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Great Yarns – Stieg Larsson’s Trilogy

I am not a person that falls over myself every time something huge hits the world. Popular culture and I have a mixed past. If I think Dan Brown, we have success. If I think Twiglight or Desperate Housewives, we have never found our way to each other, and I doubt we ever will.Anyways, last Christmas, I went to my favourite bookshop shopping for Steve. Every birthday and Christmas we give each other a bunch of books that we think the other will like and to date, it has been hugely successful and mind expanding. It’s the favourite part of present giving for both of us.

As always, I was in a rush (and slightly uninspired) so I asked the guy if there was anything he could recommend that my husband would like. This dude knows his books and he knows me, so it’s always a pleasure to get his guidance. He pulls out “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson and says I know this is a bit of a girly cover, but trust me, it’s really brilliant and your husband will like it.

OK I’ll give it a go I say. (This was before the movie made the headlines by the way.)

Steve gets it, says a dubious thanks, and it sits on a shelf for months. Then he starts reading it, loving it and says you’re going to really enjoy this babe. Cool can’t wait for you to finish it. And a month later, how are you going with that book? Still going but it’s so great – you’ll love it! Cool, can’t wait.

But wait I did (two months in all) and finally he handed it over. As with all of my reading, I ripped through it – fascinating, gripping and so lovely to read a story based in Sweden – a country I actually haven’t been to, but is definitely on my list of ‘will get there for sure.’ The characters are fantastic too – believable and utterly intriguing.

Unfortunately, Steve got onto the second and third book before me (which is only right) and what would’ve taken me a couple of weeks, extended over months, as I impatiently waited for my beloved husband to finish reading them. By the third book, I was actually stealing it and reading what I could while he wasn’t reading it. But as he travels a fair bit, it was extremely annoying not being able to just get through it as quickly as I wanted to. Luckily, I always have dozens of books on hand to read.

Trust me, if you are up for a great yarn, with interesting characters, great plots, perspectives on Sweden you probably don’t already have, as well as some pretty interesting insight into the human psyche, I can definitely recommend “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and the following two books in the series – “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest”. Read them in order though or you’ll regret it.

Now should I see the movie?

Yours, without the bollocks

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