I committed a huge mistake by seeing the movie before reading the book. Yet still, I’d a good time reading “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. That must mean something, mustn’t it?
It means, I suppose, that the book was good enough despite the fact that I fairly knew (you can never be sure that the movie version is exactly the same as the book) who the bad guy(s) was — which is, to say the least, essential in a mystery.
I like the book a lot although I still don’t understand why translators (the book is written in Swedish originally) aren’t brave or clever enough to translate so that a joke or a idiom that of course will have sense in Swedish also has sense in English, instead of just translate it word by word and think that people who aren’t Swedish will understand it.
My other complaint has more to do with the author. Good plot, at moments very good plot, but nothing fancy when it comes to his writing skills. Scenes that should have ripped my heart apart didn’t have the quality of writers such as John Connolly or James Lee Burke and lost part of its in-your-face bitter essence.
Anyway, not the masterpiece lots of people are talking about. no No NO!
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is a really good book, though it falls short if I compare it with what I see as mystery Crime Fiction masterpieces like “Gorky Park”, “A Small Death in Lisbon” or “Mystic River”.