A troubled punk-hacker girl.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
I have become a huge fan of the Millenium trilogy from the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson.
Props to my friend Diego for having introduced Lisbeth Salander to me, the brilliant computer hacker vigilante who's been the victim of tremendous injustice since a little girl. In the first book of the trilogy, 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', we are introduced to her character, Lisbeth the daughter of a brutal psychopathic Russian secret agent named Zalachenko. At age 13 she's locked up in a psychiatric ward for attempting to murder Zalachenko, who was of great importance to the Swedish secret service. She's declared insane and socially incompetent by the government in order to protect his father's identity and dirty work.
The second book 'The Girl Who Played with Fire' explores themes of revenge, moral issues, legal power and justice with a cliffhanger ending in which Lisbeth has been buried alive. Now I eagerly expect that the third book will deliver the climax all of us fans deserve!
Reasons why I love this trilogy are the clever ways moral issues are treated, it's really a smart and exciting spy tale that deals with 'violence against women and the men who enable it', as described by Michael Blomvkist, Lisbeth's friend and lover. A ingenious fast paced, funny, complex and very satisfying read. Highly Recommended!
There is a Swedish film version of the film I need to go out and rent. Soon I'm sure Hollywood will follow with a glossy cheapened version. I'm already scared.
Anyhow, wanna see how my masterpieces are turning out?
Fence that divides the backyard from the garage. Almost done until I ran out of paint. Will finish tomorrow.
Next my little girl coming down the steps to the yard. Finally we have something she can hold on to and protect her, this one I did finish!
And finally Mia's new table, this one took me a few days but I finished it today, tomorrow I have to get gloss finisher to protect it because it's going on the backyard. It was originally all brown and boring. I think she liked it.
Now I look at everything around the house with buckets of paint on my eyes. Mmmmh... what should I decorate next?
Speaking of tables for the backyard, with summer fast approaching I am looking to revive the yard that's been left to die alone. I found the cutest adirondak chairs for children at Cost Plus today. They are next on my to buy list.
My goal is to create a great space outside for Mia to enjoy.
On another news, last night we had a lovely dinner with great friends at a super cool place in downtown Los Angeles.
Church and State, a trendy French bistro without all the French snobbery. Rustic, loud and delicious, I had the Tarte Flambee, an Alsacian specialty that reminded me of my times in Strasbourg, where that's basically all I ate, that and pasta with tuna. We'll try to go back, that is we ever find it again. The company was superb I must add.
Oh well, time to end this one.
I hope tomorrow will bring you joy and a fabulous start to the weekend.