The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Millennium Series) Hardcover – 27 Aug 2015
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Lagercrantz has constructed an elegant plot around different concepts of intelligence . . . his continuation, while never formulaic, is a cleaner and tighter read than the originals . . . Without ever becoming pastiche, the book is a respectful and affectionate homage to the originals. (Mark Lawson Guardian.)
As I read Lagercrantz's The Girl in the Spider's Web, I found that I kept forgetting for several pages at a time that I wasn't reading genuine Larsson . . . One devours Larsson's books for the plots, the action, the anger, and most of all for Lisbeth Salander . . . Lagercrantz has caught her superbly, and expertly spun the sort of melodramatic yarn in which she can thrive. (Jake Kerridge Daily Telegraph.)
Fans of Stieg Larsson's captivating odd couple of modern detective fiction - the genius punk hacker Lisbeth Salander and her sometime partner, the crusading investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist - will not be disappointed . . . Salander and Blomkvist have survived the authorship transition intact and are just as compelling as ever. (Michiko Kakutani New York Times.)
Elegantly paced, slickly executed, and properly thrilling. (Alison Flood Observer 2015-10-06)
First, the conclusion. David Lagercrantz has done well . . .The Girl in the Spider's Web conveys the essence and atmosphere of Larsson's Millennium novels. He has captured the spirit of their characters and devised inventive plots, most of them suitably exaggerated . . . On the evidence of Spider's Web, most Millennium fans will want to continue following their Lisbeth. (Marcel Berlins The Times.)
Lagercrantz's real achievement here is the subtle development of Lisbeth's character; he allows us access to her complex, alienated world but is careful not to remove her mystery and unknowability. Lisbeth Salander remains, in Lagercrantz's hands, the most enigmatic and fascinating anti-heroine in fiction. (Barry Forshaw Financial Times.)
Rest easy, Lisbeth Salander fans - our punk hacker heroine is in good hands . . . Swedish crime novelist David Lagercrantz takes the reins with prowess, not only mimicking Larsson's shamelessly pulpy prose, but admirably expanding the deliciously depraved world of the novels. (Patrick Ryan USA Today.)
The girl with the dragon tattoo is back: Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return in the 1 bestselling continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.See all Product description
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It's full of illogical non sequitur's and both the characterizations and relationships at the core of Stieg Larssons trilogy appear to me to have been fundamentally altered by Laggercrantz. They lack any of the subtlety of Larsson. Salander now appears to have been turned into some sort of "Super-Woman-esque" Superhero by Lagercrantz. I also can't help speculating that the Salander and Blomkvist of Larsson would have strongly disapproved of Lagercrantz's self same characters.
Characters reappear unblemished in Lagercrantz's world who had been left in disgrace in Larssons original. (e.g. Ekstrom, Faste)
Characters disappear into the ether in Lagercrantz new book without explanation who were fundamental to Larrsons original (e.g. Figuerola/Edklinth)
It is almost as if the Millenium magazine expose had not been published.
I also have to wonder whether there is a degree of "product placement" involved in this text with obsessively repeated references to certain drinks brands. Additionally there were a hat-full of references to meals and food prep that add nothing to the plot. There are also obsessive references that could have come out of a Stockholm route finder app. When Larsson used these devices sparingly, they had purpose and added to the story. In Lagercrantsz's hands it just felt like interminable padding.
Moments from Larssons original are represented and re-hashed with slight if any alteration.
I only read this under prompting from a book club, having previously decided to respect Eva Gabrielsson,s views and immediately regretted it. I hope that no further books along these lines are commissioned and will avoid any further Largercrantz adaptions of Stieg Larssons.
( I would however consider reading a book based upon Eva Gabrielsson,s original archives/notebooks of Larsson)
Eventually it suddenly started getting interesting and from that point on I have to say that I did find it much easier to read and discovered I was really looking forward to the next chapter and the excitement started to grow. The ending was a bit of a wind down but I suppose that was only to be expected as the build up to it had been so intense.
I would certainly say that this one was nothing like as good as the Stig Larsson novels and I feel that if David Lagercrantz does write another part of the series I will probably not bother to buy it, but on the other hand, once it had got going, I quite enjoyed this one.
The trilogy I have read around 3 or 4 times, enjoying them just as much as the first time. This will never get read again. If I read the next one it will be because the price has dropped substantially.
May be the half finished book by Larsson will eventually get published, that I would read.