I loved this book for many reasons. The reluctant heroine Miss Smilla is sometimes charming and funny, sometimes touchingly honest, always very human and easy to identify with. The narration is precise and atmospheric, and the mixture of Greenland culture and Danish society is fascinating. The world through the eyes of the sometimes over-dramatic Smilla is a dark and hostile place, full of threats and tentative bonds with people which break too easily. Her relationship with the little boy is descibed with great tenderness and honesty, whic perfectly validates her heartbreak when he dies and her extreme actions following his death. Also, the sweet love story between Smilla and the mechanic adds softness and warmth in the middle of all the hostile chill.
My reservations relate to the plot mostly - It starts out very simply, the boy falls to his death from a roof, and when the police decide it is an accidental death, Smilla disagrees and decides to dig further. From then on the plot grows into a bit of a beast, all conspiracy theories and mad scientists. I feel like the book lost some of its beauty along with it's simplicity. Also, the 'baddies' aren't very strong characters, so in the middle of all the action I found it quite hard to tell them apart.
But mainly it is a very very good book, I was totally absorbed and would recommend it to everyone.