Although I didn't get all the details right, my first theory about what actually happened to Harriet Vanger -- she ran away to live in hiding, and she is the one sending the flowers to her great-uncle -- turned out to be correct in a broad sense; it is to the book's credit that I decided I was wrong, based both on the evidence and on Blomkvist's reactions to it, and then didn't feel cheated when I was right after all. Blomkvist is a great character, as is Salander, and I enjoy the non-traditional love triangle that happens with them and Erika Berger. I don't know that I've ever seen a better portrayal of an open relationship than the one between Blomkvist and Berger. I wish we had seen more of Berger -- she's really a side character, but she seems sharp, and interesting. Again, I hope she becomes more central in the next book, which I do plan to read eventually.
Next up is Havemercy; between this, Dragon Tattoo, and the new Temeraire book coming out next week, this is shaping up to be a sort of dragon theme month. I should see if I have any other dragon-related titles on my to-read shelf...
And now, for something completely different: we saw Toy Story 3 last night. Short review: cute, sweet, funny, a fitting end to the series. If you liked the other Toy Story movies, you will like this one. Bring the tissues. Actually, I didn't cry at the end myself, but it was a near thing. Andy getting one last moment with his toys was sweet and sad at the same time. I loved Bonnie and was really happy for the toys, that they get many more years with a new kid, even though I wondered whether they aren't just buying another 10 years or so. What happens when Bonnie grows up and heads off to college? Also, when they were headed for their doom in the incinerator, I actually had a moment where I thought they might kill the gang -- it is their last movie, after all, and the thought of them going down together was so dramatic and touching
Maybe it's just me, but is this one of the better Pixar films for interesting and well-done female characters? Bonnie of course -- I particularly loved that there was no "but this is a boy toy" weirdness when Andy was showing off Buzz -- and Jessie is up in the action just as much as the boys, but my favorite was probably Barbie's key role in saving the day. I'm still looking forward to the day when we get a female lead who is not a princess (apparently they are working on a film with a princess protagonist, which is at least a start), but I was pretty pleased on the whole, with the girls at least. (We will save the issue of the Ken doll jokes for another time.)
Finally, Mr. Tortilla Face might be one of the funniest things I have ever seen in a movie. I'm giggling right now, just thinking about it.
As for the TV part, thanks to a surf around DW (yay for Latest Things and Follow Friday), I discovered that Babylon 5 is available, streaming, in its entirety, on the WB website, and I am in the midst of falling in love with it all over again. I've only watched the pilot and the first regular broadcast episode so far, but I have a feeling I may be drawn into a rewatch of the entire thing. (Well, maybe not Season 5.)
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