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275 of 306 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
An outstanding and dare I say superior sequel to "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". Having read the first story of the trilogy this summer I was eager to know how the sequel would compare. In the girl with the dragon tattoo, Lisebeth Salander is definitely an enigmatic character and there are subtle hints that there is a lot of back story to her character. Am I glad that...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the editing?
Once I got past the long winded descriptions and numerous paragraphs of filler that really didn't need to be there, then this was quite enjoyable. But it really needs some brutal editing to prevent the dragging pace. I did enjoy the characters, although I found that because these were Swedish names, and some were quite similar, it was a bit confusing at times to work out...
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275 of 306 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 6 Jan 2009
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An outstanding and dare I say superior sequel to "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". Having read the first story of the trilogy this summer I was eager to know how the sequel would compare. In the girl with the dragon tattoo, Lisebeth Salander is definitely an enigmatic character and there are subtle hints that there is a lot of back story to her character. Am I glad that this back story has been developed and interwoven into this sequel. Too often we say "I couldn't put a book down" but in this case it is definitely a book you will be glued to.

The story comes to life when Salander is wanted in connection with some murders that have been commited. From this point the story moves on at a frenetic pace with all characters connected to Salander such as Blomkvist the journalist and Armansky her former employer defending her and trying to get to the bottom of the case alongside a national police investigation.

Ultimately this book is about why is Salander the way she is. What drives her and what is she willing to do to get to the truth?

Enjoy and look forward to the third part of the trilogy which should hopefully be translated from Swedish before the end of the year. If you're lucky (not me) and can read Swedish then why not get the third installment asap. Having said that if you're Swedish you've probably already read it.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant again, 12 Sep 2009
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This is a great sequel to "Dragon Tattoo", a definite must-read if you liked the first book.

This time round we finally discover more about Salander, she's slippery as an eel and so much smarter than any other character. It was a joy to have such a brilliant female protagonist, if only other books had strong women characters like her.

Blomkvist is again stubbornly digging away to find the killer, but now he's not so morally upstanding and he's willing to bend a few rules and lie to get what he wants.

The story moves at a fast pace, and it kept me turning the pages even at 2am. The blond hulk was an amusing character, in that he seemed out of this world - the boxing match was great!

Perhaps it's not a good idea to read this book without reading the first book, as there were quite a few references to the previous story and there was only scant information about the characters' relationships with each other.

I'm really looking forward to reading the third book, and it seems such a shame that Larsson only produced the trilogy - I would have loved to read more!
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl Who Played With Fire, 20 May 2009
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Suzanne Rothwell (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England) - See all my reviews
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The girl with the dragon tattoo was always going to be a tough act to follow. With captivating story lines and ever thickening plots, readers may think the sequel would disappoint in some way. In fact entirely the opposite has happened. The girl who played with fire, if possible is even better than its predecessor. Our knowledge of the characters deepens and more of their previously clouded background is reviled with astonishing consequences.

Lisbeth Sandler is an enigma in her own right and combined with the efforts of a 'practical pig' (Millennium magazine's publisher) Mikael Blomkvist she manages to get herself into situations way out of her or anyone's control.

The characters in this book are portrayed in a very definite way and all bring something to the storyline. The harsh way Sandler lives her life may sound far removed from the reality of the world today, but in the end this book is about how Sandler carves her own set of morals so fiercely into everything she does that others around her whether they know her or not can't help but be affected.

The girl who played with fire is an exceptional book, and I read it non-stop for two days until it was finished. However, not everyone's tastes are the same when it comes to books, so if you are unsure about the book my advice to you would be, please read it and then make your own mind up.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a thoroughly gripping book and enjoayble read, 26 July 2009
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Bubu 60 (Darlington, Durham United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
I really enjoyed the second book in the Millennium trilogy. The storyline is truly gripping and I like the way the plot and the characters develop. I couldn't wait to come home from work to read it, which hasn't happened for a very long time. I was glad to be given more of an insight into Lisbeth Salander's character and background, which explains a lot about her behaviour in the first book of the trilogy. Once again some pretty vicious, ruthless and perverted male characters who could put women off men for good.
My only reservations concern the frequent and often unnecessary details (hence the four stars rather than five) which don't add anything to the story (what type of coffee the characters drink- latte, espresso...who cares?-, what they eat, what kind of hard drive they have on their computer, digressions about equations, etc....). I think it could have done with some ruthless editing as at times it was rather verbose. The style occasionally leaves a lot to be desired but I suspect, like other people have suggested, it might be the translation's fault. Lastly: is it me or there are too many product placements (Ikea, Apple Mac, Billy's pan pizza,etc.)?
Still an awsome thriller and one I would recommend. Roll on first of October when the third book is going to be published (by the way why is the UK so slow in releasing them? In Italy they have all been out in translation for a while).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be rushed, 18 July 2014
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My review is aimed in part, at those who have read some but not the whole trilogy.

The Millennium Trilogy has many people praising the three novels but also many who clearly don't like them. I had read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and very much enjoyed it but had not read the other two. I found that "Tattoo" took some time to get going, but the prose (or at least the translation of it) was very distinctive and the plot was good but I think it was the main characters of Mikael and Lisbeth that remained in my memory.

Because of some sight problems I had stopped reading for quite some time, but then bought a Kindle (so that I could enlarge the font size), and kept promising myself I would at some stage read the other two from the trilogy. They are reasonably long novels and was somewhat hesitant as I wondered if I would enjoy them as much as I had the first one.

There had been few years between reading the first and then the second and third novels and I had forgotten just what the prose was like - namely all the things that those who don't like it, will criticise (too long, too descriptive even to the extent of saying the model of computer or phone etc that is being used). But I am so glad that I eventually got round to reading the other two novels - apparently another seven had been planned, and presumably would have been published but for Steig Larsson's demise.

A fourth novel is to be published in 2015 but doesn't have the approval of Eva Gabrielsson, Larsson's partner as it will not use the unpublished material which is in her possession.

So to sum up, if you have read and enjoyed some but not all of the trilogy I would very much recommend the package as a whole. I would recommend the novels to anyone with the patience for a long but very well plotted story, beautifully descriptive prose and great characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written with passion and a social conscience....., 30 Dec 2009
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Wynne Kelly "Kellydoll" (Coventry, UK) - See all my reviews
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The second part of Larsson's Millennium Trilogy in which the intriguing story of Lisbeth Salander is continued.

An ambitious young journalist approaches Mikael Blomkvist to ask for his help in publishing his revelations into criminal sexual activities that involve "respectable" members of society as well as vicious criminals. It soon becomes clear that too many people have something to lose if this research is published and soon a trail of murder ensues. Lisbeth, an anti-social and asocial young woman seems to be linked to three murders and a nation-wide search for her ensues. In the course of the story her background is revealed - we knew from the first book that something traumatic must have happened to her as a child but in this book it all becomes clear.

It all moves along at a rattling pace. Lots of new characters are introduced and I found I had to back track a few times to remind myself who people were - Hedström, Holmberg, Ekström, Svensson and Johansson all took a bit of sorting out! The plotting is intricate and all the pieces seem to fit. I don't know if Lisbeth's amazing computer skills are actually possible but I'm prepared to go along with them.....

The character of Lisbeth has definitely softened ..... she now shows some concern for the feelings of others - I wonder if she will evolve even further in the third book? She is certainly one of the most interesting and enigmatic of modern heroines.

This is a crime thriller written with passion and a social conscience. Highly recommended.

Does IKEA pay royalties to the publisher for the product placement? I even recognised some furniture that I own!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PIPPI LONGSTOCKINGS - THE GROWNUP VERSION, 21 Aug 2009
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Lisbeth Salander is one of the most original and intriguing characters to appear in modern literature for a very long time. When was the last time you came across a featherweight female boxer with more than a touch of Asperger's syndrome; with strong kung-fu when it comes to computer hacking skills and an unstoppable fighting spirit when it comes to physical blows; with a photographic memory and an uncanny ability to grasp mathematics; a master of social engineering and a ghost of disguises; a formidable chess player and an enemy few people could afford to make?
It is Pipi Longstockings with breast implants, real guns and a killer PowerBook!

Whereas the first installment of the MILLENNIUM Trilogy was more on publisher Mikael Blomkvist and his quest to solve a decades old locked-room/island mystery, this second book gives us a ample view on Lisbeth's history as she straggles to clear her name of a triple murder. She had both motive and opportunity and all physical evidence points to her. Was she desperate enough to actually have done it? What could possibly push her over the edge?

Women trafficking, rogue agents of the Soviet GRU and the Swedish SAPO trying to keep their crimes in the shadows, biker gangs and obscure members of Lisbeth's family all interweave in a very absorbing story that kept me turning pages into the morning hours.
And amongst the fog of all this war, Lisbeth comes up with Fermat's alleged elegant solution to his Last Theorem on her own (no, unfortunately the solution is not described in detail).

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "If someone threatens [Salander] with a gun, she'll get a bigger gun.", 3 Jun 2009
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Mary Whipple (New England) - See all my reviews
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Continuing the story of Lisbeth Salander which he began in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Swedish author Stieg Larsson creates a fascinating character study of a young woman with a terrible past, a young woman who also suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. Salander, having worked with Mikael Blomqvist in the preceding novel, in which she used her formidable skills as a computer hacker to help him solve a major mystery, is on her own for most of this one. For reasons Blomqvist does not understand, she has refused to have anything at all to do with him, though they had had a relationship in the previous novel, and seemed to care greatly for each other.

Salander has just recently returned from her travels around the world--using her substantial financial resources. Her hacking skills have allowed her to acquire an enormous bank account, and only Blomqvist is aware of how she has done it. She is fearful of the future--as she should be, considering her terrible past--and she is doing whatever she can to live a secret life in a luxury apartment that no one else knows about. A mistress of disguise, the people in her building have no idea what she really looks like or who she really is. Gradually, the reader becomes familiar with her background, her family, the reasons for her institutionalization as a young teenager, and the horrifying abuse she faced at the hands of her legal guardian, a lawyer supposed to protect her. A woman who believes devoutly in an eye for an eye, she has exacted her revenge upon him in ways he does not dare share with anyone else.

Blomqvist, in the meantime, has continued with his work running Millenium magazine, which has been working on an article about the sex trade, its connection with the drug trade, and the high-ranking police and political officials who are involved in it. The two people who have been doing the investigative reporting for Millenium plan to name names in their expose. They are murdered before they can conclude their work. Three different investigations into the murders begin, and all center on Salander, whose fingerprints are found on the murder weapon. She, in self-defense, uses her computer skills, once again, to read e-mails and the contents of Blomqvist's and others' computers to stay ahead of the investigators who are seeking her for murder.

Larsson does a terrific job developing sympathy (and even admiration) for Salander, a woman whose violent behavior sometimes makes her hard to distinguish from the sadistic criminals who are pursuing her, and readers who enjoyed the previous novel will enjoy this one, too, as she becomes a more complete character. The action moves very quickly, despite the book's length, and the author's gradual revelations about Salander's background add to the suspense and make her actions impossible to predict. Though Salander disappears from the action for significant periods of time, Larsson keeps the tension high by involving the people around her in high drama. Unfortunately, he relies very heavily on coincidence to resolve the action as the novel heads toward its conclusion, and the final revelations strain credulity to the breaking point. Still, the book is fun to read, especially for fans of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. n Mary Whipple

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant second book, 31 May 2009
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The Girl Who Played with Fire is the second book in the Millenium trilogy by Swedish author Stieg Larsson, translated into English by Reg Keeland. The first book in the trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, became widely popular and in my opinion was a brilliantly addicting crime thriller.

The book follows on with the original characters from the first book, namely Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. After the events from the first book we follow Lisbeth as she is currently travelling for the year, and Mikael Blomkvist who is dealing with the recent success of his book, published after the events of the first book. Mikael Blomkvist is a journalist for the Millenium magazine and already they have found another great scoop for another book based on the sex traffic industry in Sweden.

Lisbeth, a brilliant computer hacker, discovers what he's up to next by hacking into Millenium's computers and quickly becomes involved carrying out her own research into the matter. However, not long after she is suddenly the number one suspect in a double murder, closely followed by a third, with some very damning evidence pointing to her.

The rest of the book follows Mikael investigating the murders, determined to find the truth behind it all whilst convinced it has something to do with the book about to be released by Millenium. We also follow the police department who are on the hunt for Lisbeth, who comes across as a mentally deranged girl after having spent years in psychiatric care and also under the care of a guardian after the state declared her incompetent. However the police department become confused when faced with Blomkvist and other characters who know Salander well, all he portray her to be totally different from the description the police have of her!

The book can be quite hard to follow at times as there are lots of characters involved, and it can sometimes be so hard to remember who is who! It also doesn't help when some of the Swedish names are really similar to one another, and sometimes had to check who was who. Once you get further into the book you do get used to this, but even toward the end I was still getting a bit mixed up! Despite this the characters used in the book are great, however I always struggle with the character of Lisbeth Salander.

Lisbeth Salander is an anorexic genius computer hacker, with a photographic memory and reading into complex mathematical equations as a hobby, yet later in the book can also take down two very strong men on her own! She is no good in social situations and doesn't have many friends outside of her computer hacking world, and those who consider her a friend, such as Blomkvist, she doesn't return the feeling! She is certainly an unusual character that I haven't come across in a book before, and I sometimes struggle with it, but she is certainly new and different compared to the usual police detective of so many other crime thrillers.

Once you get about half way through this book you will be hooked, the same happened with the first book in the trilogy. It has a very addicting storyline that you can't put down, the type of book you look forward to reading when you come home from work.

The Millenium trilogy so far really isn't your average run-of-the-mill crime thriller series and I can't recommend reading it enough. The story is very entertaining and not totally unbelieveable. The story switches from character to character so you don't grow bored of reading from one person's view, and it's great to read what's going on in every part of the storyline as it unfolds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Punchier, pacier and even more gripping than the first "Millennium" novel, 9 Oct 2009
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When I read "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" I was surprised at how much I ended up enjoying it, because I found the opening a little plodding and overly political. No danger of that with this sequel - with the benefit of the key characters being fully formed, the action gets started pretty much straight away and never lets up. The Swedish title of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is "Men Who Hate Women", and there are lots more of them here; the focus on the trafficking and prostitution of underage Eastern European girls blows the British view of Sweden as some kind of liberal feminist paradise right out of the water. When Berger and Blomkvist agree to publish a well-researched expose of the traffickers, pimps and punters they become involved in the search for the authors' murderer and are shocked when none other than Lisbeth Salander is named as the prime suspect. When the body of Lisbeth's legal guardian Bjurman is also found (you remember him, he's a sadistic pig, a pevert and a rapist), even Dragan Armansky begins to believe that she is guilty. It's down to Blomkvist to try and prove Lisbeth's innocence and, as he discovers some of the dark secrets of her childhood, to get to her before her enemies do. As expected, the plot is full of twists, turns and computer hacking as the police, Armansky and the staff of Millennium mount three separate investigations and Lisbeth stays one step ahead of them all....
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