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1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst books I've ever picked up - avoid this!, 14 Feb. 2010
This review is from: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1) (Paperback)
I'm looking around at other reviews of this. There seem to be an inordinate amount of 5 star reviews of this. Why? Why? Why? It is without doubt one of the worst books I've ever had the displeasure of trying to read.... Utter bilge! I see the translator has come in for a lot of stick - rightly so, this is a terrible translation. However, there must be some mitigation for the fact they've done such a bad job of this and that surely comes by the way of this being appallingly badly written in any case. This makes Dan Brown look like Hemingway! It is just terrible. The characters are one dimensional, the plot is boring, the financial subplot I just don't care about. The product placement and constant twittering about his iBook utterly ridiculous. Just unremittingly terrible. Other reviewers suggested it got good towards the middle but I've thrown it. I've got to the middle and it shows no sign of improvement. Even the supposed nasty bits are well....laughable! Truly this is overhyped tripe. please don't buy this, it's terrible!
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Initial post: 20 Feb 2010 12:33:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Feb 2010 12:34:15 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2010 22:03:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Feb 2010 22:08:50 GMT
Hey come on...just because something is 'internationally acclaimed' or sells well doesn't make it good. Look at the film 'Titanic' as a good example of that. Multi-Oscar winner, one of the highest grossing films of all time, yet it is utter pap! Likewise, Dan Brown's 'Da Vinci code'. I fear neither of those will last the test of time.... and I suspect neither will Stieg Larsson. I really did try with this. I got half way through - about 250 pages? I just found the characters dull and uninteresting, apart from Lisbeth Salander whom i found utterly incredible ('incredible' here is meant in the not so nice way - as in 'implausible'). I did try. I fear I'm not alone on this one. A lot of people get sucked in by the hype as to reading fiction from a genre they would probably usually shun. I'm no reader of crime fiction to be honest. But worst of all was the translation. It was shoddy beyone belief! How can you get away with statements such as 'he had nerves of ice' ????? This seems to have been translated by someone really not familiar with the English language as it is really spoken. The dialogue is truly wooden. If you want a good example of an excellent translation go read Gregory Rabassa's translation of Marquez's 'One Hundred Years of Solitude', or Michael Heim's translation of Kundera's 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being'. Both of those are excellent. the problem with Stieg Larsson's work as I see it is that it seems to have been elevated into something it's not by the crtitics. It really isn't great literature. As airport reading it's acceptable but that's about it. It really does lie in the realm of Dan Brown (another who's 'work' i was driven to by the relentless hype). I'm sorry if you don't agree with my review. Check out other things I have reviewed. You'll see I'm not one given to being overly negative. Most things I've reviewed have got 4 or 5 stars so i'm not one of these folks who just writes compaliningly and negatively. In fact I was just listening to an album I was finding difficult a few months back. I thought of reviewing it poorly. However now I listen again, whilst it's not the greatest thing in the world, it's not as bad as I thought. Unfortunately i don't think that will be the case with Larsson and me I'm afraid. Just not my cup of tea. But I take your criticisms of my review on board and will seek to be less abrasive perhaps in future.

Cheers

Mike

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2010 02:15:27 GMT
Hey, Titanic's great! What do you mean?

I read all of this book and I just think sometimes there can be many, many problems with a book, but it's still a good read. I'd give it four stars even with its first 200 pages of nothing, it's central female lead with the most unfathomable motivations, it's bad dialogue, and it's gratuitous product placement, and all the rest of it.

This doesnt need a spectacular translation what with it being a mere genre novel, where as '100 Years of Solitude' demands it.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2010 18:03:42 GMT
ha ignoring 'Titanic'.... I'm sorry I did try with this but i found it truly execrable. Just not good on any level. I'm OK with reading trashy novels but there's trashy and there's trashy... I just dislike this completely I'm afraid.
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