Monday, January 17, 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

iconiconNot to go overboard with the virtues of ebooks, but this is one of the reasons why I am so thrilled that the library offers ebooks through OverDrive now — and that I can read them on my iPhone.  I've been on hold for the paper copy of this book at my library for at least 6 months, maybe even more, and I still am number 11 on the list.  But because fewer people read ebooks, I was able to get the book from OverDrive within about a month, even though my library only has 2 ebook copies.

(Unfortunately, I should note that more people are starting to figure out the virtues of library ebooks.  When I put my hold on this ebook, there was 12 or 15 people on the list.  Now there are 47.  However, that is still better than the 500 or so that were on hold for the paper copy when I first requested that hold.)

Anyway, I saw the Swedish movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo several months ago, so I knew the basic storyline, and my mom had confirmed that it was pretty sure to the book, except in a few minor instances.  I really liked the movie, and I've heard everyone raving about how good the book is.  But I have to honestly say that if it weren't for all that, I might have been really tempted to give up a few chapters in.  Similarly to Three Seconds, it took about 100 pages before it started getting really compelling.  Much of the first quarter or so of the book was setting up the rest of the story.  But it was, ultimately, an amazing story, so that's okay.

Unfortunately, I have a fairly long wait for the next two books.  I should have put my request in before I got this one, before the wait got so long, but I didn't think of it until there were already about 30 people on the hold list.  I learned my lesson, though, and now I'm on the wait list for both the next two books!

Read the eBook - I did!

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