January 10 2012

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Luckily for me, I didn’t read the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson until it was all out. It was lucky because once I did start I devoured them all. Sure, they could use some tightening up but I found the character of Lisbeth Salander to be so fascinating and wonderful that I had to know what happened next and what she was going to do about it. Terrible things happen to Lisbeth but she is not a helpless waif. She has mad hacking skills, an eidetic memory, genius level math skills and a propensity not to take crap. So, in other words I really liked the books, especially the character of Lisbeth. Hopefully the legal disputes over the fourth unfinished manuscript can be resolved and it will come to light.
For the rest of the review, I want to talk a bit about the new film and some of the choices it made. Ian Tregillis has put up a very good review here and Melinda Snodgrass has another good one here. I wanted to say a bit more and there will be some spoilers, so the rest is continued after the cut.

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