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The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Series) Mass Market Paperback – November 22, 2011
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“[A] gripping, stay-up-all-night read.”—Entertainment Weekly
“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 of ours. . . . Welcome to the immortality of fiction, Lisbeth Salander!”—Mario Vargas Llosa, El País
“Enthralling. . . . Confirms the impression left by Dragon Tattoo.” —Washington Post
“Will likely confirm Larsson’s position as the most successful crime novelist in the world.” —Slate
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.