I finally got around to reading Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo after having it for a long, long time and hearing so much about it. I have yet to see the movie--either version--but they are both in my Netflix queue and I will watch them eventually. Regardless, here's what I thought.
To be honest, I've been putting this series off for a long time. I've never been much of a fan of thrillers/suspense/whodunits/etc, but I finally broke down and started this book. While it was a rather slow start, once I was about 100 pages in I couldn't put the damn thing down. Larsson really does pull you in with his writing style and quick prose. It's engaging and shocking at times, but totally worth it. Plus, I really liked Lisbeth's character. She's one that you root for and encourage through the horrific things that happen to her. Blomkvist, on the otherhand, while likeable, probably isn't one of my favorite people. Good read overall.