Monday, August 02, 2010
what i'm reading now
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a sordid tale on several levels. The title character, Lisbeth Salander, is a diminutive social misfit who is also a first class computer hacker. She teams up with Mikael Blomvquist, a disgraced journalist who has been convicted of libeling a corporate mogul. Their quest is not only to redeem his professional reputation, but to solve a mystery that has plagued a prominent family for forty years. The story not only deals with corporate malfeasance and computer hacking but with sexual violence against women. To tell you the truth I was ready to quit reading for the first 100 pages. I got weary reading the financial background that was necessary to set up the plot and I had a hard time keeping up with all the characters. But, I kept reading because this book is very popular and I wanted to see what all the buzz was about. By page 200 I was hooked. It's a convoluted story and just when I thought I had it figured out the story took a new twist and I kept turning the pages to see how it all worked out. It's a good story.