I have been frantically reading the last two books of the Millennium series by Stieg Larsson. I finished up the last one last night, and now have a couple days to prepare for an event at Elder College held at BGSU-Firelands. I suppose I need to back up a bit, first.
Recently, a friend of mine, who is also one of the people in charge of Elder College programming, asked me to substitute for the teacher/facilitator for the planned book discussion on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first book in the series by Stieg Larsson. She knew that I had recently read the novel so when Martin, the facilitator, had to cancel out at the last minute, she asked me if I'd be willing to lead the group since she didn't really want to cancel the program. I agreed to do so, but also told her that I had not yet read the other two in the series. "That's not a problem," she said since she thought it was only going to cover the first book.
However, once I got the notification from the college, as well as talked to Martin, I found out that I needed to be prepared to discuss the other two. I have to thank Martin because he gave me materials on all the books, and he even gave me a hardback edition of the third novel, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, when I mentioned that I had the second in the series. (Thanks Martin! Much obliged.) Because in the meantime, I had gone out and purchased a paperback edition ofThe Girl Who Played with Fire. With the two books in hand, I started frantically reading the 1200+ pages sometime late last week. I also looked up more information about the books, the author, and discussion questions in order to prepare.
Last night, I finished my frantic reads of the two novels. I have to say that these two novels were even more riveting than the first one. I found the first one a bit slow to begin with, and it was only after a few hundred pages that I really got into it. However, that was not the case in either of these two. In each case, the story started strongly, was compelling from the get-go, and kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. As a general rule, I tend to be suspicious when everyone raves about a particular novel or author because I often find myself disappointed, but I have to say that they are compelling, riveting reads. They did not disappoint!
Now, to finish preparing for my talk! Tonight, I'll watch the Swedish movie of the first novel just to get a feel for the way the names are pronounced, and I'll cull my notes into something that I can utilize for the group discussion.
On a totally different subject, I have often talked about my fascination with my blog statistics here. It never ceases to amaze me that people look at my blogs and writings; however, the fact that they do also pleases me. Each time that I have hit a milestone...10000 total hits, for example, I am excited. Well, once again, I have a hit a milestone...this time, 30,000 total hits! Yes, I am excited! And pleased and thankful to everyone who has contributed to this. Again, thanks!
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