Those of you who can read Swedish may have heard of this book, entitled Män som hatar kvinnor (Men Who Hate Women) in the original, the first in the Millennium trilogy by the late investigative journalist Stieg Larsson. If you want to read a real page-turner that's also intelligent and loaded with criticism of various aspects of Swedish society, look no further. Larsson distils all his knowledge gained from years of muckracking experience into this series. The English title refers to Lisbeth Salander, the heroine of the series, the quirkiest and most lovable punk hacker you will ever meet in fiction, who routinely steals the scene from the hero, Mikael Blomkvist, intrepid journalist. I hope this mega-bestseller does as well in the UK as it has all over Europe. Look forward to over 1500 pages of gripping reading in this series! Move over, Henning Mankell...
Just read the book in swedish. I must say that the plot is really good and the book is absolutely worth reading. A 4 out of 5. But the language is not very impressive and the 572 pages should have been cut to 400. I get a strange feeling of the author trying to write a crime-novell of the 60s, spiced up with references to high-technology of the 21 century. I think it's not working very well and I fear that in a cpouple of years it all will sound rather silly. Therefore I recommend you to read it NOW!
The swedish title is "Luftslottet som sprängdes" - Directly translated that is.... "The air castle which blew up" . Probably they won't use that title in english, since the swedish "Luftslott" is an expression which might be hard to translate.
Don't read Swedish. Yes it was a verbose novel. Nevertheless it was an intriguing read. I was put off by the hype and much of the blanket praise. A friend in S. Africa was most enthusiastic, eventually I borrowed a hard back from the library after a lengthy wait. It might have been improved by some decent editing, especially the financial blurb but the main characters were interesting. Although it would have been good to dig a little deeper into Salander's character. Also I feel that anyone who was hoping for a 'happy ending' well thank the lord Mills & Boon it wasn't. Definitely a good read, worth waiting for, and finishing. Has any one any thoughts on the debate as to whether Larson was a feminist or a mysoginist? Surely he was a writer, possibly troubled, if there is any truth to the suicide theory. Are his books his books arousing so much curiousity because of the author's early demise?