Everything I see says "omg..you MUST read these books. they are absolutely fabulous".
So, being the follower I sometimes am I buy them. All three of them.
I'm stuck 1/2 way through book number 2.
Here are my thoughts:
I had trouble keeping my eyes open until page 109. It got a little better then. Still hard to read though.
About 3/4 of the way through I really began to enjoy it. Glad I read it, but wish Stieg Larsson had asked me to serve as his editor. I believe about 50% of the book could have been cut out without diminishing the quality of the work. Actually, it would probably have improved the quality.
Here, let me give tell you what I'm talking about. This isn't really in the book, but this made up bit is pretty much an accurate example of what one has to endure while reading these books:
Why do I need to know minute details about which school bus someone rode to school in elementary? Versus another person who's mother drove them to school. This never again comes up in the story. These people are rarely mentioned. BUT...for some reason we need to know this?
Clearly just a trumped up example, but 2-3 pages of this every chapter makes for very sleepy reading.
This book starts out quite good! I thought that perhaps it was because I was familiar with the characters. But alas...that is not the case. About 1/4 of the way through the book I start skipping pages. Not that the general story isn't good. It is! There is just too much useless information inlcluded to make it a "page turner". It's almost as if someone said "Mr. Larsson, each book needs to be exactly 500 pages long". And then Mr. Larsson wrote a story. And then he went back and wrote a bunch of nonsense boring stuff to fill in between the story to drag it out to 500 pages.
Does anyone else feel this way? Or am I just a Negative Nelly?
I haven't even started this one yet. But I will. And I'll finish it. I will finish them all. And then I will say I did it. Just like I did with Twilight. Even though the last Twilight book took 5 months for me to finish. Because by that point I didn't care anymore. Bella was annoying me by being such a martyr. And really, after she became a vampire what was there to be inticed by anymore? It's like on sitcoms when people "like" each other, but never end up together. Or, when they do end up together and the show tanks because it isn't clever anymore. Who's The Boss anyone?
Sorry, I'm straying from the point.
The moral of this story is that I have chosen to edit the way I read these books. When my eyes get heavy I skip 3 pages. I realize I may be missing something, but who cares? At least I'm still awake :)
Anyone else having this problem?