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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2005)

by Stieg Larsson

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Series: Millennium (1)

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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)
  1. 322
    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)
  2. 92
    Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (Ronoc, Ronoc)
  3. 60
    Mallory's Oracle by Carol O'Connell (kraaivrouw)
    kraaivrouw: I think Lisbeth and Mallory have a lot in common.
  4. 93
    Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason (ansate, ANeumann)
  5. 40
    The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid (kraaivrouw)
    kraaivrouw: It's mentioned in the book and it's another great thriller.
  6. 40
    The Informationist by Taylor Stevens (aliklein)
  7. 51
    1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (BillPilgrim)
    BillPilgrim: Another kick-ass female heroine
  8. 51
    The Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indridason (ansate)
  9. 20
    Blue Belle by Andrew Vachss (birder4106)
    birder4106: Burke (Vacchs) und Salander (Larsson) haben sehr viel gemeinsam.
  10. 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)
  11. 31
    A Place of Execution by Val McDermid (adithyajones)
  12. 10
    The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy (5hrdrive)
  13. 21
    Sun Storm by Åsa Larsson (amberwitch)
    amberwitch: Wellwritten crimestories set in Sweden with female protagonists.
  14. 21
    The Crow Road by Iain Banks (Anonymous user)
  15. 1110
    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.
  16. 32
    The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell (Ronoc)
  17. 65
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  18. 00
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  19. 00
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I really don't get what the fuss is about. It gets more readable about 2/3 of the way in, if I remember correctly: it stops being a chore and starts being mildly entertaining. I can think of a lot of trashy mystery novels I have read with a lot more gusto.

I wonder if my problem is not being awestruck by Lisbeth. She is interesting---the bits following her investigations are some of the most interesting in the book---but her philosophy and approach to life really don't shock me or shake me up. Perhaps, as nerds, we're a little too similar.

Oh, and I nearly forgot how much extraneous detail there is in the writing. Meals, clothes, you name it. It reads like a mediocre fanfic. Hm, that's sort of how I feel about all of the characters, too. ( )
  caedocyon | Feb 23, 2024 |
I went into this book hoping for something really exciting. However, I'm still not quite sure what I had in this book. 200 pages in it was still moving slow, although I had been assured by friends that it would speed up and get better. It did and it didn't. It did speed up. It did not get better.

This is the scenario:

Mikael Blomkvist is a journalist/editor/publisher of a magazine that he has to leave for a time because of some bad, or untimely, reporting. He is hired by a rival company's ex-CEO to solve a nearly 40 year mystery into the disappearance/murder of a 16 year old girl who had been set to inherit a large portion of shares in the family business. What Blomkvist finds is unexpected, unless you've been reading the book.

The story is predictable, the plots (there are two) are not really linked, and much like the Twilight series, the characters are very much like fan fiction's Mary Sues and the good guy and good girl are the most hard-put, even thought they persevere no matter how hard the going gets.

That said, I couldn't help but read it. I HAD to make sure that the conclusions I had come to nearly from the beginning were the right conclusions, hoping against hope that they weren't and that Larsson would have something unexpected in the conclusions of his plots. To no avail, though. I think it merits 2 stars--It's good to read if you don't expect too much and you have time. I just feel like I wasted much of mine. ( )
  BrandyWinn | Feb 2, 2024 |
Started slow but turned a masterful story. ?1st of a trilogy.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
(K)(2008)Very good. Didn't think I was going to like this one, but from the first I was drawn right in to the story of a writer, just convicted of libel against a wealthy financier, who is handed the job of tracking down what happened to a young girl 20 years ago who is the member of quite an extended family. Leads to serial killer in the family and the surprise that the missing girl is still alive in Australia. The financier even gets his in the end. Lisbeth & Mikael are two characters that I thoroughly enjoyed.(PW)Cases rarely come much colder than the decades-old disappearance of teen heiress Harriet Vanger from her family's remote island retreat north of Stockholm, nor do fiction debuts hotter than this European bestseller by muckraking Swedish journalist Larsson. At once a strikingly original thriller and a vivisection of Sweden's dirty not-so-little secrets (as suggested by its original title, Men Who Hate Women), 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. Hired by octogenarian industrialist Henrik Vanger, who wants to find out what happened to his beloved great-niece before he dies, the duo gradually uncover a festering morass of familial corruptionat the same time, Larsson skillfully bares some of the similar horrors that have left Salander such a marked woman. Larsson died in 2004, shortly after handing in the manuscripts for what will be his legacy.
  derailer | Jan 25, 2024 |
Em 1966, Harriet Vanger, de dezasseis anos de idade, filha do CEO da grande empresa familiar Vanger Corporation, desaparece da ilha da sua família e nunca mais é vista. O seu avô Henrik Vanger, explorou todas as pistas possíveis para descobrir o que aconteceu ao seu favorito membro da família. O desaparecimento tornou-se a obsessão de Henrik.

Mikael Blomkvist de quarenta e poucos anos é editor da revista Millennium, uma revista que cofundou e que se orgulha do seu jornalismo de investigação. Ele é honesto, leal, ético e generoso.
Mas Blomkvist e a revista acabam de sofrer o seu primeiro grande golpe: ele é condenado a três meses de prisão por difamação contra um dos maiores empresários da Suécia, Hans-Erik Wennerström.

Desconhecendo que Vanger verificou toda a sua história pessoal e profissional com ajuda de Lisbeth Salander, Mikael é contratado para tentar descobrir o que aconteceu a Harriet, em troca de informações contra Hans-Erik Wennerström.

Lisbeth Salander, uma brilhante mas seriamente problemática investigadora e hacker informática. É socialmente desajeitada. Uma jovem fria e mentalmente provocadora, que como emprego desenterra a sujidade das pessoas. Uma das mulheres mais valente que encontrarás na literatura. Ela é genial. Ela é 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'.

Lisbeth Salander e Mikael Blomkvist, juntos exploram uma espiral de injustiça e corrupção. Tentam resolver o mistério da década e restaurar a reputação de Blomkvist.

Larsson usa o que parecia, no início, ser uma vistosa trama de mistério numa ilha e transforma-a primeiro numa saga inteligente sobre uma família e em segundo num comentário mordaz político e social, que nos obriga a pensar sobre uma variedade tão grande de temas e aspetos que normalmente nos recusamos a aceitar como parte da sociedade.

É um mistério, por vezes um thriller, um livro de investigação, mas é também um comentário político e económico, tem uma das protagonistas mais originais e ousadas do género.
Larsson não se coíbe de fazer valer o seu ponto de vista. Este livro foi escrito em 2005, enquanto o assédio sexual e a violência baseada no género começavam a ter mais destaque na literatura e em todo o mundo e por isso raramente se encontra livros com uma mensagem tão clara.

O que aqui vais encontrar é definitivamente sombrio, extremamente inquietante, distorcido. Com temas que certamente não é para todos os leitores.
Mas quando se começa a ler, não se quer parar. É cativante, de ritmo rápido, extremamente entusiasmante.
Existem adaptações cinematográficas dos 3 livros na língua original (sueco). Este primeiro livro também tem uma adaptação americana protagonizada por Daniel Craig e Rooney Mara. ( )
  craly | Jan 24, 2024 |
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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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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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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.

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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.
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Author's premature
death, good PR spark massive
sales phenomenon.
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