The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) by Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)

Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there's always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other op...


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TitleThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
ISBN9780307269751
Author
Release DateSep 16th, 2008
PublisherKnopf
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages465 pages
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Adult Fiction, Cultural, Sweden
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Reviews The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)

  • Beth F.
    2009-08-07
    Swedish people are nuts! I realize that’s a bit of a broad generalization and it sounds a bit rude, but I don’t care. Because more often than not, I’m nuts too.I was born and raised in Minnesota, and if you know our state history, you’re already aware that we were predominantly settled and populated by Swedish (and Norwegian) immigrants. So not only are many Minnesota residents of Scandinavian descent, myself included, a lot of our quirky...
  • Brad
    2009-08-11
    I've heard and read many complaints about Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:1. It's misogynistic. 2. It's packed with cliché.3. It's too convoluted. 4. It's too disturbing.5. Lisbeth wasn't autistic enough or was foolishly autistic.6. There were too many red herrings, and the damn Nazi red herring didn't have the usual payoff.7. Too/Two many plots. 8. Too hard on Leviticus. I will answer these in a moment, but first I must declare ...
  • Sparrow
    2009-09-24
    Women are raised to routinely fear rape.“If you go at night, take a friend.” “Check under the car and in your backseat before you get in.” “I’m just saying it’s a good idea to know where the exits are.” “I got you this whistle for your keychain, you know, just so you have it.” “You were an hour later than I thought you’d be! We called the police!” “Oh, that’s pepper spray; I keep it with me just in case.” “I just...
  • Ivanna S.
    2009-07-12
    I really don't understand the critical orgasms over this book. Amazon pushed it on me for weeks, and the minute I stepped into Borders an employee ran over and recommended it. Thinking, this really better be the best book I've ever read, I took it up to the checkstand, where the register guy asked: "Did one of our employees recommend this?" Um, yeah. And Amazon, too. So of course I asked him why. "Oh," he replied, "we've been told to recommend it...
  • Madeline
    2009-12-26
    After having leaped onto the bandwagon with the rest of everyone, I feel a certain amount of pretentious indie pride saying that I wasn't as awed by this book as everyone else apparently was. Which is not to say that the book wasn't enjoyable and exciting; it just didn't knock my socks off whilst simultaneously blowing my mind and rocking my world. (that sounds like either some great song lyrics or a very complicated sexual maneuver. Let's go wit...
  • Sarita
    2008-09-30
    Hey, kids, if you like books in which the only major descriptive moments happen during sexual torture scenes, where major characters lack motive, and where the red herrings...stink ... this book's for you!I may feel less strongly after a few days, but I am having a hard time believing this book has hit the best-seller lists in multiple countries.**Rant containing Mild Spoilers**Here are my complaints: 1. The entire book sets you up to think that ...
  • Tatiana
    2009-04-30
    The original Swedish title of this book is "Men Who Hate Women." If you ask me, it suits this story much better than catchier but less relevant "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," because it is in fact about men doing all kinds of horrid things to women. So here is the first warning to you, if you don't handle violence against women and children well, skip this novel. It's hard to give a short synopsis of the book. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo...
  • Dan Schwent
    2012-02-15
    Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to solve the decades-old murder of Harriet Vanger, member of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden. Aided by a tattooed, antisocial hacker named Lisabeth Salander, Blomkvist unearths horrible skeletons lurking in the Vanger family closet...For a few years now, I've been avoiding The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Since so many people told me I just had to read it, many of them non-readers, I assumed...
  • Kristy
    2008-11-13
    I HATED this book. I don't understand all of the good reviews that are coming in on it. I hated the characters, the plot was thin - ugh. I can't believe I read the whole thing.
  • El
    2010-05-07
    He slapped her hard. Salander opened her eyes wide, but before she could react, he grabbed her by the shoulder and threw her on to the bed. The violence caught her by surprise. When she tried to turn over, he pressed her down on the bed and straddled her.That's just to give you a little taste of what one is dealing with by picking up this book. If you can handle that and the previous x amount of paragraphs and the following x amount of paragraphs...
  • Frankie
    2012-04-17
    My very first time reading a mystery/detective novel. Loved it.
  • Riku Sayuj
    2011-07-28
    Larsson takes what seemed at the outset to be a juicy 'locked-island-mystery plot' and turns it first into an insightful family saga and then into a scathing political and social commentary that forces us to think about such a wide variety of themes and aspects that we normally refuse to accept as part of society. It takes an author like Larsson to shove it in our faces in all its stinking ugliness for us to stop turning the blind eye at these at...
  • Kelli Marko
    2009-11-19
    This is really a 1.5 stars. Ok, there was a good mystery during the middle third of the book. THere were alot of characters. There was suspense. AND there was also those first 200+ painful pages of character introduction and back story. That equals 1/3 of the whole book. Who slogged through those first 200 to find out that the mystery picks up? How did this series get so huge?And there was also a plot that revolved around rape, violence, torture,...
  • Anthony
    2009-04-23
    Not sure what all the hype was about. The first 1/3 of the book showed promise. Two seperate characters who will soon cross paths. Kind of classic mystery story telling. But then it has some moments of perversity that didn't really need to be in the story. Kind of creepy and weird. I guess there is not a lot to do in Sweden. The second part they are together on an island trying to solve a mystery that was never really engaging. They had to find ...
  • Nataliya
    2011-12-28
    Thanks to the slew of Swedish and Hollywood movies, everyone knows that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a story of a kickass hacker Lisbeth Salander who has the eponymous tattoo and a knack for solving decades-old murders. Well, not exactly. Lisbeth is awesome and badass, no doubt there, but this book is so much more than just her story, and focusing solely on that undermines the message Stieg Larsson was sending. The original Swedish title i...
  • Manny
    2008-11-20
    One of the best thrillers I've ever read. Great story, great characters, very intelligent and thoughtful. Writing is nothing special but it doesn't need to be.___________________________________________I finally saw the movie a couple of days ago, and I'm a bit conflicted. On the plus side, it conveys the feel of the book very well, and several of the main characters are excellently realized. I particularly liked Lisbeth, who was just perfect. Bu...
  • karen
    2010-02-01
    we are in low-three land here. but at least i am learning things about sweden! for example: ladies in sweden just kind of shrug off sexual abuse! they are rape-teflon! this i am learning from the facts provided at the beginning of chapters, and from various characters' reactions to events. they just brush themselves off and go back to eating sandwiches. yes, that is another thing i learned: the swedes eat sandwiches. exclusively. if you excise ev...
  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    2009-07-03
    In 1966 sixteen-year-old Harriet Vanger, daughter of the CEO of the large family-run Vanger Corporation, goes missing from her family's island community and is never seen again. Not even a body is found, and her great uncle, Henrik Vanger, has explored every possible lead to discover what happened to his one and only favourite family member.Over the last forty years her disappearance has become Henrik's obsession, and he's positive someone in the...
  • La Petite Américaine
    2008-06-10
    **Dude, I just watched the Swedish film "När mörkret faller" (When Darkness Falls), a crappy movie about violence in Stockholm. But it made me think back to this book, which constantly refers to stats about violence against women in Sweden. Something is seriously up in Sweden. Gives me the creeps even more than Swtizerland.**Wow. 500+ pages and entertaining right up to the last sentence? Lingers in the mind long after the book is finished? Geez...
  • j
    2009-11-10
    ode to a dragon-tattooed girlshall i compare thee to a cinematic adaptation of one of my favorite books?thou art more genuine and less mass marketable.rough cgi does shake my sense of disbelief,and the movie's adaptation hath all too short a running time.sometimes too overemphasized the plot and action sequences,and often the depth of character dimmed.and every sequel from prequel's quality declines,by chance, or budgets allowed to expand, untrim...
  • rachel
    2009-08-03
    I have so many negative thoughts about this book. So here's a list of complaints:a.) Either this was very poorly translated or very poorly written. I've heard arguments for both. Tons of unnecessary details (all the coffee stops!), repetition of things we already know, paragraphs about nothing just petering out. Even at times when I was enjoying the plot, I felt as though I had to fight my way through dull writing.b.) For as dull as it is in most...
  • Paul Bryant
    2014-05-19
    Editorial meeting of Bryant Reviews LtdTopic : book 1, Millennium series- Is everyone here?- We should start anyway.- Okay, well, we have to figure out how to review this damned Dragon Tattoo book. The problem is, everyone and his dog has already reviewed it, and seen the movie. Movies. What’s left to say?- Well, you could say the same thing about Dickens.- All due respect, Larsson is not no Dickens.- True dat.- True dat? Who are you, gangsta-r...
  • Nilesh Kashyap
    2012-04-13
    A good book that got screwed up due to poor writingKeeping in mind that the only crime/mystery novels I have read are novels by Dan Brown and novels dealing with financial matters are the ones by Jeffrey Archer, on this basis I can say that this book was a cross between their book but not at par with either, inferior to both. The premise of the story is not so simple:Meet Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist of financial sectors, but today his accusati...
  • Wealhtheow
    2010-06-16
    Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is charged with libel and decides to take some time off from his magazine. Instead, he works to find what happened to Harriet Vanger, the young niece of a wealthy CEO. Meanwhile, punky hacker Lisbeth Salander has her own investigations, which presumably eventually have something to do with Blomkvist and the Vanger family. I don't know, because I couldn't bear to finish this. It usually takes me about a day to read a bo...
  • Huda Yahya
    2013-02-26
    لعنة اغتيال المشاعرهذه هي الرواية المبجلة بلا مبالغةلقد أصابتني لعنة ليزبث وأضانني ثقل دمها الذي ينافس ثقل دم المؤلفوتعلمت درسًا قاسياقد تصيبك رواية ثريللر وياللعجب بتثاؤب لا إرادي:\برررررربرررررررررررأصدق كلمة أستطيع التعبير بها عن هذه الرواي...
  • Francisco
    2015-06-19
    My second time around with Lisbeth and Blomkvist. Someone should do a study some day about why we are pulled to certain books at certain times - the way our body pulls us toward a banana when it's running low on potassium. One of the things I loved about Larsson when I first read him (and why I return to him) is this kind of artlessness that he has about writing. There's a naturalness to the way he tells the story as if the important thing is giv...
  • Felicia
    2009-03-21
    A book on the "Faves" shelf, long time no see! This book is soooo good. I love it so much, the characters are unique, flawed, compelling, the mystery is fascinating. I can't recommend this book higher to lovers of mystery and interesting characters.
  • Lyn
    2011-08-10
    Nordic noir of the highest order and very entertaining. Larsson’s 2005 Swedish publication Män som hatar kvinnor “Men Who Hate Women” was later translated and published in English in 2008 by Steven T. Murray, by that time already an international best-seller.And for good reason.Complicated, intricate, and intelligent, Larsson’s journalistic prose is crisp and logical. Filled with interesting characters, exciting scenes and this just flow...
  • Edward Lorn
    2015-09-03
    We shall begin with a quote from page 630 of the mass market paperback:"Berger thought that the book was the best thing Blomkvist had ever written. It was uneven stylistically, and in places the writing was actually rather poor - there had been no time for any fine polishing - but the book was animated by a fury that no reader could help but notice."That quote explains perfectly how I feel about this book. An unpolished translation of an unedited...
  • Kemper
    2009-08-24
    I’ve been hearing a lot about how good the Swedish mystery writers are, and if this book is any indication, I’m moving to Stockholm and learning the language because I want to get close to the source. I’m usually wary when the hype around a book reaches huge proportions and this novel has been a worldwide phenomenon even before I started seeing it all over the bookstores here in America. But this is one example of when the furor is justifie...