I have got to be one of the three people in the world who did not like this book. Yes, the plot is different and the Salander character is someone whose like we have not seen before. However, the writing is incredibly stiff and dry. In my opnion, the author had little skill in either developing characters or getting to the point.
The book is over 800 pages long. After the first 300 pages I still found the main characters to be one dimensional and poorly drawn. I had nearly put the book away because of the dry and mechanical sentence structure, but friends urged me to keep going. After 400 pages, when Blomqvist and Salander finally began interacting, it got a tad more interesting simply because there was some actual plot movement. (I used to think that James Michener’s long books had tedious beginnings; by comparison, they move along like lightning.)
I believe that much of the appeal of the book is today’s fascination with sexual perversion and violence. How many readers kept turning the pages just to find the next bit of deviant behavior? Yes, this exists in our world and is a major part of Salander’s makeup. More to come in the next book, I would imagine, as much of Salander’s past was left unexplained.
This book needs some serious editing. Yes, we all love a good long read, but long in itself does not necessarily equal good or well written.
M Howe i Shelburne
Submitted: 6 September 2010