One Nerdy Cupcake

So I just finished Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire, who also wrote the book Wicked, that the musical is very loosely based off of.

Honestly, the novel could use some work. It was interesting, but very slow moving. We all know the story of Cinderella, and I really like how he spun this tale. But I felt a lot of parts repeated themselves, when in actuality we all understand the basics of the story and where it is told from. After Henrika died, we are told repeatedly that Clara did not want to leave the hearth, which is fine but I felt that it was actually over-used. We never saw the relationship Clara had with her father, which throughout the novel you find that it is much stronger than we are led to believe. I think there could have been more development there. I felt left wanting to know more about Iris and Casper in their later years, and about The Master as well.

I enjoyed the novel, I don’t want you think I’m overly critical. I think its worth the read. It doesn’t hold much of a multiple reads factor for me, but it was an interesting take on an old tale that we’ve all heard and/or seen. I love reading re-written tales, and to see how each author puts their own spin on it is what intrigues me. I just felt like this was almost like a rough draft, like there could have been more added in specific places and less in others.  The storyline itself is wonderfully crafted and just shows the creativity behind it. It just didn’t need as many details as there were given.

I know this was a brief review of a long book, I just cannot focus today guys. I am however, trying to carve out some sort of weekly thing, such as an Ask the Nerd Girl or something. I also need to figure out something to write for Nerds of the Round Table (Since Chris always seems to 1-up me and get all the trailers and posters before I do! :-P) so if any ideas come about, please toss those ideas my way!

I am currently reading The Scar by China Mieville, so that review will be next. I am also almost finished with How I Met Your Mother, which then comes Castle and then Chuck, then Freaks and Geeks (again) and Fringe. Anything else you feel I should be watching?

I did see Sucker Punch and Paul over the weekend. Those reviews will be going up tomorrow. I think. If I can regain focus anyway.

Again, please send any ideas my way, via here or Twitter (@1nerdycupcake) or email ( Thanks!


{March 23, 2011}   C2E2 Pictures!

My guilt actually kicked in here, as I didn’t mention a lot of the awesome people I worked with at C2E2. I blame the fact I was banging my head against the keyboard as I was typing out the original post con report because words were not coming to me.

Anyway, here’s pictures!!

The HUUGE Banner you saw when walking into C2E2

Green Lantern!

Brian’s shoes. Can you see why I am uber jealous of them??

Brian and I at the Retailers Summit dinner! Free pizza WOOHOO!

Chris Hemsworth Q&A. I didn’t get to meet him. This made me very, very, very sad.

Laurie Holden from The Walking Dead. She was absolutely wonderful, and adorable. Sunday was Kid’s Day, and she kept stopping children to coo over them. It was ADORABLE.

Jon Bernthal from The Walking Dead. Seriously one of the sweetest guys I met. And offered to get me a sandwich…which was a total “What the hell is going on here” moment for me.

Tahmoh Penikett from BSG and Dollhouse. Remember how I said earlier I had a “Who are you, why do I know you” moment with Aleks? He’s standing on the other side of Tahmoh here >_<

Sam Trammell from True Blood. He was really nice at this point (he was cranky Sunday…not that I blame him)

Sam Trammell, Kristin Bauer and Brit Morgan of True Blood. All of them very nice people, and nice enough to take a pic with me!

This is from the Chuck Q&A…since I haven’t started watching the show yet I really didn’t know what was going on here lol.

Remember how I said Sunday morning we started getting delirious? This was Khalil and I battling out the Swimsuit shirts.

Again with the delirium. We were all deciding who got to be WordGirl. Cole put on her head…

Then Kristin…

But Michelle won the role!

Peter and I! Anytime you see me talking to ChiTownSpidey on Twitter, thats this guy. We’ve been talking since the first manager meeting. He’s awesome!

No..No I don’t remember what was going on at this point.

This is Jonathan, or @TheOnlyJonathan on Twitter. He’s a fantastic artist and we’ve kept in contact through there. Real nice guy, so I hope you all bought stuff from him!

Randy, the creator of Something Positive. This is also the winner of “Worst Picture of Me”. He is super awesome, really really nice, and I got a picture of PeeJee this year! (I got Nancy last year)

Mark Sheppard of Firefly, BSG, Warehouse 13, Doctor Who…long list of awesome shows. This guy was a trip, he kept wandering away!

Remember Bravo, who I dubbed my bitch? This is him with Mark Sheppard. I think I was the only one with a camera thing on me at the time…but anyway, he’s shy but he wound up meeting everyone anyway. Good for you Bravo!

It was brought to my attention I never mentioned Matt in the Hat…I’m sorry!! This would be him, he’s a super awesome amazing fella who kept me company during part of the Masquerade. He couldn’t handle the host though and left for Console Freeplay…who could blame him? We didn’t get to work together much, but we hung out when we could!

This is Mike Holman, of Jackass fame. This guy was super nice, and I felt bad that no one knew who he was. We hung out a lot, along with the cast from Paranormal State: The New Class (who, I didn’t get a picture of for some reason. I’m awesome.)

Aleks Paunovic and Tahmoh Penikett. Best. Man Sandwich. Ever.

Eliza Dushku from Dollhouse, Buffy, Bring it On…there’s a lot to list. Yes, I met her and her boyfriend Rick Fox. They are both really really nice. Super intimidating.

Ok, thats all the pictures I have. Its 1:30 in the morning, so I’ll try to add more descriptions when I’m more awake later. Enjoy!

{March 21, 2011}   C2E2: The Post Con Report

Woo! Well, here we are folks, the Post-Con report of C2E2, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, the big con I’ve been talking about, tweeting about, and reposting everything about for months!

I was an area manager, which means I didn’t get to experience everything at the con, but I do want to write what it was like being a volunteer and what I did get to encounter while I was working. I’m going with Friday-Sunday, since Wednesday and Thursday were pretty much just prep-work and bag stuffing.

Also, I will post the pictures of everyone I met in a following blog post, since I am currently on a work computer and not at home I don’t have access to that stuff.

Friday was spent running like a fool most of the time, trying to find people that I didn’t know which is hard. Doubly hard was that one of the people who I was talking about no one seemed to know who she was, so I was forced to believe for over 4 hours there was elaborate prank being played on me.  During those 4 hours I was also directing traffic and trying to help out as much as possible. That was also my first look at the exhibit hall, which was huge! I was impressed. After I finally found Keithanddave (yes, that is what they will be forever lumped as since you can never find one without the other) and Nikki I was scheduled to work the IGN Theater, which meant Comedy Death Ray with Patton Oswalt! I played ticket looker…since we didn’t take the tickets away. My voice was giving out after what felt like the millionth “Thank you!” I did get to enjoy the show from the door, but I didn’t get to watch the opening acts. Patton Oswalt killed it though, he was amazing. After we got the room cleared I headed out and back to where I was staying for the weekend…working early in the morning then working at the con made me a little tired.

Saturday I got in to the con around 9:30-10ish and immediately went upstairs to do crowd control in the IGN Theater for the Chris Hemsworth THOR Q&A. For the most part everyone was very agreeable to the squish together and make new friends line. There were two types of VIP, which was the original VIP and then the Chris Hemsworth VIP, which got first access and a private signing with him. A lot of people who had the original VIP thought these were one in the same, which I had to explain no, the Hemsworth VIP paid a significant amount more and regular VIP had to wait in the general admission line. This did not make for a few happy campers, and press was not easy about it either.  After that Q&A I was told to sit backstage, since the doors kept locking. Score one for this girl, because I got to meet everyone who came backstage then, including Tahmoh Penikett[Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse], Eliza Dushku [Dollhouse, Buffy] (which, there is a funny story to this, that I will explain later) Aleks Paunovic [Battlestar Galactica] (another story), Jon Bernthal [The Walking Dead] (who is the SWEETEST guy I have ever met), Laurie Holden [The Walking Dead] and the some of the cast of True Blood (which I squeed a lot about). After that, a guy walked backstage on his own, and we were talking for a bit about the next panel, which was Vampire Diaries. I don’t watch the show so I didn’t know anything about it, but he told me it was pretty decent and to check it out. After that I was shooed away from backstage by CW and watched the panel. Apparently I was talking to Michael Trevino…and didn’t realize it. I’m really hoping I didn’t say anything insulting about the show! After they left I went backstage to let people in for the Chuck panel. Another show I don’t watch, but keep meaning to, and got to see everyone from it before getting shooed out again. Then it was time for set up for the Masquerade.

The Masquerade was really cute; there were some really cute acts. The biggest complaint and I mean this was HUGE complaint, was the host. He was, in fact, awful. He sang three songs…the first song wasn’t bad, but then it started to become really self indulgent on his side of things and it just, kept, going. People were walking out by the hordes. So then the acts started, which had a really cute act with kids doing Avatar: The Last Airbender and Pop-Lockin Mario which was amazing. After all the acts concluded the host came back on stage…and showed us a (very long feeling) 15 minute clip from New York Comic-Con. Almost everyone left at that point, we had only about 2 rows of people left.  I got pulled by con-goers who wanted to complain about it as well. It was pretty bad. The winners were all very well done and I congratulate all of them! Headed home after that, since Sunday my shift started at 7am and I needed to rest. I know, I’m pretty lame sometimes.

Can I just say it was late Saturday night I woke up? Because 4am still seems like Saturday to me. Anyway, had to pack and get ready and hit the train out. Surprisingly still wasn’t the first volunteer in….and I was early. Sunday morning started off with Volunteer Office shenanigans since we all started off a little delirious.  Khahil talked me into drinking a 5 Hour Energy…which was disgusting. I really don’t know why people like them. Sure it’s only a couple seconds of gross but it is BLECH gross.

A lot of this stuff needs picture evidence here too, so when I can access the pictures I can tell more about the delirium that happened Sunday Morning.

After that I was working in the Autograph hall with Bravo and Joe, which was fairly uneventful. In my slap happy state I decided Bravo was my bitch somehow. I was also somewhat cosplaying…again, pictures will explain it better…and had everyone in the hall sign my cape. This included those who I mentioned above, and then also Mark Shepphard [Firefly, Battlestar Galactica], Mike Holman [Jackass], the cast of Paranormal State: The New Class and Ghost Hunters. I also got to meet China Mieville, who I have to say is absolutely GORGEOUS, and he signed his book for me, but I forgot to have him sign my cape…curses.  Also some of the volunteers signed the cape which was awesome. Somewhere in my breaks I also met up with Jonathan (who I only really know as TheOnlyJonathan on Twitter, but is an extremely talented artist and we’ve kept in touch via Twitter) and Randal Millholland, from Something Positive. At about a quarter to five we all met in the back, and at 5 o’clock all the lights went out and cheers came from the exhibit floor. It was an amazing end to the con, and we all got to clear out the floor.

So here are the side stories.

Eliza Dushku:  So I was working backstage and Eliza came up to the door. I opened it, said hi, and then she walked in. She also had Rick Fox (her boyfriend) with her, and all of the security. I was about to ask for a picture when she was called out for the panel. Then she was rushed back out so I didn’t get to ask then either. Not to mention, to me she’s incredibly intimidating since I’m pretty positive she could kill me with her pinky. I know her boyfriend could. So then while I was working at the Autograph Hall on Sunday, I kept say how she was the only one I hadn’t met yet and Bravo (being he’s a dude and a nerd helps with this too) hadn’t met her yet either. But Bravo is shy. I had made good with her handler during the panel on Sunday, so I talked to him and he said I could meet her. So right before she took off for the airport I did get to meet her and get a picture, even after saying hi and briefly talking with her in the tent a good 2 or 3 times. Bravo did too, although he was even her security while she went shopping and he was still too shy to say hi. Boys! Haha.

The Aleks story isn’t nearly as fun, but essentially is I was playing the “Who the hell are you” game, I knew who he was, I couldn’t figure out why he was travelling with Tahmoh, and then after they left backstage it hit me like a ton of bricks. DUH. He’s in one of my favorite episodes of BSG (the boxing episode). Yeah, dorkin it like a champ.

So my clock is running out on work time and I think I’ve given you enough to read. Enjoy until I can get the pictures up!

{March 18, 2011}   Its Happy Thought Friday!

Since I have a more regular access to the internet and to wordpress so that I could actually blog how I would like to (hooray for work!) I thought I would talk about something that I actually find myself talking about more and more these days.

Its about letting go.

A little over a year ago I had just broken up with the boyfriend I thought I would marry, lost my Oma (grandmother) to unknown causes, my father had a lot of back problems and I wasn’t in a good place mentally. I know that with the chemical imbalances I have up there its pretty common, but it was bad.

Over the course of this year I realized that, well to put it lightly, shit happens. The breakup was actually probably the best thing that could have happened…since in looking back I was pretty miserable with the guy. I also let go of all of that anger and sadness and resentment I built up over the years. It was just too much to hold onto.

I know that everyone tells everyone to just let go, to just be who you are without holding back. That’s not entirely truthful. I believe in embracing who you are. I have severe OCD and Anxiety. I put it to use by being a personal assistant, because it organizing and paperwork and continuing my brain to function without thinking about everything else. I volunteer to do conventions or help out local charities because its putting things that I can’t really help to use. OCD is the way to be!

And I let go of all the hurt. People tend to suck. Its just life. People are going to hurt you, unintentionally or intentionally. You just can’t let it get you down. Money will ALWAYS suck. I’m below blue collar, I probably always will be, but you work with it.

Could things be better? Sure. But where you are right now is where you are supposed to be. I have to remember that constantly…numbers bother me, and I’m going to be 26 soon. I wasn’t expecting to be barely working and still living with my parents. But in 6 months that could change.  You never know what is going to happen.

Why am I posting about this stuff on a nerd blog you might ask? Well, in all honesty, more and more of my friends keep telling me how their lives suck, and how its crazy how happy I am.

Its not crazy. And their lives don’t suck. I want to shake them when they say things like them. A few of them have kids…they should be happy about that! A lot are in really good relationships that they have someone to be with, and are happy with. If your job sucks then find a new one. If you aren’t happy with your partner then leave them. These are all pretty simple changes.

So here is what I want everyone to do this weekend. List out the things that you think makes your life suck. Then right next to it, write how to fix it. Then, rip off the half of things that make your life suck and look at your list of things as to how to fix it. Make those your goals. Then take a really deep breath and just smile. You’ll feel better. You’ve set goals, and you’re smiling!

I hope all of you have a fantastic weekend! If you are in the Chicago area, come visit me at C2E2! I will be working at the IGN Theater on Friday, Masqurade on Saturday and Autographing on Sunday.  Plus, I need people to go see what Marvel and DC’s big reveals are for me, since I’ll be working and miss the panels. I’ll see you all on Monday J

{March 17, 2011}   C2E2…The Beginning

So, for a few months now I’ve been talking about how excited I am that I will be an Area Manager for Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (or, more commonly known as C2E2). This is the weekend that it is happening folks so I’m telling you now to show up because you really, really don’t want to miss this.

I honestly could go into the details as to who all is going to be there, what all is going to be revealed…but if you do your homework and actually follow me on Twitter like I tell you to then you would already know all of this because I retweet EVERYTHING C2E2 constantly. HA!

Honestly, I don’t even want to list them all because it would take me forever. But more importantly, I can make you check the website for yourself. . Go. Now. Look.

If you are attending, please be nice to those of us working. It hasn’t happened to me personally, in this instance, but being rude and mean really won’t get you anywhere. Oh, and love of all that is good, please shower. I can’t stress this enough. The con will still be there, hop in for 5 minutes and put some soap on yourself, get out and put on deoderant. I didn’t have much problem with this last year, but I’m seeing the pattern that this year is going to be much bigger.

At the end of C2E2 I will be doing a Con Report…but it will be from a working stance, most likely not from a con-goer stance. Mainly because I won’t actually have much time out at the con. I’m putting my OCD to use here kids, which is the best thing to do with it.

If you are at C2E2, please come find me! Say Hi! I’m really quite friendly. Plus I have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle nails and I like showing them off. Is that weird? I think that’s weird.

Also, I want to wish everyone a happy and safe St. Patricks day, please make smart choices guys, don’t drive if you’re drinking. I doubt I’ll have time to drink (we’ll see how late I’m working tonight because I have early bird shift in the morning) but if you are, have one for me. I’m only a ¼ Irish but that’s enough for me to dress in green and eat lots of corned beef!

So, a couple of years ago I received a book for Christmas called “Dead until Dark” by Charlaine Harris. I read it, thought it was an interesting take on Vampires, and never thought about it again. I didn’t know it was a series, and not long after the whole OMG TWILIGHT craze started, which completely turned me off to vampires and everything about them.

For the record, before I hear the whines of teenage girls and horny mothers of the world, I did read Twilight. I wanted to know what this craze was. And you know what? I got past the glittery vampires that drive silver Volvos thing. I got past the stupid werewolf guys club. I got past the fact that Bella is an empty shell of a teenage girl that EVERYONE can say “Oh, she’s just like me!” But what I could not get past? Was the fact that she got impregnated by the vampire that everyone swoons over, Edward, gives birth to a cannibalistic vampire baby that is the size of a 3 year old and then, THEN, it turns out the werewolf Jacob isn’t in love with Bella…he’s in love with her baby. SERIOUSLY. I can see where the teenage/horny mother craze went off with glittery vampires and handsome werewolves…whatever. BUT COME ON. SERIOUSLY. CANNIBALISTIC VAMPIRE BABY.

Woo! Saw red for a second there. Hope no one is hurt.

But the thing is, Charlaine Harris’ books aren’t the greatest by far either. The storyline isn’t that original, its very basic supernatural beings and their rules; it’s not even the greatest writing. But Harris managed to make these books so interesting, and more of a fantastic guilty pleasure then Twilight could ever be.

Not long ago I picked up “Dead until Dark” again to re-read it, for funsies, and was told that it was a series. Lucky for me I had a gift card (YAY UNEMPLOYMENT) and picked up the next 8 books.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I read 9 books in 12 days. That is 2/3 of a book each day. My friend owns the True Blood series. I watched 2 seasons of True Blood in 4 days. I found a copy of season 3. Another two days wasted. I. Am. Addicted.

So is she by the way. She is suffering the same madness I am. We are constantly emailing each other things we found on the interwebs about it. We go through eBay trying to find copies of the next book pre-released (which she found, in Europe, and is seriously debating picking it up). She’s all about Eric and I am all about Bill, so it works out well. Even though Bill and I have a very abusive relationship since he keeps being a jerk and all.

Not that I think Bill is real.



The thing is, I needed something new to be addicted to. While my other shows are still as important, I find myself needing something outside of my sitcoms to watch. Dexter was able to fill the void in the fall, but this season just didn’t have the impact on me that previous seasons had. I think it was just because John Lithgow was such an amazing bad guy you really just could not top that in my head. But back to True Blood. I needed a good drama show. I watch mainly comedy because I like to watch TV to escape the drama, not be reminded of it. But True Blood, dealing with the supernatural and all, made it okay. And it’s interesting. Do I want to be Sookie…fuck yeah! In the book she screws EVERYONE. Not saying I would like to screw everyone but COME ON, who wouldn’t want naked fun time with Alexander Skarsguard? Or Stephen Moyer? Or Joe Mangielleno? (Okay, I don’t think her and Alcide ever actually got it on, but I would settle for making out as well.)

TV Series to Books are two totally different entities. As a general rule, I usually like the books more. But I’m surprising myself as to how much I enjoy the TV Series, even though there is so much different. It’s like watching a different story with the same characters. Its two different series really, and I’m strangely okay with that. I know this might shock you, but there is actually less sex in the TV series then there is in the book. I know, right? I’m totally down with the naked. But it’s okay, because when you read the book you can imagine the naked fun time. That can be just as good.  But I’m actually really enjoying the two different storylines, and I’m actually hoping this way Bill is in the picture longer. I love Bill; I really do, even though he’s a pretty big screw-up at times.

So I’m recommending it. Go out, read all the books.  You can buy it in a set now. The next book comes out in May, so you have time. Then watch the TV series. Again, it’s not the exact storyline but it’s a damn good watch. Go enjoy yourself. Then report back to me to find all of the fun stuff that I have about True Blood.

Thats right folks, I finally finished the damn book! I’m so proud of me. Anyway, if you aren’t already I recommend following me on Twitter since my internet usage and laptop usage is very shady and I obviously haven’t gotten many posts up (hooray for work!). Follow me on Twitter on @1NerdyCupcake

Now, onto the review!

I decided I was going to read this book after reading all of these rave reviews, and people telling me left and right how amazing it was, and how it changed their life.

How this book could change anyone’s life is beyond me, but hey, lets just go with the flow here.

I have officially decided that this book needs a warning label: Takes 250 pages  before something finally happens and it gets interesting.

I should probably state that this is all pure opinion here. I’m not telling you not to read it, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Also that I am not withholding spoilers, as this book has been out for a while now and should basically be known. If you are planning on reading this book, I would suggest not reading further. Continuing…

I don’t know much about financial journalism, or in general, stocks and brokers…anything taught outside of basic high school economics classes.  This probably brought issues to my actual interest in the book, since its not something I actively seek out to read about in the first place. I know that large corporations are scum and we are more controlled by that then the government, but honestly outside of marketing and the fact that we are brainwashed since birth I don’t really get all the financial backing of it. So the first 250 pages that this all centers around, not what I’m interested in.  Does it have background into what is to come, sure. But honestly, it isn’t the real story to me.

The real story centers around Lisbeth Salander,  a girl by description reminds me of my younger sister.  She is a private investigator of sorts, and is branded mentally incompetent by the country of Sweden.  Not only is Lisbeth brilliant, she is also has a violent spiteful side that isn’t to be toyed with. During the beginning of the book you only get small glimpses into the life of Salander, which was a fantastic move by  author Stieg Larson. Honestly, if he hadn’t done that I probably would have given up on the novel before it even began.  You don’t start to see the connection between the two characters, Mikael “Kalle” Blomkvist outside of you know she was the PI on a project for Frode Dirche and Henrik Vanger, who comes to hire Blomkvist.

I should mention at this point as well, Mikael is who the first 250 pages is about. He is a journalist found guilty of libel against a mega corporation in Sweden called Wennerstrom. He is known as a brilliant journalist and co-founder of the Millennium, with his lover Erika Berger. He is hired by Henrik Vanger and Frode Dirche after this sentence is passed to write an autobiography of Henrik Vanger and to solve a mystery, in which I will get into further below. Mikeal is a ladies man, very stubborn, and before the trial seemed to be quite full of himself. When he was found guilty you can almost read the life washing out of him. Unfortunately, this wasn’t portrayed well (or at least in my opinion) it just seemed you could tell by Erika’s reaction by him taking the job from Henrik.

The beginning of the novel is an old man receives a flower in a package marked from Stockholm. It is pressed and framed. He hangs the flower on the wall, next to 43 other flowers in order by year. It is his birthday, and after he hangs the flower, he cries. You don’t know anything else about this little scene that starts the story until we get those 250 pages in. Fun, right?

As I have previously mentioned, Henrik Vanger hires Mikael to write his autobiography and solve a mystery. The mystery is the disappearance of his niece, Harriet Vanger. You are then introduced to a whole series of Vangers, who is, coincidentally, all called Vanger, which proves to be a slightly challenging task to decipher which Vanger is exactly being talked about at any given point. Cecelia, Anita, Harriet and Isabelle are the only ones who are referred to in their first name regularly, and I believe is is just because they are all women. Martin, Gottfried, Henrik and the others are consistently just referred to as Vanger. Yes, this is extremely annoying, especially when more than one are present in the scene. Anyway, Henrik is convinced that 44 years ago his niece, whom he was extremely close with, was murdered and the murderer was taunting him by sending him those pressed flowers every year for his birthday, which was something that Harriet did for him. The details surrounding Harriet’s murder is extensive, and I won’t list them all here, but thing is Harriet’s body is never found, there wasn’t even a trace of her left on the small private island that she disappears from. These facts is what has tormented Henrik for the past 44 years, and wants closure before he dies. He is of old age and has come to terms with the fact that he may die without knowing what happened, but hiring Mikael is his final hurrah into trying to figure out what happened to his beloved niece.

Mikael begins researching into the project, mainly focusing on Harriet because it is Henrik’s wishes. Neither party has any actual hope on uncovering more information, but as I’m sure you’ve figured out, Mikael does. He eventually has uncovered so much information that he needs help, in which Frode Dirche recommends the use of Lisabeth Salander. And we have come full circle.

During the period Mikael begins his journey into the world of the Vanger, Lisabeth has been raped by her guardian and seeks vengence. While her initial feeling is to kill her guardian, she settles on blackmailing him. Despite the rest of the story not being completely well written, Stieg did manage to give Salander quite the voice, even though she rarely speaks. As I have said previously, Salander is the best character in this novel, regardless of the fact she is (in my opinion) not used enough.

I don’t think the problem with this novel was my lack of understanding in the financial journalism world, or even my issues with how the Vangers were written. I think my problem was that it was too easy. Once you get past the very surface of the Vangers, you can see exactly where the story is headed.  I found the ending of the Harriet mystery predictable, and just an easy ending to a long story. You never really connect with the Blomkvist character, while you feel for him you don’t really care about him. Salander was the outstanding one in the novel, which the title is based off of, but she isn’t used enough to base the feeling of caring as well. In the end, the novel was a very long drawn out story that took me no less than 5 tries to read since I could not get past the first 250 pages. Will I read the next book in the series? Probably…I hate leaving series unfinished. Am I in a rush to get the next book? Not even a little. But who knows, maybe with the characters established now the next book will be more enjoyable.

et cetera