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Beautiful Conclusion to an Almost Perfect Trilogy,
This review is from: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Paperback)
Just as Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings" is held up as the trilogy to which all fantasy trilogies are inevitably compared, I've little doubt that Larsson's Millenium series will play that benchmark role for mystery thrillers over the next few decades.
"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest" is an incredibly worthy successor to the previous two books in the trilogy. And toward the end, there will be moments when tears are brought to your eyes. Larrson knew precisely how to play with timing, rhythm, and wording to pace the story and its ending just right. I'm hard pressed to even guess how else he could have ended this series.
The story follows the natural conclusion of the events in the first two books as everything dovetails toward a "behind-closed-door" trial. Larrson did a very good job of the first part of this book that takes place in the hospital where Lisbeth is recovering. I really enjoyed reading things from her perspective, then spinning out to others involved and each of their limited pieces of the evolving puzzle. And things just get better as the book moves along.
Frankly, once you hit part three of the book, it's almost impossible to put down. I picked it up just once...just to read a chapter or two in the second half of the book...only to find that three hours had gone by and the book was over.
Larrson's tying up of many loose ends throughout the book - and this is key - throughout the book (not all in the last few chapters like so many other writers) is masterful. And that emphasizes the one tragic aspect of this final book: knowing that we will never again be graced with Larrson's storytelling mastery.
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Initial post: Jan 8, 2010 11:45:09 AM PST
Carol Colegrove says:
Is it available already???
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2010 4:41:12 AM PST
Glenda S. Burnside says:
Pre-ordered it months ago, but amazon.com has not yet sent it. Good question.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2010 4:16:05 PM PST
Came out in Britain in October '09. The people who have reviewed it probably either have a British edition or have read it in another language.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2010 3:35:23 PM PST
J. Avellanet says:
correct - amazon.co.uk - of course, you have to read it in the Queen's English....
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2010 7:45:45 PM PST
Edward Maldonado says:
It must be somewhere for a customer review...I will give up a dog for this book! Ok...my kid...
Posted on Feb 28, 2010 2:16:49 PM PST
Thanks for a great review that pretty much described my experience reading the third book too - I couldn't put in down either and read until gone 5am to finish it. I loved the whole trilogy too. It just such a shame that Larsson's life ended before we could experience further books in the series, (I read somewhere he planned a further seven books.) If Larsson's planning and notes were comprehensive enough for the further books, and bearing in mind the English translation and style was so well done, perhaps the translator could obtain the rights to continue the series.... (I'm only half-joking.) It would sure be a shame though for such wonderful characters to die with Larsson.
Posted on Mar 13, 2010 12:57:57 PM PST
P. Hildebrand says:
Based on this review, I ordered the book in November from Amazon UK, and was not disappointed. There were a lot of plot threads to wrap up and so there was a sense that the story line was slow-moving; but this is a story with a moral and, by-George and tally-ho, the author made his point - and did so in a most satisfying way. The overwhelming feeling in the end was one of hope. If you've waited this long you might as well wait until the US release; and hopefully the typos and Britishisms will be corrected in the American edition. J., thanks for your review.
P. Hildebrand "Paul"
Posted on Mar 18, 2010 5:14:16 PM PDT
A. Edlund says:
The third book was great. However it was never meant to be a trilogy, it was supposed to be a series of ten books. But unfortunately the author died of a heart attack before he finished the third book. So the ending is actually written by someone else, you can tell that the ending was written by someone else. Wish he was still alive, would have loved to read all ten books by him!!
Posted on Mar 20, 2010 7:09:32 PM PDT
G. Polley says:
I agree that this is the perfect end to a sdtellar trilogy. I picked up a paperback copy of the book in January at one of our local bookstores in Sapporo, Japan, took it home and read it through in two days. Sad that we'll have no more from this fine writer.
Posted on Apr 21, 2010 10:18:41 PM PDT
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