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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Novel I've Read So Far in 2009
"Godly people find life; evil people find death." -- Proverbs 11:19

If you enjoyed Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, you're in for a treat: This is Lisbeth's story, explaining how such a brilliant woman came to be a ward of the state, taken "care of" by a pervert lawyer. What's more, she's on the run . . . first from her disappointment in...
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's all about coffee and sandwiches...and more coffee and sandwiches
"The Girl who Played with Fire" is the second book in the Millennium Trilogy by author Stieg Larsson. The book is 724 pages in length. Although not a direct continuation of book I, there are obvious connecting references.

*SPOILER*

A line from page 667 of this book sums up the theme for this book perfectly, I quote...

"Salander was a woman...
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Novel I've Read So Far in 2009, Aug. 10 2009
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"Godly people find life; evil people find death." -- Proverbs 11:19

If you enjoyed Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, you're in for a treat: This is Lisbeth's story, explaining how such a brilliant woman came to be a ward of the state, taken "care of" by a pervert lawyer. What's more, she's on the run . . . first from her disappointment in loving Mikael Blomkvist, and later from the authorities who rely on circumstantial evidence to decide that she's a murderer. With all of Sweden after her, can Lisbeth outwit her foes?

The story is very much a David and Goliath conflict: Tiny Lisbeth is pitted against rich, powerful, and evil enemies who wish her the very worst they can wish. In developing that theme, Stieg Larsson raises fascinating fundamental questions about duality in the reader's mind such as when strength is weakness and weakness is strength, when doing good leads to evil and when doing evil leads to doing good, when friendship is more important than love and love leads to friendship, what the basis for personal morality should be and when public morality is immoral, and how the family bonds can be horrible while friendship bonds can be redeeming. You'll walk away from this book with a more objective view of the next news story you read about a crime and its punishment.

Stieg Larsson makes quite a bit of Lisbeth's extraordinary intellect. When she's running circles around conventional people, you'll feel like you are reading all about Robin Hood again. Those sections provide something of a letdown however for readers when they have to go back to following the conventional people as they bumble around. I found myself impatient for the next dose of Lisbeth several times in the book's middle.

As in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, this book pulls off the respectable front of the rich and powerful to reveal the evil underneath, the sick predators who will stop at nothing to satisfy their every whim. Be ready to be dragged through the mud of gross human depravity. Like a modern-day Joan of Arc, Lisbeth doesn't let the muck stick to her as she slogs through it.

Enjoy!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PIPPI LONGSTOCKINGS - THE GROWNUP VERSION, Oct. 20 2011
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Lisbeth Salander is one of the most original and intriguing characters to appear in modern literature for a very long time. When was the last time you came across a featherweight female boxer with more than a touch of Asperger's syndrome; with strong kung-fu when it comes to computer hacking skills and an unstoppable fighting spirit when it comes to physical blows; with a photographic memory and an uncanny ability to grasp mathematics; a master of social engineering and a ghost of disguises; a formidable chess player and an enemy few people could afford to make?
It is Pipi Longstockings with breast implants, real guns and a killer PowerBook!

Whereas the first installment of the MILLENNIUM Trilogy was more on publisher Mikael Blomkvist and his quest to solve a decades old locked-room/island mystery, this second book gives us a ample view on Lisbeth's history as she straggles to clear her name of a triple murder. She had both motive and opportunity and all physical evidence points to her. Was she desperate enough to actually have done it? What could possibly push her over the edge?

Women trafficking, rogue agents of the Soviet GRU and the Swedish Sapo trying to keep their crimes in the shadows, biker gangs and obscure members of Lisbeth's family all interweave in a very absorbing story that kept me turning pages into the morning hours.
And amongst the fog of all this war, Lisbeth comes up with Fermat's alleged elegant solution to his Last Theorem on her own (no, unfortunately the solution is not described in detail).

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's all about coffee and sandwiches...and more coffee and sandwiches, July 16 2010
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This review is from: The Girl Who Played With Fire (Paperback)
"The Girl who Played with Fire" is the second book in the Millennium Trilogy by author Stieg Larsson. The book is 724 pages in length. Although not a direct continuation of book I, there are obvious connecting references.

*SPOILER*

A line from page 667 of this book sums up the theme for this book perfectly, I quote...

"Salander was a woman who hated men who hate women."

In this book we are reacquainted again with journalist Mikael Blomkvist and computer-hacker extraordinaire, Lisbeth Salander. Journalist friends of Blomkvist have been murdered and the suddenly missing Salander is the main suspect. A wild and expansive police hunt is begun in order to bring the 'fugitive' to justice.

*END SPOILER*

Comment:

The book reads like a summertime bestseller meant to be consumed at the beach while the kids are off making sand-castles. Although a fast and easy read, it is not particularly well written and I don't feel that this is something entirely related to the book being translated from Swedish to English. There is a degree of shock, sex, violence and doing things to inexplicably put oneself in harms way that smacks of amateurish bestseller-ism.

The police force seems at least as interested in its own sense of hierarchy as it is in solving the murder. Talk about a dysfunctional group with their own agendas! Clues are not followed up on correctly...some problems are solved (or not) by random luck or convenience.

Many characters in the novel missed important communications by leaving their cell phones turned off or lost contact because of low batteries. Just hard to believe in a murder investigation that has riveted the country.

And finally, the coffee reference (in my title)...don't think I've ever seen so many references to coffee either being made, brewed, sipped, drunk or refused in one book. And of course, what's a cup of coffee without sandwiches, they simply go together...over and over and over. No wonder the different groups in this book were incompetent...they were on a continual caffeine buzz.

Conclusion:

The actual story. i.e. the plot, was full of promise and hope...this could have been a great detective/murder novel. But the writing was poor and the plot from a believably point of view, was a real stretch, resulting in a over-rated best-seller. 2 Stars.

Coffee anyone...anyone?

Ray Nicholson

P.S.
I would be greatly indebted if someone could explain to me, the reason for the inclusion of mathematical references and formulas in the introduction areas of each major section of this book.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PIPPI LONGSTOCKINGS - THE GROWNUP VERSION, Aug. 21 2009
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NeuroSplicer (Freeside, in geosynchronous orbit) - See all my reviews
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Lisbeth Salander is one of the most original and intriguing characters to appear in modern literature for a very long time. When was the last time you came across a featherweight female boxer with more than a touch of Asperger's syndrome; with strong kung-fu when it comes to computer hacking skills and an unstoppable fighting spirit when it comes to physical blows; with a photographic memory and an uncanny ability to grasp mathematics; a master of social engineering and a ghost of disguises; a formidable chess player and an enemy few people could afford to make?
It is Pipi Longstockings with breast implants, real guns and a killer PowerBook!

Whereas the first installment of the MILLENNIUM Trilogy was more on publisher Mikael Blomkvist and his quest to solve a decades old locked-room/island mystery, this second book gives us a ample view on Lisbeth's history as she straggles to clear her name of a triple murder. She had both motive and opportunity and all physical evidence points to her. Was she desperate enough to actually have done it? What could possibly push her over the edge?

Women trafficking, rogue agents of the Soviet GRU and the Swedish Sapo trying to keep their crimes in the shadows, biker gangs and obscure members of Lisbeth's family all interweave in a very absorbing story that kept me turning pages into the morning hours.
And amongst the fog of all this war, Lisbeth comes up with Fermat's alleged elegant solution to his Last Theorem on her own (no, unfortunately the solution is not described in detail).

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUCH better than Dragon Tattoo, Feb. 25 2012
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After being disappointed in the first book, I was pleasantly surprised at how engrossing the second book in the series was. I had a hard time putting this one down. If you were able to plod through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, then do yourself a favor and start reading this one as well. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, Feb. 9 2012
Creates a whole new wave of problems and other areas not even thought of in the first. overall a great read and very difficult to put down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Dragon Tattoo?, Nov. 1 2010
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This book is faster paced than the previous novel. It turns out the first book was really just an intro to Lisbeth and her strange story. This and the third book (I'm about a quarter way through that one) are basically one long, complex story centered on Salander and how she got to be who she is.

A satisfying read and difficult to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating in the extreme., Nov. 22 2009
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To not like this would be to not have a beating heart. The novel crafted by Mr.Larsson flows beautifully, and there are some excellent plot devices put to use here. For instance, those who have read the first book in the trilogy, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, will know that the point of view changes quite often between the characters. Well, in this book, one of the most gripping effects is when one characters' storyline goes missing for quite sometime, making for an ultimately more-rewarding payoff when the reader finds out what did transpire with that character.
Anyhow, there is a reason these books were worthy of billboard sized advertizing in Europe in the Summer of 2009--they're terrific. Can't wait for the third to hit North America! Great gift for someone who could use some escapist fiction, but who also likes to be engaged in what they read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Sequels, June 10 2014
This book is one of the best sequels I've ever read to the first volume, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essentially the first volume of a two part story completed by The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, May 28 2014
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The best crime fiction written in the last 10 years, and sadly the second last of Stieg Larsson's wonderful books. Mr Larsson died in his mid 50's from heart disease after running up the stairs to his office. Buy both books together, so you don't have to go running to the store only to find they're out of Hornet's Nest and you're going to have to wait a week or a month for the resolution. It is a satisfying cliff hanger, but you really do want to know the rest of the story.

Like the Martin Beck novels of Mai Sjowall and Per Wahloo (the other great Swedish detective series in 10 volumes) they are social commentary in the guise of the "detective" or "crime" genre. Larsson was planning a total of 10 novels of which the first was released before his death (The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo) and the latter two were released afterwards, and there are minor glitches which the hyper aware will catch but which do not interfere with the stories. Three of the best novels you're likely to read in the next decade.
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