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The Girl Who Played with Fire: Book 2 of the Millennium Trilogy (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Paperback – 23 Mar 2010

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; 1 Reprint edition (23 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307454553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307454553
  • ASIN: 030745455X
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,087 customer reviews)
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Amazon Review

Stieg Larsson gleaned a remarkable degree of success before his too-early death in 2004. He had delivered to his publisher three remarkable crime novels; the initial book in his ‘Millennium’ sequence, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, had enjoyed an unprecedented success in his native Sweden before the translation took the UK by storm. Larsson had made a considerable mark as a crusading journalist, with a speciality in tackling political extremist groups. But he offered assistance to many people and groups who he felt were vulnerable – something of a modern hero, in fact.

One of Larsson's key achievements as a writer was to create an innovative kind of heroine for the crime novel. His unconventional sleuth, the highly intelligent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, is a confrontational young woman, whose Goth accoutrements sometimes alienate those around her (except the individuals she opts to have sexual relations with – strictly, that is, according to the rules she lays down). In the second book in the Millennium sequence, The Girl Who Played with Fire (as in its its predecessor), Lisbeth's closest ally is the older journalist Mikael Blomqvist, even though she has abruptly ended her emotional relationship with him. Lisbeth has left all she knows behinds her and has begun a relationship with a gauche young lover. But after a grim revenge run-in with a man who has abused her, she becomes a suspect in three murders, and is the subject of a nationwide search. Blomqvist, however, is convinced of her innocence (he has just been responsible for a blistering report on the sex trafficking industry in Sweden), and is determined to help her – whether she wants his help or not.

As with Larsson’s earlier book, this is highly compelling fare, with tautly orchestrated suspense; it's often grisly and uncompromising (not a problem for many readers), and the massive text may be longer than is good for it, but Larsson admirers won't begrudge the late author a word,and will be impatient for the third (and, regrettably, concluding) book in the sequence. --Barry Forshaw

Review

"[A] gripping, stay-up-all-night read."--"Entertainment Weekly
""Boasts an intricate, puzzle-like story line . . . even as it accelerates toward its startling and violent conclusion."--Michiko Kakutani, " The New York Times
""Gripping stuff. . . . A nail-biting tale of murder and cover-ups."--"People
""You might as well give up on the idea of sleep till you've finished the book."--"Dallas Morning News
"
"Buzzes with ideas [and] fizzes with fury."--"Los Angeles Times
""[A] dynamite thriller."--"Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"
"Lisbeth Salander [is] one of the most startling, engaging heroines in recent memory."--"USA Today
""Brilliant. . . .Grabbed me and kept me reading with eyes wide open."--"Alan Cheuse, San Francisco Chronicle
""I couldn't put down The Girl Who Played with Fire and eagerly await book three. . . . You must find out what happens next."--"Erica Marcus, Newsday
""Lisbeth Salander could be the female Jason Bourne . . . It's an intelligent, fascinating story that draws readers in, and keeps them turning the page." --"Associated Press
""A combustible new thriller . . . Extremely well-written--Larsson's minimalist prose is frosted with Scandinavian cool. . . . Burns with blue-flame intensity. . . . Larsson keeps a tight rein on the bullet-train plot."--"San Antonio Express-News
"
"A dynamite thriller." "--Variety
""Fantastic . . . Like all the great stories of just avengers that populate literature, this trilogy is secretly comforting, making us think that maybe all is not lost in this imperfect and deceitful world of ours. . . . Welcome to the immortality of fiction, Lisbeth Salander!"--"Mario Vargas Llosa, El PaIs
""Enthralling. . . . Confirms the impression left by Dragon Tattoo."" --Washington Post
""Will likely confirm Larsson's position as the most successful crime novelist in the world."" --Slate
"

"From the Paperback edition."

[A] gripping, stay-up-all-night read. "Entertainment Weekly
" Boasts an intricate, puzzle-like story line . . . even as it accelerates toward its startling and violent conclusion. Michiko Kakutani, " The New York Times
" Gripping stuff. . . . A nail-biting tale of murder and cover-ups. "People
" You might as well give up on the idea of sleep till you ve finished the book. "Dallas Morning News
"
Buzzes with ideas [and] fizzes with fury. "Los Angeles Times
" [A] dynamite thriller. "Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"
Lisbeth Salander [is] one of the most startling, engaging heroines in recent memory. "USA Today
" Brilliant. . . .Grabbed me and kept me reading with eyes wide open. "Alan Cheuse, San Francisco Chronicle
" I couldn t put down The Girl Who Played with Fire and eagerly await book three. . . . You must find out what happens next. "Erica Marcus, Newsday
" Lisbeth Salander could be the female Jason Bourne . . . It s an intelligent, fascinating story that draws readers in, and keeps them turning the page. "Associated Press
" A combustible new thriller . . . Extremely well-written Larsson s minimalist prose is frosted with Scandinavian cool. . . . Burns with blue-flame intensity. . . . Larsson keeps a tight rein on the bullet-train plot. "San Antonio Express-News
"
A dynamite thriller. " Variety
" Fantastic . . . Like all the great stories of just avengers that populate literature, this trilogy is secretly comforting, making us think that maybe all is not lost in this imperfect and deceitful world of ours. . . . Welcome to the immortality of fiction, Lisbeth Salander! "Mario Vargas Llosa, El Pais
" Enthralling. . . . Confirms the impression left by Dragon Tattoo. " Washington Post
" Will likely confirm Larsson s position as the most successful crime novelist in the world. " Slate
"

"From the Paperback edition.""

[A] gripping, stay-up-all-night read. Entertainment Weekly
Boasts an intricate, puzzle-like story line . . . even as it accelerates toward its startling and violent conclusion. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Gripping stuff. . . . A nail-biting tale of murder and cover-ups. People
You might as well give up on the idea of sleep till you ve finished the book. Dallas Morning News

Buzzes with ideas [and] fizzes with fury. Los Angeles Times
[A] dynamite thriller. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Lisbeth Salander [is] one of the most startling, engaging heroines in recent memory. USA Today
Brilliant. . . .Grabbed me and kept me reading with eyes wide open. Alan Cheuse, San Francisco Chronicle
I couldn t put down The Girl Who Played with Fire and eagerly await book three. . . . You must find out what happens next. Erica Marcus, Newsday
Lisbeth Salander could be the female Jason Bourne . . . It s an intelligent, fascinating story that draws readers in, and keeps them turning the page. Associated Press

A combustible new thriller . . . Extremely well-written Larsson s minimalist prose is frosted with Scandinavian cool. . . . Burns with blue-flame intensity. . . . Larsson keeps a tight rein on the bullet-train plot. San Antonio Express-News

A dynamite thriller. Variety
Fantastic . . . Like all the great stories of just avengers that populate literature, this trilogy is secretly comforting, making us think that maybe all is not lost in this imperfect and deceitful world of ours. . . . Welcome to the immortality of fiction, Lisbeth Salander! Mario Vargas Llosa, El Pais

Enthralling. . . . Confirms the impression left by Dragon Tattoo. Washington Post
Will likely confirm Larsson s position as the most successful crime novelist in the world. Slate

From the Paperback edition."

"[A] gripping, stay-up-all-night read."--Entertainment Weekly

"Boasts an intricate, puzzle-like story line . . . even as it accelerates toward its startling and violent conclusion."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Gripping stuff. . . . A nail-biting tale of murder and cover-ups."--People

"You might as well give up on the idea of sleep till you've finished the book."--Dallas Morning News

"Buzzes with ideas [and] fizzes with fury."--Los Angeles Times

"[A] dynamite thriller."--Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"Lisbeth Salander [is] one of the most startling, engaging heroines in recent memory."--USA Today

"Brilliant. . . .Grabbed me and kept me reading with eyes wide open."--Alan Cheuse, San Francisco Chronicle

"I couldn't put down The Girl Who Played with Fire and eagerly await book three. . . . You must find out what happens next."--Erica Marcus, Newsday

"Lisbeth Salander could be the female Jason Bourne . . . It's an intelligent, fascinating story that draws readers in, and keeps them turning the page." --Associated Press

"A combustible new thriller . . . Extremely well-written--Larsson's minimalist prose is frosted with Scandinavian cool. . . . Burns with blue-flame intensity. . . . Larsson keeps a tight rein on the bullet-train plot."--San Antonio Express-News

"A dynamite thriller." --Variety

"Fantastic . . . Like all the great stories of just avengers that populate literature, this trilogy is secretly comforting, making us think that maybe all is not lost in this imperfect and deceitful world of ours. . . . Welcome to the immortality of fiction, Lisbeth Salander!"--Mario Vargas Llosa, El Pais

"Enthralling. . . . Confirms the impression left by Dragon Tattoo." --Washington Post

"Will likely confirm Larsson's position as the most successful crime novelist in the world." --Slate

From the Paperback edition.

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Totally different from the first book, I found this faster paced, more interesting, and far more up to the hype of the disappointing first in the trilogy. The last few chapters in particular were hard to put down. There is a shock twist, and an ending that totally hooks - now I absolutely have to read the third and last volume. If only the characters didn't have to keep eternally drinking coffee, eating sandwiches, and "sorting their thoughts out in their head." One more quibble, I gave up trying to sort out the huge amount of minor characters coming onto the scene from all sides.
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As stated above, this was an interesting diversion from the first book, it almost seems as though the first book was not really part of the trilogy at all, although this does provide a lot more background whilst leading onward to the third book.

A good read, I'm never fully sure what I think of Larsons writing style, sometimes it is a real page turner, other times I struggle to motivate myself to pick up the book.

All in all, I enjoyed it.
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This book bought as a gift but was somewhat taken aback at the condition of the book. Presents as almost a compacted edition - lines on the page go right to the edge of the page and the book looks "clumsy". Didn't have time to return but have put note of apology inside the book for the recipient.
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A gripping novel with a great sense of plot and place. I had trouble with some of the names of subsidiary characters because of lack of familiarity with Scandinavian names but still enjoyed the strong narrative.
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Not convinced by this one. Loved the first one. This one however is taking me ages to get through. To the point where I would say I've stopped reading it. I don't want to give anything away though so can't really any more. It just hasn't grabbed my intrigue like the first one did.
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Good book, but tends to repeat most of what happened in the first one, as if people would actually read a sequal without reading the first book first
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After the first book didn't know what to expect, but this was an equally gripping story. The story line dies continue from first but the way things happen us well thought out.
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Book arrived on time, is in good condition, and so far - I like it! Thank you.
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