Where am I?

April 11, 2009 at 9:00 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

I finished my book on the ferry yesterday morning.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  I’d heard good things about it, and I have to agree.  This book tries to be many things: a locked-room mystery, a thriller set in the business world, and an examination of the not so functional lives of its many characters.  There’s a lot going on in this book, but Steig Larsson does an admirable job of keeping all the balls in the air.  In my opinion this is a really good book.  Entertaining, thrilling, intelligent and sometimes horrifying.  At no time did I feel like I was being spoon-fed the story or the mystery.  There’s at a least two words I need to look up in the dictionary too, and that doesn’t happen very often. It is my understanding that this is the first of a trilogy-and that Larsson died before any were published.  What a shame-is this book is any indication, the rest of the trilogy will be worth reading and he was a talent that will be missed.

Big kudos to Reg Keeland, who translated this book from the Swedish.  I’ve read other books that were translated and a clumsy or overly formal translation can all but ruin a good story.  Keeland did a fantastic job-at no point was I made aware through the language that English was not the original choice for this book.

What would Jane say?  Well, she wouldn’t necessarily approve of the lifestyles or even the actions of the heroes, and definitely not the villains, but I believe she would like some of the results.  Any more would spoil the story for you.


Don’t be sad for me that I’m finished my book.  I have more.  Oh, and I’m here: Powell’s City of Books.  The Holy Grail for book-shoppers.  I get tingly just thinking about it!


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