Friday, September 04, 2009

Taken Too Soon

Stieg Larsson was born in 1954 and died of a heart attack in 2004. He was an author and never saw any of his books published. However, he had delivered three manuscripts to his publisher before he died and they became best sellers in Scandinavia and Europe. They have been translated into English and two of the three have been published here in the US--the third will be out in January. After having read the two books, I must say that they are the best books I have read in a very long time. I can't wait for the third. Unfortunately, he never finished the fourth book in the series before his death.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire are the titles of the first two books in the Millenium series. The stories are filled with crimes of varying degenerate degrees, but aren't extremely graphic. I guess I will say the descriptions are more than Law & Order and not as graphic as Saw. The character of 'the girl' is one that you won't forget any time soon. She is socially awkward and a complete computer genius--at least in the form of being a hacker. While the books seem to ramble in many different directions, they come together beautifully in the end. Both books take you on a wild ride that leaves you wanting more.


Anonymous said...

I've wondered if I should delve into Larsson's books. I just finished reading two books Sweedish mystery writers and didn't care for either so I havenot jumped to read his stuff.

cmk said...

It took me the longest time before buying the first book, as I have--pretty much--only books translated from the Russian to look at in terms of how well they will be in English. I have found the way Russian authors write to be so much different from what I'm used to and not exactly to my liking. However, these books are very easy to read in terms of the translation. I think one of the things I DO like about them is the 'exoticness'--I don't regularly read books that take place in Sweden, so that is different. I also don't find the names too hard to get around, as I am Scandinavian AND a hockey fan. (MANY hockey players are Swedish.) It is SO much easier to read something that is familiar--and that is one thing that is hard in Russia-based books. My BIGGEST 'beef' about these books: LOTS of characters. It makes it a bit hard to follow, but it all comes together very neatly in the end. (You DO have to read these books with some suspended belief--you just let the books flow and not look too closely at how 'impossible' some of the situations are.) I really, really liked them and would like to hear what others think of them.