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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series) (original 2005; edition 2009)

by Stieg Larsson (Author), reg keeland (Translator)

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The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism--and a surprising connection between themselves.--From publisher description.… (more)
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Title:The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series)
Authors:Stieg Larsson (Author)
Other authors:reg keeland (Translator)
Info:Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (2009), Edition: Later Printing, 600 pages
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (2005)

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    Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg (taz_)
    taz_: Charm school drop-outs Lisbeth Salander of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and Smilla Qaaviqaaq Jaspersen of "Smilla's Sense of Snow" strike me as unconventional soul sisters of the detective mystery. Each haunted by demons of the past, fiercely independent, armored in cynicism and misanthropy, they share a certain psychic landscape and brilliant, icy resourcefulness. If you love one, I predict you'll love the other.… (more)
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    Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (Ronoc, Ronoc)
  3. 93
    Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason (ansate, ANeumann)
  4. 60
    Mallory's Oracle by Carol O'Connell (kraaivrouw)
    kraaivrouw: I think Lisbeth and Mallory have a lot in common.
  5. 51
    The Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indriðason (ansate)
  6. 51
    1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (BillPilgrim)
    BillPilgrim: Another kick-ass female heroine
  7. 40
    The Informationist by Taylor Stevens (aliklein)
  8. 30
    The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid (kraaivrouw)
    kraaivrouw: It's mentioned in the book and it's another great thriller.
  9. 119
    Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist (MyriadBooks, mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Let the Right One In is a Swedish novel about a child vampire who just wants to be a normal kid, the pedophile who is obsessed with her, and the neighbor boy who wants to befriend her.
  10. 31
    A Place of Execution by Val McDermid (adithyajones)
  11. 20
    Blue Belle by Andrew Vachss (birder4106)
    birder4106: Burke (Vacchs) und Salander (Larsson) haben sehr viel gemeinsam.
  12. 53
    Child of the Hive by Jessica Meats (EllieM)
    EllieM: Are you wondering 'what next?' after reading the The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo? I recommend that you try Child of The Hive by Jessica Meats. Both books are plot driven action packed thrillers with a rather unexpected heroine. Like Lisbeth Salander, Child of the Hive's Sophie is a highly intelligent computer geek. Someone you would not necessarily choose as a best friend but you grow fond of her as the story progresses. Stieg Larsson's blockbuster is a more traditional 'whodunnit' and the main plot puzzle is the identity of the murderer. Jessica Meats writes in a slightly a different genre, Child of The Hive is a speculative thriller on the borders of science fiction, and as such it presents different puzzles. For example a moral one, exactly which sub group should I classify as 'the bad guys'? As for guessing the ending, most people will not see where the book is going. I failed. But the surprising nature of the story is much of its fun. With the benefit of hindsight you can see that the climax of 'Child' is tidy and satisfactory. Certainly not one of those annoying thrillers with a plot balanced on one very unlikely clue which has been carefully draped in numerous red herrings. Both books should appeal to a wide range of readers, but I suggest Child of the Hive is also more suitable for a slightly younger group than The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo which is distinctly adult in places. Child of The Hive is a really ‘good read’, I give it 5 stars out of five… (more)
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    amberwitch: Wellwritten crimestories set in Sweden with female protagonists.
  16. 32
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While I did like this book, I can’t say I understand all of the hype about it. It was a decently written mystery/suspense/thriller novel. Maybe that’s the problem, most books in this genre are written so poorly that when an author who can write half-way decently shows up the professional book reviewers go wild about it. The book held my attention enough for me to finish it, so that’s a plus. I can’t say as much for the second book in this series which I have started but am so bored with the main character, Lisbeth, that I put it down a few weeks ago and have not been inclined to pick it back up. So many reviews have said what an original character Lisbeth is but I just don’t agree. If you have ever read any of Carol O’Connell’s Kathleen Mallory books, her main character, Mallory, is basically the same character (only she dresses expensively, drives an expensive car and lives in an expensive place). But the two are both whiz bang computer hackers, vigilantes, who live beyond the law and who can’t get emotionally close to anyone because of their damaged childhoods. So I would recommend this book for a good beach read or a long plane ride, but not as one reviewer said, “a dazzling novel of big ideas.” ( )
  tshrope | Jan 13, 2020 |
Excellent ( )
  karenshann | Dec 31, 2019 |
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Seldom has a book been hyped to the extend as the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. I can not say I have been unaffected by this, since I went and bought the books. The first one, The Girls with the Dragon Tattoo was my favourite because of the closed room mystery which was presented. I have a soft spot for those.

It actually took me some time to figure it all out, especially due to quite some red herrings, but the interactions between the two main characters made the wait worth it. Lisbeth is of course the real main character of the series and has become a prototype for the strong female protagonist. ( )
  Floratina | Dec 7, 2019 |
The bones of the story were good but I have to question much of the actual narrative, which was tedious and awkwardly translated. And Lisbeth really bugged me because her character is turned into such a cliché male fantasy: delicate, abused victim who ultimately needs to be saved by the power of some man's love.
  fionaanne | Dec 6, 2019 |
Kind of long and it didn't seem to go anywhere for half the book and then the end was predictable. Mikel was a good character but seemed to be wasted and not developed all the way. ( )
  alent1234 | Dec 5, 2019 |
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added by grimm | editRomans et Lectures, Calepin (Sep 9, 2009)
 
[Richman reviews several Scandinavian novels, including Larsson's.]

Why have readers taken to these writers? The novels are not formally innovative: With a few exceptions, these are straightforward whodunits, hewing closely to conventional models from the English tradition. Nor does their appeal depend on a "relentlessly bleak view of the world," as a writer for the London Times has put it. Bleak worldviews are not particularly hard to come by in crime novels, no matter what country they come from.

What distinguishes these books is not some element of Nordic grimness but their evocation of an almost sublime tranquility. When a crime occurs, it is shocking exactly because it disrupts a world that, at least to an American reader, seems utopian in its peacefulness, happiness, and orderliness.
added by elenchus | editSlate.com, Nathanial Rich (Jul 8, 2009)
 
It’s Mr. Larsson’s two protagonists — Carl Mikael Blomkvist, a reporter filling the role of detective, and his sidekick, Lisbeth Salander, a k a the girl with the dragon tattoo — who make this novel more than your run-of-the-mill mystery: they’re both compelling, conflicted, complicated people, idiosyncratic in the extreme, and interesting enough to compensate for the plot mechanics, which seize up as the book nears its unsatisfying conclusion.
 
The novel offers a thoroughly ugly view of human nature, especially when it comes to the way Swedish men treat Swedish women. In Larsson’s world, sadism, murder and suicide are commonplace — as is lots of casual sex. (Sweden isn’t all bad.)
 
The first-time author's excitement at his creation is palpable, strangely, in the book's sometimes amateurish construction. There are frequent long digressions in this big book (more than 500 pages) in which he laboriously fills in back-story details. Then there is the Vanger family; what might have seemed like a bit of fun gets out of hand as easily more than 20 people with the surname Vanger are mixed into the story. To his credit, though, he always regains control and restores momentum.
added by Shortride | editThe Age, Jeff Glorfeld (Mar 17, 2008)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Larsson, Stiegprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bjørnson, ElisabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brynolfsson, ReineReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giorgetti Cima, CarmenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gombau i Arnau, AlexandreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keeland, RegTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuhn, WibkeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kyrö, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mendelsund, PeterCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ortega Román, Juan JoséTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wenner, MartinReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Det hade blivit en årligen återkommande händelse.
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Män som hatar kvinnor ("Men who Hate Women"), 2005. English translation by Reg Keeland under the title The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, January 2008.
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Synopsis for the Dutch edition: 
"Twee tegenpolen, Mikael Blomkvist en Lisbeth Salander. Hij is een charmante man en een kritische journalist van middelbare leeftijd, uitgever van het tijdschrift Millennium. Zij is een jonge, gecompliceerde, uiterst intelligente vrouw met zwartgeverfd haar, piercings en tatoeages, én een uitermate goede hacker. Samen vormen ze een ongewoon, maar sterk team.

Mikael wordt benaderd door oud-zakenman Henrik Vanger. Veertig jaar geleden is de zestienjarige Harriët Vanger op mysterieuze wijze verdwenen en vermoedelijk vermoord. De zaak is echter nooit opgelost en inmiddels verjaard. Toch wil Henrik Vanger graag dat Mikael zich hier nog eens op stort."

Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo. 
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Journalist solves type
of locked-room murder with help
of the tattooed girl.
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Author's premature
death, good PR spark massive
sales phenomenon.
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