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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Book 2

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

    I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

    The second volume of Mina, Manco, and Mutti’s adaptation of the late Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is, for the most part, well done.

    My biggest gripe with the book is the time jumps employed throughout. While I am (unfortunately) not familiar with the original books (though they are on my shelf and on my to-read list), I get the feeling that these jumps were directly inspired by how the books were written. As a device in a novel, these work better than in a graphic novel, especially as there is no delineation between the different times in the latter; in a novel, paragraphs are a quick and easy guide. I found myself turning back pages numerous times in order to determine whether they had stuck together or whether I had missed something important. These jumps were rather jarring, I must admit, and detracted from my overall enjoyment.

    The art style works very well with the story; the jagged lines and alternation of heavy shadows and bright colors make the art really pop. While the harshness of some of the lines and angles may be a tad harsh to look at at first, they really contribute a lot to the feel of the book as a whole. And let me just say that the cover art is some of the most gorgeous art I’ve seen in a while. Props to Lee Bermejo on another beautiful piece.

    Overall, I enjoyed the book. The art style meshes well with the story (and seems to improve as it goes on), and I hope to read future installments in the series.

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