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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Book 1 of the Millennium Trilogy (Vintage… (original 2005; edition 2011)

by Stieg Larsson

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Title:The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Book 1 of the Millennium Trilogy (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Authors:Stieg Larsson
Info:Vintage (2011), Edition: Mti, Mass Market Paperback, 672 pages
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Author) (2005)

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    Miss Smilla's Feeling for 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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    Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason (ansate, ANeumann)
  3. 92
    Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (Ronoc, Ronoc)
  4. 40
    Mallory's Oracle by Carol O'Connell (kraaivrouw)
    kraaivrouw: I think Lisbeth and Mallory have a lot in common.
  5. 51
    1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (BillPilgrim)
    BillPilgrim: Another kick-ass female heroine
  6. 40
    The Informationist by Taylor Stevens (aliklein)
  7. 41
    The Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indriðason (ansate)
  8. 63
    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)
  9. 30
    The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid (kraaivrouw)
    kraaivrouw: It's mentioned in the book and it's another great thriller.
  10. 31
    A Place of Execution by Val McDermid (adithyajones)
  11. 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.
  12. 32
    The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell (Ronoc)
  13. 10
    Blue Belle by Andrew Vachss (birder4106)
    birder4106: Burke (Vacchs) und Salander (Larsson) haben sehr viel gemeinsam.
  14. 65
    The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg (Patangel)
  15. 21
    Sun Storm by Åsa Larsson (amberwitch)
    amberwitch: Wellwritten crimestories set in Sweden with female protagonists.
  16. 11
    The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H. Cook (adithyajones)
  17. 22
    The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard (sweetiegherkin)
  18. 22
    In Lucia's Eyes by Arthur Japin (nanajavid)
    nanajavid: Een schitterend boek.
  19. 00
    So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman (cafepithecus)
    cafepithecus: Another book about men who hate women, and the women who take them down.
  20. 22
    The Likeness by Tana French (fyrefly98)
    fyrefly98: Both are solid, well-written, character-driven detective stories.

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Enne, kui asute seda raamatusarja lugema, veenduge, et teie külmkapis on piisavalt pasteeti ja hapukurki. Samuti oleks hea, kui olete varem tuttav A.Lindgreni loominguga... Muuhulgas saate kinnitust teadmisele, et prostituudid ja pätid on pärit teadagi kust- muidugi Tallinnast. Kuna ma kahe raamatu vahele lugesin "Kadunud sümbolit", siis mainimist väärib ka fakt, et kui Ameerikas tungib häkker valitusliikmete arvutisse, saab ta 10 minutit hiljem mobiilile kõne palvega asi ära lõpetada. Rootsis, seevastu, võivad häkkerid (endiselt)vabalt avalikes arvutites kolada:)
Hoolimata natuke naiivsetest häppi endidest on see sari ideaalne puhkuseraamat- soovitan soojalt!
Lisaks krimka-põnevikule räägib sari veel kahel väga olulisel teemal.
Esiteks- põhiseaduslikust õigusest olla ise, sõna-ja usuvabadusest ning isiku võitlusest Süsteemiga. Raamatusarja läbib üliarmas Rootsi poliitkorrektsus: inimene ei saa lihtsalt olla positiivne kangelane, kui ta ei salli naisi, lesbisid jm vähemusi. Negatiivne tegelane tolereerib prostitutsiooni ja kindlasti pole tema ettevõtte juhatuses ühtegi naist. Tipp on see, kui Lisbeth raha saades otsustab samuti hakata normaalseks ning esimese asjana orgunnib endale võltstissid....
Tegelikult ma ironiseerin muidugi asjata- ma jagan samu väärtushinnanguid, kui raamatu head tegelased.

Loe edasi
http://indigoaalane.blogspot.com/2010/06/slarsson-lohetatoveeringuga-tudruku.htm... ( )
  Indigoaalane | Jul 18, 2014 |

I was going with it for a while, even with the violence, but when it just meanedered pointlessly for about 100 pages at the end, I really gave up and called it a total waste of my time. Even without that, I still would not see the rave reviews but at least it would have beenn shorter. No plans to read the rest. Ick.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
Wow what an intense book! Lots of plot twists and turns; a very dark topic and several dark storylines; yet it was compelling and hard to put down. I will read the second one! ( )
  Dmtcer | Jun 3, 2014 |
Truly a masterpiece of thrilling page turner... ( )
  Nehhal | Jun 3, 2014 |
I've watched "Män Som Hatar Kvinnor" on late 2009 and gobble up all the Millennium movie series and adore Noomie Rapace. I've tried laying off this book for more than a couple years because last year, I found out that they're definitely making an American version so I dont want to spoil myself. But hell, Malaysia release the movie in the cinema on FEBRUARY 2012 instead of a day after my friggin birthday on 21st december 2011. Damn, I'm definitely pissed off. Since its bound to have countless unnecessary censorships and crop out screentime, its definitely a waste of money since this movie is definitely filled with necessary explicitness.

Ok... since I found the series via movies so, I am happy to say... If you watch the movie, reading the book is more satisfying than watching it. You don't spoil yourself anything. But Noomie Rapace is always always always always always always always always Lisbeth Salander. The End. Nada! Zilch!

The book is highly descriptive; there barely have any dialogues in it so its probably up to a reader's way to interpret it and made the movie original at certain point. I can guess why some people couldn't appreciate the book because the nearly lack of Lisbeth in it. Honestly? This book series is called Millennium, not Lisbeth Salander Northern Escapades series. Btw, I'm am economy-knowledge challanged so its sort of interesting read too.

Man Som Hattar Kvinnor (honestly, Swedish title is more nicer to the tongue than the wordy "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" or "Man Who Hate Woman"'s grammatically stunted title...) is about the Millennium CEO, Mikael Blomkvist who are charged with libel (or defamation) to (God, these Swedish names is so hard to pronounce with normal keyboard) an industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerström. He was sentenced to jail and had to pay fees, his journalistic reputation besmirched (I do love this word) and everything seems to fall around his head until he get an unexpected call via Frode, a lawyer from Hedestad, asking for Mikael's investigative journalist skills for a free lance assignment from a retired mega-CEO Henrik Vagner who knew Mikael when he was a toddler. His assignment was to spend a year investigating what happen to Henrik's brother's granddaughter, Harriet who vanished in the 60s. Mikael was supplied with endless folders of past investigation with only several true leads; a list of names in a phone book and a picture of Hariet at a children's day. (At this point, the movie is totally a different fiction than this book.)

A subplot was added, namely; Lisbeth Salander who were brought in when Frode asked Milton's security (where Lisbeth worked as a PI) for a depth research on Mikael Blomkvist. Lisbeth was a 25 years old, self-learn hacker who was a victim of the system. The subplots were consistent with Mikael's investigation that it comes to no surprise when Mikael finally hired Lisbeth that the story get along as it is.

Since its highly descriptive, I know a lot of people would call this book a fad but truthfully, I cant stand reading descriptive fantasy, so descriptive contemporary is sort of like reading something out of a newspaper. Its subjective to others but definitely enjoyable. Other than reading about weirdly fascinating world of cooperate espionage... Reg Keeland does include weird phrases that I need to look up to like 'gallimaufry' which is really weirdly educative for me.

This book is definitely worth rereading and digesting. Its not really hard to imagine Noomie Rapace and Michael Nyqvist/Daniel Craig in this book. Honestly, I like Daniel Craig better because of his abs but hey, Daniel Craig is actually the same/similar age for Mikael Blomkvist than Micheal Nyqvist. Jeez.. its like James Bond all over.

And some of the issues that were raised are Mikael's casual sexual escapades. Its understandable that I found generally people doesn't like reading anything above 40's sex. But honestly, he wasnt that promiscuous. I don't really see whats wrong with a 40-something Swedish uncommitted guy having consensual sex with random people who he know. Aih....

and I would have preferred watching Daniel Craig in any form of deshabillement like any 23 years old could. But hey, Lisbeth is also near my age so... subjective? yeah
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  aoibhealfae | Jun 2, 2014 |
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[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)
At once a strikingly original thriller and a vivisection of Sweden's dirty not-so-little secrets, this first of a trilogy introduces a provocatively odd couple: disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist, freshly sentenced to jail for libeling a shady businessman, and the multipierced and tattooed Lisbeth Salander, a feral but vulnerable superhacker.

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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. 
Haiku summary
Journalist solves type
Of locked-room murder with help
Of the tattooed girl.
Author's premature
Death, good PR spark massive
Sales phenomenon.

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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