Sunday, July 11, 2010
The library is starting a new night book club called Books Unbound which will be meeting at different bars and restaurants around town. We want to reach residents who don't come in the library by bringing a program to them. Since our potential members aren't coming to us, we wanted to pick a book available in paperback. We also wanted to pick a best seller, something that would be super easy to get from your local bookstore. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo fit the requirements perfectly. Found guilty of libel, economic journalist Mikael Blomkvist temporarily steps down from his position at a Swedish magazine. A retired businessman Henrik Vanger hires Mikael to sift through evidence in the forty odd year old investigation into the disappearance of his niece Harriet. The large Vanger family has plenty much of dirt for Mikael to sift through. He finds help from security specialist Lisbeth Salander, a young woman who has recently had trauma of her own.
I do not typically read crime novels. There are some absolute brutal scenes that had my stomach in knots. The novel moves at a swift pace and I'm glad we chose this for book club because I'm not sure I would have read it otherwise. I look forward to reading the Larsson's other two novels.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
I saw Eclipse this weekend and one of the trailers* I got to see was for Voyage of the Dawn Treader. This made me want to reread the book, which made me want to read the entire Narnia series, etc. I have not read the entire series so I started with the book my particular box set has labeled as 1. I knew this was the last Narnia book C. S. Lewis wrote and I knew it was a prequel to the series. That was it. I was pleased to discover a fun origin story. I love a good origin story. And this was it. We got the origin of Narnia, the White Witch, even the lamp post and the wardrobe. I did think the Christian tones were a bit heavy handed in one particular chapter of this one. The last chapter though won me over and made me smile and sigh!
*I also saw a trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows so I suspect I will be revisiting that series as well before November. Oooh, and a trailer for Red. Need to put that graphic novel on hold!