essentially …
reviewed Churchill. January 01, 2010
Churchill
The era of the great man seems to have passed us by. Today's leaders range from venal, grasping politicians to non-entities who seized power through coups to satisfy their own greed and lust. The 20th …
reviewed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. January 01, 2010
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium
 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.       …
reviewed The Invention of Hugo Cabret. November 24, 2009
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
"The Invention of Hugo Cabret" is an amazing book. It tells the story of a boy who's orphaned, taken in by his miserable uncle, and then orphaned again. It's a story ultimately about faith and persistence …
reviewed Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures a.... October 07, 2009
Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of
Chabon, Michael. "Manhood for Amateurs; The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son", HarperCollins, 2009.    A Collection of Pieces    Amos Lassen   &nb …
reviewed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. October 06, 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium
I'll be honest, I only picked this book up because it was being offered to me at a great price through amazon.com. I had somewhat heard the hype about it, but I just didn't think it was something that …
reviewed The Girl Who Played With Fire (book). September 26, 2009
The Girl Who Played With Fire (book)
Author Stieg Larsson successfully follows up his first installment of the Millenium trilogy, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Vintage)," with a glimpse of the eponymous Lisbeth Salander's sad and misunderstood …
reviewed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. September 13, 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium
Despite the rather long and sometimes boring denouement that lasts for almost 100 pages after the actual crime is solved, the late Steig Larsson's novel and the first in his Millennium trilogy, "The Girl …
reviewed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. September 01, 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium
   This is probably the best book I have read since The Devil in the White City. I couldn't put it down and it has all the elements I look for in a good book! Mikhael Bloomvist (excuse me if …
reviewed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. September 01, 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium
   Published posthumously as the first part of the Milennium Trilogy, ' The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo' has achieved great international success.  The novel starts off rather slow, apart …
The Girl Who Played With Fire (book)
**SPOILER ALERT** The Girl Who Played With Fire is an excellent sequel to the deservedly acclaimed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  It is the second in what will be a three part trilogy following …
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