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“Boasts an intricate, puzzle-like story line . . . even as it accelerates toward its startling and violent conclusion.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“Gripping stuff. . . . A nail-biting tale of murder and cover-ups.”—People
“You might as well give up on the idea of sleep till you’ve finished the book.”—Dallas Morning News
“Buzzes with ideas [and] fizzes with fury.”—Los Angeles Times
“[A] dynamite thriller.”—Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
“Lisbeth Salander [is] one of the most startling, engaging heroines in recent memory.”—USA Today
“Brilliant. . . .Grabbed me and kept me reading with eyes wide open.”—Alan Cheuse, San Francisco Chronicle
“I couldn’t put down The Girl Who Played with Fire and eagerly await book three. . . . You must find out what happens next.”—Erica Marcus, Newsday
“Lisbeth Salander could be the female Jason Bourne . . . It’s an intelligent, fascinating story that draws readers in, and keeps them turning the page.” —Associated Press
“A combustible new thriller . . . Extremely well-written—Larsson’s minimalist prose is frosted with Scandinavian cool. . . . Burns with blue-flame intensity. . . . Larsson keeps a tight rein on the bullet-train plot.”—San Antonio Express-News
“A dynamite thriller.” —Variety
“Fantastic . . . Like all the great stories of just avengers that populate literature, this trilogy is secretly comforting, making us think that maybe all is not lost in this imperfect and deceitful world o...
From the Back Cover
- ASIN : B001NLKT60
- Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; 1st edition (July 20, 2009)
- Publication date : July 20, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 3243 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 738 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0307474569
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #30,465 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Halfway: ok. I'm so bored with the plot now. I forgot what happened in the beginning already. It's a little lack luster. Lots of lesbian sex (yuck) and bad/racey relationships dominating the book. Lots of swearing and the whole feeling just feels dirty compared to the first book. I'm done with it. Sending it back.
Volumes as large as this, purchased as mass-market paperbacks can be as cumbersome to read as eye strain can get. If you are not a Kindle reader, take great comfort in physically holding a nice big book, and love that new book smell, this is the way to go. The soft cover binding is both strong and pliable, easy to hold on your lap, in both your hands, or set up on your chest in bed. The large print is a very comfortable contrast typeface that is perfect whether or not you wear glasses. The paper quality is superb, and all in all, Random House has spared no expense at producing a high-quality product for boomers who like to read “real books” and want to rest the eyes when devouring a massive epic like this one. At $20-25 per book, you might be thinking why not just buy the hard-back edition. Good question! At the time it was even higher priced than this one and I was under wallet restrictions. I do have to say, however, these large editions are handsome on the shelf, feel nice and comfortable in handling, and offer the perfect mixture of easy on the eyes and perfect manual dexterity friendliness. You can’t go wrong with a publisher like Random House, their bindings are solid, paper quality the highest, and their print is superior to many others.
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So let’s see what the main ingredients are.
Firstly, there is the utterly mesmerising heroine, Lisbeth Salander. She is a walking contradiction. A damaged and vulnerable woman in the big bad world; a mathematical genius; painfully antisocial; brutally uncompromising, but also highly principled and moral. Immoral… I could go on. She is absorbing. She draws you into her psyche, but only as far and as deep as Larsson allows you to go. And then you hit a brick wall, and you must tunnel your way through to her past, to what makes her tick.
Secondly, all other characters are fleshed out, living and breathing, preoccupied with their own agendas. Their paths cross and intersect; then diverge, only to align again. The narrative perspective shifts between them rapidly, but they are so distinct and so well drawn that you will never get them confused. The relations between them are complex and multi-layered.
Thirdly, the plot is a masterpiece. Seemingly unrelated events feed into each other like tributaries of the violent, unbridled storyline-river. Deeply-seeded secrets are alluded to at first, then slowly teased out of the characters’ past.
Fourthly, the prose flows easily, unobstructed. It is subservient to the plot and characterisation. It never takes the driver’s seat. You don’t feel the burden of reading – instead, you just absorb the story through your skin.
Fifthly, the background knowledge is impressive. You know you’re dealing with an expert. Whether he is taking about computer hacking, weapons or publishing procedures, Larsen knows his stuff.
Lastly, you are on Salander’s side. She has to win. Good has to triumph. The lines between right and wrong are clearly drawn. That’s not to say that Larsen is politically correct in his portrayal of Salander and her methods. All that matters is that your gut instinct tells you that she is damn-right and so you read on, rooting for her to the bitter end.
The plot itself seems to me to rely a little too much on useful coincidences and chance meetings, and some incidents strained my credulity.
However, in spite of all these things, this is still a great story and a hugely absorbing read that kept me awake far too long.
Partly, that may be due to the plot which, flaws not withstanding, is deep and intriguing, with surprising twists, amazing revelations, and a whole succession of hooks to keep the reader wanting to know more. The mystery at its heart appears impenetrable, but it has a brilliant resolution.
And its also due to the main character: Lisbeth Salander is probably one of the most fascinating creations in fiction: someone with remarkable talents, considerable depths and a frightening potential for violence. You probably wouldn't want to meet her in real life, but finding out about her, watching her in action and wondering what she'll do next is riveting.
So I shall put aside all my issues and look forward to reading the next volume!
This book is a very good read, however I did not think it was quite as interesting as the first book. I found the story to be too far fetched. What I enjoyed about the first book was that it seemed like an extraordinary event was occurring but it was kept in the realms of the realistic. However with this book the events are too coincidental, and at times they do not always completely make sense.
Larsson has also turned the book into something of an Ikea advert. I lost count of the amount of times Salander bought an item from Ikea, or sat on an Ikea chair, or lay on an Ikea bed.
Despite this, the story is exciting, and you will find that you can't put it down until you've reached the end. On to the 3rd book!