Sunday, May 23, 2010

Review - Take II

Now that I am a little further in the book I mentioned in the previous post, I thought I should provide an update.

Before I do that, however, I wish to remind you that the observation was about the book starting off slowly, whereas my boss said it grabbed him from the first page. I still hold to that; I was nearly a third of the way through the book before it really got a grip on me.

It came about slowly. As I mentioned, I was determined to stick with the book because I was confident it would pick up eventually. I doggedly read through chapter after chapter, then one day found myself wondering about the characters, and the plot and speculating on what might happen next.

Eventually, I began to look forward to my next opportunity to read on. And today I gave the book the highest possible compliment: I missed my bus stop because I was so engrossed in reading it.

This has happened only once before, when I looked up from my reading of “Postcards From No Man’s Land” by Aidan Chambers (I bet you thought I was going to say, “Postcards From Across the Pond”) to find I was at St. James Park and had to get off the Circle line and double back to Victoria Station.

So “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” now has my full endorsement. You could do worse than to go out and buy a copy.

But if you find that it starts off a little slow, stick with it; it will pick up eventually.


  1. I followed your blog entirely because you said Stieg Larsson's book had a slow start (then I read a few more posts, and figured there were other things worth following for as well - for instance I am happy to contribute to your womanized follower cult - so I am sticking with my decision).

    Unlike you I put the book down, never allowing it to amaze me (if you haven't done so by page 70, I have a stack of other books to read). I felt entitled to, though, because I am now the only remaining Norwegian who hasn't read it. There was some guy in Bergen, but two weeks ago he caved.

    If the buzz about this book seemed crazy in the English-speaking world, I can assure you it is nothing compared to what it was here. When the third book came out my customers (I work in a bookshop. Had I worked in a hardware shop the following might have seemed even more impressive) ordered it in Swedish because they couldn't wait for the translation. This is unheard of, as the languages are extremely different. It compares to a UK citizen ordering an American copy of a novel, or vice versa. Unlikely, I know.

    Anyway, I liked your blog and I'll come back for more now that I am following and Blogger thus will reveal when new posts are up (like magic, isn't it?).

  2. Cruella: thanks for following, and for commenting. I'm amazed there is still one person in Norway who hasn't read the book(s). And I applaud you putting it down when it didn't grab your attention right off as any decent book should do. As I said, I kept at it because people around me kept telling me it would get better. It did, but it took a long time and usually I am not that patient with a book.