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Monday, 18 January 2010

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Thanks to Deborah and Sheila; it sounds as if the third volume may be a bit of an improvement of number 2. I didn't find the plots unclear, just incredible and rather crudely put together in some places. But Lisbeth is interesting, so maybe I'll return on some future long flight?

I have just finished reading all three in one run and found them a rollicking good read. For me they held up well and as a trilogy, I love the pace, twists and turns, yes the plots are complex, but for me at least clear and I like the way Lisbeth's history is "discovered" throghout the trilogy.

I too belong to the bunch of people who will never ever have a go with this kind of books - and I haven't seen the film either. No way. My prejudice is too strong. I was looking forward to see what you would say about it though, and I am glad you are confirming my prejudice and my position.

I have read all three and agree with much of this but thought the third was significantly better thyan the second.

Interesting. I am another of that two or three, but I did start reading the second one and gave up about a quarter of the way through. I had been thinking it would have been better the read the first one first and after this review I am convinced this is so. Thanks.

I am one of the two or three people who have not yet read this book though I see big advertisements for it almost everyday I travel on the tube. Thank you for an illuminating review, I'm not sure I'll buy it but if I saw a copy second hand at a fair price I would be tempted to read it. I have just finished Murkami's "Dance, Dance, Dance" and will try to collect my thoughts enough to write about it somewhere.

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  • Nothing is of greater consolation to the author of a novel than the disovery of readings he had not conceived but which are then prompted by his readers. (Umberto Eco, Reflections on The Name of the Rose)
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  • Standing among savage scenery, the hotel offers stupendous revelations. There is a French widow in every bedroom, affording delightful prospects. (Tyrolean inn brochure, according to Gerard Hoffnung)
  • (A doctor is at an elderly relative's deathbed) "The old sawbones, eh?" he bellowed ... "Just in the nick, perhaps. Haul the old girl back by the short hairs, if you ask me. Devilish smart at his work ... Always take a fence with more confidence when I know he's out with us."
  • Too often, when a man of Monty Godkin's mental powers is plunged in thought, nothing happens at all. The machinery just whirs for a while, and that is the end of it. (P G Wodehouse, Heavy Weather)
  • ...the breed that take their pleasures as Saint Laurence took his grid (Kipling, The Five nations)

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