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Larsson’s millions (Kreadle)

Monday, August 15th, 2011
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Krea•dle | krē•dle |
noun
a superficial review of a book based on a speed read of a free sample delivered to a Kindle, occasionally supplemented with wiki-based research and free-ranging prejudices: “Oh, just do a Kreadle, who has the time to read a whole book these days?”

the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-book-coverThe girl who has tattoos, plays with fire, mucks about with hornets and generally gets up to no good whatsoever is so popular she’s sold over 20 million copies. This, despite the fact that her creator, Stieg Larsson, kicked the bucket before she ever came to light. Lisbeth Salander must be really special. Right?

She’s certainly unusual. She’s close to autistic in her dealings with human society, no thanks to a series of traumatic psycho-sexual abuses by an equally unending series of monstrous men, and reserves her passion for computers and puzzles, though she doesn’t seem averse to the odd boob job and passionless affairs. Perhaps it’s chinks such as these that have endeared her readers to her, for it certainly can’t be the tedious explications of Fermat’s theorem (a relative breeze for our lass) or case histories inserted wholesale into drinking chatter.

TGWPWFStill, the writing is solid if uninspiring, and Larsson has made a clunky effort to render characters and their motivations human (mostly through endless, overt explication), which is more than can be said for a lot of pulp fiction. For the Millennium trilogy, at least in translation, is definitely pulp fiction, as much as it has been praised for tackling social issues and reinventing the genre of crime fiction. The prologues always promise something unusual, and once the scene is set, the reader on holiday will be drawn into the unfolding of and culmination of interlocking histories, however fantastic.

hornets-nest-poster-image002The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 2008
The Girl Who Played with Fire, 2009
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, 2009

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