This review is from @orphanani, who stepped up when another reviewer had to drop out.
After I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I started seeing people with copies of it everywhere! Of course this only contributed to my sense of superiority for having read it first. I mean I like to carry around a smug sense of superiority at all times, but it’s nice when it’s externally justified. But I digress!
I really enjoyed the book though, to be fair, I’m a sucker for all things fiction. But I promise you that this is no Twilight/Harry Potter fiction. (Not that I haven’t also read all of those…) The story is not romantic, though it involves sex. The characters are not perfect, nor young, nor beautiful. Instead, you get a variety of people who are quirky, smart, and interesting. All of the books in the series have a mystery-solving quality, but they’re not mystery or detective novels in the typical sense. Honestly, I was a little bit disappointed after all of the rave reviews that I heard before starting it, but it was definitely a quality fiction novel and well worth the time to read.
As a bit of a side note, the movies are pretty kick ass. By the end, I didn’t even notice the subtitles and I thought that I could understand Swedish.