THE MILLENIUM TRILOGY Tuesday 08 November, 2011

I’m as elitist as the next man but it’s time to bow down and recognise that for once the huddled masses are right in their choice of book.

I am a smug git. I have poorly hidden superiority complex. I tend to sneer. No surprises as to why I’m single then. Where I fail with relationships though I tend to come up trumps with choosing which lumps of media I will consume. Over the years I have gained an innate sense of which indicators will lead me down a fruitful path and which will not.  In the main being able to buy a book in a supermarket, next to the sausages and lard is not a good sign.  Nor is the fact that every other fellow commuter is reading said book.  The last time I ignored that sign I ended up reading the bound bowel seepage that is The Da Vinci Code. I promised I’d never make that same mistake again.

So that is why I have resisted reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for so long. My friend’s copy of the book has been lurking about in my living room for over a year. Occasionally I’ve been aware of it’s presence and then quickly tuned out from it’s silent accusations.

Then last week I ran out of books. I finished a book at around eight in the evening and wanted something else to read. Nothing on the shelves appealed. I’ll admit it was a foolish mistake to leave myself so bookless. My eyes fell upon the garish, glossy red cover. Eurgh. Maybe it will be good. I promised myself that if within 150 pages it was still awful I could stop reading it, guilt-free.

That was Thursday evening. I finished it Saturday morning. I finished the trilogy the following Friday.

I implore you to throw aside your elitist sentiments and give in to these wonderful books. They are gripping thrillers and even though I guessed a few key plot points long before the reveal they are still very enjoyable to read. A friend of mine complained that all the place names were a bit swedish and he found that a bit trying and I have to admit I might have felt the same were it not for the blistering plot.

The books follow a journalist and an investigator through three major cases. That makes it seem much more conventional than it actually is though. These books will take you to some dark places. In many ways the first book reminded me of The Crow road by Iain Banks and in certain places the graphic nature of certain key events also put me in mind of one Mr Banks, one of my favourite authors.

I’ve decided to treat the books as a whole rather than separate volumes because I think it would be near impossible to enjoy the first book and not read the others.

Gripping, thrilling, page turners that will have you going to sleep very late at night and praying for your tube to get stuck between stations.

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