The Girl who Played with Fire

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I read the first of the acclaimed Dragon Tattoo series more than six months back, but it wasn’t until my sister finished the next two that I got my hands on the copies she sent me. 

What a fantastic book! It’s been some time since I read a novel into the wee hours of the morning. But I found this one heart-stoppingly exciting. Unlike the first, it plunges into action from the beginning itself. I loved the bit about Lisbeth devouring a geeky book like ‘Dimesions in Mathematics’. It added another dimension to her character. 

In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a considerable portion of the book went by in detailing Michael Blomkvist’s scandal regarding the Wennerstrom affair. We’re barely introduced to ‘the girl’ in the title. To me it felt like I’d hardly gotten to know her by which time the novel rolled to an end. 

The second book, and I believe the third as well, are all about Lisbeth Salander. Until the final scene, the book kept me riveted and inspired me to pick up the next one immediately. 

There is an enigmatic bit towards the end where it appears that she has stumbled upon some solution to Fermat’s theorem, which has driven mathematicians wild over the years. I wanted to know a little more about this. It appears she has found the solution, but not a mathematical one, more an interpretation of Fermat’s original words. 

For the mathematically inclined, there’s a good discussion of it online here and some detailed methods here

I started the third but had to abandon it halfway when the Flipkart shipment carrying my copy of Mockingjay arrived. Hope to finish that first before starting on Millennium III.


    1. I think you should give them a try. The second one is definitely very exciting, the most absorbing book I’ve read after a long time. The first one meanders a bit, and requires some patience to sink into it. The third I have yet to tackle, but I’ve started with Time Traveler’s Wife and that’s keeping me up late at nights too!


  1. Hope this is not a fantasy type book! Never felt like reading any of the Harry potter books, nor the Lord of the Rings! But if its got some intriguing stuff in the beginning, I could read the book till I finish it! 🙂


    1. Nope, not Fantasy, brutally realistic. Lots of political stuff and a free history lesson included if you read this book. Quite a good thriller.


    1. Hey Rachna! Do try them out. I liked the Hunger Games series, though I didn’t think the final in that series was as good as the first two. As for the Dragon Tattoo series, I have yet to read the 3rd one but the second is very exciting.


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