Thursday, 1 September 2011

The Time Will Come (3)

The Time Will Come is a great meme hosted by Jodie over at Books For Company. The point of this meme is to list a book that has been sitting on our bookshelves unread for too long and we have been meaning to get round to for ages!

This week's pick is:

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

A sensation across Europe—millions of copies sold. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden . . . and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance . . . and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age—and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness to go with it—who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism—and an unexpected connection between themselves. It’s a contagiously exciting, stunningly intelligent novel about society at its most hidden, and about the intimate lives of a brilliantly realized cast of characters, all of them forced to face the darker aspects of their world and of their own lives.

We've had this book sitting on the bookshelf for a couple of years now and I still haven't got round to reading it. I've heard many great things about the whole Millennium trilogy (as it is called) and it does sound rather good. But the main reason I haven't read it yet is because of this:

Now, I'm not usually a fan of covers that have stills from the film, but this one is just exceptionally bad and off-putting for some reason. It's just making me not want to read it, which is a shame, really. So, I decided to put it into a "The Time Will Come" post, in the hopes that that will make me read it soon!

Has anyone read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo?? If so, what do you think about it?


  1. Your blog is different! I like it :)

    Don't judge the book by it's cover - or as is more fitting, don't avoid a book because of its cover when you know it's going to be good!

  2. I know I shouldn't, but this cover is really off-putting up close.

    And thankies! ;)

  3. It wasn't for me, but I can see why so many people like it. I'd be interested in what you think.

    I also wanted to let you know that I put a copy of my book The Predicteds in the mail for you this week (you won the lottery over at Safari Poet). Sorry it took me so long! I just wanted to let you know that I didn't forget. Thanks for your patience.

    Love your blog.

    Christine Seifert

  4. Ohh I have heard amazing things about this!
    They have never interested me enough to read though.

  5. I have read the entire Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. After beginning The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo I wished I hadn't started.I felt very depressed by the explicit sexual violence.

    I read the other two books anyway because I already had the entire trilogy on my To Be Read pile before I started on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I have this compulsion to finish what I start (I am working on it!)and once I started the trilogy I had to finish it. The Girl Who Played with Fire was overlong and is really a set up for the last book The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. You can't read one without the other.

    Another thing that really bugged me about the trilogy was the sex life of the middle aged hero Blomkvist. All three of the books are full of gratuitous descriptions of his many trysts. These rather lame sex scenes that take the story nowhere.

    Overall, I wasn't really thrilled with Larsson's books. I don't think anyone will lose anything if they don't read his works.


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