23 December 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy, the current flavor of the week among popular literature, is everywhere. While the three books have already been adapted into hit Swedish movies, Hollywood has already drafted David Fincher of The Social Network and Fight Club fame to direct red-blooded American adaptations.

As for the book, it was certainly a satisfying read. It's paced very methodically and Larsson reveals the story's dark secrets like an onion - layer by layer by layer. I was disappointed that thematically it wasn't deeper and that one of our main protagonists, Mikael Blomkvist, doesn't develop more of a character in the 400-ish pages we spend with him.

But although we're lacking in the meat department, Dragon Tatoo's skeleton is as sturdy as any other. You get those great moments where your neck tingles and you can't put the thing down. You can tell why the book is as famous as it is - it's got a riveting story that blows the Dan Browns and Michael Crichtons of the world out of the water. It's not a difficult read and the public loves accessibility.

I'll follow the trilogy and pick up the next book soon. It's a worthwhile read, but it's certainly not a breakthrough or anything like that.

I give it 6 Vonneguts out of 10.

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