Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Pre-publication buzz

I've been hearing murmurings in all of my magazines and on a lot of the blogs I read about Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It happens that sometimes a book is really that good - it starts to generate buzz before it's released and then you sit, waiting in anticipation to see, not only if it was worthy of it, but if the public will notice.

I've not read the book just yet - I'm behind which means that I am still ahead but can't really push any later books forward just yet, so I've got links here to other reviews you can check out. Anyway, Material Witness is giving away an advanced copy and I thought I should post a link for anyone who is interested. Visit The Rap Sheet for details - they'll direct you to the appropriate site, deadline is Friday.

And onto the book: Larsson, hails from Sweden, a country that has been busting a plethora of mystery and crime authors for years now (see my past blog on Kirsten Ekman). His Millenium series, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Girl who Played with Fire, and Castles in the Sky, is already a bestselling series in his native country. Dragon Tattoo was released in January in the UK and hits US shelves in September. The following titles will hit shelves in the UK in 2009 and 2010 - hopefully the same here in the US.

Here's a little blurb on Dragon Tattoo from Larsson's site just to whet your whistle (you can find more following the links below:

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone from her own deeply dysfunctional Vanger clan. Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomqvist is hired to investigate.

Larsson passed away in 2004 after completing only this series. Late last year, The Rap Sheet posted this blog about Larsson, his novel, and his work with Expo a magazine he helped found to expose the actions of right-wing extremist groups in Sweden.

My favorite UK review site, Eurocrime, also has a review of the book up here.

So, since it seems that the book does live up to expectations, I'll be bumping mine up asap and will keep you posted. For now, add it to your 'To Buy" or "Wish" or whatever you use when you come across a book that sounds interesting. Whatever you do, don't forget The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo hits shelves stateside on September 16.

1 comment:

Knopf Marketing said...

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The first 250 bloggers to enter their information (name, blog name, blog URL mailing address, and daytime phone number) will obtain the giveaway material (one (1) copy of The Girl who Played with Fire and a batch of temporary tattoos) to host a sweepstakes on their blog. The first 30 bloggers to enter will also receive (1) copy of the manuscript of the third Stieg Larsson thriller at the time of its in-house release. All applications to participate will have to be received by 11:59 pm (Eastern Daylight Time) on August 15, 2009. U.S. Residents only. Bloggers are solely responsible for the administration of the sweepstakes on their blogs.

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