this really, seriously is the most under-edited, over-rated writer I;ve come across. Just tthink, really, is this a good book…

Posted by jd , 19 August 2010

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52 thoughts on “no really, overrated”
  1. Yes! It is! I don’t care if it was edited by a monkey the story is excellent and the characters make you care. It is the story, not the editing that grabs me!

    Posted by lew in Vancouver, BC ,

  2. I have to agree with you JD. I have read two of the three and I’m only continuing becuase I feel that I must be the only one who is missing it. And it is 100% under-edited (if that’s a word!).

    I would not recommend these books to anyone who actually reads. In my opinion, it is of the same caliber of The DaVinci Code. A book for the masses with limited intelligence.

    The author is great at selling books…just not profoundly!

    Posted by Rina120 ,

  3. To JD and Rina120.Unbelievable! What would you suggest as a good read?

    Posted by Keats Alexander in Peterborough,Ont ,

  4. These people must have an agenda. People are different, and thus, different tastes in literature. But why waste your time trashing a book, unless you are seeking attention or have an alternative goal? I absolutely loved the first 2 and am itching for the last.

    Posted by L Ross Rucker in Katy, TX ,

  5. I loved all three of these books. I was, however, very disappointed with the movie.

    Posted by martibaja in San Felipe, Mexico ,

  6. I dont think these are great books and I have wondered what all the fuss was about. I find the translations into english are turgid. They deal with ‘strong’themes but this does not a good book make. Give me Patricia Highsmith or Reginald Hill or Ian Rankin any day. ‘The Colour of The Snow’ German writer Rudiger Kremer, translated is BRILLIANT. Read it. Knocks the Millenium trilogy into a cocked hat.

    Posted by kaaboot in worcester.UK ,

  7. In all three books, the errors made in translation to English are frequent and distracting. I don’t understand the internal processes of publishing well enough to understand “why?” would Vintage (Random House, NY) subject a notable series to ridicule when someone could–and should–clean up after Reg Keeland (translator) prior to sale in the US. Steig Larsson’s books deserve better treatment.

  8. Mayby you should think about translator? Mayby English version is overedited. You must learn Swedish to know the truth ;-)

    Posted by Taclem in Uppsala ,

  9. “Give me Patricia Highsmith or Reginald Hill or Ian Rankin any day. ‘The Colour of The Snow’ German writer Rudiger Kremer, translated is BRILLIANT.”

    Thanks for the tip. Went to Amazon and read Colour excerpt. Second page consisted of a single paragraph, 30 lines long. Torture….

    Highsmith appoears capable of short, well written sentences. I ordered two of her books.

    Posted by Onnalora in NW Oregon ,

  10. “Mayby you should think about translator? Taclem in Uppsala.

    Learning Swedish certainly solves the translation problem. Further suffering through what Keeland does to the English language would not then be required.

    Given the author’s untimely death and ensuing legal conflict between his common law wife and Larsson’s father/brother, the publisher may not have been able to make further correction to the manuscripts.

    Posted by Onnalora ,

  11. People who think these books need editing would hate Kerouac’s On the Road. If anything the inexorable way the prose pulls you along is a testament to the sophistication of this writer’s style. People who think there is too much are essentially “lazy” readers, who probably have grown up watching short term television and movie bits that allow their minds a quick fix and then move on. Have you people ever read Proust? How about Shakespeare? It is sad what happens when people think they have the ability to whine coherently about a writing style that has sold 40 million books. They probably think Harry Potter is over rated too. Pitiful.

    Posted by Tim Osburn in Urbana, Illinois ,

  12. The books are good, but with all this hype you would believe that he is the first and last writer. People are reacting this way because he died suddenly before the books were published, had that not been the case those books would have come and gone in a heart beat, excuse the pun.

    Posted by l. ciele in new york ,

  13. oh this isn´t true! i read the books first without knowing he´s dead… i think this has no effect of the popularity!

    Posted by Jennifer in Heidelberg ,

  14. I have to admit that I was underwhelmed, but then I live on a boat and when out at sea I’ll read anything!

    Posted by J.E.Adam in Bangkok, Thailand ,

  15. The stories are fun but the books aren’t very well written, and some of the stuff is downright silly. I got pretty tired of reading

    – directions and roads in Sweden

    – how much kroner everything cost

    – all the different Ikea products purchased

    – ditto for the Apple stuff

    – about how Blomkvist is middle-aged and out of shape but somehow every single female character wants to screw him (how much of Blomkvist was really just the author fantasizing about himself?)

    – how every single villain in the book just HATES women…we get it, you’re a feminist and that’s cool…but you don’t have to hit us over the head with a hammer.

    Posted by Craig in New York, NY ,

  16. I’m not going to get into an argument as to whether the book is deserving of the praise heaped upon it (personally I think they are excellent books) but it’s all subjective, based on opinion.

    However, comparing this series of books to tripe like the DaVinci code is silly. The DaVinci code sold copies because it is a glorified version of a gossip rag.

    “OMG! JESUS HAD SECRET LOVE CHILD!” I can virtually picture it on the front of those insipid Celebrity gossip magazines that a certain group of women seem obsessed with. The text itself demonstrates only a child-level understanding of the English language.

    A pointless comparision.

    Posted by DouglasJ in Scotland ,

  17. The DaVinci Code sold a lot of copies because it showed a version of xtianity that millions of people wish actually existed. If it were true there would be a lot more adherents to the sect. Since it isn’t true, one is allowed to characterize it as gossip. However, saying Brown is merely a hack is a cheap trick. Dan Brown is an adequate writer of a certain narrative style. It reads well, pulls his readers along, and gets his plot accomplished. That he isn’t Scott Fitzgerald, that he doesn’t plumb the human condition, that is true, but it isn’t a characteristic of his prose style.

    I assume the only real reason these books are compared is that they both sold a lot of copies. They are both exciting to read for the first time. I don’t think Larsson is necessarily a deep writer, but his interest in the inherent sexism of the common culture is an important aspect of his work. And any time I hear some guy complain about being hit over the head with “sexism” it rings that little bell in me that says “somebody’s feeling uncomfortable about themself.” My ex worked for the coalition against sexual assault in a midwestern state for eight years and let me tell you, Larsson can’t get anywhere near enough to talking “too much” about this subject. It is omnipresent. Men like the men in his books are effing every where. The scandals of the roman church, re ped priests, are just the tip of the iceberg. I would imagine most institutions have a large contingent of such men. The recent news about the number of people at the pentagon who have purchased (purchased! in such a way it can be tracked!) child pornography is merely yet another item that supports Larsson’s work. If you have daughters you need to be aware that men like her Advokat are everywhere. You need to teach your child to be, if not a violent scary girl like Lisbeth, at least one who knows she can always fight back and go to her people and the authorities. No more victim shame.

    Posted by Tim Osburn in Urbana, Il ,

  18. I would disagree that Brown’s books “read well” – I’ve read them and find them tedious.

    His prose is quite contradictory at times (I believe the famous example is of the man who the curator cannot see because he is hidden in shadow… but can actually see him perfectly well when it suits Brown.)

    There is a phenominal difference in the number of copies of Angels & Demons sold to the number of copies of The Da Vinci code sold.

    Prior to either movie being released ‘The Da Vinci Code’ had sold roughly twice as many copies are the preceeding novel. People wanted scandal, not Dan Brown.

    Posted by DouglasJ in Scotland ,

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