Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Girl who played with Fire

By Steig Larsson
I first came across this series online when I saw a book club trying to get members to read the first of the series. I was curious and got an audio copy of the book from a friend, which I read. It was a bit strange to be reading a book while listening to it, but I had a lot of long car journeys at that time and it made perfect sense.
The second in the series was interesting and had you guessing till the end. Steig Larsson really has come up with the most unpredictable heroine. I really liked the book and can't wait to start the third one.
I'd bought the book for my brother - he's on the first one.
In 2008, Steig Larsson had become the 2nd best selling author in the world after Khaled Hosseini. However, he never lived to see what a sensation his books had become, because at 50 he passed away of a heart attack. Some conspiracy theories have been raised surrounding his death, but nothing concrete has emerged to suggest that it was deliberate or not natural.
I read somewhere online that at 15 Steig Larsson had witnessed a rape, and hadn't helped. However since then he abhorred all violence against women.
Awesome storyline. Kudos to the imagination.
Which is limitless...

Monday, December 13, 2010

Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie

I can't imagine why there have been no entries since July. It's not that I haven't been reading - it's just that I have been totally wrapped up in law school and the job and working and....
Well I finally finished the book though - that too in Paris!!
An odd thing though. You will never imagine where I read Haroun and the Sea of Stories?
That was almost 10 years ago when I came across it lying at the residence of the Auntie's house who I was staying at. I read it and loved it.
The second book - written for his son Milan, is a good yarn. It keeps you interested, and there are a number of interesting things to think about.
Whether it's an amazing book, etc etc etc.... I would say no.
My hubby got it for my bday by the way. I'd wanted to read it so he bought it for me. Though I wish I'd gotten the Finkler Question instead now.