Books: April 2012

by macksemil


“As the situation developed, the futility of attempting suicide in the middle of a hospital became apparent.” – Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

I finally finished the Millenium series by Stieg Larsson. The third book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest was very much along the same lines as the first two as far as pace and quality of writing. Fast paced, somewhat decent writing and with a plot capable of holding my attention. Although I didn’t think that this book was exceptional, it was better than the second instalment.

   Mikael Blomkvist continues to weave his way through the underground sections of the Swedish Secret Police.  As Lisbeth Salander’s trial approaches the timing becomes critical and all interested parties spring into action. The cards all fall into place in a series of small plot twists. Overall the story was fairly predictable. The best suprise in the book comes in the beginning and I won’t spoil it for those that plan to read the book.

Some of the strange characters from the second novel either are forgotten completely or diminished greatly in importance. Other more normal and somewhat boring characters take their places as the cast of characters continues to shift from punks, bikers and journalists to cops and security guards. I was really hoping that Larsson would shed some light on the sex trafficking industry in northern Europe but that didn’t really get much attention after all.

Overall this series was pretty mediocre. It was somewhat captivating but I mostly got through it because I read most of it while living on a floating prison this winter. The main characters are well developed and have interesting interactions but most of the peripheral characters feel very disposable and overdone. This is a good series if you’re looking for a crime or mystery novel series to keep you occupied in your downtime. However,The Girl With the Dragon Tatto who Played With Fire then Kicked the Hornet’s Nest series didn’t really leave much of a lasting impression on me.