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October Picks

Kristine’s October pick:
The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson.(translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland.)  This follow-up to The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo is, in my opinion, even better than the original. Central character Lisbeth Salander is part-heroine, part-villain and completely fascinating. We were introduced to her world-class computer hacking skills…and violent tendencies…in the first book. We learn more about that, and the dark secrets that shadow her past, in this novel. Although she has broken off all contact with Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist who hired her and learned to value her skills, he works to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder. He knows she’s capable of it. He just doesn’t believe that she’s guilty this time. Don’t start this when you have to get up early the next morning! It’s an exciting read that’ll keep you turning pages until you reach the amazing conclusion.


A third novel in this series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is due out in June of 2010. (hope I can wait that long.) Sadly, it will be the last of them, as Larsson died of a heart attack shortly after delivering these outstanding manuscripts to his publisher!



Mary Ann’s October pick:
Drawing in the Dust by Zoe Klein.  Archaeologist Page Brookstone has spent 12 years unearthing bones on an ancient battleground in Israel.  She believes that bones speak, yet none have given her the message she seeks. She is intrigued by a young Arab couple, who want her to excavate under their house because their
house is haunted by the ghosts of two lovers.  Page takes on this excavation and soon a coffin is discovered with two entwined skeletons, plus an intact scroll.  The text of the scroll challenges the centuries old story of the prophet Jeremiah.  Page risks her life and reputation to bring the words of the scroll of Anitiya to the world.  An interesting, well written story.


Diane’s October pick:
ASTRID& VERONICA by Linda Olsson. This first novel is a very moving book about an unusual friendship between two women with different backgrounds and ages.  Veronica is a young writer that rents a house in a small village in Sweden.  She arrives in the middle of winter and plans to write a book about a recent tragedy in her life.  Astrid who is often described as “the neighborhood witch” lives next door.  Astrid does take notice of the young girl next door and when she does not see Veronica on her routine morning walk for several days she goes over to her house finding her sick.  Astrid cares for Veronica during this short illness and a friendship transpires. Astrid begins to join Veronica on her walks sharing information about the land and then into her painful past. Veronica finds that the book she came to write is suddenly not what she thought but writes an entirely different story.  This is a very beautiful story about the power of friendship.