From my favorite review of this title from Smart Bitches. They said it better than I could:
"As a character, Salander is fascinating, and I’d keep reading the series just to follow her, as painful and horrific and inspiring and amazing as her story was. As a character, she’s stunning: the awkward, socially uncomfortable techy geek girl who kicks ass and knows why your parents chose your name because her info-digging skills are that good. She kick ass, and regardless of how painful it is, I couldn’t stop watching her. I lost patience with Blomkvist more than once, and grew tired of scenes where he wasn’t with Salander - and wanted to toss him over a balcony railing more than a few times - but I couldn’t stop reading about Lisbeth."
Read the *spoilerish* review here: http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com/index.php/weblog/comments/the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-by-stieg-larssen/