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Perhaps I need an intervention....

babycakesin will understand.

Apart from babycakesin and me, is anyone out there reading, or is there anyone who's read, the first two Stieg Larsson books (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire)? I really wasn't interested until the first film came out; I vaguely remember reading book reviews that made Lisbeth sound like a character I would have absolutely no interest in. Hah! Little did I know.... Anyway, the film release got me curious, and I decided to give the first book a try. Well, I devoured it, and then jumped straight to the second book and am presently halfway through it. And that's the source of my dilemma. By the time book number three (The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest) is published here in hardcover (due out on May 27th), I'll have finished Fire and will be dying to start the new book. BUT, I should be patient and wait until it comes out in paperback (in, oh, about another year) to buy it, shouldn't I? After all, I have the first two books in paperback, and surely I should be able to wait for a matched set, right? And if I can't wait to read it, I could always put my name on the waiting list at the library (and probably reach the top of the list right about the time that the paperback edition is published). *sigh*

Shall I just go ahead now and admit that it's a lost cause, and that I'll be reading my bright and shiny hardback copy of Hornet's Nest over the long Memorial Day weekend?


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May. 16th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
Well, if I were you I buy and read the hardback cover, then, if that's your thing, buy the paperback that will match your collection next year when it comes out... in the long term, no one needs to know that you caved it and bought the hardback in the first place.

(waddaya mean I'm a little obsessive? Personally, I would be afraid of getting spoiled if I waited a year...)
May. 17th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
I forced myself to go to bed last night with 200 pages of Fire still to read; gave serious thought to just forgetting about sleep and reading straight through the night. The bus ride to work this morning got me to the start of Chapter 26 ("Wednesday, April 6"). I'll probably finish the book tonight. How far along are you?

Btw, read the other comments. Everyone says I should go ahead and buy the hardback. That's definitely the kind of intervention I like! :-)
May. 16th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
I like the suggestion. Haven't read it myself, but you could alway sell the hardcover at a later date. Or try to find the first two that way, like I'm still trying to do with Harry Potter! ;-)
May. 17th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
Hi, Jen!

Read my sister's comment (lark_about); I have a taker for the hardback edition of Hornet's Nest, so I can go ahead and buy it with a clear conscience. :-)

Which Harry Potters are you looking for in hardback? And which editions (U.K., American, etc.)?

Edited at 2010-05-17 04:38 pm (UTC)
May. 16th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
Guess which close family member has the first two -- unread -- in hardback and would probably buy the hardback from you if you want to replace it with paperback when the time comes?
May. 17th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Deal! :-)
May. 16th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
It's so weird to me that you guys are only getting into it now because it's been huge here for a few years already. Not that I read them, mind you. I did try but grew bored with the first one (more because I have no time for real books and tend to find it really hard to get into a book that requires a little bit more attention than I am able to give these days, not because it's a bad book, I'm planning to try again some day when I'm working less), but my mom read them all a couple of years ago and we all saw the movie last year. It came out in April/May last year, here, lol. For once we get things before you guys, yay!

I really enjoyed the movie, so that made me want to try the book again at some point. I looooved Lisbeth. Loved her.

Anyway, if I were you I'd probably cave and buy the hardback. I mean, you're talking to the girl who caved when it was between reading "Breaking Dawn" straight away or waiting for a few month, and Stephenie Meyer is no Stieg Larsson, lol.
May. 17th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, the books have been big here for quite a while as well, but for some reason what I'd heard about them just never got me interested enough to pick up the book and scan the first couple of pages, which usually tells me whether or not it's something I want to continue on with. But when the first film was released here last month, both the first and second books (all that have been published here so far) got prominent displays in the bookstores. I found the movie reviews intriguing enough (particularly when they talked about Lisbeth) that I decided I really should give the books a try. Am so glad I did!

The first book is slow to get started, mainly because it's two parallel stories (Lisbeth's and Mikael's) for a long, long time before Larsson finally brings them together. But it's definitely worth reading. :-)
May. 16th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Don' t wait. Perhaps you' ll be able to sell the hardcover. And complete the paperback collection later. The almost new books at the Amazon marketplace are so cheap and they are in absolutely perfect condition, as new.

I bought the three books the same day ( I almost dislocated my arm, they' re so big and heavy ).
I read them all in a row, I couldn't stop. The first is my favorite, but you need to read the third volume soon, you' ll see everything will fall into place in the most extraordinay way.
May. 17th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
I already have a taker for the hardback, so I'm going to buy it with a clear conscience next week when it hits the bookstores. Barnes & Noble will discount it, and my B&N membership will give me an additional discount on top of that, so I'm guessing that I'll be able to buy it new for 50% of list price.

I'm doing the same as you in terms of reading. I finished Tattoo and immediately started Fire, and although I'll have a few days between finishing Fire and being able to start Hornet's Nest, I won't slip another novel in between them. I have a couple of nonfiction books that I set aside when the Larsson marathon started; I'll go back to one of them.
May. 17th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
An aside: I don't know if you read 'Time' magazine. In today's issue ( at least in the European edition ) there's an article about Stieg Larsson's legacy and the legal battle over his estate.
May. 17th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, I saw the article over the weekend. I remember hearing a little about it before (just that his decades-long companion and the family were fighting and she was going to get nothing), but I didn't have all the details. I found the reason that they didn't marry fascinating and also sad.
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