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Book Review: The Girl Who Played With Fire Book 2 Millennium Trilogy, by Stieg Larsson and translated by Reg Keeland

I recommend reading book one before this one, you would be lost without it.
Mikael Blomkvist who is a co-owner and journalist for the Millennium magazine, has decided along with Erika Berger (the other owner,) and their staff,  to publish a story about the sex trafficking operation.
They feel it is a story that must be published, yet it might have repercussions.
Lisbeth Salander and Mikael had a relationship both business and sexual in book 1. When this book begins Lisbeth has made herself disappear for a while. Mikael has tried to find her, eventually giving up.  
Lisbeth's past is like a coiling snake, ready to strike.
The Swedish police believe Lisbeth has committed a triple murder. Mikael wants to prove them wrong. During the course of his investigation in order to find her innocent, he uncovers her dark past.

Once again the first 1/2 of book is s-l-o-w, it drags on and on and on--adnauseam.  
I was bored. I wanted the story to hurry up and get there, sorta like a child in …

Book Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

From publisher site:

and from Youtube:

Yes, I know you're wondering wow, can't believe Annette read this book. My sister talked me into it. She's read the trilogy, plus watched the three movies made in Sweden with English subtitles, plus watched the American made movie with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.

Yes, it is a tough book. Not tough as far as the ability to read and understand. But tough characters with even tougher themes.

I've read other reviews on this book. The 2 main problems some reader's have about the book, followed by my opinion :
1. The first 1/2 of book is boring.
I would not state the first 1/2 of book is boring (my definition of boring is uninteresting,) but I would say it did get redundant with descriptive monologue and details of the characters. I understood why. The author was laying the ground work so to speak for the Vander family, as well as all the characters, especially Mikael and Lisbeth. This information would be needed so the reader wo…

Book Review: A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd

Recently while I shopped in a local Barnes and Nobles I walked over to the mystery section. The genre of mystery books I'm not familiar with, but hoping to change that. I was enticed by several things: the book cover, the theme of World War I, the main character is a nurse, and the son and mother author team.

Charles Todd is a son/mother writing team. His mothers name is Caroline Todd. The following link is their biography:

The year is 1916 and England has been at war with Germany for 2 years. Bess Crawford is a young English nurse thats duty station is aboard the Britannic ship. They are just off shore of Greece when a torpedo hit the ship. There were no patients aboard the ship at this time. Most of the military and nursing staff were able to abandon the ship before it sank. Bess' arm is badly broken during the blast shock. The survivors are rescued. Bess is sent home on convalescent leave. Before the disaster of the Britannic, Bess had had a p…

Book Review: The Diplomat's Wife by Pam Jenoff

I did not know when I bought this book at Barnes and Nobles that it was book 2. The Kommandant's Girl is book 1 in this series. It states on the front cover of The Diplomat's Wife, International bestselling author of The Kommandant's Girl. It would have been nice to see on the front cover something about The Diplomat's Wife being book 2.

When the book begins Marta Nederman is a young Jewish woman that is found in a Dachau prison camp cell by an Army soldier. Her camp has been liberated, shortly afterwards the war in Europe ends. Marta is sent to an Allied camp in order to be nursed back to health. She befriends another woman named Rose that is recovering next to her in their room. She befriends the nurse that is caring for them named Dava. Marta continues to think about, and wonders if she'll see the handsome soldier that found her.
Throughout the book Marta reflects on her family, friends, resistance work against the Nazi's in Krakow Poland, and another man …

Book Review: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

In the Spring of 1791, 6 year old Lavinia her older brother and parents left Ireland for America. Their passage was paid for by a Captain James Pyke. During the voyage Lavinia's parents died. Upon reaching America the Captain kept Lavinia and had her placed in his kitchen house on his plantation. Lavinia would work until she paid the debt of
her families passage to America. The Captain's plantation was called Tall Oaks and it was in Tidewater, Virginia. The chief crop was tobacco. Belle a young bi-racial woman is in charge of the kitchen house. At first Belle is annoyed at her young dependent. Lavinia spends the first few days sucking her thumb and sitting on a pallet in the kitchen. Mama Mae an older woman that also works in the big house and in the kitchen, believes Lavinia is sick. Mama Mae makes her nourishing soup for Lavinia. Soon, Lavinia is well, and can learn what will become her duties.
The Pyke family consists of Captain James Pyke, who is often gone in his ship. …

Book Review: All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein

Before I begin to read the first page of a Holocaust memoir. I hold the book in my hands and ponder about this persons life that has been transcribed on page. It is almost to me a sacred moment. It is certainly a moment fraught with emotion. This person lived to tell their story. Six million did not.
When did my interest first begin in reading Holocaust memoirs? When I was a young girl. My father was in World War II, 2nd Infantry Division. He shared his impressions with me upon seeing the first camp, it was in Leipzig, Germany. When the war ended on May 8, 1945 my dad was in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia.

Gerda Weissmann Klein was born in 1924 in (Bielitz) Bielsko, Poland. Bielsko is in southern Poland and only about 20 miles from the Czechoslovakian border. She and her parents and older brother Arthur, lived in a spacious home with an orchard and beautiful garden on the "outskirts of the city." Gerda's home was her oasis. There was love and comfort and peace in her home. Whe…