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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some fine background for the Tattoo Girl Lovers
This is a collection of many comments, essays, and articles about Stieg Larsson and his trilogy which has been so popular over the world. Readers who enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest will find a lot of information about the author and the events which have happened since his untimely death...
Published on May 28, 2011 by Margie Read

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2.0 out of 5 stars A Less than Interesting Publication
While an avid reader of all of the trilogy and most interested in the mind and process of what motivated the advocacy of preventing the violence against women, found this lacking in most majory areas. A lot of people are making $'s from his stuff....this is one of them.
Published on October 7, 2012 by R. V. Hollingshead


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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some fine background for the Tattoo Girl Lovers, May 28, 2011
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This is a collection of many comments, essays, and articles about Stieg Larsson and his trilogy which has been so popular over the world. Readers who enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest will find a lot of information about the author and the events which have happened since his untimely death just before the trilogy was published. What a shame this brilliant writer is gone from the literary scent. How sad he did not live to see his fame blossom. How ironic his long time live in girl friend of thirty years is being subjected to so much anguish by his father and brother who suddenly return to the scene when the million dollar estate is involved. Sweden needs a common law marriage law.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adds insights, May 27, 2011
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I enjoyed both the original books and the Swedish movies of the books. Yet, they are very different. The books are complex and very thought-provoking. A film has to simplify, but adds a visual appeal. Some people do not like to read the book AND watch the film. A commentary like this adds yet another perspective. It is valuable to those who really want to know the "back-story" of the books. It is not meant to replicate anything about the books, yet to add a perspective, which it does well. It is enjoyable, and can be read in chunks. If you hunger to know the minutiae of the book (which I did), then this book will enrich your enjoyment of the books.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great background research, May 29, 2011
I really enjoyed reading this book and getting deeper into the issues presented in Stieg Larsson's book series. Thoughtful and timely, I was surprised by the various facets of Larsson works and how they reflect a very different Sweden than what I pictured. I also learned about some connections that I never ever imagined, such as the influence of Pippi Longstocking on the character of Lisbeth. I don't want to give away too much - read the book for yourself and have fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Behind the scenes with Lisbeth Salander, February 25, 2012
This review is from: The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of Our Time (Paperback)
Love it or hate it, Stieg Larsson's Millennium series has a ubiquitous presence not only in pop culture but also in political theory, feminist theory and Swedish tourism, as illustrated by The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of Our Time. Complied by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer and Larsson's friend and colleague John-Henri Holmberg, this ought to be required reading for fans of the series, as it not only provides trivia behind the publication and translation of the three novels; it also explores in depth the social and political context in which they were written.

Made up of essays and critical evaluations, the book is divided into four parts: "The Man Who Conquered the World," about Larsson himself; "The Climate is Cold, the Nights are Long, the Liquor is Hard and the Curtains are Drawn," which is about the history of Scandinavian crime noir and its integration into Western markets; "How Stig Became Stieg: An Intimate Portrait," which details significant events of Larsson's life, including his changing his name; and "The Millennium Files," which summarizes various themes and motifs within the series and concludes the book with a timeline of Larsson's life and career. The many contributing authors are journalists, feminists, book critics, editors, interviewers, and close friends of Larsson, covering a wide range of contextual material within scholarly and philosophical treatises.

Several essays reveal Larsson's lifelong love of science fiction, and one provides summaries of his earlier writings: short stories published in sci-fi magazines long before the Millennium trilogy came into being. Many essays contain polarizing views, such as those providing both praise and criticism for the feminist sensibilities of Larsson's work. One essayist analyzes the translated versions from Swedish to English, which leave out key passages and thereby shortchange a large part of the fan base. Still others assess the portrayal of the infamous Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish film adaptations, and contemplate what her popularity among readers bodes for a future of strong female characters.

Larsson himself is consistently portrayed as a deeply committed and socially conscious journalist dedicated to exposing corruption and fighting injustice at the risk of his life, as he was often a target of Neo-Nazis and other extremist groups. Firsthand accounts of his vivacious personality and passion for social justice reveal the elements of his belief system and political leanings that were integrated into his written work.

In short, fans of Lisbeth Salander should not miss this one, for they have only skimmed the surface of an endlessly multifaceted series that is both aesthetically and socially relevant. Also recommended is the fan blog based on the book, which provides the latest information on the upcoming films, and other such updates: [...]

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read after reading the three novels, December 11, 2012
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This review is from: The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of Our Time (Paperback)
WOW really puts all three books The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and others in to prospective and wish there were more books to read by Stieg Larsson.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Less than Interesting Publication, October 7, 2012
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While an avid reader of all of the trilogy and most interested in the mind and process of what motivated the advocacy of preventing the violence against women, found this lacking in most majory areas. A lot of people are making $'s from his stuff....this is one of them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars like the boxed set with "On Stieg Larsson" you have ..., September 16, 2014
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I am a fan od the Millenium Trilogy and bought this as a way of finding out more about Stieg Larsson but found little that is new to me who pick-up anything on the subject, between reading on the web and buying books by Eva Gabrielsson (Larsson's life companion) etc. I suspect that if you own more than the three novels, like the boxed set with "On Stieg Larsson" you have it covered. This is for those among us who can not allow a missed detail about the late author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars too repetitive, May 13, 2014
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it's great to geek out (or whatever the phrase is) on something one likes... but this was too patchy - and i finally gave up.
some good article re-prints, for sure, next to some that, well, where was the gentle editor suggesting a pithy approach?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, October 5, 2014
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Interesting and well written insights into the life of the author Stieg Larsson from various authors and viewpoints..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, October 19, 2014
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Fascinating inside dope for fans of the book clamoring for more!
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