Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Series

The first series I wanted to talk about is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo books by Steig Larsson. I believe they are also called the Millenium Triolgy but I never liked that moniker.

If you did not know they were written by an amazing Swedish author and were published posthumously. I really wish this wasn't the case because I would have loved to read more of his writing.  I read online that he had plans for 10 novels but only finished the three before his death. I am not sure if  that is true, but it definetly makes me wish he could have written them all.

You may have heard that there is a new book coming out using the same characters and perhaps some of the general plot points of the previous novels. This was written by a different man and although its related it's supposed to be somewhat of a different take, I believe. I could be wrong. It's supposed to be released at the beginning of September here in Canada.

I am on the fence about it, to be honest. There are many books that have been read by someone else using (with permission of course) the characters and style of another deceased author which I have enjoyed, and who knows, this one might be just as good. I will have to wait and see what the reviews are like. 

I have what I call a Twilight complex when it comes to books that everyone becomes obsessed with. Often I will find myself hating the books that are so very popular with everyone else. Not these ones thought. 

I loved these books. So much so that I have read them twice and i think it's about time I read them again. 

These books are for the mystery lovers, for the thrill seekers, for the lover of a good read. They do look long and drawn out, but honestly, I didn't notice the length of them. I really enjoyed the ride. I will say there are parts that are very detailed and you may wonder why we needed to know this, but other then that, they are great. I really liked being sort of immersed in Swedish culture and the use of Swedish names and such. Kept it fresh for me.

I could go into more detail, but in case you have not yet had the pleasure of reading these lovely books, or if you've seen the movie, it would be quite unnecessary. 

As for the movies, well I have only seen the original Swedish version with the subtitles starring the amazing Noomi Rapace and it was perfect. I refused to watch the Americanized version because in my eyes not one could replace her as Lisbeth Salander. 

If you were interested in picking up these books for yourself, I would suggest you have a look at your local thrift store or used bookstore. I was in one a couple days ago and they had four copies of the first two for sale for about 5$. No doubt they will be readily available again because of the new novel coming out. 

Recommendation: Read them! I don't think you'll be disappointed as long as you don't let the long lenth discourage you.

Thank you for reading!


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