I’m bad at picking books to read at the bookstore, you know, when it’s just me and shelves of beautifully packaged words. Apparently I missed that gene. I get swayed by the cover or the fact that the author’s name kind of looks like mine and I’m blinded by the dream of being published. Anywho, the ones I pick up on my own almost always disappoint.
Thank the good lord, I’m very good at taking book orders recommendations.
I might be a little annoying about it too. I ask a million questions, like: Do any animals get hurt? (I literally can’t take it) and Is it scary? and How fast, exactly, do you think I’ll be able to read it? (Because the world has to stop until I finish). I like to get the full review before I invest my time and I like to know what I’m getting myself into it. I demand full ‘word of mouth’ service.
As a result, I end up with superb books. Books that smart people told me I had to read. Or else.
Even though I like girls with tattoos…
And so it was with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. First of all, I never would have picked this book up on my own. Even though I like girls with tattoos, I’m not into dragons. And it’s a murder mystery type of book, not my usual genre. But, my parents – who have a superb reading record (I did get that gene) – gave it to me for Christmas. And I saw their eyes light up when I ripped the wrapping paper away. And I knew that even though this book promised some unpleasant subject matter, and even though it started out with a lot of hooha about banking and business (yawn) – this book was going to be a keeper.
Turns out, it’s a trilogy: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest. Adding to the intrigue is that the author, Stieg Larsson, died of a heart attack right after he handed in his manuscripts. He has no idea that he’s sold millions of books, that this book is becoming a raving hit and that three movies have been made based on the trilogy. A writer’s life is just full of ironical detours, eh?
Is fiction ever really fiction?
There’s also more intrigue in that his life oddly mirrors much of his protagonist’s life. You know how I love when art imitates life and when fiction isn’t really all that fictional. And, for the geeky among us, this is the first book I’ve read where modern technology (laptops, email, the internet, hackers) are seamlessly interwoven into the story without seeming artificial.
My latest GIG…
And then the planets collided and I was hired to do the social media marketing campaign for the first movie. The author, the books and the movie are all Swedish, and they’ve reached cult status overseas, both the books and the movie have won prestigious awards over there. My campaign over here is going to be very bloggy. I’m staging a mystery for readers to solve across the blogosphere...so stay tuned. You could win premier tickets, meet-ups with the actual girl with the dragon tattoo, shirts, books…the whole bit.
I think books are best found through word of mouth…and now I’ve been charged with the task of putting this book into as many wordy mouths as humanly possible. How cool is that?
And, between you and me, the book is that good. So, read it. Or else. And then, tell everyone you know about it. Or else. And then, go see the movie. Or else. And then, tell everyone you know to see it. You know, or else.
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OK. You’ve convinced me. I’m going to read it. Actually picked it up the other day and started it, but have been too busy to get too far into it, but so far very intriguing. And I’m a sucker for a good mystery, by the way.
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Congratulations on picking up that contract! At some point it would be interesting to know what goes into the job of “social networking” for a book. I have a vague idea, but it could be the subject of blog posting. (Have you already done it, and I’ve missed it?)
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Congrats! I loved the books (read the second and third before they were released in the U.S.–the second I picked up in Arlanda airport (Stockholm) last summer and was so obsessed that I ordered the third from the U.K.), and I’m excited that you’ll be helping with the marketing.
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I second Ed’s statement, I’d love to know what that will look like.
As for the book, I’d seen it around but was turned off by the title… but with your recommendation I’ll add it to the list!
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Hey Laura and Ed – I will certainly write about it. Especially when I kickoff the big contest. Like I said, stay tuned.
Just put it on hold at the library. will post review when I am finished with it!
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I cannot wait to see what you come up with for the movie – I only hope it’s as good as the book. I read this a few years back and it is one of my favorites – and one I recommend a lot (I did get that gene).
Can’t wait to read the 3rd one – and see what the media campaign looks like – congrats!
hi Liz! Well…I’m not ‘coming up with’ the movie!!! The movie people did that! All three movies have been made and garnered awards oversees. This is about the opening of the first movie on US soil…
I am halfway through the first book and I am hooked! I will be reading it on the plane home. Can’t wait to read the others, see the movie and watch the incredible campaign that I know you are going to cook up!
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You’ve got me interested. I just downloaded The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to my Kindle. I can’t wait to read it!
Congrats on the gig!
I loved this book. I am a reader of mysteries, but this one is hands down the best one I’ve read, almost ever. The first in a very long time in which the author kept my eyes cloaked until the very end. I have not read #2 and #3 (waiting for them @ the library, along with The Help, so maybe I’ll get to read them in 3 years or so).
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