Mini reviews: June 2010

These small reviews come from before I started blogging- they were recorded on sites like Library Thing and Goodreads.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

I felt this dragged a bit at the start, as I wasn’t terribly interested in Sapo. It picked up again around page 200; the plot involving Berger and her stalker was very gripping. I felt it tied up very neatly at the end (only one question: where is Camilla? Why did she leave the country?) but I was quite upset knowing that there’s no more Larsson books to come. Would have liked to see some more of how Millennium handled the fallout from Salander’s case.

In summary: well written (although there was one or two typos in the translation), generally fast paced and original. It’s a pity we won’t see more of Kalle Blomkvist, Salander and Berger in the future.

9.5 out of 10.

Mama Mia : a memoir of mistakes, magazines and motherhood… by Mia Freedman

I was looking at this book on my shelves, wondering why I bought it. I find Mia’s columns okay, but sometimes a bit smug…was I trying to re-create my uni days (when she was editor of Cosmo)? Did I just have a burning desire for more FF points that day? Anyway, I plucked this book from my shelves to read to and from work only. That stopped after a few days – this book was interesting, funny and honest. I got the lowdown on the Cosmo I grew up with. There were also some dreadfully sad moments as well some funny ones and some ‘too true’ comments.
This is so much better than her columns and The New Black. Mia, come back and edit a magazine one day. I’d definitely buy it.

8 out of 10.

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