Monday, February 16, 2009

Summer Project

It's been a while since I made any flavored vodkas around here, but now, thanks to Noah, I've got something to aspire to. This looks kind of gross, and extremely alluring. It's a while until I'll be able to drink again, but once I'm back in the game, LOOK OUT, WORLD.

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#17 -- "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson

This is getting a lot of press, partly because of the backstory -- Swedish media figure dies suddenly, leaves behind the manuscripts of several completed novels. It's being hailed as a mystery masterpiece, and I wouldn't go that far. It's choppy and sometimes oddly paced -- it'll build up to a dramatic revelation then fail to deliver, then a couple chapters later start off "One day, so-and-so made several huge discoveries." It's got a few subplots that drag on too long, as well.

But -- it's oddly gripping, and once I got into it, it kept me enthralled (though occasionally frustrated). It's the kind of mystery that appeals to the researcher in me, with a decades-old crime and lots of scrutiny of old documents and photographs. It may be a bit overhyped, but it's entertaining, and I'll probably pick up the two subsequent books when they're eventually published.

1 comment:

Knopf Marketing said...

Dear fellow Stieg Larsson fan,

We’re trying something new for the launch of the second book in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.
Run your own Stieg Larsson contest on your blog—for which we will provide the prizes (a free copy of The Girl Who Played with Fire, cool temporary dragon tattoos). The first thirty (30) entrants will get first dibs of the translated manuscript of book three. Below you’ll find the complete rules and regulations.

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The first 250 bloggers to enter their information (name, blog name, blog URL mailing address, and daytime phone number) will obtain the giveaway material (one (1) copy of The Girl who Played with Fire and a batch of temporary tattoos) to host a sweepstakes on their blog. The first 30 bloggers to enter will also receive (1) copy of the manuscript of the third Stieg Larsson thriller at the time of its in-house release. All applications to participate will have to be received by 11:59 pm (Eastern Daylight Time) on August 15, 2009. U.S. Residents only. Bloggers are solely responsible for the administration of the sweepstakes on their blogs.

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