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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first, 5 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Book 2 (Hardcover)
After a rather solid first half this second, and final, volume of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo loses its way a little bit. Like before, the story is a little condensed and streamlined in order to make the 561-page novel fit into roughly 290 graphic novel pages. I don't like some of the corners that they have cut. Some of the key moments from the story are abbreviated. Martin Vanger's fatal car crash is confusing and truncated, Lisbeth and Mikael's first love-making is cut short with no chemistry or feeling between them, leaving the scene cold and superfluous, and the ending with Wennerström being ruined by Lisbeth is far too rushed. Some of the panel progression is erratic and unclear, and secondary characters don't have enough defining features.

It's still wonderfully drawn, with some lovely atmospheric moments (Lisbeth on the train hurtling though the snow is a stand-out moment), and essential reading for fans of the story. The original novel is the only way to read to the complete story as the Swedish movie, the American adaptation, and the graphic novel, all make their own contractions, meaning none of them are identical with their own pluses and minuses. Despite the frustration I had with Volume 2 I will still be buying and reading the next 4 books in this series.
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Initial post: 27 Jan 2014 12:00:41 GMT
PoochJD says:
I agree with you, about Volume 2 being severly truncated. Many of these truncations are clunky at best, and outright bad at worst.

For me, it only made sense, because I had read the original source novel a few years back. However, if you'd read the story, based purely on this 2-volume adaptation, then a reader would be extremely disappointed by it, as a lot of it doesn't make sense, and seems to jump from one scene to another, with no purpose or point. It's ultimately put me off getting the graphic novel versions of THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE and THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST. Which is a real shame, as Vertigo is usually so good.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 13:49:28 GMT
I've already pre-ordered TGWPWF, I am hoping that they won't mess about with it, but the fact that it is just one volume makes me worry.
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