Tag Archive: Millennium Trilogy

Title: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest

Author: Stieg Larsson

Date Finished: 30/10/12

Re-Read? : Second time read

Challenges? : No

Overall: 5/5 – absolutely fantastic

What a brilliant re-read!  I last read this book in July 2010 and thought it was amazing.  I had read the whole trilogy in quick succession and decided I would re-read them 18 months ish later.  I did read book 1, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in December 2011 but I decided to space out the other two – I read The Girl Who Played With Fire in May 2012 and then this one in October.  I am already thinking about when I will next re-read them all…probably not till at least 18 months from now.

I will be quite surprised if you have not read at least the first book of this trilogy or maybe seen the film, as they have been so popular over the past few years.  This is for a good reason – they really are amazing.  The plot is stunning and kept me hooked despite it being a re-read.  Larsson really knows how to tell a gripping story and can think up so many twists and turns that you just never expect.  This book focuses on Lisbeth’s time in hospital and her trial and so isn’t as action packed as the first and second books.  However, this isn’t a problem as Larsson manages to achieve lots of action through other characters anyway.

The characterisation is completely unique.  Lisbeth Salander has to be one of the most unforgettable and interesting characters ever created, indeed on the cover of my copy, Boyd Tonkin writes ‘the most original heroine to have emerged in crime fiction for many years‘.  I totally agree.  Blomkvist can be a bit annoying and seems quite unrealistic, but all the other characters are brilliant.  Larsson takes time to give context and a backstory to every single character and it definitely works, as I remembered even minor characters from my first reading.

The Swedish setting is another plus for me – I love reading all the Swedish names and roads/districts etc.  It’s really interesting for me, as I have never been to Scandinavia but I do fancy the idea of living there in the future.  Larsson (or Reg Keeland, the translator) has amazing prose, especially for a crime novel – this genre sometimes lacks a good overall writing style and focuses on plot.  It is easy to read but still sophisticated.  Powering through the majority 746 page book in 2 weeks shows it must be easy to read.

Overall I cannot recommend this trilogy enough.  I know many of you have read it anyway, but if not just get a copy of the first book and give it a go!  Happy Reading  🙂

What is going on in my bibliosphere at the moment?

Hello everyone, I have now completed my third week of exams and I had two this week.  They were both ones I wasn’t too worried about and they went well so that’s good.  A week off for half term now is very welcome.

Here is a bit of a breakdown:

  • GCSE Exams: 4 / 14
  • AS Level Exams: 4 / 4  FINISHED!
  • GCSEs done this week: Latin Language
  • AS Levels done this week: Critical Thinking

I have finished all my AS exams which is great as I am taking a few early and they were getting in the way of my GCSEs.

Now for the books!  My read a bit revise a bit system is still going very well and I hope it continues.

This week I finished The Girl Who Played With Fire and really enjoyed it, despite it being a re-read. I would recommend seriously recommend the Millennium Trilogy to anyone who hasn’t read it yet!

I am currently reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, which is also a re-read for me.  However, I seemed to have missed out on absolutely everything apart from the basic story the first time I read it!  I am enjoying reading about Pip and Miss Havisham again.

On a challenge-based note, I have signed up to The Literary Classics Reading Challenge (my post is here) as it fits in with the other challenges I am involved in really well.  I would recommend you take a look as it is very relevant to members of The Classics Club too.

Title: The Girl Who Played With Fire

Author: Stieg Larsson

Date Finished: 30/05/12

Re-Read? : Second time read

Challenges? : No

Overall: 5/5 – absolutely fantastic

Just wow!  This is the second time I have read this book and I cannot believe I enjoyed it so much again.  It is the second in Stieg Larsson’s world-famous Millennium Trilogy, preceded by The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and followed by The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest.  I read the whole trilogy in summer 2010 and enjoyed it tremendously so that is why I am reading it again.

I read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for the second time last December and I enjoyed it, but did not read it as compulsively as the first time.  I think this was probably due to it essentially being a murder mystery, and I knew the ending.  However it was still brilliant.  I decided to wait a while before reading the second book again, and somehow it got to May before I did.

The plot in this is book is PHENOMENAL!  I was so surprised to find myself completely hooked the second time even though I had read it before.  That shows how intricate and unpredictable this plot is.  There are so many brilliant storylines and extra details, which I got to notice more this time (the power of the re-read).  This is so much more than a thriller.  I know my Dad has issues with the trilogy being ‘unrealistic’ but I really couldn’t care less if it’s quite an improbable situation – it is addictive and brilliant and sometimes that’s more important than feasibility.

In terms of characters this book is also stands out, although this does apply to the whole trilogy and not this volume in particular.  Lisbeth Salander is one of the most iconic characters I think the world has even seen.  She is totally unique.  The most unlikely heroine possible is the one we cheer on the most.  Other characters are extremely well crafted too and all of them are interesting.  You find yourself violently defending Salaner, Modig, Blomkvist, Berger, Armansky and many more who become the objects of speculation and scrutiny.

The prose is supremely well written in this trilogy.  However, we are in the situation of a work-in-translation again.  Reg Keeland (real name Stephen T. Murray) is responsible for the translation from Swedish to English and he should be highly praised as it retains all its Swedish heart and uses very good English.  I loved reading the Swedish names of people and places and now I am considering adding the Scandinavian countries to my mental list of future places to visit.  Will there be anywhere that I don’t want to go to left?

To conclude, I would seriously recommend this trilogy to anyone, although if you do not like gore and unpleasant content, then maybe not.  So well thought out, you will be guessing until the very end.  I cannot emphasise how amazing the plot is enough.

Have any of you read this trilogy? What did you think?