The Girl Who Played with Fire

Cover of "The Girl Who Played with Fire"Cover of The Girl Who Played with Fire

Stieg Larson wrote a trilogy beginning with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  He wrote the 3 books at one time and died soon after he gave them to his publisher.  The first one came out last year, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  I love it.  Couldn't put it down.  So when the next book came out, The Girl Who Played with Fire, the book went to the top of the pile as my next read.

I have always been a reader and certainly my interests have changed over the years.  In HS and college, I loved murder mysteries, then they left my radar.  I remember when I first started working at Macy's and we were fed all the appropriate lore of the store in the training program.  Ed Finkelstein was the President at this point and the head of personnel told us that he read every book on the NY Times best seller list adding to what a wonderful man he was and we should all be aware of that.  I was so impressed with that as I was trying to figure out what kind of adult and working person I was going to be.  Looking back now, it makes me laugh, but for some reason the last couple days, this particular story keeps coming to mind. 

Anyway, as I said, my interests have changed to mostly new novelists and more of the latest and greatest.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was certainly the latest and greatest last year but it is a murder mystery set in Stockholm which is something I rarely read these days.  The difference, at least to me, is that the characters are so well developed that I can actually imagine each of them in my mind.  Even the descriptions of places although not wordy the words are written in a way that visions come to your mind of the room, the street, the outfit.  Also, the book is very much in the moment from the technology aspect and politics.

The Girl Who Played With Fire is the same, I loved it.  A total page turner.  I highly recommend reading the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo first although not necessary because he writes about what is important to know from the last story in the second story enough that it isn't redundant if you have read the first and it is helpful if you haven't.  But, I'd read them both because they are both entertaining page turners and just a great read.

Honestly, I can hardly wait for the third book to come out and will be so sorry when it is over.  A wonderful writer who died at much too early of an age.

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  1. nsolomon

    Stieg Larsson’s early death me of John kennedy toole who died (well before) his literary masterpiece Confederacy of Dunces was known. This was going to be a 10 book series and we will only have 3. they are amazing books – although I felt The Girl Who Played With Fire dropped off a little from Dragon Tattoo. who will play Lisbeth Salander in the movie?

    1. Gotham Gal

      Who will play Lisbeth Salander in the movie? Great question. A youngWinona Ryder but now….

    2. Gotham Gal

      Who will play Lisbeth Salander in the movie? Great question. A youngWinona Ryder but now….

      1. Lasselito

        In the swedish version of the film she is played by Noomi Rapace. She is great, the best about the film. Hopefully Hollywood finds someone as good.

        1. Gotham Gal

          I had no idea the movie was already made. Would love to see it. Any ideas?joanne [email protected]

  2. chefbikram

    Hey GG, Wanted to let you know that my book club will be reading The Help! I heard of it from you. I’m finishing The Story of Edgar Sawtelle now and I don’t really like it. It’s boring.

    1. Gotham Gal

      You will love The Help. Agreed on The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. I liked ituntil about half way through and then it was just a ramble. Keep me postedon what your club thinks.

  3. jsteig

    wonderful books. my wife and I tore through them. remarkable that he banged all three novels out at one time. second volume perhaps had a little too many coincidences in order to move the plot along. a very slight negative: the level of description of the specific PowerBooks the characters are using was to me unnecessary slightly distracting.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Maybe they heavy description was for the luddites….LOL!