Read, Write, Read

I’ve been so caught up the past week and a half revising Hunter High that I haven’t gotten ’round to updating…again!

So, books.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest: Enjoyed it. Found it hard to put down. A good wrap-up to the trilogy, but left me wanting to read more stories about Lisbeth. I wonder what the series would have tackled next if Larsson had lived.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules: An easy read for a Saturday morning. I like the dry humour and school situations, though the main character Greg isn’t really that nice of a kid. I think he deserves everything he gets.

Your Voice in My Head: A memoir by the British author and screenwriter Emma Forrest. Not always a huge fan of memoirs, but I liked this one because it was kind of written like a love letter to her psychiatrist. He died from cancer and she spends the book struggling to understand why he didn’t let anyone know of his illness. The book also focuses on her relationship with a movie star, which ended abruptly after six months and after he said he wanted to have a baby with her. He did a complete 180. Jerk.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
: I read this book three years ago and decided to re-read it after two friends remarked that Hunter High reminded them of this book, with respect to the adventure set-up. I can see; it follows the hero’s journey.

The Girl Who…

Last night, I went to see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. My thoughts? A decent movie overall. Not amazing, but then again, I find that always happens when I’ve read the book. The movie stayed pretty much true to the story, but I must say the character of Lisbeth Salander doesn’t come across as complex onscreen as she does in print. There were certain instances during the movie when the audience actually laughed at something she said, and let me tell you, I had no inclination to laugh while reading. My take on Salander is that she doesn’t have a sense of humor; everything she says is exactly how she means it. She doesn’t do irony or sarcasm.

My friend enjoyed the movie. She quizzed me about what happens to Salander since she knows I’ve read the second book and am halfway through The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I gave her a few hints, but no way would I tell her the whole story. It’s so much better to read it for yourself. On that note, I should get back to it. I read recently that Stieg Larsson had intended to write ten books about Salander and Blomkvist. Obviously, that won’t happen since Larsson died before the first three were even published. I wonder if the third book ends on a cliffhanger or if there is some resolution. I also wonder what Larsson would think about the popularity of his books…