Book of the Week: The Girl Who Played With Fire

“Equations are classified by the highest power (value of the exponent) of their unknowns. If this is one, the equation is of the first degree. If this is two, the equation is of the second degree, and so on. Equations of higher degree than one yield multiple possible values for their unknown quantities. These values are known as roots,” according to Stieg Larsson in the opening pages of “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” the best-selling follow-up novel to “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.”

As Lisbeth Salander is wanted in connection with the murders of three people, Nils Bjurman, her guardian, Mia Johansson and Dag Svensson, a scholar and a journalist working with Millenium, Blomkvist is convinced of Salander’s innocence. And as a result, Blomkvist works to put the puzzle pieces together, with the help of Salander who is in hiding, and more and more people connected to Salander come forward. We soon realize that the equation of the murders is much more interconnected than it had first appeared. This equation is of a higher degree and, as Larsson said, it will yield multiple possible values for their unknown quantities.

These murders are bigger than Salander but, in all things politics related, perception is reality.

Larsson’s literary prose blends the point of views of numerous characters with the intricate details of a sex trafficking operation.

Intriguing. Thrilling. Intense. You won’t be able to put “The Girl Who Played With Fire” down.

People magazine described it as “gripping stuff… a nail-biting tale of murder and cover-ups.”

If you start this book, then don’t plan on sleeping. With only 150 pages left, I continuously wonder how I made it through the first book. This one is by far much better (I did love the American-version movie though!).

And as for the movie adaptation of the book, the Swedish version is available on Netflix instant streaming — can’t wait to watch it once I’m finished.

Here’s the Swedish trailer with English subtitles. Enjoy!

Book of the Week: Catching Fire

“This sequel has enough action to please ‘Hunger Games’ fans and leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate enough for the next installment,” according to the School Library Journal.

“Catching Fire,” Suzanne Collins follow-up book to the “Hunger Games,” follows Katniss Everdeen as she and fellow Hunger Games victor, Peeta Mallark, embark on a tour of the 12 districts of Panem, a futuristic nation.

While many people may be quick to lump “The Hunger Games” trilogy into the same category as the “The Twilight” saga, I’m here to say  these books are nothing alike, especially in regard to the strength of female protagonists.

Katniss Everdeen is a modern-day feminist as Collins evokes themes of survival, government control and rebellion. Katniss, a girl from one of the poorest districts, struggles with the need for both interdependence and independence. Throw in the romantic triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale, a fellow hunter and “friend” of Katniss’, and you have found an intriguing book that will always leave you wanting more.

I’m thoroughly convinced you won’t be able to put down all three books in this series.

Thankfully, the fun continues on March 23, when “The Hunger Games” movie starring Jennifer Lawrence is released in theaters.

Check out the trailer:

Let Collins take you on a great adventure in the comforts of your bedroom or wherever you enjoy reading.