The Stranger By Albert Camus

Albert Camus was a nobel prize winning author, and philosopher who contributed to the rise of absurdism. This novel is known as a classic all around the world. But does it really deserve the title. Some go into deep thought and discussion about the man in this book, and how the human nature is represented. And others say it's just a stupid story that has no plot. One has to read it and make your own judgement, it's a short book, you won't waste a ton of time if you decide to hate it. And I guess at times it was quite entertaining, mainly because the main character is a non emotional freak.
The story starts off with Meursault getting the news that his mother died. He takes time off work to go and make arrangements at the home she was living, and right away we sense that he isn't that close with his mother, or at least that's what it seems like, he kind of sees the whole thing as an inconvenience, but at the same time he has no opinion of it. The day after the funeral he starts sleeping with his ex-coworker. You can say that he is indifferent, or different for that matter, but at times he was just a jerk. The murder of the stranger is a small part in the book, we get to see Meursault though the trial and conviction, and even then he shows no remorse or concern. He did it, now he's being punished, and that is all. There are many examples in the book that show his apathy toward situations that would set off billions of different reactions from normal people. And this is where the discussion begins. Is he normal, are we normal, maybe being indifferent is normal. At least it's normal for him. He can''t change who he is, he just doesn't get emotional, he goes with the flow and doesn't get all that involved in lifes' drama. During his trial the prosecutor tried to condemn him based on his indifference to everyone, showing that if he can go to movies only hours after his mother funeral, than he has no problem murdering someone in cold blood. There are many ways to interpret this book, I guess I'm kind of in the middle on that opinion. Read and decide on your own.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

I can’t believe I waited this long to read the book, I’ve had it for months, and I’ve been told to read it even before that. But I never felt like it’d be a book that I would enjoy, especially since the title mentioned tattoos, I instantly pictured a goth looking girl who wouldn’t make a good character in my eyes because I personally have nothing in common with her. You should have seen my expression when I finally got to read the back cover of the book, and what the story is really about. How stupid was I, reading other senseless things when this brilliant thing was sitting right on my shelf. Well I sure am making up for lost time.
Here is the first warning, if you don't handle violence against women and children well, skip this novel. There isn’t a lot of violence I would say, but that is pretty much what the book centers around. If you enjoy novels that deal with violence against women who know how to protect themselves you might just consider reading this.
 
So since you already know I loved the book, let me tell you exactly what it is that got me hooked. First of, the story takes place in Sweden, (a country that never interested me) it centers around two main characters, Mikael Blomkovist is a financial journalist who is on the brink of having his professional life destroyed until an unexpected offer to turn his reputation around is presented. But he must first research a mysterious disappearance of a girl that happened forty years ago. Then he can get his revenge. To help him along, he hires an investigator, Lisabeth Salander (the goth girl), an anti social freak. She is a troubled girl, at lest that’s what the state thinks, as well as her guardian, who also tries to teach her a lesson, and the only lesson there is, is you don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo. She is a bad ass, and if I liked her, you will too.
This book is a crime/drama/mystery, there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you on edge and keep you reading through the night. You never know what’s around the corner, or on your porch one morning. I think it’s more directed towards women, since it has a strong female character, but that should not make any difference, Salander is tough, and not just because she is a girl. I would definitely recommend this book to men as well.

It is well written, by no means a work of art, but it’s a good fun read, you don’t have to do much thinking, the story pretty much does that for you, your just have to read the text.

Poison by Sara Poole

The story takes place in 1492 in Rome and is told from the point of view of Francesca, who in trying to avenge her fathers' murder does the unthinkable. 

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Cardinal Borgia, who is willing to put everything on the line in order to achieve becoming the Pope, hires her as his private poisoner. Her job is to protect him and his family from assassins while plotting to kill the current Pope. While she does this she also uncovers what her father was trying to achieve and who he was. Which brings her closer to his killer. Francesca is a brave young woman who will do anything in her power to protect the ones she loves, while not afraid to die for them if she must. I liked the idea of this book, but thought it was poorly written. The detail and the language of the time period just didn't seem to be that accurate. I understand that the Borgias were real and Francesca is the fictional character that the author invented, I still hoped it would be a little more believable. Francesca is such a fictional character that if she got killed in the book I really wouldn't care. Many times I said to myself "yea right, that would not happen in the 15th century". There are so many aspects that just don't make her real. I couldn't get into this book. I forced myself to get through the first few chapters and then it became a little easier but not by much. The story is told from her point of view, and the way it's written it feels like she is in the 15th century and now she's telling us what has happened. Like a campfire story. So you know she survives even though her life is at danger all the time. And then when she talks about the poison and how to prepare certain kinds she brakes off and explains that she can't say more or us (the reader) would know how to make such poison and she is protecting us. Well all I felt was the author didn't know much about poison and now we have to suffer.  I felt like there was no action in this book, mostly because it was interrupted by Francesca talking.  I feel there is too much talk and not a lot of action. The so called romance between Cesare Borgia and Francesca is merely a couple quickes. It lacked passion. There were also some spelling issues that just bug the hell out of me.