The Girl Who Played with Fire Friday, May 7 2010 

A few blogs ago I waxed heartily about the wonderful novel by the late Stieg Larrson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

As promised, I’m back again after finishing the sequel, The Girl Who Played with Fire. All I can say is: “Wow!”

If you thought I loved the first one, I zipped through this one and it was even better! This man was a master plotter, above all. The permutations he puts his girl, Lisbeth Salander through, are unbelievable, and yet in this world he has created, totally believable.

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This time Mikael Blomkvist, the intrepid investigative reporter, must clear Lisbeth of suspicion of three murders. We see the investigation from the police’s side of things, too.  The plot revolves around an international sex trafficking operation that Blomkvist’s magazine was readying to blow apart, with the double whammy of a dedicated magazine issue and a book, lies at the heart of the novel. But so does Salander’s dark past.  The two overlap in ways that define explanation without giving the plot away.

Suffice it to say that Salandar is the Swedish Bourne and Blomkvist is the Swedish Robin Hood. You won’t regret a minute of reading this novel. You won’t be able to put it down, either.

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19 years ago Tuesday, May 4 2010 

today Doc and Auntie M were married (finally, after living together for 5 yrs–some thought it would never happen).

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Now how do you suppose we spent our anniversary today?

NO, get your mind out of the gutter (we did THAT last night!).

We traveled to The Emerald City, otherwise known as Greenville, the closest university town with real shops and movie theaters, two hours away.

We did a bit o’shopping for Doc, who leaves this week for a trip to MN to see our 4 Grands. It’s been two years since he’s been able to get on a plane, so this is a VERY BIG DEAL. He will go on to Denver to watch Oldest Son’s lacrosse team at a tournament and keep an eye on Youngest Grand, who is thoughtfully toilet-trained, making the watching much easier for a gimp with a limp.

THEN we went to a movie, a real honest-to-goodness movie with greasy popcorn and large stadium seats, volume too loud and a screen too big. Loved it all. We got 3D glasses and saw Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”  Wow! I loved it, Doc, not so much. But he was a good sport.

What can I say about this movie that hasn’t been said. It’s not for young children, it’s typical Tim Burton, it’s a mix of the original Alice and Through the Looking Glass with a side of “Jabberwocky” thrown in.

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I am a Lewis Carroll fan; on one soffet over our kitchen cabinets I have stenciled: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed six impossible things before breakfast.”  They said that in this movie–TWICE!

What I loved:  Seeing Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, all orange hair and green eyelashes and sometimes Scottish accent. Adorable.  Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, all huge forehead/skull and red wig and tiny heart-shaped mouth. Off with her head! The girl Mia something who played Alice was lovely with hair to die for, whether it was a wig or not. It was a decidely Burton take on things, which I adored.

Afterwards we stocked up, as we have to when we travel, and then had a nice meal out, complete with a sinful hot fudge brownie sundae.

Now I’m watching NCIS, feet up, no work tonight except to feed the dogs and share with you my day.

Blissful.

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