Stieg Larsson is all the rage in the literary world these days. His thrilling novels are so popular that when a family member of mine went to rent “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” from the local library, she was told she would join a waiting list of around 60 people.

That’s a number to be proud of. I have recently read “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and I can see why people line up to get their hands on the books. It enticed the reader by attaching him or her to the main character, Lisbeth Salander, and then taking her through the ins and outs of a tangled murder in which she is framed as the murderer.

Larsson’s strongest point is the overall development. He lights a fire under his audience through back story, developed character, and a set scene instead of plowing ahead with a weak thriller.

But the weak point, at least with this novel, is the jargon. In this particular piece, math and science are discussed heavily. As a right-brained person, I found it hard to follow at times and even became slightly disinterested at different concepts. While it was good once the flames were roaring, those who aren’t into equations may find it dull.

If you want to play with a little mathematical fire and like a good chase, the novel is a must-read. If you like creativity, I suggest starting the flames somewhere else.

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