March reading

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The Third Policeman by Brian O'Nolan is one weird book. Dream like plot with bicycle obsessed policeman. Funny in places, bizarre in others. The ending is a twist, a big twist. Was featured in lost. 4/4.

Cats cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. About a writer who researches the inventor of the atom bomb (Felix Hoenikker in this universe) and falls in with his children, interviews them and learns of ice-nine, a weapon deadlier than the bomb. It's basically arms race satire with exploration of religion. Brilliantly written 4/4.     

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Was expecting run of the mill standard best seller dribble but was surprised. The plot wasn't tight and as suspenseful as it should have been. The characters though are brilliant. Mikael Blomkvist is a casual sex-egotistical-liberal journalist. At first, I thought he was an excessive parody of an economic journalist. Lisbeth Salander is the more interesting character, a hacker misfit with Asperger syndrome. The book will also have you believe that the Swedish drown themselves in coffee. So much coffee making! Hard to down 4/4.

Lots of 4's.

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