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Sinfest Bookclub February'10 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aaaand done.

Ready to talk about it whenever.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But we've already been talking about it!

I'm not done yet.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like where the author went with the mood, well played there. But the two main plots don't tie together very well, I think. When you watch Ed and Bud team up in LA Confidential, you go "awriiiight!" When the couple in Cold Mountain reunite it's like "ahhhh sweet." But here, these two don't seem like their motivations line up when they team up on the Vanger case. Their chemistry together is palpable, but seems forced. And of course they... spoiler alert... get it on. These two need each other for the task at hand, but it doesn't feel meant to be. The flippant attitude towards casual sex just might sell me if it's still in Larsson's sequel and made to look right.

Also, the magazine subplot could've been dropped altogether in exchange for focusing on and making me sympathize with these characters and their roles a little more.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got curious and watched the movie. It spins a bit of the sequel book into the plot, an hint of which I got reading the preview part at the very end of my copy.

I guess liking this book, or not, ties up with how much willing you are to believe into Lisbeth's character. Larsson is not fishing for sympathy, I'll grant him that. The way he portrays the society is bleak, at the very least. I just find that sometimes, he just lay it too thick (cf. Lisbeth's second Advocate) which jerks me back out of the book and makes me wonders what exactly is he trying to achieve here.
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