Sunday, April 17, 2011

From My Bookshelf...

There were times when I thought I'd never be done with Stieg Larsson's

trilogy of "The Girl..." books. I've just this weekend completed the final one, THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST and I'm already feeling a few withdrawal pangs!!! Although very entertaining, these books are not my idea of light reading. There are a lot of words here...a lot of characters with Swedish names, a lot of locations...with Swedish names...some red herrings. (WHAT is that whole subplot about Erika Berger doing there???)You get my drift. However, once I decided not to let myself take them too seriously, just go with the story...I liked them a lot. I'm going to miss Mikael and Lisbeth...now that I'm finished with them. And let's face it, Larsson does strong women very, very well.

(Someone put the coffee on and we'll have a couple of hundred cups. If you've read the books, you get it.)


Do you ever start books you just can't get through? I certainly do and until recently it pained me not to finish a book. I've reached the point in my life where I now can admit it's okay, not every book is my cup of tea.

THE RED GARDEN is one of those books. Not having read it I should not say anything, but I did give it a good try. I got through the first third of the book. It's a collection of short stories which interconnect and claim themselves a novel. The part of the book I did read was mythical,symbolic, strange, what?

Not for me.


CLEOPATRA has been on the NEW YORK TIMES' best seller's list for many weeks and I've also seen it mentioned on several blogs I visit. I made it halfway through and decided I knew as much about Cleopatra as I needed/wanted. This is a well written study of a historical figure, just a little too academic for me.

5 comments:

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Susan, I LOVED the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. The first one was a little hard for me to get past the early part, but then I couldn't stop! I hate that Steig Larrson died so young and won't be giving us more Lisbeth and Mikael stories (though I have heard rumors that he left a draft with his life long companion... whole interesting story of his life. You should google and read about him. It reads almost as good as his novel! You'll see why Lisbeth is his heroine.) We could drink a pot of coffee over my ramblings! ;) blessings ~ tanna

Feral Female said...

I`ve heard the Girl Who Kicked The Hornet`s Nest was a very good read, I`ve yet to read it though. I`ll have to get it on my list of reads to come!

Stitchfork said...

Loved the Stieg Larsson trilogy! And like you, put Cleopatra aside. You make the coffee and I'll bring the tea Susan!
xo Cathy

Mom2fur said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who won't read a book to the end if I don't like it. That's why I love the Nook the kids got me for my birthday. I get to read a sample for free before committing myself to either buying the book or getting it from the library.

From the Kitchen said...

I do, at times, struggle through books because they have been selected by one of my book groups. I always think "there are too many books and too little time" but continue to do it on occasion. I've had trouble with Stieg Larsson and have set "Girl Who Kicked......" aside for now. I may get back to it in the winter--or not.

Best,
Bonnie

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