The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.

(43 Posts)
magimedi Fri 02-Aug-13 07:56:24

All three on kindle for 99p each!

If you haven't read them they would make perfect holiday reading.

MrsWeasley Fri 02-Aug-13 12:21:51

Oh will look into this. Thanks

CoteDAzur Fri 02-Aug-13 22:53:38

Ooh. Nice, thanks for the heads up. I read all three in print but wouldn't mind reading them all again.

I don't have a Kindle or e-reader, but I loved these books.

I would read again in a heartbeat!

MerlinFromCamelot Sun 04-Aug-13 18:03:14

Thanks, love these books. Looking forward to reading them again on kindle.

KittenofDoom Sat 10-Aug-13 01:15:02

I read the first one and hated it. I kept going because people assured me that it got really good later on and would be worth it. It didn't and it wasn't.

CoteDAzur Sat 10-Aug-13 08:22:58

What was it that you hated so much?

KittenofDoom Sat 10-Aug-13 11:59:14

It was tremendously dull, full of unnecessary detail and background that was not germane to the story. The characters were all unlikeable and the central character did not come over as being attractive in any way whatsoever, yet virtually every woman he met had sex with him. I could go on, but that's a start.

It came over to me as a first draft. There is a readable story in there, but it needed a lot of fearless editing, which it plainly did not get.

GetStuffezd Sat 10-Aug-13 12:02:33

They're my absolute favourite series of books. I got so involved and (rarely for me recently) I really, really believed and cared about the characters.
The final courtroom bit is one of my favourite bits of reading ever!

Kitten I can totally see why people wouldn't like them but if you ever get the chance to see the original Swedish version of the films, give them a go!

CoteDAzur Sat 10-Aug-13 17:45:07

I didn't think it was dull, at all. I read the first one in the week before DS' birth. 2nd one in the 5 days in the hospital after his birth (Yes, breastfeeding newborn DS with the book in my other hand. My mum was shock). And 3rd in the series didn't last long, either.

Yes, there is lots of detail but I imagine that is how real investigations are - you have to look at everyone and learn about them to some degree before you can eliminate them.

In Sweden, attitudes towards sex are not the same as in the UK. It is not at all unreasonable for that guy to be having sex with his long-term colleague and then with Lisbeth Salander who clearly has a liberal sexual attitude. None of this felt incredible to me.

Oh and I don't know what you mean by "unlikeable", but I loved Lisbeth Salander grin The strongest female character to hit the shelves in years. By far.

Treaguez Sat 10-Aug-13 17:48:50

I thought they were written to be rather titillating in places, which was totally at odds with the subject matter over the three books. I felt quite ashamed that I'd read them in one way. The final part of book 3 is great, though.

perplexedpirate Sat 10-Aug-13 17:54:48

I agree 100% with kitten. I only got through the first book as I had to read it for work and it was too long by at least half.
99p is 98p too expensive IMO.

KittenofDoom Sat 10-Aug-13 18:40:27

In Sweden, attitudes towards sex are not the same as in the UK

Please don't patronise me. You have no clue about my background, still less my sexual mores.

lljkk Sat 10-Aug-13 19:13:35

Book 1 is good, decent enough. Glad I read it.
The other books are just ridiculous far-fetched fantasy, I couldn't read them fully.
I could write a very long rant on the ridiculous "romance" and characters. I hate fantasy crime fiction. Give me humour or subtle psychology.

hackmum Sat 10-Aug-13 20:55:51

I enjoyed them immensely. Great page turners. I don't expect crime fiction to be very realistic.

BrianTheMole Sat 10-Aug-13 20:58:18

I loved them, they were long winded, but still excellent. I'm sad that there will be no more.

CoteDAzur Sat 10-Aug-13 22:10:28

Kitten - I said nothing about your "sexual mores" and was not patronising you hmm when I said that attitudes in Sweden towards sex are not the same as the UK. Which is a correct and relevant statement, by the way.

My point which you have spectacularly and self-consciously missed was that it is not unrealistic in Sweden for a man who is not a sex God to have more than 1 sexual partner, and Blomkvist had sex with a grand total of two women in the book - his long-term lover and Lisbeth. Not "virtually every woman he met had sex with him", as you said.

Anyway, none of this is about you and it is just a book, so not worth having a hissy fit imho.

KittenofDoom Sat 10-Aug-13 23:23:28

It must feel wonderful to think yourself so much more intelligent and knowledgeable about absolutely everything than anyone else.

You're wrong about the "grand total of two women" anyway.

TheFallenNinja Sat 10-Aug-13 23:32:05

You don't need a Kindle, you can view ebooks on your PC/Laptop here

BrianTheMole Sun 11-Aug-13 00:08:41

please don't patronise me. You have no clue about my background, still less my sexual mores.

i dont think she/he was patronising you. Just giving an opinion. Having a bad day or something?

GetStuffezd Sun 11-Aug-13 06:28:14

It must feel wonderful to think yourself so much more intelligent and knowledgeable about absolutely everything than anyone else

Wow - what an overreaction!

CoteDAzur Sun 11-Aug-13 10:13:08

Whatever you say, Kitten hmm

Anyway, does anyone know what she means re Blomkvirst's sexual partners? I still can't think of anyone other than Lisbeth & Erika (his long-term lover & business partner).

GetStuffezd Sun 11-Aug-13 10:39:53

Yeah there was Sonia Modig, the police officer

lljkk Sun 11-Aug-13 11:06:25


But isn't Lisbeth like the ultimate I dunno... some kind of cross between perfect heroine & ridiculous female expectations?

Ultra skinny (doesn't need to eat)
Yet amazingly fit and strong (yeah... right)
Astoundingly clever. Super-human clever and talented even
(in spite of all that malnutrition confused)
Horrifically abused
Just like a comic book character

In mean time the hero has ultra high ideals, seems to be rather grandly sexy including to women less than half his age, becomes target of ultra-coordinated international financial conspiracies to discredit him. Where of course everyone else is weirdly sexually deviant & abused or abuser or colluder. Repeatedly.

And then how Lisbeth ties all into that, as sheer coincidence (or maybe these things happen in countries of 9 million people).

Just yawn.
Yes I grew up reading Agatha Christie, which had its own fantasy elements, but not a patch on this modern stuff.

CoteDAzur Sun 11-Aug-13 14:25:52

Maybe I should read it again. I don't remember a sex scene with a police officer. (Good thing I got all three books on Kindle in the Summer Sale smile)

FruitSaladIsNotPudding Sun 11-Aug-13 14:33:27

He had sex with an older woman when he was at the island doing the investigation - a member of the Vanger family, I can't remember which one exactly. The police officer was in the third book, wasn't she?

lljkk Sun 11-Aug-13 14:53:02

Oh yeah, the teacher? I thought she might be an interesting character with true depth. I think her real role was to show how virile the hero was he couldn't possibly go a few weeks without some woman throwing herself at him.

(Making note to hide this thread now, those books just brings out the worst cynic in me)

KittenofDoom Sun 11-Aug-13 15:14:32

No, it's not an overreaction. Cote dazur has plenty of previous form in this respect. And how is it not patronising to lecture someone about something as if they are ignorant?

Anyway since I can't "ignore" the woman, I'm at least able to hide this thread.

CoteDAzur Sun 11-Aug-13 15:15:02

If Lisbeth was the perfect heroine, we would have seen more like her in fiction.

I understood her thinness as the result of drugs & smoking, rather than a model-like ideal of femininity. (I have known quite a few people like that. you would be surprised how thin you get despite junkfood when you crank up your metabolism and dance all weekend, 48 hours straight with no time off for sleep) Also, I didn't think she had superhuman strength, but was vicious and violent because (1) she learned to defend herself and (2) she had little empathy and social inhibition.

The last two are obviously related to an ASD condition, and I would think, so is her brilliance in fact collection & pattern recognition (research). She reminds me of a corporate lawyer I used to know - completely inept in anything remotely social, even conversation, but would put together complex legal structures that nobody would even understand.

Meanwhile, Blomkvist got targeted by a powerful man who then discredited him because he wrote investigated and wrote a damning article about the guy. It wasn't an improbable coincidence, imho.

Anyway, to each their own taste in books, of course. Agatha Christie it certainly ain't smile

CoteDAzur Sun 11-Aug-13 15:22:18

lljk wasn't "lecturing" anybody in her previous post, so why do you think I was? confused

We are talking about a book. People say what they think about the book. All I said was about the book. None of it was about you.

I'm actually finding your nastiness towards me on this thread rather disturbing.

greensmoothiegoddess Mon 12-Aug-13 21:39:55

You're not the only one Cote! Weird overreaction huh?

hackmum Tue 13-Aug-13 09:47:58

lljk - I agree it was very comic book in a lot of places. I just took that as a convention of the genre - ie I read it and enjoyed it on those terms. Lisbeth wasn't supposed to be a realistic character. The one bit that really jarred for me was the bit where she goes and has a boob job - she's supposed to be this tough, supremely intelligent bisexual who doesn't give a fuck. Why would she have a boob job?

CoteDAzur Tue 13-Aug-13 10:29:46

greensmoothie thanks

CoteDAzur Tue 13-Aug-13 10:31:58

I'm pretty sure the boob job is in the beginning of the 2nd book. I took it as part of Lisbeth's decision to be more feminine, following the heartbreak she felt when she saw Bromkvist with his lover/colleague at the end of the 1st book.

Didn't she also have her tattoos removed?

GetStuffezd Tue 13-Aug-13 14:09:43

She has the boob job at the start of book 2, yes. And she has the wasp tattoo removed as it's too conspicuous. I love her as a character, realistic or not.

aoife24 Thu 22-Aug-13 13:06:58

As Roddy Doyle said about James Joyce's Ulysses: could have done with a good editor.

Nebraskanell Sat 07-Sep-13 11:41:34

I've never read these, but my Mother in law has and really enjoyed them!

Nebraskanell Sat 07-Sep-13 11:41:57

She's got fairly good taste; )

piratecat Tue 10-Sep-13 21:07:38

was just going to ask on my own thread, did anyone find the third hard going.

the first is amazing, second, great, the third is dragging it's heels and i can't put my finger on it, it's a struggle imo.


piratecat Tue 10-Sep-13 21:12:05

i had no idea either that the author had died before he saw any success with them.

marissab Tue 17-Sep-13 08:35:29

Do you know apparently there is a 4th half written book? Its in the middle of some sort of court battle coz his widow won't release it to his family. God i would love to read it!

DuchessofMalfi Tue 17-Sep-13 10:40:24

I started reading the third one yesterday. Only 40 pages in so far. It's going to take me a very long time to finish it. Maybe I've left it too long between reading the other two and picking up this one but I'm struggling to remember who everyone is. Not gripped yet. Tell me it isn't going to be a struggle to get through smile

piratecat Wed 18-Sep-13 09:11:42

im afraid i struggled, and had only put down book two a few weeks previously. I was the same with the characters, i couldn't remember who was who, who worked for who, or what 'company' did what.

I was reluctant to put it down but i just couldn't concentrate on this one.

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