Thiago Cielo Cielo itibaren Suruh, Tasikmadu, Karanganyar Regency, Central Java, Endonezya
It's hard to put all my feelings toward this book into words, not only because it's such a long book, but because it's so well written and all the emotions that come from reading it are overwhelming. The beginning of the book is so slow; I've tried reading it twice before and hardly got to a hundred pages because it didn't catch my interest. After seeing the US film adaptation, I figured it would be a lot easier to read the book because I knew what was going on and it made things easier to picture in my head. I didn't mind already knowing the ending, and that's especially true in this case because the movie and book have different endings. There are some big plot changes, so I was still surprised to discover a lot of new things that were left out in the movie. I want to talk about Lisbeth, but I could be here forever. Without a doubt, she was my favorite character in the book. I think that while her character is so extreme, a lot of girls either relate to her or want to be her. I was rooting for her so hard throughout most of it, and I only wish that she had teamed up with Blomkvist sooner; I endured over three hundred pages of going back and forth with their lives before they finally started working together, and even then they stayed mostly separate in their work, which was disappointing to me because I thought they made the perfect team. Now, I'm comparing the book to the movie again, but the book dragged on excessively. There were so many details that could have been left out. A lot of the scenes where Blomkvist is hunting for clues were shorted in the film, and I wish they had been that simple in the book. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the book, because I have so many feelings and all of them are good. It's also extremely interesting that Larsson wrote the book based on a rape that he witnessed first-hand. Originally the book was called "Why Men Hate Women" and was meant to depict how women are mistreated in Sweden. Throughout the mystery of finding Harriett, that is still a major subplot, which makes for an even more interesting read.
Great, fast-paced thriller. Planning to read another Lisa Gardner book soon.