The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

This definitely is the strangest recommendation I’ve ever written… to recommend this book seems stupid – everybody already knows about it, and if they don’t, they’re not a reader, so they wouldn’t be reading this anyway. But I have to write my bit about it. First off, it is the adult equivalent of the Harry Potter phenomenon. A God-send to the publishing and booksellers world. 35-40 million books sold as of now world-wide and Amazon Kindle sales have topped one million digital copies. Unfortunately Stieg Larsson died just after having dropped off the manuscripts for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, (published by Penguin) plus his 2 subsequent books (now called The Millennium Trilogy). He never knew just how successful they would be. Talk about sad… and I read something recently that his heirs were bickering over the $$$$ssss amassing in the kitty from the sale of the books. In any case I’ve been remiss in not recommending this book. I’ve been stupid. I bought the book in hard cover almost as soon as it came out. Came home and put it in the pile. And there it sat for ages. This past winter I started it, but for some reason or other, abandoned it midway, and there it sat again. It was only recently that I decided to go back and start all over again.  Sometimes you’re just not in the right frame of mind for certain books, and I know that this past year I’ve been preoccupied by other stuff.  Anyway, it didn’t take me long this time to realize that it is an amazing book, a real page turner, and I have every right to kick myself for not having finished it first-time round. Live & learn! I’m not going to bother going into the storyline – you can get it from the book jacket. It’s now in paperback, available everywhere, and if you want to be part of the “in” book crowd you’d better read it to chat about around the proverbial water cooler. Just imagine how crazy it would be if Stieg were alive today and doing book tours or signings or even midnight launches. #2 and #3 are now on the top of my pile!

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