I wanted to shake up my life and go sailing (or learn on the job, so-to-speak) so headed to Florida to crew on a catamaran. This is about how it went or, rather, didn't - and my life since. Hopefully it will lead to a catamaran on the clear aqua blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, watching the sunset, a coconut rum and coke in hand. You must START AT THE BEGINNING of the blog, April 2009, to get the whole story...

Monday, June 28, 2010


Without a car and raining like it's March outside, I find a book on the ottoman in the living room, ask if anyone is currently reading it, no one is, so I abscond with it. It's that sort of day.

On the last two shows I have worked on, cast have been reading Stieg Larsson's books. This is the first in the trilogy; The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It takes a bit for me to get into it, but once I do, I can't put it down. With a few breaks to rest my eyes, and check my emails and FaceBook, I finish it in a day. Now I want the second book, The Girl Who Played With Fire.

Someone in the house is going to Costco today so I ask her to see if they have it there. She returns a few hours later holding the book high.

I am now 100 pages into it and it moves faster than the first book and is excellent.

Last night, shortly after finishing the first book, I checked to see if the movie was still in the theaters. It's not so I downloaded it. It had terrible subtitles. Even when the dialogue was in English, they still put up subtitles and got it wrong. But it was good enough to make out what was being said. So much of what was in the book was left out of the movie. If the author was still alive, I don't think he'd have been too happy. I wouldn't have been. So for this reason, I recommend you watch the movie before reading the book. But once you've watched it, don't think you don't need to read it because you do. It's a gripping story; far more than in the movie.

Actually, come to think of it, the movie will give away the ending so perhaps you should read the book and skip the movie.

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