And I'm glad I did. But I recommend this series to you with two disclaimers:. It does have some seriously adult situations in it, and it's a little hard to get into.
Let me explain.
|The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)||Larsson, Stieg|
I almost didn't make it through the first third of this book. I don't know if it's that I mostly read YA, or if my attention span is shortening with age, but there was WAY too much backstory in the first part for me. Also, too much description of what characters are doing.
For example: Main Guy Character Mikael finally gets to the island where the plot is, and agrees to solve the murder that is the driving force of the story.
Then we get two to three pages of his first night on the island, and where he went and what he ate and what he thought of the dark and the cold and how he tries to call his sort-of girlfriend, but she doesn't answer.
(Now, my father--who is just as avid a reader as myself, but reads much more adult fiction--thought the pacing was fine. So it could just be that I'm not the ideal reader for that kind of description.)
Once you get fully into the book though, it's a good read. Mainly because of the two main characters, Mikael and Lisbeth. In fact, I fell in love with Lisbeth, a young, ruthless, computer hacker.
And it's a good thing I did, because it turns out that the series is NOT primarily about Mikael, even though the first book starts with him and how he's in trouble with the law and in trouble with his magazine and how he buys notebooks and eats at cafes and tries to figure out how to solve the murder.
It's all about Lisbeth, which becomes obvious in...
|The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)||Larsson, Stieg|
Like PJ Hoover's books that I reviewed last week, this second book outshone the first. Only in this case, instead of just being a bit better, it was amazingly better. Lisbeth possesses very few social skills, but she can get into any computer anywhere, knows how to disappear and carries a HAMMER around with her to discourage attackers.
This book is all about the build-up. Lisbeth is on the run from the police for a triple murder she may or may not have committed, and in the process, she and Mikael unearth a series of powerful lies and cover-ups that have affected her whole life. And the end is a cliffhanger, so much so that I called my father and had this conversation with him.
ME: I finished the second book. Oh My Gosh.
DAD: I told you so!
ME: Just tell me one thing. Tell me the third book has a good ending, because I swear if these bad guys don't get their heads kicked in a spectacular manner after all of this, I'll throw the book against the wall. I'm not going through any more of this if the payoff isn't good.
DAD: Don't worry, it's worth it.
So, now I'm telling you the same thing. The series is worth it. If you can make it through the first half of the first book, it's pretty amazing.