January: Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Hello my dears!

This month, we will be reading a popular novel, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo! Yay!

Please post anything about the novel here: what you've heard, if you liked the movie, etc. Let's just chat about books ladies!
Posted on January 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm
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woohoo!! I am reading it now, cannot wait to discuss it!

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm
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Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is FANTASTIC! I read it on a plane last summer, and was absolutely hooked. It's really dark in some places, but I liked it. The book doesn't play safe, and I thought it was pretty ballsy but in a great way. Much like the main character.. :] Also the way the book builds up the suspense is incredible. I cannot wait to see the movie. I've heard nothing but good things about it! The original Swedish version I heard is pretty good too, but I'm a huge fan of Rooney Mara (AND Daniel Craig - mmmm!), so I think I'm gonna see the American one first.


Speaking of Daniel Craig, they need to hurry up and do another Bond movie. He's just so....shirtless and rugged and British. 

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 6:45 pm
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Hooray! I'll make sure to pick up a copy this week:)

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm
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Just got this book. What luck!


 

Posted on January 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm
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I'm ordering it on Amazon today! 


Did you know it was originally titled "Men Who Hate Women"??

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 1:39 am
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Just bought for my Kindle. I'm finishing Dexter book 3 now, should be able to start this in a few days!

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 1:58 am
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Loved this series!!

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 5:29 am
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I read this series coming up on 2 years ago now, and I loved it!  I was just saying to a friend that I never read books a second time, but this particular series I could. 


I look forward to the discussions that take place.

Posted on January 14, 2012 at 9:56 pm
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Okay, so, I'll pose a question that we can answer as we are reading. I've noticed that the writing style is particularly engaging because it is different from what we typically see in American writers: what do you ladies think about the translation of the novel from the original language as a reason for this engaging writing style?

For myself, I've always found that translations have the potential to lose some of the original meaning, because no language directly translates due to cultural differences from the native language to the translated language. I think that the reason this may seem so different to me in terms of writing style is because it was preserved as well as it could be while still being understood, and the way in which it was written is common for the native language.

I hope this isn't too out there, these are the things I think about, especially during a reread!
Posted on January 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm
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I'm not too sure that the writing style was engaging in the beginning of the novel. For the first several hundred pages I just found it irritating and a bit boring. It seemed like the author was unnecessarily detailed and exhaustive in the histories of his characters, and the intricacies of their relationships.


After the excitement surrounding the mystery got started, this occurred less, and the switching-back-and-forth-between-characters writing style did a great job of creating a sense of suspense and mystery.  

Posted on January 21, 2012 at 4:56 am
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I just recently started this book (was distracted by some a co-worker lent me), and I've got to say I'm not finding the beginning of the novel as difficult as I've heard it is.  I'm actually finding it quite captivating.  I like how they've kept some "original" (as in non-Western terms) in the book like the boot of the car and gaol.

Posted on January 25, 2012 at 1:33 am
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I have read the triology before (in German) and loved it! Usually, I am really not a fan of thrillers but this story is so cleverly build up that I really enjoyed it. Also, what made me love the book, are the characters. They are so well developed, so versatile and complex and so well described that I really feel I get to know them.


Also I like that I learn things about Sweden.


I don't care for all the not-so-nice details, especially at the end, but I guess many readers like that.


Question: Do you like Lisbeth? I never could make up my mind.

Posted on January 25, 2012 at 11:14 am
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Aroma, that's an interesting question. I'm not sure if we are meant to "like" Lisbeth. For me, I always figured she was an understandable heorine whose personality was brought about by circumstances in her life out of her control, and this visceral reaction to take control is to be admired. I don't know if I like her either, but then the question is, are we supposed to like her?


I WISH I knew enough German to read a novel. I can Listen to German and pick up the main idea of what is being spoken about, but I would have to do some intensive vocabulary recovery for any understanding to occur. I'm the same way with Spanish.


Athena, The use of non western terms is something I really enjoy as well, and I think adds to that difference in writing style just based on vocabulary usage. That is a great way to put it!


Littlebit, I've heard this from a lot of people, but I've never understood it, lol. I am a fiend for character development and multiplot switches that come together. I think the first place I recognized this as a favorite was in a movie, Love Actually, where everything makes sense at the end. :D I think I just kind of assume that is where these kinds of things are going, so get really engaged in trying to figure out just how everything is connected.


I am REALLY enjoying all the disucssion! It's awesome to see so much in the way of different views of this book, and gives us all a lot to think about the way we are reading the book. :D :D LOVE IT!

Posted on January 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm
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I'm further into the book now, and I've got to say I've found it engaging the whole way so far.  My DH is reading it right now too (but he's a couple hundred pages ahead of me), and he found the first hundred pages a challenge to bite into but now he loves it.  It's funny to hear how different people find this book!


@ Aroma: I agree that it is fun to hear learn a bit about Sweden!  It definitely makes me want to visit!


As for your question Aroma, I'm not far enough into the book to make a decision.  Although I like how they have early on shown us that she has a human side, a mom with an illness.  From what I've heard about her character, I agree with Aggie that her personality is probably a result of circumstances beyond her control.


@ Aggie: I agree that the non-Western terms add to it!  I also think of it as my trips to Europe paying off, that I isntantly know how to interpret those.  haha.


I'm not happy that I'm at work right now.  I'm so tempted to close my office door and continue reading!  haha

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 12:55 am
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PS.  Aggie, are you married yet??  :-)

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 12:56 am
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Question: What is Kalle mean when they refer to him as Kalle Blomkvist.  The book only mentions that he doesn't like being called Kalle Blomkvist.


I did some online research and it said in Sweden Kalle is a common nickname for Karl... but his first name isn't Karl.  I checked Wikipedia and it says "The character Mikael Blomkvist in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy is dubbed "Kalle Blomkvist" by the press to mock him in his investigative reporting."  Do you think Kalle is really to mock him?  And if so, what kind of negative connotation does Kalle have?

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 12:33 am
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Athena, the book mentions that "Kalle Blomkvist" was a fictional teenage slueth in a series of detective novels meant for young people. It seems like an apt comparison would be the American press coming up with the nickname "Nancy Drew" for a female investigative journalist whose name was actually Jane Drew. 

Posted on January 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm
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I've given up on this one...for now and it upsets me. I was really looking forward to this read! Especially after reading what you have all written. I will get back to it though! 


I just started grad school two weeks ago. I also had our biggest sales meeting and trade show in Chicago last week. I started the book right around that time too, having to take breaks to read my looong text book. 


So I've putten it aside for now. It's a tough beginning and I feel that I need to give it more attention than I have to give it right now. Disapointing I know.

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 12:26 am
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I'm reading book 2 right now (The Girl Who Played With Fire).  I enjoyed this book so much, I figured I'd get all 3 of them read in a row!


littlebit07 I totally didn't pick up on them mentioning the fictional character - thanks!

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 6:40 am
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Loved it!!
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