As one of the few people in the world who have not read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or its two follow-ups,I was beginning to feel as though I had been left out of some huge club. Everywhere I went, people were talking about the trilogy. Because I like to read, many assumed that I was familiar with the books.
Most told me that they liked the books, but said that the intensity of the writing combined with tremendous amounts of information and detail made them a somewhat difficult read. I do not think that anyone meant to say that they were difficult in a way that meant "not worth reading", but difficult as in "takes some concentration."
These days, I hardly have an uninterruped thought. Taking on a lengthy and deep novel is something I might consider after my youngest gets out of the toddler stage. By that time being in the "I've Read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" club would be so passe. I know, it is already passe, because everyone I know is now reading Fifty Shades of Grey.
I could no longer put off my curiosity about the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, so I took a shameful shortcut and watched the movie. It was a great, get-in-your-mind-and-not-let-you-sleep kind of story. The story was awesome, but the movie had some uber-graphic scenes. If you take the shortcut, and watch the movie, be sure the kids are nowhere nearby! Some of the depictions are seriously disturbing.
Now, I do want to know what happens in the next two books of the trilogy. I cannot decide how I want to find out what happens. The movie might not be out for a while. So, do I tackle the book or wait for the movie?
Fatal Foodies is a group of mystery writers and food lovers. We'll be reviewing food-related cozy mysteries, posting recipes, commenting on writing-related subjects, and announcing book signings and other events. We might even host some contests and/or giveaways.
I'm a full-time freelance writer, editor and author living in Virginia. I have a terrific husband and two wonderful children who are, by the way, boy/girl twins. I love writing, reading, baking, cake decorating and, sometimes, needle crafts. I prefer almost instant gratification with my needlework, though. I have a cross-stitch picture I've been working on for years; but in the meantime, I've finished several pieces that can be done in an afternoon.
My cozy mystery MURDER TAKES THE CAKE is scheduled for release by Bell Bridge Books in October of 2008. My heroine in MURDER TAKES THE CAKE has her own site. Check it out at Daphne's Delectable Cakes. I also have a Squidoo lens for Freelance and Novel Writing; so, if you're a writer, surf on over to that page.
I'm a stay-at-home mom/writer/food fanatic in Fall Branch, TN. My two novels, Secrets, Lies, and Pies & Cheaters, Pies, and Lullabies, are published by Mountain Girl Press.
Marian Allen has had short stories appear on the labels of coffee cans and the wall of an Indian restaurant. Many of her stories involve food, although she is not, as her youngest daughter claims, obsessed. She is not. She is currently working on a novel with recipes in it, which she'll finish if she can stop cooking and eating long enough to write. Short stories and recipes are available for free on her website, http://marianallen.com/.