Something new

So, I haven’t been posting to this blog recently – I just haven’t had time lately…

However, I did post a few days ago to the Ravenous Reader Blog which my library runs.  My post was called Horror in the Woods, which refers to a book I read recently, not the branch where I work.  Unfortunately due to a scheduling error, my post was only up for about 24 hours (on the main page of the catalog).  But in that 24 hours, the book – The Ritual by Adam Nevill – went from having 2 available copies to having 25 holds.  Pretty good for 1 day.  And pretty good for a first time post to that blog.  I’ll probably post again there at some point in the future, when I read the right book.  I wanted to post that particular title there, not just because I liked the book, but also because I don’t see much horror fiction posted to that blog.  Mystery and crime fiction,  yes, but not much horror.  And while I don’t feel like I read a ton of horror, I do definitely appreciate a good scary story every once in a while.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

By Stieg Larsson, translated by Reg Keeland

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Knopf, c2007, 2010

Genre: Suspense, thriller, mystery

Series: Millennium trilogy; 3

ISBN: 9780307269997

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 563 (plus 2 pages of notes)

Setting: Stockholm and Göteborg, Sweden

Time period: Contemporary – around 2005

Plot summary: Even as Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition after taking a bullet to the head, the secret organization that made her life hell as a child, still plots against her.  Her immediate concern, however, is her father – Zalachenko – two doors down in the same hospital.  She also has police problems.  Fortunately, Salander has help.  Mikael Blomkvist and his sister Annika Giannini both help Salander in their own ways.  There is also a whole team of people eager to help her online in ways in which Blomkvist and his friends have little skill.  Contacting them will be tricky without either a computer or internet, though.  Salander can receive no visitors in the hospital and will be transferred to prison to await her trial once she has recovered. Continue reading

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

By Stieg Larsson; translated by Reg Keelan

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Vintage Books, c2008, 2009

Genre: Thriller, mystery, suspense

Series: Millennium trilogy; 1

ISBN: 9780307473479

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 644

Setting: Stockholm, Hedestad & Hedeby Island, Sweden

Time period: around 2003-2004

Plot summary: When Mikael Blomkvist, a financial journalist, is recently convicted of libel, he needs a break from his position as publisher of the magazine Millennium.  Therefore, when Henrik Vanger, of the Vanger Corporation, asks him to investigate the mysterious death of his niece nearly forty years ago, Blomkvist accepts, even though he doesn’t think he’ll be able to discover any new evidence.  However, with the help of a heavily pierced and tattooed research assistant, Lisbeth Salander, he discovers a shocking truth which puts his own life into jeopardy. Continue reading

Pippi Longstocking

By Astrid Lindgren; translated by Florence Lamborn; illustrated by Louis S. Glanzman

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: The Viking Press, 1985, 1950

Genre: Humorous stories

ISBN: 9780670557455

Intended audience: children – tween

Number of pages: 160

Setting: The end of a tiny town (in Sweden)

Time period: Not specified

Plot summary: Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Efraim’s Daughter Longstocking is a nine year old girl who “always come[s] out on top”(p. 12).  She has an angel for a mother and a cannibal king for a father.  She lives with a monkey named Mr. Nilsson and a horse.  She is also remarkably strong and not afraid to use her strength when she needs to. Continue reading

The Girl who Played with Fire

By Stieg Larsson (Translated from Swedish by Reg Keeland)

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009

Genres: Thriller, mystery, suspense

Series: Millennium trilogy; 2

ISBN: 9780307269980

Intended audience: adult

Number of pages: 503

Settings: Stockholm, Sweden and Grenada

Time period: around 2004 – 2005

Plot summary: Lisbeth Salander is an extremely introverted genius hacker who has few friends and has been dealt much more than her share of injustice throughout her life.  This has helped mold her moral codes.  After helping the journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, to expose “the Wennerström affair” Salander needed a break from her realities of life (see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and travelled around the world before returning to Stockholm to re-establish her life.  Unfortunately upon her return to Stockholm, her life catches up with her and she soon finds herself the focus of a police investigation for triple murder.

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