Saturday, December 1, 2012

Strindberg's Star by Jan Wallentin

Title: Strindberg's Star
Author: Jan Wallentin
Format: Hardcover, 447 pages
Pub. Date: May 24th 2012
Source: Goodreads First Reads

One star.

I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.

Normally, this isn't my kind of genre. But the description for this giveaway boasted "Lisbeth Salander meets Robert Langdon!" A fan of the Millennium trilogy, as well as Angels & Demons, I decided to give this a shot. Instead, I was reminded why I steer away.

The writing is far from smooth. It switches between characters & plot lines like crazy, & I found it hard to follow. This is in addition to a far-fetched plot & characters that have absolutely no personality. It was muddled with information without good transitions, & I found myself not caring at all about the well being of the characters. To me, this books was all over, sloppy, & uninteresting.

The only parts that I found semi-interesting to read about were the parts concerning World War II.

As far as the whole "Lisbeth Salander meets Robert Langdon!" promise? Hardly. I suppose this was given because there's a troubled girl on a motorcycle (Lisbeth?) & an academic male (Langdon?). Unfortunately, it's like comparing Twilight to Dracula simply because both have vampires- a comparison that just shouldn't be made.

If this is your kind of genre, great, maybe you'll like it. But if you're on the edge, I'd pick up something else instead.


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