- Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (May 25, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307594777
- ISBN-13: 978-0307594778
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1,321 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy Bundle: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 25, 2010
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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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The first book revolves around Mikael Blomkvist and his attempt to solve the mystery of Harriet Vanger's disappearance. He later teams up with Lisbeth Salander, an anti-social, extremely talented young woman who becomes the main focus of the next two books. Both Mikael and Lisbeth are great characters whom I wanted to learn more about throughout the books. One of the reasons these books held my interests is the character of Lisbeth Salander. Lisbeth is very different from most protagonists you're going to find in a novel. She isn't exactly a pleasant character and yet the reader is compelled to learn more about her to understand why she is the way she is.
All three stories are very interesting and it was hard for me to put them down. One criticism I did have though was that the beginnings of both the first and second books were pretty slow. It does take a while for the first two books to get interesting, but the pay off was definitely worth it. I would encourage anyone who was having problems getting into the first book to try and get past the first few chapters. The book gets a lot better after that, in my opinion.
One of the themes of these books is violence and mistreatment of women, which does lead to a few very disturbing scenes. Those scenes are certainly not for the faint of heart. That being said, I would still recommend reading these books. I would compare the series to 'Game of Thrones' in the sense that I haven't read anything quite like this before and the characters are not your typical generic fare. Their motivations and actions are fleshed out well, giving the reader an understanding of the characters even if you don't agree/like them.
Overall, I'm really glad I bought this. It was a good break from the generic and stale stories that I've been reading recently.
When I finshed reading the first book, I just hoped that it would continue. Lisbeth Salander is an incredible character with a super amount of stamina and strength despite her relatively small size. She had been through so much in her life that had moulded her the way she is. I felt relieved that there were another two books to go after reading the first book. Many of the scenarios are rather far-fetched and unrealistic, but this did not spoil the gist of the book. It somehow aroused the reader's curiosity even more. It did not spoil the content.
I highly recommend this novel because of its fast pace that never leaves a dull moment. The characters are well described in the book without excess verbosity and this in itself is a great talent not often found in writers of thrillers who tend to digress for too long a time that one very often loses the thread of the story. This never happens here as there is repetition of various incidents at various stages of the novel. Even if you put the book down for a while, you pick up the story without any problems because of the continuity of one incident connecting to another in various, ingenuous ways.
It deserves a 5 star rating. I am sure that had Larssen been alive today, he would have gone on writing about Salander and Blomquist in new scenarios and situations of intrigue that would keep the reader on his toes.
The style of writing is not the same as works written in English as it is translated from the Author's native tongue of Swedish. Also, as the books' setting is Sweden, the culture and laws are differing from America and take a little adjustment mentally. I found the books a little hard to get involved in until I adjusted to the style and nuances . . . however, I found the effort worth it. By the time I had finished the first of the Trilogy, I could not or did not want to put it down and each books added flavor and want to read more. By the time I was mid-way in the second book, I was researching the author for further works and found I was out of luck to my disappointment.
All of the above is simply to state, I would recommend these books individually in print or in Kindle version (single work or bundled together) to any reader who is willing to read for a while to allow the plots and charactors to develop . . . if you are such a person and like a good suspensful, mindbending, twisty read, I think this is one not to miss (by the way, you need to read all three to appreciate the first - they build on each other.
I rated these five stars only because it would not allow six stars.