Bookish for life

Anthropology graduate, anglophile, social justice activist, chocoholic, traveler and book lover from the German-speaking part of Switzerland, currently working in the renewable energy sector. Books have been my passion since before I could read.


Considering using this as a replacement for my Goodreads account, where I've been keeping track of what I read (audiobooks included). You can find a record of the dead-tree books I own on LibraryThing. As of now I haven't imported those yet.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Book 1 of the Millennium Trilogy

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Book 1 of the Millennium Trilogy - Stieg Larsson It took me ages to get through this audiobook - I think I might have liked it better if I had read it, because listening didn't give me the chance to skim or skip the gruesome passages, which at times smacked of torture porn to me.

My main impression (beside the fact that there was too much story after the murder storyline had wrapped up):
I have seen the novel being hailed as a great piece of feminist writing, but for me, the main character (journalist Mikael Blomkvist) felt like too much of an idealised self-insertion of the author. The term 'Marty Stu' sprang to mind more than once, especially when women kept falling into bed (and in love) with him.
I mean, the hacker Lisbeth Salander is an interesting protagonist, and I enjoyed her parts of the story, but the way others (and she herself) see her makes me reluctant to call her a true feminist heroine. It might have been different if she was really the main character, but she clearly plays second fiddle to Blomkvist.

I don't think I'll pick up the other two books of the Millennium trilogy.