Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson (Millenium Series #3)

After finishing The Girl Who Played With Fire, I was too impatient to wait for the U.S. release of this last one in the Millenium trilogy. Luckily for me, my friend Raz was taking a trip to London, and she brought this one back. By now, I think the US release is imminent, but I'm still glad I got a head start. This installment finds Lisbeth Salander debilitated in a hospital room after being shot in the head and buried alive. She is suspected of three murders, and while she fights for her life, her journalist friend Mikael Blokvist fights to uncover the truth of her innocence, and those within the Swedish police force and beyond who have dedicated so much time and energy to turning her into a victim. As with the first two books, there is some great cyberhacking in this one, and some civilian justice for the more reprehensible characters. There is still the frustration of Lisbeth's inability at times to help herself, but Larsson did a better job in this final book of portraying the reasons behind her reluctance in a way that helped Lisbeth become a more understandable character, as opposed to just a stubbornly obnoxious one. At times the background story of Lisbeth's father, and the recounting of his physical abuse of Lisbeth's mother, as well as Lisbeth's abuse at the hands of her legal guardian, became a bit tiresome and repetitive. But, overall, I enjoyed the new story lines that Larsson threw in - particularly one involving the cyberstalker of Erika Berger (Blomkvist's former editor-in-chief and long-time lover). This final book of the trilogy did not disappoint - while this is not where Larsson intended to end the series, he still managed to do right by Lisbeth - definitely one of the strongest literary heroines of our time.

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