30 Day Book Challenge – Day 8

Today’s prompt: Most overrated book

I’ll occasionally read a very popular book just to see what all the hype is about. That was the only reason I read Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and quite honestly, I don’t understand why so many people have raved about this book.

It took me about 100 pages to get into the plot of the book and to like it enough to continue it. I know I probably should have given it up, but I was determined to reach a part where I would say, “Ah, so that’s why this book is so great!” But that never happened.

The main plot of the book is journalist Mikael Blomkvist’s search to find new leads on a murder that happened forty years prior to the events of the novel. The murder plot interested me the most, but the second plot bored me to death: Blomkvist’s quest to save his political magazine, Millenium. All the business talk… all the finance… *snooze*

The “girl with the dragon tattoo” is Lisbeth Salander, a petite, asocial punk/computer hacker who is far more intelligent than she seems. She was the only reason I managed to finish the book, and is easily one of the most fascinating female characters I’ve read about in some time. I still don’t think she got enough “air time” in the book’s 500+ pages.

What failed to grab me about the book was its lack of emotional depth. It was too focused on cold, hard facts and on cold, hard crimes. But if you genuinely enjoy reasonably fast-paced thrillers, this book may be to your liking.

12 thoughts on “30 Day Book Challenge – Day 8

  1. I want an “Extra Like” button. Yes, I agree completely.

    As I said on my blog, “I skimmed the last 100 pages or so. The villain is revealed on page 438, the villain is dispatched on page 459, and the final mystery is solved on page 487. And then the book goes on for another 103 pages. Many of which consist of emails the characters write to each other.” *snooze* indeed. I wouldn’t read the other two books if you paid me (well, it would depend on the offer…).

    That being said, I’ve enjoyed all three movies. If you enjoy Lisbeth Salander (and she’s the engine driving the popularity of the books, that’s for sure), wait until you see Noomi Rapace in the role. You will not be disappointed.

    I’ve written about the books and the movies on my blog a few times:
    http://u-town.com/collins/?tag=millennium-trilogy

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    • After the murder mystery part was solved, the rest of the book just dragged on and on, so I totally agree. I might see the movies and I might read the other books, but I’m really not sure yet.

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  2. I got this book for my little sister a few weeks ago, and I was disappointed that she didn’t seem to enjoy it. It didn’t interest me enough to read it myself, but I know several teachers at my college went crazy over it. Who knows? :p

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  3. I am glad I wont’ be reading that book. I am being challenged to read more with other challenges I am in. It is interesting to see what others say about books they read. Great review.

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  4. I see so many people reading it on the train but I’ve been on the fence about reading it myself and now I’m glad I haven’t! Maybe I’ll watch the film instead 🙂
    the book One Day is overrated in my opinion, I was disappointed!

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  5. Hi Maggie, good review but I have to say I really enjoyed the book. I think you’re right though that a big chunk at the start and at the end could be chopped. I think it’s a very masculine book and even the character of Lisbeth Salander is rather butch! Although my wife enjoyed the book too but is slow reading the second…

    I’ve read One Day and enjoyed that too until near the end. I won’t say why but a plot twist just seemed tacked on and I was whole annoyed from that point on…

    Anyway, it takes all sorts!

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