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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium Series) Mass Market Paperback – February 21, 2012
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“One of crime fiction’s most unforgettable characters.” —People
“A caffeine rush. . . . Larsson was one of those rare writers who could keep you up until 3 a.m. and then make you want to rush home the next night to do it again.” —Newsweek
“Gripping. . . . Lisbeth Salander . . . is one of the most original characters in a thriller to come along in a while.” —The New York Times
“Anyone who enjoys grounding their imaginations in hundreds . . . of exciting pages about the way we live now ought to take advantage of this trilogy.” —Chicago Tribune
“Exhilarating. . . . Larsson’s was an undeniably powerful voice in crime fiction that will be sorely missed.” —Publishers Weekly
“The pages fly. . . . The pulse quickens.” —The Boston Globe
“A wild, careening ride.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“The action is wham-bam from the start. . . . [with] an eye-popping surprise ending.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Fully lives up to the excellence of the previous two and . . . brings the saga to a satisfactory conclusion. . . . A modern masterpiece.” —The Washington Post Book World
“[Lisbeth Salander] bursts off the page, a vibrant, forcefully ‘real’ character.” —The Plain Dealer
“Enough twists to keep even the most astute reader guessing.” —The Denver Post
“Complex, satisfying, clever, moral . . . This is a grown-up novel for grown-up readers, who want something more than a quick fix and a car chase.” —The Guardian (London)
“An old-fashioned, well-paced political thriller with its roots in Swedish history and a cast of interesting and colorful characters.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Reading Stieg Larsson produces a kind of rushr—rather like a strong cup of coffee.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Salander herself is a magnificent creation: a feminist avenging angel.” —Irish Independent
“Relentlessly exciting. . . . A fitting ending to an outstanding crime trilogy. Larsson deserves every scrap of his reputation as a master storyteller.” —Time Out London
About the Author
Stieg Larsson, who lived in Sweden, was the editor in chief of the magazine Expo and a leading expert on antidemocratic, right-wing extremist and Nazi organizations. He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
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Perhaps it has been far too long since I've read anything other than quick fun fantasy adventure fiction. By the time I had finished reading this I found that it was a very interesting and entertaining book and I'm glad that I didn't give up on it. So now it's on to the next book in the set.
My family gave up on seeing me when I was reading these books. I read the entire series in a week. A friend had given me The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo several years ago and I had put off reading it because she said it was "really, really good." She was right, and as I feared, I became obsessed once I began it, which is why I waited until I retired to read it.
The book that's the subject of this review is the final book (other than a non-Larsson) in the series. It does not disappoint. If you have read the other two, you'll definitely want to read this last one. It's hard to put it down once you start, so give yourself some free time to immerse yourself in it.
Continuing the characters from With The Dragon Tattoo into an even more gripping narrative, and more complicated storyline.
Where the 1st book contained an assignment for both Salander and Blomkvist and they completed that assignment, and the story was complete, the 2nd book, Who Played With Fire, is just the first half of a long must-read tale.
So be warned -- if you start this book and find (like I did) that you can't put it down, you'll get to the end only to discover that you are in the middle of the crisis and nothing has been resolved. So make sure you have the 3rd book handy so you can continue reading the sentence (so to speak).
Some have mentioned that the exposition which frustrated them by its quantity in the first book is a bit less. I guess I've learned I don't need to read every word of every description of every place or character in order to follow the plot/characters and maintain my excitement/interest. I had no trouble, but then, I had no trouble w/Dragon Tattoo, either.
Looking forward to reading Spider's Web, hoping it measures up. I (like so many others) need more Lisbeth Salandar.
The main plot in book #2 revolves around human sex trafficking. Three people are murdered and Lizbeth is the prime suspect. Two of the murder victims were "good guys", and one was most certainly not. If the reader can stomach the graphic violence in parts of the book, it is an interesting and enjoyable read. I guess what makes these books so satisfying is that the bad guys eventually get what's coming to them.
I would venture a guess that anyone who gets through books #1 & 2 will want to move on to #3. At least I do. I give this book 4 stars.
By the time I finished reading this third book and knew the ride had ended it was almost like a family member had died. There was a great sense of loss that I was done reading, the story over and no more Lisbeth Salander story to follow. But don't let that stop you, if you don't read these books you will be missing out on some of the best fiction writing ever and one of if not THE most intriguing stories ever conceived by an author anywhere. If you've read the first two, you absolutely have to read this one. If you have not read the first two do not tackle this one until you do. These are thick books that are very long. At the pace I read each one took me two weeks to read. At some point I will pick these up and re-read them from beginning to end just because a story this interesting and intriguing and characters and a plot this strong deserve to be enjoyed more than once. and I'm not one that re-reads a lot of books.