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Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy Deluxe Box Set: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Plus On Stieg Larsson Hardcover – November 26, 2010
Readers all across America are talking about Stieg Larsson’s #1 best-selling trilogy—The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest—which has more than 12 million copies in print.
Now, just in time for the holidays: a deluxe, slip-cased set of the three hardcover novels—each unjacketed, bound in full cloth and uniquely stamped, with maps and individual full-color endpapers—as well as On Stieg Larsson, a previously unpublished collection of essays about and correspondence with the author.
The perfect collectible for the Stieg Larsson fan and the ideal gift for those who have yet to meet his heroine, Lisbeth Salander, “one of the most fascinating characters in modern genre fiction” (San Francisco Chronicle).
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Get to know the bestselling series that Amazon (and its customers) have loved from the very beginning with this deluxe, slip-cased set of all three hardcover books in the Millennium Trilogy, along with On Stieg Larsson, a never-before-published collection of reflections about and correspondence with the author. Read our reviews of the books:
Amazon Best of the Month, September 2008: Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and Michael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.
Amazon Best of the Month, July 2009: The girl with the dragon tattoo is back. Stieg Larsson's seething heroine, Lisbeth Salander, once again finds herself paired with journalist Mikael Blomkvist on the trail of a sinister criminal enterprise. Only this time, Lisbeth must return to the darkness of her own past (more specifically, an event coldly known as "All the Evil") if she is to stay one step ahead--and alive. The Girl Who Played with Fire is a break-out-in-a-cold-sweat thriller that crackles with stunning twists and dismisses any talk of a sophomore slump. Fans of Larsson's prior work will find even more to love here, and readers who do not find their hearts racing within the first five pages may want to confirm they still have a pulse. Expect healthy doses of murder, betrayal, and deceit, as well as enough espresso drinks to fuel downtown Seattle for months.
Amazon Best Books of the Month, May 2010 As the finale to Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is not content to merely match the adrenaline-charged pace that made international bestsellers out of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire. Instead, it roars with an explosive storyline that blows the doors off the series and announces that the very best has been saved for last. A familiar evil lies in wait for Lisbeth Salander, but this time, she must do more than confront the miscreants of her past; she must destroy them. Much to her chagrin, survival requires her to place a great deal of faith in journalist Mikael Blomkvist and trust his judgment when the stakes are highest. To reveal more of the plot would be criminal, as Larsson's mastery of the unexpected is why millions have fallen hard for his work. But rest assured that the odds are again stacked, the challenges personal, and the action fraught with neck-snapping revelations in this snarling conclusion to a thrilling triad. This closing chapter to The Girl's pursuit of justice is guaranteed to leave readers both satisfied and saddened once the final page has been turned.
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- Publisher : Knopf; Deluxe edition (November 26, 2010)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 85 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0307595579
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307595577
- Item Weight : 6.88 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.82 x 5.06 x 9.89 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #224,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And, rest assured, in the end, the bad guys lose and the good guys win, although there are many painful losses and setbacks along the way.
Also, for clarity, the reader should know that really there are only two books in this trilogy:
- 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' is a standalone story.
- 'The Girl Who Played with Fire' and 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest' are simply two parts of the same story and cannot really be read independently.
On the other hand, the only thing I didn't like so much about the books was the way that not a single person in them seemed capable of committing to a long-term relationship with their partner. Almost everyone's sexual life was promiscuous and devoid of deeper meaning, as if the author didn't even believe there could be a deeper meaning to sex.
The Good: Lizbeth Salander is an extremely well thought out character, and Larsson takes his time developing her, describing the events that shaped and formed her personality, values and outlook. The government conspiracy to silence a little girl in order to protect national security is unique, and there are enough twists and turns in the story to keep it from stagnating on the basis of plot alone. The good guys are believably conflicted over the physical appearance of the girl and what actually lies beneath the leather and piercings. Salander is the embodiment of judging one based on the content of his/her character, rather than he outward appearance.
The Mundane: Larsson is not the most accomplished writer, but the plot more than makes up for that...if you can look past the manner in which he seems to meander and fumble his way through the book. He wastes pages on itemizing everything his main characters buy, sell, own and have on their persons. At one point, we're talking two pages at a time describing every piece of furniture Salander buys at Ikea to furnish her apartment. Blomkvist empties her purse, and the contents are laboriously catalogued. That's all fine and well when it matters to the story, but, in effect, it adds nothing. The details are superfluous. He also spends chapters walking the reader through interactions and events that ultimately make no difference to the plot. He describes personal details about characters who are nothing more than background scenery. Ultimately, this could have been whittled down to two books, but it feels like Larsson reaaaallly wanted to write a trilogy, and the reader is left to sift through tons of useless information just to move forward. I skipped entire sections and lost nothing.
The Bad: Larsson was a socialist and a feminist. That in and of itself is not bad. It is bad when an author with serious convictions rewrites the entire planet in order to push his views on his audience. His female characters are strong, no doubt they should be, but they also are unable to control their sexual urges around Blomkvist, who is undoubtedly modeled after Larsson himself. So, unfortunately, he also seems to use this story to live out his own fantasies. Aside from the male characters that wholeheartedly support/are fond of Salander, every other male character is a sexist, fascist sex criminal. Men who patronize prostitutes, child pornographers, incestuous rapists. This series is a veritable treasure trove of sexual miscreants. And we're not even talking about the ignorant homophobic rhetoric that is so prevalent and over the top that it induces eye-rolling and exasperated sighs. It would appear that, if Larsson was attempting to shed light on the level of inequality and ignorance pertaining to women, homosexuals and homophobes, he would have done well to spend some time around them doing a little research. It's just not believable.
I don't want to malign the dead too much, and I'm sure Larsson would set the record straight if he was alive. I heard that a new author was being contracted to continue this series, and I can only hope that it is a writer with a much more refined, experienced hand.
But, if you like intrigue, mystery, thrillers, and gritty fiction, this is a definite buy. Give it a shot. You might almost love it, too.
As for the positives:
Loved, loved, loved the first two books. Admittedly, it took a bit of pushing before I really got my footing in the first book; once about 15% in, I couldn't put it down. The plot was all over the place, in a really good way. I really didn't know which way things were coming. Some things were predictible, some things totally blindsided me. I loved the characters, even the ones I hated! It really mattered what happened. After I finished the first book, I couldn't start the second one fast enough. And the same as book 1, I couldn't put book 2 down. The books were different but both very good in their own respect. So of course, upon completing book 2, I immediately began book 3. Then wham!! I hit a brick wall. The few mild annoyances from books 1 and 2 that I overlooked because the plot was so engaging, became huge distractions in book 3 because the plot was... well, I don't know where it went. All I was left with were distractions.
So as for the negatives:
As has already been stated about a gazillion times, Swedes must love their coffee and sandwiches. A couple of the other reviews have even listed the number of times coffee and sandwiches were mentioned all total. To discuss it in a review may seem petty -- but when I was unable to find the plot of book 3, I was left to consider all of the sandwiches and coffee. And really, who eats a sandwich with coffee three times a day? Was something lost in translation? I mean, I like sandwiches. I like coffee. But together for every meal? I'm not sure about that. And if you found this little op ed about sandwiches and coffee to be a bit ridiculous and distracting from the rest of the review -- exactly my point.
And the names. Oh, the names. By the third book, there were more characters mentioned than I could ever begin (or want) to keep track of. Complicating this matter further is that everyone's name is Swedish which 1) are unfamiliar names, thus difficult to remember, 2) many of the names sound very much alike, 3) many of the names are mentioned once then never brought up again. Again, for a book without an interesting plot, the names became a distraction.
The first and second books were great. I couldn't wait for every opportunity to pick up my Kindle. Very shortly into the third book, I knew there was a major problem. The plot was uninteresting or maybe even non-existent. It left me completely distracted with what were minor issues in the first and second books. All told, in book 3, it was just too much work. And it didn't take me long to realize I just really didn't care. Too bad.
Four stars because the first two books were really that good. Just don't feel like you have to read book 3 for your life to be complete. Skipping it is highly recommended.
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Dragon tattoo follows journalist mikael blomkvist and a computer hacker lisbeth salander as both their lives cross paths when blomkvist is hired by a tycoon to write a biography of the vanger family, but is really investigating the forty year disappearance of henriks niece harriet, the more blomkvist studies into the niece the more he finds a secret that someone wants to stay buried deep.
Played with fire follows blomkvist being contacted by a freelance journalist who wants to run a piece on the sex trade in sweden, when the journalist and his girlfriend are murdered salander is implicated as the killer. blomkvist tries to help clear salanders name and also finish the journalists piece finding out that they are both connected.
Kicked the hornets nest follows blomkvist who finds out there is a secret group inside the swedish security service that has committed several violations against salander, with the help from some policemen from the swedish protection division, they try to find out who the members are and clear the murder charges against salander.
The only thing I don't like are all the Swedish names. I find them difficult to remember, but then you can't have everything!
Di-spite this criticism, I'm thoroughly enjoy it.. My advice, Read IT!
"Edited" June 23rd:
It's taken me 6 months but I've finally reached the end of Book 3. I was gripped by the main story and impressed by the way Larsson made all the pieces fit together so that incidents from Book 1, for example, become relevant in the denouement in Book 3. I did possibly flag a little at times while reading Book 2 but by the final stages of Book 3 I could hardly read it fast enough. Like others I did find remembering the names of all the characters difficult, especially for all the (good and bad) cops, but this might have been partly because of the unfamiliarity of the names or because I was reading the Kindle version where it is not so easy as in a real book to flick backwards and forwards. I would also agree that some of the background detail (like the back exposition I mentioned originally) can hold up the progress of the story, but this is a minor niggle. I can now see that the impression created by Book 1 is perhaps misleading in that the Vanger family story seems to dominate over that of Lisbeth Salander whereas the other 2 books focus more directly on the Salander story itself, but that probably means that of the 3, Book 1 is the one which can most stand alone. At times, perhaps, certain events do stretch credibility, but the sheer grip of the story means that the reader overlooks this in the rush to read on. Developments during the long anticipated court hearing in Book 3 (I will say no more to avoid any spoiler) almost had me cheering aloud. I'm glad that I have read the whole trilogy and that I could carry it around very easily, thanks to my Kindle Fire.