Monday, 7 June 2010

A Good Read

Have just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: I couldn’t put it down. And yes, there was lots of revolting violence. 

I always have a book on the go. I love a well plotted thriller. I’ve read everything I could find by P .D. James and have to wait for her next. I’m now onto the other things Henning Mankell has written because I’ve read all the Kurt Wallanders. There was a time when I read everything by James Clavell, Ian Fleming, Robert Ludlum, Alistair MacLean, Wilbur Smith, Len Deighton…. They’re not all strictly crime writers, more adventure storytellers, but they have their share of graphic description of appalling human behaviour.
What I’m getting at, perhaps too heavy handedly, is that crime fiction is full of nasty crime. The first in the Millennium Trilogy is brilliantly plotted, full of interesting characters and largely well translated (I had issues with some odd sentences that didn’t sound quite right).
I love a mystery to solve, but I prefer to read about them: I don’t want to see the bloodbaths and brutality. My imagination is sufficient illustration. So I haven’t watched Luther, or Waking the Dead, Trial and Retribution, Silent Witness and Wire in the Blood which have exercised other people so much, and I doubt I'll go to see the Dragon Tattoo film. It’s not that I’m not prepared to see any violence, or a horrific crime scene, but I like something with an engaging narrative, the possibility that I could solve the clues and that isn’t relentlessly grim. I watched early Waking and Witness episodes and found them unlikely frankly. And I loved Bond and Bourne at the cinema! They were exciting films, although in these more graphic days some of the scenes were very hard to look at – I’d have been behind the sofa at home.
Will need to find out what next is in store for Lisbeth Salander, ‘though I suspect it won’t be any less horrible.


Gill said...

I'm far more of a coward when it comes to fiction and though I like a good mystery to solve, I'd prefer that the gory details are left out! I used to be hooked on Robert Goddard's books (dh still is) though I found that after a while, they got a bit samey. DH tells me the newer ones are better, so perhaps, when I've cleared my shelf (!) I should return and rediscover.

I'm not good with reading what I'm told either, but will admit to discovering a few unexpected favourites in that way (together with many which I just KNEW I'd hate!) Everyone has loved the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo though, so I feel I ought to persevere with that one, though I doubt that I'll be rushing to see the film.

Good luck in persuading your neighbour to hurry up with the next one in the series and hope you get to "Play with Fire" soon!

hausfrau said...

My father and brothers read Goddard, but I'm afraid I've not tried them. I do try things sometimes though: it was my younger brother who introduced Stephen Donaldson, and the sheer delight which is the comic book Calvin and Hobbs!

Sarah said...

I was left a load of Mary Higgins Clark books by my boss when he went back to the US and I find them gripping. She doesn't dwell on the gore.