Back when I was in college, one of the ways we would study the great writers of all time was to write snippets that mimicked their style. As I hope one day to become a bestselling novelist, I decided to undertake this exercise using Stieg Larsson, author of the world-wide blockbuster, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, as my subject.

Here goes:

Bloomstardvisdt sat down at his Viki® desk, which he had customized himself at the local Ikea showroom, choosing the stylish Artur legs and the plain-wood Byske table top, and then taking advantage of their inexpensive home delivery. It was a stylish combination that had held up surprisingly well for the cost, which had been a mere 1100 Kronor ($139.99). He turned on the orange Lasso desk lamp, which he had ordered from Crate and Barrel ( and recieved free shipping, as he would on any purchase totalling more than 300 Kronor ($40.00).

Of course, he didn’t need the lamp to use his top of the line, seventeen inch MacBook Pro®. This laptop, considered the finest in the world (and the envy of PC users everywhere), had a keyboard equipped with backlighting, allowing him to see the letters even if it was pitch dark. Why had no-one thought of that before? It had been love at first sight, a G4/I.0 GHz in an aluminium case with a PowerP.C. 7451 processor with an AltiVec Velocity Engine, 960 megs of R.A.M. and a sixty-gig hard drive. It had BlueTooth and built-in C.D. and D.V.D. burners. All that and a 1440×900 pixel screen which outranked everything else on the market. It cost 38,000 Kronor ($4840.00) plus tax.

The fact that he had been forced to perform oral sex to a man he abhorred in order to get the money for this computer did not bother him; it was a minimal sacrifice for such a perfect machine.

What do you think?

Sadly, if this were college, I would have failed the assignment. The problem is too much plagiarism—I copied most of the above, word-for-word, right out of the book.