Holla! The Last Month + The Girl Who Reading

B is BACK! I think I've sufficiently re-screwed my head back on to start doing this thing on a regular basis again. I've moved to the West End of Toronto (now officially known as "The Best End") and have a new job. Both changes are no longer completely terrifying. Just medium fry terrifying.

So. In the past month I've managed to blitz through the rest of the Millennium Trilogy - The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Awesome! So awesome! I know that you're thinking, "But B, you have to say that, you work for the publisher." Maybe, yes, but I also read half of two books after that that I must decline to name. My love for the Larsson books is as true as Blomkvist's love for coffee and cigarettes and Lisbeth's penchant for Ikea furniture.

Caveat: I loved the first book the best because...
Why in the hell did Blomkvist and Lisbeth share virtually no scenes in the last two books? Their chemistry really made the first book pop. When I finished the third book I almost threw it across the room because I'd been eagerly awaiting their reunion for so long and that. was. it. ?? *deep breath* I've heard that Larsson meant to write 10 books in the series. Blomkvist and Lisbeth's full story died with their creator.

That said, the nimble pacing, the deft flipping between plots and characters, the fascinating complexity of the characters of Blomkvist and Lisbeth, the insider look at Swedish politics, the thrill of seeing journalism in top form—all glorious.

I've become so caught up in Larsson's bravado that no other novel is able to impress me. It's ruined me for other books. More on that later.

Have you ever read something that was so awe-inspiring that it catapulted you afterwards into a reading slump?


G. Trudelle said...

I'm having a really hard time trying to finish the third book. In part it's because I don't want the series to end but it's also just not living up to the other two.

B.Kienapple said...

The third book is extremely dense - so many characters and levels of government/police to keep track of. That said, like all Larsson books, after page 200 it accelerates, making doing anything but finishing the book impossible.

Kate said...

I didn't particularly enjoy the first book (too slow to get going, too much irrelevant detail, could have used better editing), and wasn't going to read the rest of the series. Enough people told me that the second book was better, so I picked up a copy and flew through it in about 3 days. I am going to read the 3rd, but refuse to spend the money to buy a hardcover book that I will likely never re-read - I'll borrow it from the library or wait for the paperback instead!

Heather said...

My hubby bought the first two books during a recent business trip and he said he could hardly put them down. Wow, he never says stuff like that. I am looking forward to reading them now.

B.Kienapple said...

Kate - e-book is another option, if you have a reader. But otherwise, library is always good!

Many people have told me they like the 3rd book best. Maybe I'm just ornery!

Heather - they're great books if you want to be totally wrapped up, with not too much mental commitment, yet not so little that you feel terrible about yourself afterwards. :)

steph said...

Hooray, you're back!

Have to admit I haven't read the M. trilogy yet. I want to wait till I get the third one, but it has to be in paperback, so it can match my other two. I know, I know. I'm particular.

So I skipped over the stuff where you wrote "spoiler"!

I'm glad you're happy in your new place and job!

PS. I've had that a few times, when I've read something and everything after it seemed to suck: His Dark Materials trilogy, The Historian by Kostova, and the Kristen Lavransdatter trilogy (beautiful Penguin ed, I might add!). I wonder, though, now that I see those together, if it had something to do with them being so long. You immerse yourself for such a period of time as for you to take a while to readjust or something. But they were fine example of superb writing!

B.Kienapple said...

Steph: I was just talking with someone about the Dark Materials trilogy and how I so wanted to love it but wasn't completely taken by the first book. That said, I still aim to finish all three. I think you're right - when you really spend a long time with a book, it weaves itself into the fabric of your life. It took me a whole month to read House of Leaves and I swear it's now become part of my consciousness, for better or for worse. Ditto for Lord of the Rings.
Thanks for the best wishes!

Heather said...

Ok, I stopped reading at Spoiler alert. I did go see the movie of the third book with hubby on Saturday even though I haven't read any of the books and it was in subtitles. Loved it. Didn't lessen the impact or my enjoyment by not knowing the pre-story at all. Can't wait to get reading. My hubby must have really enjoyed the first two books for him to watch a movie with subtitles. He bought both books at the airport. Book one on the flight out and book two on the flight home. Haven't seen him do that in years if ever.

B.Kienapple said...

Heather, the Larsson books are like CRACK. Kind of like the Twilight books, but you don't feel as bad about your self after reading them.

I haven't watched the last two films yet..not sure what I'm waiting for!


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