Hello, my friends! It is a local holiday here which means a wonderful 3 day weekend. And how did I spend it? Well, unintentionally, I tapped into a great trilogy and have had my nose stuck in these 3 books.
If you haven't heard of them, it's the Millennium Trilogy from Stieg Larsson of Sweden. It's the latest best selling phenomenon out there. This news article out this past weekend talks about the books.
I bought the first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, about a week ago, thinking I would give it a try. It was a bit tough going at the beginning because the author was jumping around trying to set the stage for the story, but it soon settled in and woo-hooo, the roller coaster ride began. By Thursday I asked my DH to pick up the second book for me, knowing that I would jump right into it on Friday. By Saturday morning I was half way through and said to my DH that we have to go to Costco and buy the third book, which is only out in hard cover. Boy am I ever glad I did that. I finished the third book late yesterday evening. Yes, I'm a fast reader but I also did nothing but read!
What a luxury that was!
The books are dark, violent but oh so good! The characters are well developed and it was just really interesting to read it from book 1 through 3 all in one go. At the heart of it is the theme of violence against women and political corruption. The three books individually could be viewed quite differently. The first is more a mystery, the second an action thriller, the third a crime/political thriller but they all tie in beautifully. It was also interesting to read something from Sweden, a country I've never been to. These books will wipe away any squeaky clean "IKEA" images of Sweden.
It is too bad that the author died, at 50, shortly after he delivered the manuscripts for all 3 books. There's a lot of buzz around the author too, making the books all the more interesting. There are loads of stuff on the Net about these books (and movies) so there are better words than I can conjure up.
I have hardly done any stitching since my last post, but that's how it goes. Sometimes as hard as I try to look for books to interest me, I cannot find any. Now, I have a huge stack from the library to devour! "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth" and all that...
This morning, I visited some blogs. I always love to visit Barbara's as it's always full of great fun with her family. On today's post on Barbara's blog, Annemarie left a comment, which I'd like to "borrow" coz I loved it so much. Annemarie said:
"I found a sampler ‘verse’ on a website a couple of days ago and it had me in stitches: ‘Patty Polk did this and she hated every stitch she did in it. She loves to read much more.’ Speaking of subversive cross stitch! I am determined that one day, I will build a little sampler around these words"
Annemarie, I hope you don't mind me sharing that. I love that verse because sometimes I just want to read much more than I want to stitch! And I hope you do stitch it up one day!
Now, with all my working I haven't been able to stitch much but the flip side is, I can buy some stash. Here are some recent releases:
If I can't stitch so much, at least I can stash-and-dream!
Again, I close with flowers and with thanks for visiting and commenting. As a reader, you know how much I enjoy your words! By the way, how did we get to August so quickly?!!!