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.