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Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson, dominated the #1 spot on the Kindle bestseller list for a long time, and has maintained a spot in the top 100 for an astounding 630 days.  Dragon Tattoo was just recently unseated from the #1 spot by Daniel Silva’s The Rembrandt Affair.  The others in the Larsson’s much sought out trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest are not far behind with about a year in the top 100.

The trilogy follows financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and brilliant young private investigator Lisbeth Salander as they seek to solve several intense, mind blowing murder mysteries.  In Dragon Tattoo, they get an assignment to solve the mystery of a nearly 40 year old murder case involving 82 year old Henrik Vanger’s beloved great niece, Harriet.  Throughout the process, Blomkvist does his research in exile on Vanger’s vast estate.  The pair uncover a great deal of corruption within Vanger family and about Salander’s own past.

The Girl who Played with Fire follows the duo again as Salandar is accused of murdering a couple in their Stockholm apartment based on her previous violent tendencies, and the presence of her fingerprints on the murder weapon. The trilogy goes out with a bang in Hornet’s Nest as Blomkvist works to figure out who harmed Salander in a previous circumstance and murdered Salander’s father, a longtime asset to the Swedish Secret Police.

The reviews for the whole trilogy are very positive overall.  There are some dissenters who say that Blomkvist’s character is not fully developed, and that the Swedish words are kind of distracting.  I’m currently reading Dragon Tattoo, and I echo what a lot of reviewers and peers have said in that it is a bit boring for the first hundred pages because of financial jargon and other plot set up. After that, it starts to pick up and then you can’t put it down.  I also highly recommend the Kindle version over the paperback because the paperback is bulky, and the print size is tiny.  So be patient, put on your seat belt and get ready for a wild ride.

So what do you think?  If you’ve read any of these books, do you think this trilogy is as good as the hype surrounding it suggests?

USA Today Adds Kindle Sales to Best Seller List

USA Today LogoIt seems like the USA Today has decided to include Kindle book sales in their best seller lists.  This move demonstrates just how significant the Kindle is becoming in the publishing world.  Sales on the Kindle store have grown to such a large number that they’ve come to be considered just as signifcant as traditional sales.

This move is also a great way for the USA Today to increase the influence of its best seller list.  For most people, best selling books is synonymous with with the New York Times Best Seller List.  The New York Times list the one recognized by Amazon (where Best Sellers are discounted) and most other retailers.  Not to mention the fact that you usually don’t see advertisers quoting a book’s position on the USA Today Best Seller List.  But by adding Kindle sales, the USA Today is trying to anticipate current trends and make headway against the Times list.  So far, the USA Today is the only publication to have done this, which might mean that their list will be more accurate.

Unless of course The New York Times already counts Kindle sales.  The data used to compile their list is a trade secret, so its possible they already include electronic sales and just haven’t told anybody.