Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
Suck It, Stieg
"If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that's read by persons who move their lips when they're reading to themselves."
- Don Marquis (*)

More evidence for my solidifying theory that anything you see being read on public transport, more than about once, is rubbish.


Man of Mystery
Why do people love Stieg Larsson’s novels?
by Joan Acocella

The central mystery of the Millennium trilogy: why it is so popular.

However much the book was revised, it should have been revised more. The opening may have been reworked, as Gedin says, but it still features an episode – somebody telling somebody else at length (twelve pages!) about a series of financial crimes peripheral to the main plot – that, by wide consensus, is staggeringly boring…

Elsewhere, there are blatant violations of logic and consistency. Loose ends dangle. There are vast dumps of unnecessary detail. When Lisbeth goes to IKEA, we get a list of every single thing she buys…

The jokes aren’t funny. The dialogue could not be worse. The phrasing and the vocabulary are consistently banal.



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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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