The First 100 Pages: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Most people who know me know that I tend not to read what is too popular. I’m a big indie author supporter and am often reading smaller press books that the majority of you have no doubt ever heard of. I do often make exceptions.  Case and point, my Dean Koontz craze that started back in July!

Earlier this year I bought The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo on audio on my iPod and gave it a try while at the gym. I abandoned listening to it just after about thirty minutes, despite the outstanding reviews and numerous friends who have suggested it to me. Now, with an American movie tie-in, it seemed inevitable that I would never read this book!  Like I said, I stray from the popular on purpose.  I’m quite proud to say that I’ve never read any of the Harry Potter books to this day!

But with two hours to kill in the Detroit airport on Friday before my flight back home, I hit the bookstore first and there was the movie tie-in edition of Dragon in mass market.  I bought it and figured what the heck.  I’ve got two hours to kill. Before my flight had touched down in St. Louis at 7:30pm that evening, I had already read 100 pages of it and have to say I’m hooked.

True, as many have said, the first few chapters drag as Larsson introduces you to each of the main characters, spending a good chapter on each on trivial details that don’t seem too important (yet). But at least I do feel like I know these characters now and that’s important when it comes to really getting into the mind of what makes a book good.

I’m not going to bore you with the details of each of those characters here since I still have only a tiny glimpse into what this book is really about.  But I’m pretty sure you can expect to read a glowing review by the time I’m done.

Anyone else reading this book?  Already read it?  Your thoughts?  Are you looking forward to the American version of the movie?

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