- Hardcover: 576 pages
- Publisher: Viking Canada; 1st Edition edition (May 25 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670069035
- ISBN-13: 978-0670069033
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.2 x 23.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 168 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest Hardcover – May 25 2010
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As the finale to Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is not content to merely match the adrenaline-charged pace that made international bestsellers out of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire. Instead, it roars with an explosive storyline that blows the doors off the series and announces that the very best has been saved for last. A familiar evil lies in wait for Lisbeth Salander, but this time, she must do more than confront the miscreants of her past--she must destroy them. Much to her chagrin, survival requires her to place a great deal of faith in journalist Mikael Blomkvist and trust his judgment when the stakes are highest. To reveal more of the plot would be criminal, as Larsson's mastery of the unexpected is why millions have fallen hard for his work. But rest assured that the odds are again stacked, the challenges personal, and the action fraught with neck-snapping revelations in this snarling conclusion to a thrilling triad. This closing chapter to The Girl's pursuit of justice is guaranteed to leave readers both satisfied and saddened once the final page has been turned. --Dave Callanan
“A thoroughly gripping read . . . Lisbeth Salander, Stieg Larsson’s fierce pixie of a heroine, is one of the most original characters in a thriller to come along in a while—a gamin, Audrey Hepburn look-alike but with tattoos and piercings, the take-no-prisoners attitude of Lara Croft and the cool, unsentimental intellect of Mr. Spock . . . Owes less to the Silence of the Lambs horror genre than to something by John le Carré.”
—Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
“The literary equivalent of a caffeine rush . . . Larsson was one of those rare writers who could keep you up until 3 a.m. and then make you want to rush home the next night to do it again . . . Larsson is something like John Grisham [but] Larsson held an extra ace: the creation of Salander.”
“It’s over! And I feel the same sense of pleasure and loss that I did when I watched the finale of ‘The Sopranos’ and the last episodes of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ . . . Salander is, I promise, someone you will never forget . . . Anyone who enjoys grounding their imaginations in hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of exciting pages about the way we live now ought to take advantage of this trilogy.”
—Alan Cheuse, Chicago Tribune
"Larsson has produced a coup de foudre, a novel that is complex, satisfying, clever, moral . . . This is a grown-up novel for grown-up readers, who want something more than a quick fix and a car chase. And it's why the Millennium trilogy is rightly a publishing phenomenon all over the world."
“A heart-stopping showdown showcases one of crime fiction’s most unforgettable characters—and cements Larsson’s rep as one of its most passionate and original voices.”
“Confirms Larsson as one of the great talents of contemporary crime fiction.”
—Sunday Times (UK)
“Exhilarating . . . Larsson’s was an undeniably powerful voice in crime fiction that will be sorely missed.”
“Fast-paced enough to make those Jason Bourne films seem like Regency dramas.”
“Larsson’s vivid characters, the depth of the detail across the three books, the powerfully imaginative plot, and the sheer verve of the writing make the trilogy a masterpiece of its genre.”
“There are few characters as formidable as Lisbeth Salander in contemporary fiction of any kind . . . She dominates the stage like Lear . . . She will be sorely missed.”
“Larsson’s work is original, inventive, shocking, disturbing, and challenging . . . His novels have brought a much needed freshness into the world of crime fiction.”
"Fans will not be disappointed: this is another roller-coaster ride that keeps you reading far too late into the night."
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A classic battle between the good guys and the bad guys ensues in this tale of human rights gone horribly wrong. The only complaint I have about this third and final installment is the constant introduction of new characters on nearly every page. It was hard to keep up, but you must pay close attention because every character introduced lends something significant to the story.
Certain parts of the book (namely Salander's trial) had me sitting on the edge of my seat and biting my nails (something I haven't done since high school). I even found myself giggling and pumping my fist in the air at certain moments! What a way to end a pretty good series (I say "pretty good" because I wasn't a huge fan of the first novel or the second). Things really picked up in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest and the book's conclusion was satisfying.
Unconventional, witty, fascinating, intriguing, mesmerizing …
I just didn’t want the book to end. I was captured in one magical world and have lived with the characters 24/7. It was an amazing experience, a great adventure.
Larsson’s specific style of writing is so beautiful and compelling. The plot is interesting, with so many twists. The characters are so full of life, so unconventional and real, especially Lisbeth. I love her!!!
Being part of this was a real pleasure. I still have a hard time finding another book as excellent as this one.
1. I can't tell you how good it feels for justice to be served and the villains finally get what they deserve!
2. The pacing of the book was very much like a roller-coaster ride: the book starts off very slow but it quickly picks up halfway and the ending was such an adrenaline rush.
3. The only complaints I have about this series are the unnecessary long background info on the side characters. There were times when I just skimmed through most of the political jargan. I also found the names of the characters to be confusing at times. Since I'm not familiar with Swedish I end up mumbling most of it in my head :P
4. I love how the plot progressed through the book (and the series). There was never a cliché or predictable moment; it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time! I was blown away by the twists and surprises that the author had written!
5. In all, I'd totally recommend this series for fans of CSI, Law & Order or anyone looking to read a good crime series.
I find Steig Larsson's ability to create truely unique characters to be the most compelling aspect of his writing. There are no stereotypical villians or predictable hero's in any of these books. In this novel he has done a brilliant job of constructing a believable, yet truely grotesque story and he's continued with the compelling development of the main characters.
If you are new to this series please reward yourself by purchasing the full set. The novels are all very long, but I found myself so engrossed in the stories that I didn't want them to end. The first, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a murder mystery that introduces you to the main players. The second is pure action adventure and this is where I was able to develop a full appreciation for Larsson's writing. The third is all political intrigue and court room drama. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
A note of caution, the second and third novels will not stand well on their own. You do need to read them in order or you will probably be lost.
I firmly believe anyone could get into these novels. However, if you are at all uncomfortable with graphic sex or violence this may not be for you. Both are described in great detail in all three books.
Reading this final book was not like connecting with a long dead author who lives on through his or her works. This was an immediate loss, tragic and so unfair.
I am aware of experiencing the world, second hand, through the imaginations of others, but the death of Stieg Larsson is more personal. It is impossible for me to separate the writer from the story. Along with Blomkvist and Salander, the unbending ethics of Larsson, his idealism and moral strength, is the third pillar of these novels.
Larsson's style is easy to fall into once the reader begins to adapt to the Swedish names and the political history of Sweden over the last forty years. The reference to James Jesus Angleton of the American CIA sent me to Google an unfamiliar name, and that story puts these novels into an even more believable context.
As another reviewer said, I will miss Salander and Blomkvist, but I am so grateful to Stieg Larsson for creating them. I grieve his loss.
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