|The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo|
Like Steven King's novels, the book took a great deal of time to get into. The author writes extremely meticulously, and it can be hard to get used to the Swedish dialogue and names for people and places. It picked up for me briefly about 2/3 through, where I couldn't put it down through the climax. However, after that, the book continued its resolution for far too long. If you are a "to-the-point" reader, this book may not be for you.
That being said, I saw the movie right after I read the book: and I liked it. But I'm not sure if I liked the movie because I read the book - I knew who all the characters were, and liked knowing what was going to happen. I felt somewhat disappointed with the portrayal of the movie: I felt as though they really could have taken elements in the book a lot further visually. But the movie was very talk-y, didn't have a lot of action / movement, and had long, drawn-out scenes. Or scenes that interrupted other scenes like the book did. It was exactly as boring as the book was. I will say that Lisbeth Salander was nailed perfectly with great casting.
Bottom Line: Well thought out, cool plot - but requires a lot of patience. Great time-killing book, or for people who are into politics.