the story of a girl.

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I don’t know. I think this book was nearly as good as the first one. In fact, I found it much easier to read than the first one because I already felt invested in Lisbeth and Mikael.

This book centers more around Lisbeth. A couple is murdered and her fingerprints are found on the weapon, which belongs to her twisted (and also murdered) guardian.

This book was intense. It pulled me along from the start, unlike Dragon Tattoo. Lisbeth’s past, hinted at in the beginning of the book (and in the first movie, if you’ve seen it)and we finally start the unravelling of her personal history, a tragic and confusing life.

I gave this 3 stars because Larsson still could have used a strong editor. There are seemingly endless descriptions of IKEA furniture (even a shopping trip to IKEA!) and people’s outfits. Also, the end of this book really wasn’t an ending. This doesn’t feel like a second book so much as a second part of a really long saga. We’ll see how book three ends up.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was SOOOOOOOOO SLOOOOOOOOOOW. It took over half of the book to get anywhere.

Lisbeth in hospital. Mikael finds a new obsession and eventually a new (muscly) lady love. Lisbeth still in hospital. We all get a long dose of Swedish constitutional law. Erika gets stood up a bit and ignored by Mikael and stalked by a creep. Also, she apparently has no idea where her husband is at any time. Lisbeth still in hospital, preparing for battle/court. We are introduced to a whole hornet’s nest of characters that we really have to struggle to keep track of.

When I got over halfway, Erika’s stalker gets more agressive, there’s an attempted murder, Lisbeth meets Teleborian meets court…and bang. We’re done. If the whole book had been more like the end of the book, it might have made four stars.

I guess in the end, I appreciated the clever, smart mysteries we were presented with, but I’m not entirely sure why these were the crazy hit they were. I read them in the course of what, two weeks? But they’re really heavy, weighty novels. You can’t just pick them up and drop them, you have to actually think, keep track, especially as Larsson just keeps adding character groups, without getting rid of any of them (although apparently dear older Vanger is no longer sleeping with journalist man-candy? Who knows.)

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