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It was a book that created a publishing sensation. Set in the icy background of the Swedish countryside and with a rather unconventional protagonist, the murder mystery cum story of financial intrigue, 'The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo' soon acquired a cult status. The first of what came to be known as the Millennium Trilogy, the book and its sequels were published after the death of the author, Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson.

Summary of the Book

The book begins with the protagonist, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, losing a libel case filed against him by a Swedish industrialist, Wennerstorm. After a short prison term, he goes into exile in the Swedish countryside where he begins to work for billionaire Henrik Vagner.

Vagner is keen for Blomkvist to chronicle his family history. The maverick heroine Lisbeth Salander is truly unusual. A computer genius, the reclusive Salander with her multiple body piercings, dysfunctional family history and asocial tendencies first investigates Blomkvist on Vagner's behalf and then ends up teaming up with him to hunt down a serial killer. The book also delicately traces the burgeoning love affair between Blomkvist and Salander.

General Reception and Other Adaptations

The book was extremely well received in Sweden and other European countries. It won several awards including Anthony Award for Best First Novel, Galaxy British Book Award, the Boeke Prize as well as the Glass Key Award for the Best Crime Novel. The book was soon adapted into movie scripts. Two versions of the book have been released on the big screen. Yellow Bird, a Swedish film company released its version in 2009. The movie was directed by Niels Oplev. The Hollywood version, directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, was released in December 2011.

About Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson was a journalist and independent researcher.

Other popular books by the author include:

? The Girl Who Played With Fire

? The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

His Personal Life

When his parents went to work in Stockholm, they left their young son behind with his grandparents. Stieg Larsson thus spent his childhood in the Swedish countryside and this was the inspiration for the setting of the book. Before writing the Millennium Series, Stieg Larsson had written several science fiction books. He worked as a journalist with several publications and had decidedly leftist leanings. He also worked as an independent researcher studying right wing extremism and wrote several works denouncing such movements.

Larsson died on November 9, 2004 of a heart attack. The manuscripts of the Millennium Series were found in his apartment and Larsson had reportedly never tried to get them published. But they did get published and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Author Stieg Larsson
Book Details
Publisher Penguin Books India
Publication Year 2008
ISBN-13 9781847246929
ISBN-10 1847246923
Language English
Edition 01
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 554 Pages
Dimensions
Width 4.37 inch
Height 1.50 inch
Weight 292 g
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27 October 11
Nothing like anything you've read before!

Being a self-confessed book worm I can assure you that this series of books by the very talented Stieg Larsson is nothing like any other novel you've ever read. The characters simply explode on your face, the story line is gripping, and its the best combination of intrigue, violence, and romance that I bet you will not find in any other novel.
Its really a tragedy that Larsson died even before his books went into print and before he could see what a worldwide phenomenon they've become!
I strongly recommend the books to those out there who would love to get shocked out of their usual fare of drama and romance novels!....also, given the fact that the books have been adapted into movies in 2 languages already gives you even more reason to read them!!!!!....

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06 August 11
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Good but Dragging

Nice story but little bit like hindi movie(Dragging). Once you catch the interest you will not stop. Some pages could have been removed. There's not a single loose end and its far better than the movie.

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11 April 11

This is my first review in flipkart and I am happy to write it for the Millenium series. It is literally unputdownable. I started reading this book, after seeing a lady in a packed metro who was reading it with a lot of interest, unaware of her surroundings. I thought of taking a risk and bought this book. I couldn't stay still before completing the 3rd part. Amazing series, which will keep you glued to the pages. Must read....

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24 January 12
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It Will Haunt You Long After Completing the Novel

After hearing so much about this novel and now that 2 movies have been made on this film, I decided to read this book. The initial 100 pages are really very boring and at one point I felt like throwing the book away.

But once the plot starts developing, then the real excitement begins.I can bet 100 dollars that you would not be able to put the book down from thence onwards. The ending is really superb and you would be awe-stricken in the end because you could not have anticipated such kind of ending. This is thing due to which the novel has gained the desired amount of attention from book lovers.

I haven't read the other 2 novels in the Millennium series but I am really looking forward to it. Once you complete the novel, I am quite sure it will haunt you long after you have completed it. I have now become a huge fan of murder mystery novels

I would have given 5 stars to the noel but giving 4 just because of the boring 100 pages in the beginning.

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19 September 11
Interesting plot

I like the characters and the plot. Though I could not get beyond the first few pages quickly and had to start all over again thrice. The third time I had decided that I will read it at any cost. And after I had finished some 60 odd pages (until where I think the novel drags a lot), it suddenly got too interesting and I kept the book down only after I had completed it! All in all a good read, but drags a little in some places.

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28 June 12
Overrated, but still quite okay

First of all, if you would take more than a few days to read the first 200 pages, don´t read this book. The first 200 pages is quite boring, and pretty much nothing happens.

The second problem I had with this book is the sheer amount of coffee all the characters drink. At least twice or three times in a chapter there is mention of coffee. There is also a lot of advertising for Apple, which was not something I cared for.

The book after the first 200 pages or so flows quite well. The character dialogue is quite weak however. It seems that people don´t really talk to each other properly, just say what is required and no more. Maybe Swedish people are like that, but I doubt.

The mystery element is good, there are some clichés and things out of place however.

If you want a light, enjoyable read, without much to think about, this is the book for you. If you are however a hardcore mystery fan, you might not enjoy it as much as the other people on here who have rated it 5 stars. Only a classic deserves 5 stars, this is far from one.

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21 March 12
A very graffic read!

I had very low expectations for this book. It seemed to be too popular, which usually ends up meaning that the book is overhyped, and not remotely as good as advertised. I was pleasantly surprised. it's a deeply weird novel in a lot of ways, not least because it deals with some of the most horrific things one human being can do to another physically and emotionally, and then also takes on financial or corporate crime, and . . . well, again, I don't want to risk giving away the details of the rather intricate plot for those among you who haven't yet taken the plunge.
A bit slow going at the beginning, but I loved Lisbeth Salander so much that, as soon as she arrived, I was hooked. She is easily one of the most enigmatic and interesting characters I've ever read and I found that whenever she was the focus of the narrative I could not put the book down, and of all the characters in the book I found her to be the one I identified with the most ...she was a "perfect victim" who refused to be one.Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo. is vulnerable but not defenseless. In the end, the supposedly disaffected and detached Lisbeth was the most human character of all...and one that *could* love.

Many, many early nights were sacrificed for this book. WORTH IT(and yeah, all that technical babble about Swedish business and journalistic hierarchies sailed so far over my head :P)”.

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The most complicated crime novel series I have ever read

I got this movie from friend but it was in Swedish language, I saw it for 15 minutes and closed it down, didn’t get head or tail of it. After a month I purchased the book and believe me I have never read such an intriguing crime story.

Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Swedish Magazine, Millennium, has already in deep trouble as he is charged with libel case with Wennerstrom affair. He is sentenced to three months in prison and ordered to pay hefty damage. This not only affects him personally but to great extent to millennium’s subscription. He deliberates what to do to come out of this garbage and out of nowhere he is been contacted by Henrik Vanger, CEO of Vanger corporation for one interesting assignment to solve the murder mystery of his niece Hariet Vanger who disappeared 36 years ago.

Though terms of contract are favorable to him and if he couldn’t solve murder mystery he will get handsome payment. But Henrik is a shrewd businessman, he has promised Mikael to help him out of Wnenerstrom affair only if he can solve the case.

He takes up the case which was happened 36 years ago, and digs deep into family history of Vanger which has more than 100 relatives spread over four generations. He recruits a skinny, weirdo, computer geek Lisbeth Slander as his assistance in this case. Though she looks like psychopath as per her medical history but she had brain and skills which are way better than any common man. The investigation is like finding a pin in stack of dry grass. Read this for the fun of crime novel you will enjoy it.

And if you are planning to buy this buy all three books. I regretted not buying all three books. Second series “the girl who played with fire” had a jaw dropping ending which you can never imagine.

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04 February 12
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Absolute page turner

It seems to be an act of pure providence that I had gotten a copy of this book almost 2 years back as part of a review package. But it hadn't struck me then how big it was slated to be. And now that David Fincher decided to make a movie of it, I rushed to flipkart and ordered for the book in an attempt to read it before the film released in India. Fortunately for me, the book is a certified page turner. It's breathlessly paced, has quite well rounded characters and makes you genuinely concerned about their fates. Unfortunately for me, the film won't be released in India owing to its graphic nature.

But for anyone who's looking forward to an all-nighter or one of those long train/plane journeys and needs a companion to keep em occupied, The Dragon Tattoo is the perfect alternative. The climax is quite a rush and you'll be breathing heavily close to the end of most chapters. I did.

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A Must Read Title In Your List

TGWTDT is amongst those awesome books that blew me away when I read it first. Although this was almost a year back but I can still remember. This feeling held on to me despite the fact that I had already seen the movie and knew the suspense. It is not deniable that when someone else's imagination has been already served to you, the book really got to be something to still blow you away with its writing. What I really liked about the book were its parallel narratives and the break neck pace at which it progressed till the end.Coupled to this the issue addressed by it boiled me in congruence with it. I suggest you to read this, I will also tell to not take some of the contents of the book as offensive because author has only told the reality with respect to women.

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