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I finally tackled The Girl who played with Fire. It's been sitting around half read since I came back from my summer holiday. I know, I said I loved the first book and it was interesting and different from what I usually read. But I simply wasn't that interested anymore in the second one. So I started skimming it yesterday afternoon, reading only roughly half of every page and occasionally digging in deeper, when something important to the plot was happening. Here is what I posted to Goodreads:

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The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Great story, very interesting characters.

I know the overwhelming majority of people reading this trilogy love it to bits. But I just think the writing style is very drawn out, there is so much detail and repetition. And do I really need to know every single street name of every spot that any of the characters moved past? The story is very good and when there is finally something going on, the suspense is very good. But large parts of the narrative just bored me to tears.

I skimmed over most of the second half of the book and could still easily keep up with the plot. The book would probably have kept my attention a lot better if it had been 100 pages shorter.

The ending of the book is open, so I will eventually get the third book, just to get some closure. But my expectations of how much I will enjoy reading it are fairly low.

Did anybody else think that the big, bad secret of Salander's past is a little forced and overly contrived?
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Aug. 22nd, 2010 03:44 pm
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Finally picked this up. Off to a slow, but not uninteresting start. Around page 200 I got a bit fed-up with the huge amount of details and the never ending repetition of all the facts and family connections. I skimmed for a while until the action picked up again and from that point onwards I could not put it down anymore. It was great, full of suspense and I loved it. I wish the first 200 pages could have been like the rest of the book. Just stick with it, it's worth it!

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NightNight by Elie Wiesel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Well written, very clear and stark prose. I found it a little hard to emphasize with the character, as his style was so sober, almost detached from the horiffic things happening to him.


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