The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I must confess I never saw the movie so I have not idea how it compares. First warning this is what I would consider either high PG-13 or R. Leaning mostly toward an R rating. This book is very slow at the first and I almost quit several times but it was recommended to me so I kept with it. Overall the book is good, doubt it will be on my recommend list due to the above stated rating. The protagonist reminds me of the James Bond type in that he sleeps with anyone / everyone. It is mostly about a disgraced journalist who is going after a crooked businessman. That being said the last few chapters feel like a whole different book (think the hobbit with the scouring of the shire at the end). It just feels tacked on. Overall it was not exactly what I thought it would be. With dragon tattoo I was thinking some cool martial arts scenes, nope. Still not sure how the title matters, seems the band tattoo had more significance. Oh well, if you’re a fan and do not mind some mild sex scenes go ahead and take a listen.

Trials of Death

Must better escalation, but still leaves you without a big payoff. This story is reminiscent of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, with a strange vampire twist. Excellently done and kept the pages turning. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Vampire Mountain

The next installment of the vampire series. This one is a two parter, be aware and set to read the next book as it ends in a “to be continued”. It is still a great read. Fasted paced and filled with the wonders of the vampire world this book is mainly focused on the trip to Vampire Mountain in the next step for Darrin Shan in his vampire progression. Just be prepared as the end of this novel, even though there is a fight scene, has no major climax.

Doctor Sleep

The second part of The Shining. If you have seen or read The Shining then this squeal is for you. With a whole new issue and cast of characters except for one special boy we rejoin him much later in life. However that special hotel though burned to the ground is not forgotten.

The Shining

How do you rate a master of story telling? The book is good and very well paced. I thought for sure we were going to have the sudden appearance of the bad guy again. I am happy with the ending and in a way it reminds me a touch of the ending of metamorphosis. Plot wise that would be my best comparison. If your I. The mood for a good psychological thriller, then look no further.

Podkayne of Mars

If you are a Robert Heinlein fan then you will get that this book is true to his form. It ends unexpectedly almost like it wanted it to be more and yet it wasn’t. Low on my recommend list just because it ended abruptly and I am not sure how the ending fits with any of the rest of the book. But if you are a true fan, go ahead. It is mostly entertaining.