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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (original 2005; edition 2008)

by Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland (Translator)

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Title:The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Authors:Stieg Larsson
Other authors:Reg Keeland (Translator)
Info:Knopf (2008), Hardcover, 480 pages
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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (2005)

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    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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    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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Amazing book. Wish I had read it before the second, but still awesome. I think I like the second one better and can not wait to get the third.
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  annabw | Feb 21, 2017 |
Un des meilleurs thrillers au monde. Ambiance mystère chambre jaune pour une partie de l'histoire. ( )
  Jibenji | Jan 30, 2017 |
The translation from the Sweedish makes the reading a little difficult and the names are so unfamiliar. It wasn't my favorite. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
A bit mixed about this book. At times I was utterly enthralled by it and bombed through chapter after chapter. But I also found it a tad boring at times, and I'm really not a fan of the rather stark writing style (though this could be due to a poor translation). I'm also not sure how my having seen the Hollywood film effected my perception of it. But overall I liked it. ( )
  VersionPerson | Dec 19, 2016 |
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Verblendung von Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson hat hier etwas Unterschiedes geleistet, aber nicht in literarischer Hinsicht.

Es gibt ein paar Dinge, die mir nicht gut gefallen haben. Zum Beispiel, die Zufälle, die der Handlung des Buches “hilft”.

Zentraler Zufall des Buches, d.h., die Kleinigkeiten, von der das ganze Buch abhängt.

Der Zufall ist Folgender: Der Herzanfall von Henrik Vanger hat der Handlung sehr gut gepasst. Ohne diese erzählende Künstlichkeit wäre das Buch nicht möglich! Daher nach meiner Meinung ist die Handlung kunstgemäss. Es fehlt dem Buch einen anderen Autor, den eine andere Schreibfähigkeit hätte. Ein Beispiel: “Cecilia Vanger ist auf vielen Bildern zu sehen. Sie scheint zwischen verschiedenen Gruppen hin und her zu wechseln. Nicht im Geringsten. Es waren zwei Personen, und zufälligerweise waren sie nie auf demselben Foto zu sehen […] Henrik hatte den Unterschied zwischen den Schwestern wahrscheinlich die ganze Zeit erkannt, aber für Mikael und Lisbeths Augen war die Ahnlichkeit so gross gewesen, dass sie davon ausgegangen waren, es müsse sich um ein und dieselbe Person handeln” (Seite 510). Das ist nur einen Zufall des Buches, den der Handlung des Buches gut gepasst hat. Es gibt mehrere Beispiele mehr. Darum schreibe ich über eine konstruierte Handlung, die nicht durchsichtig für den Leser ist. Es fällt auf, dass wir ein Buch lesen… Folglich habe ich ihm nur 4 Sternen gegeben (maximum 6 Sternen). Man muß sich schon im klaren darüber sein, daß Larsson nur Krimis im herkömmlichen Sinne schreibt. Wenn man zieht es vor, Krimis mit einer literarischen Neigung zu lesen, muss man einen anderer Autor auswählen ( z.B. Heinrich Steinfest). Larsson ist kein Literat!

Wirklich ein mittelmässiger Krimi. Man kann das eine oder andere kritisieren. So zum Beispiel der gar streng oben erwähnte konstruierte Aufbau der Handlung. Vielleicht liegt dies daran, dass das Buch “Verbledung” heisst. Das Ziel ist die Leute zu bleden und zu verwirren, und um das zu machen, muss man über etwas Ausgesprochenes schreiben. Einige der Abschnitten sind sehr anschaulich, z.B. was Lisbeths Erfahrungen mit dem Anwalt betreffen. Konnte der Autor ohne diese Details diese Wirkung auf uns auslösen? Vielleicht nicht. Alles hängt vom Ziel des Autors ab.

Was ich auch störend finde ist die Tatsache, dass der Hauptcharakter ( Kalle) mit jeder Frau ein Verhältnis hat. Das muss wirklich nicht unbedingt sein…

Bottom-line: Hochspanned und flüssig zum Lesen, aber es fehlt dem Buch viele Dinge." ( )
  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
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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
Giorgetti Cima, CarmenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keeland, RegTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuhn, WibkeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kyrö, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mendelsund, PeterCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary 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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"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.
Author's premature
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0307454541, Paperback)

Amazon Best of the Month, September 2008: Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and Michael Connelly. 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. --Dave Callanan

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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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