Just last week, the third book of Stieg Larsson’s “Girl With/Who…” series,The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, was released in paperback. A very big deal given that this three books series has been one of the biggest selling phenomena to hit the publishing world in quite some time.
As luck would have it, I myself only just recently finished reading book 1, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Why now? Well, I was, frankly, curious as to what all the fuss was about. Three bestselling books with rampant sales and a tremendous buzz (hornet joke unintentional), not to mention a couple of movie treatments, most recently the new version starring Daniel Craig.
Before I reveal my thoughts on this much ballyhooed novel, let me preface my remarks by saying that one of the down sides to writing on a blog sometimes can be how little feedback we frequently get to our posts. Having said that, and having velcro-strapped on my kevlar vest and pulled on both my Nascar crash helmet and officially licensed NHL goalie pads, in offering the following opinion, it is my hope to generate some buzz and some feedback in revealing that: (and this might be an appropriate level of suspense right here, all things considered) I didn't get it and I still don’t. The big deal, the buzz, the fuss. I am putting myself out on a thin and little traveled limb in stating that, having read “… Dragon Tattoo”, I thought somehow it would be much more than it was. More shocking, compelling, scary, suspenseful, unique… the list goes on. Admittedly, it doesn't help to read a book that has been so widely trumpeted before hand that the odds are against it being able to live up to all the hype.
But… if you are one of the seemingly millions of fans, there’s no need to lure me into your basement chamber of horrors or anything quite so radical. Just tell me what I missed… please!