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Posted November 17, 2012
@ Anonymus "not the full book," this is the first of six books comprising the trilogy so you have not wasted your money or been short shrifted out of the full context of the story which is well worth waiting for.
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Posted November 15, 2012
Posted March 5, 2013
I’m a huge fan of Stieg Larsson’s original trilogy. So much so that I even watched the Swedish language film because I couldn’t wait for the American version. When I read that there was going to be a graphic novel adaptation I was worried. Worried first that the book is actually too graphic for a comic. Some things are bad enough in my head without having to see them in color on the page. Worried second that the book would be dumbed done. Both those worries were alieved after reading this. While yes, there is still some terribly violent images here it was toned down enough to not turn my stomach. The art was very good and did a great job of illustrating how different Lisbeth is too her “peers”. While the author here, Denise Mina omitted quite a bit it makes sense why. She does a great job of paring the book down to the essentials. Overall this was a very good adaptation and I plan on checking out book two.
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Posted January 17, 2013
Reviewed by: Marissa
Book provided by: NetGalley
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
I chose to review this version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo because I loved the Stieg Larsen novels and because I love a good story told in graphic art. This is a win-win all the way around. The story was superbly told (the story, not the movie – there are some subtle differences). However, because I am making comparisons, there might be a spoiler or two in here if you have not read the book or seen either movie. (I’ve seen only the Swedish film so that’s where any contrasts I offer will come from.)
First and foremost in a graphic novel is the artwork. That is what draws us to the novel, gets us to open the cover, and begin reading the first page. The artwork in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is exceptional. At times dark and brooding, the art takes us into Lisbeth’s world of violence and underground computer hackers. And this was the real crux of the story – the abuse she suffered as a child which then reached out to her as an adult. Our first view of Lisbeth is with her eyes downward. In fact, her eyes are kept downward for several frames – an introduction to her shyness and lack of people skills.
At this point in the novel, we have only touched on her childhood. However, the rape of Lisbeth by her guardian is brutal. I’m not sure which was worse – watching the rape between live actors in a movie, or seeing it in graphic art splayed out on the page. My eyes kept getting drawn back, looking for more detail. I think it’s like that wicked car crash on the highway where you don’t want to look but you can’t help it, and you tell yourself you’re just making sure everyone is okay – even if you know otherwise.
In comparison, the pages brightened to snow-filled days and candle-lit dinners for Mikael’s scenes. Mikael, attempting to solve a murder from 1966, delves into a family history that is twisted and bent unlike no other family tree. One thing the graphic novel does that the movie skimmed over is offer a more detailed explanation of how Mikael Blomqvist ended up in prison and giving up the reins on the financial magazine he co-published.
One of the problems, though, is that this is only a segment of the novel. DC Comics/Vertigo is publishing each book in the Millenium Trilogy in two parts, and therein lays the problem. I just don’t see how a 600+ page book can be successfully condensed into half that. I am, however, anxious to find out and will be picking up Part II as soon as it comes out. I would recommend this book for those that like to see/read alternative interpretations of their favorite books, but I would not suggest that the graphic novel be read in place of the original book by Stieg Larsen.
Posted December 25, 2012
Excellent adaptation of Stieg Larson's best selling novel. The illustrations are dark and add a goth, film noir feel to this retelling. NOTE this is part one, not the complete story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.