Wanna see some really terrible writing? DoYaDoYaDoYa?

The loss of her computer was depressing but not disastrous. Salander had had an excellent relationship with it during the year she had owned it. She had backed up all her documents, and she had an older desktop Mac G3 at home, as well as a five-year-old Toshiba PC laptop that she could use. But she needed a fast, modern machine.

Unsurprisingly she set her sights on the best available alternative: the new Apple powerBook G4/1.0Ghz in an aluminum case with a PowerPc 7451 processor with an AltiVec Velocity Engine, 960 MB RAM and a 60 GB hard drive. It had BlueTooth and built-in CD and DVD burners.

Best of all, it had the first 17-inch screen in the laptop world with NVIDIA graphics and a resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels, which shook the PC advocates and outranked everything else on the market.

From The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Why are so many people buying this book again? Seriously? If you’re going to do product placements, you should at least get paid for it.

I’m about halfway though the damn thing, and it mostly appears to be about how every character wants revenge against every other character, oh, and, yeah, there’s an old murder to solve too. Sort of like Agatha Christie crossed with Shakespeare minus the usurped thrones, ghosts, bloody daggers/hands, bastards, talent &c.

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4 Responses to “Wanna see some really terrible writing? DoYaDoYaDoYa?”

  1. Michael Drake Says:

    “I’m about halfway through the damn thing….”

    Well how the hell did that happen?

  2. Paul Gowder Says:

    Brutish stubbornness after having already paid for it? The sunk cost fallacy?

  3. Jane Says:

    It’s sort of intriguing, plot-wise, and I appreciate that Larsson makes someone autistic a hero in an action novel, but yeah. Really terrible writing. Probably atrocious translation.

    That isn’t a product placement, by the way…Larsson was writing for his own pleasure. I’m not sure he actually believed this would ever get published.

  4. some dude Says:

    people are buying the book b/c Larsson was a journalist who investigated official corruption w/r/t drug trafficking and kiddie porn who died “mysteriously.” I don’t know about you, but pissing off rich crime barons is prob. not a great way to extend your lifespan and not a fantastic PR strategy, either.

    he’s not a good author.

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