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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

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Rating: 4/5 stars.

“When this is all over I’m going to found an association called ‘The Knights of the Idiotic Table,’ and its purpose will be to arrange an annual dinner where we all tell stories about Lisbeth Salander. You’re all members.”

The final installment in the intense Millennium series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest does not disappoint. Suffering from severe injuries, the infamous Lisbeth Salander has landed herself in the hospital. She faces several criminal charges and will need all of her skill to circumnavigate the forces against her. Luckily, Blomkvist, Berger, and others are fighting on her side – even when they have issues of equal or greater danger to deal with on their own. Continue reading

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The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

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Rating: 4/5 stars.

The middle book of the Millennium series, The Girl Who Played with Fire breaks away from the mystery genre of its predecessor and turns into a thriller of dramatic proportions – all while setting the stage for what is sure to be a climatic ending of the series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

Salandar is the most salient aspect of these books, and there is no doubt that she deserves the spotlight. Sometimes when she was not the main focus I was waiting impatiently for her perspective to come up again, that is how much I adore her. Her intransigence impressed me, and her numerous capabilities always had me wondering what she was going to do next.

The only thing I did not like about this book was the author’s gratuitous utilization of language. At times there was an excessive amount of detail concerning the character’s actions and emotions that were unnecessary to the story as a whole. This problem might have been alleviated if a different editor or translator had taken up the task, but it still irked me.

Overall, a solid, action-packed story. I hope the next book is just as excellent.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

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Rating: 4/5 stars.

In an uncommon form of writing, Larsson has captivated me with the first book in his trilogy. There is a quality to his writing I cannot exactly place, but it is backed up by a unique storyline.

One character that fascinated me was Lisbeth Salander. Other characters often described her as a creature, or having an animalistic, unusual appearance. It was not just her physical presence that intrigued me, but her mental capabilities. She possessed a surly strength and complete disregard to society’s traditions and rules. I want to read the next two books in the series so that I can see how Salander deals with her current predicament and how she will change as a person, for better or worse.

None of the other characters stood out to me, but I am curious to see where Blomkvist, Berger, and maybe even the Vanger family end up in the next couple books. I was hesitant to start this series because the hype surrounding it reminded me of Dan Brown novels, which I do not find phenomenal. However, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has left me waiting for more, and I am eagerly anticipating The Girl Who Played with Fire.

I would NOT recommend this book to anyone under the age of 16, because there are A LOT of graphic and disturbing parts. I read this book while being under the age of 16, but I want to throw a warning out there because it may not be appropriate for younger readers.

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