As a kickoff to my 2011 reading, I finally finished the best-selling thriller-mystery novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by the late Swedish journalist and author, Stieg Larsson.
On the first few chapters it was a bit slow, but once I got to the middle I began to realize why this particular novel (I haven’t read the sequels yet) became such a cult phenomenon in the literary genre. It’s not exactly one of those Pulitzer Prize-worthy-type of novels, but definitely a breath of fresh air. There are a few parts that are quite disturbing (especially if you’re one of those uber-conservative types), however I had a feeling that Larsson wrote this novel (and its consecutive sequels right after) to address an ongoing social issue that still hasn’t been rid of: sexual abuse against women.
In this book, we have two protagonists: troubled journalist Mikael Blomkvist and sexually-abused emo-punk hacker Lisbeth Salander. Both had very troubled pasts and yet they blend well together as a team to solve the 30-ish year old mystery of a missing teen who was named as an heir to a major corporation owned by one of Sweden’s wealthiest elite families. As they delved deeper, they learned that there was more than just searching for a missing heir that somehow reflected and/or related to their personal pasts.
I can’t wait to read the next two sequels, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. However my sister’s got the 2nd sequel and my mom stated she bought the third book but I haven’t seen it. I pretty much ran out of reading material right now and I haven’t seen anything good in the library yet. I’m still fuming over not getting Ayi’s Heart Yngrid’s Precious Hearts Romances latest from her St. Catherine University series, Bunny: The Charming Barista because the ones I asked if they could get me a copy… well… didn’t. I asked someone else to get me a copy instead, but to no avail…
I’ll probably make another short post once I finally have a chance to read the 2nd book. Someone recommend me some good reading while I wait. (-_-)