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Saturday December 11, 2010

Books in December

The Girl who Played with Fire and The Girl who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson, (translated by Reg Keeland) [read by Saul Reichlin]

I spent this month listening to conclusion of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy. As it was so long since I read the first book I started by listening to the audiobook version of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo before starting on the other two.

I found the second book a fairly good thriller, but by the time we got to the third - which was really just an extension of the plot of the second, it all sounded rather like the first book all over again.

The hero ends up by finding the perfect woman (physical and intellectual) as well as the journalistic scoop of a lifetime - again - and of which we are led to believe is his third such scoop. Reading page after page of what really amount to the fantasies of an aging journalist became rather tedious in the third book.* However, the books are well-deserved best-sellers and it is a shame there are not going to be any more like them.

* As usual, I looked at other reviewers ideas and was surprised that they did not speak with one voice. Some were critical of the writing and the plot, while others praised it - though I felt perhaps on the grounds of "approving" of the underlying strong moral stance.

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Posted on December 11, 2010 at 4:06 PM. Category: Books of the Month.

Wednesday December 1, 2010

Icy Weirdness

I return to find weird weather.




Posted on December 1, 2010 at 5:57 PM. Category: The Garden.