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xhanax315 November 3rd, 2010 4:29 am

The Millenium Trilogy - Stieg Larsson
 
So I've been hearing a lot about the Millenium Trilogy lately, I think partly because of the movies that had been released. So the trilogy consists of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. I've finally gotten a chance to pick up the first, but haven't started it yet. Anybody read the books or seen the movie? What heard about them in general?

Hysteria November 3rd, 2010 12:31 pm

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I've bought the books but thanks to my insane uni reading list I've only had time to read the first book (and seen the first movie). There's a LOT that's not in the film, but overall it's a decent adaptation by any measure. The acting, script, etc are all great. Having said that, as it usually is, the book is better IMO. Thoroughly enjoyable and captivating, I'd highly recommend this series (or at least the first book, haven't read the others so can't really say they're as good but I have faith they are :p) to anyone*.

It's such a shame Larsson never got to see what a triumph is work became :(

* Who is ok reading about some sensitive themes.

lvngbooks November 3rd, 2010 9:29 pm

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I have the first book standing in my book closet for 14 months now and I just can't put myself to reading it. I don't know why, but somehow, when I'm chosing the next book to read, this one never appeals to me.

lilyrose November 4th, 2010 5:23 am

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Originally Posted by Hysteria (Post 5641148)
* Who is ok reading about some sensitive themes.

Absolutely. The book handles a lot of themes that many people might be squeamish or uncomfortable about. So I wouldn't recommend the book to everyone. I liked the book but I thought it too long and unnecessarily overdrawn at points. It takes Larsson ages to get us into the actual mystery and I'm not really a fan of Blomkvist. But Lisbeth Salander is awesome and she alone makes the book worth reading :D

xhanax315 November 4th, 2010 6:07 am

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That's what I had heard about the series, but I'm not at all concerned about the content. I've read worse things. :whistle: What is Blomkvist? Is that a character? :whistle:

lilyrose November 4th, 2010 6:08 am

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Originally Posted by xhanax315 (Post 5641662)
What is Blomkvist? Is that a character? :whistle:

Yep, he is one of the protagonists. I hope you enjoy reading the book :)

MmeBergerac November 4th, 2010 2:21 pm

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I've read the three books and I liked them, though I don't think them the masterpieces people say. However, they're quite good thrillers. True that once you read the three of them you realize of certain tricks, oddities and biases, specially at the time of defining characters (I won't give examples because it would mean spoiling the books), but that's not a major problem.

And, well, my great question about the books is whether all Swedish will have so complicated private lives as Larsson's characters... You'll understand it when you read them, specially books 2 and 3.

BTW, it looks like every country has translated the titles in its way... The translation of the Spanish titles are:
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - The Men Who Didn't Love Women
The Girl Who Played With Fire - The Girl Who dreamed on a Match and a Gas Can
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - The Queen in the Palace of Draughts

Don't ask me who decides the titles; I have no idea...

lvngbooks November 4th, 2010 3:47 pm

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Haha yeah I noticed that too. The first part here is called "Men who hate women"..

Pearl_Took November 15th, 2010 12:10 pm

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I've read all three and thoroughly enjoyed them. :agree: Riveting and meticulously plotted crime thrillers.

Lisbeth is a great character. :) And I like Mikael Blomqvist.

I am enjoying the film versions, but thought the first film was the best so far. The third instalment releases in the UK at the end of this month. :)

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Originally Posted by MmeBergerac (Post 5641758)
And, well, my great question about the books is whether all Swedish will have so complicated private lives as Larsson's characters... You'll understand it when you read them, specially books 2 and 3.

:lol: :tu:

Hysteria November 15th, 2010 1:41 pm

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Originally Posted by MmeBergerac (Post 5641758)

BTW, it looks like every country has translated the titles in its way... The translation of the Spanish titles are:
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - The Men Who Didn't Love Women
The Girl Who Played With Fire - The Girl Who dreamed on a Match and a Gas Can
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - The Queen in the Palace of Draughts

Don't ask me who decides the titles; I have no idea...

Not the title I'd personally choose but at least the first one kinda makes sense :lol:

xhanax315 November 15th, 2010 7:15 pm

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I finally got to start it yesterday. :D

xhanax315 December 11th, 2010 5:39 am

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I'm about halfway through The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and I'm simply loving it. :clap: It did start off a bit slow, I think it's the first five chapters that's kind of hard to get through, but after that if definitely picks up the pace. :tu:

crookshanks1177 December 12th, 2010 7:43 pm

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I read all three books myself. I enjoyed them. The first was the best. It took forever to get into the mystery and story to be honest. But it was worth getting to it. I truly enjoyed it.

The other two books were ok. No regrets reading them. I have to admit though at that point the only thing that kept me holding on was my attachment to Lisbeth Salander and slight curiosity of how it ends. I liked Blomkvist's character, I liked his compassion and loyalty for Lisbeth. But I was not attached to him as I was to her.

TaafeMJ December 13th, 2010 10:19 pm

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I read all three. The first one I thought was pretty good. The second one I enjoyed more. The third I had a really hard time getting through.

My impression of the series as a whole is that while it was a pretty decent read, I'm still waiting for the part where it's a worldwide hit. Lisbeth was an excellent character, but there were large parts of the story that I just found myself not caring about (like Millenium, for example).

xhanax315 January 3rd, 2011 4:24 am

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Finished the first book. :D

crookshanks1177 January 4th, 2011 1:29 am

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Originally Posted by xhanax315 (Post 5678437)
Finished the first book. :D

What did you think of it?

xhanax315 January 5th, 2011 4:43 am

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What did you think of it?

I enjoyed it a lot. It was definitely difficult to get into, the first chapters I was thinking to myself, "What have I gottten into?" :yuhup: I was glad I had hung in there, once I got to the main mystery of the story surrounding Harriet, I was hooked.

lvngbooks January 5th, 2011 12:56 pm

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I got the first book for my birthday 1,5 years ago, and I still haven't read it. I can't put myself to picking it up - I don't really like thrillers and from what I hear, some parts are pretty gruesome/'detailed' and I think I'll be having a hard time getting it out of my head. So, it remains on my bookshelf..

crookshanks1177 January 5th, 2011 6:19 pm

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Originally Posted by xhanax315 (Post 5679618)
I enjoyed it a lot. It was definitely difficult to get into, the first chapters I was thinking to myself, "What have I gottten into?" :yuhup: I was glad I had hung in there, once I got to the main mystery of the story surrounding Harriet, I was hooked.

I was actually pretty similar. A co-worker had to coax me to keep reading it. She had read the books and enjoyed them. It took me a while to get into it, but like you once I got to the mystery part of it I really really enjoyed it, then became attached to the characters so I had to see it through to the end.

mactheknife January 20th, 2011 3:34 pm

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I just bought all three books on Amazon (for a very cheap price of 10.00 ;)), and I can't wait to read them.


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