The Girl Who Played With Fire
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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.
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.
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!
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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What a loss Stieg Larsson is. First class read, characters and storylines grab you.Published 3 days ago by Sharon Hall
I am sorry I do not have a very constructive review as it is a while ago since I read this book but I do remember enjoying it enough to buy the next one by Larsson.Published 11 days ago by Simon Wray
I was expecting great things from this book but it just didn't evoke the excitement I felt on reading The girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Philomena Ovenden
A novel that builds tension in action and emotion, blows slightly hot and cold overall a novel that kept you interested and one for sure that made you find the answers.Published 13 days ago by Huwcyn
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