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.