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The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest (Millennium #3)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  391,585 ratings  ·  24,073 reviews
In the concluding volume of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head.

But she's fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she'll stand trial for three murders. With the help of Mikael Blomkvist, she'll need to identify those in authority who have allowed the vulne
Paperback, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 655 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Vintage Books, Random House (first published January 1st 2007)
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These books really shouldn't work. Stieg Larsson is a very weird writer. He likes to tell us absolutely everything someone is doing. If Stieg wrote the story of my morning, it would go like this:

"Joel woke up around 7:45 a.m. and looked at the clock. He decided he didn't need to get up yet and hit the snooze button. When the alarm sounded again, he dragged himself out of bed and used the toilet. He brushed his teeth and then dressed in a blue striped shirt, black tie and flat front dress slacks
Grace Tjan
What I learned from this book (in no particular order):

1. You can use duct tapes to close up serious wounds; they keep the blood in and the germs out.

2. You can be shot in the head and STILL have photographic memory, though annoyingly, you will forget the solution to that pesky Fermat's Theorem that you have just discovered.

3. Congenital analgesia is a useful condition to have for mafia henchmen and Bond villains.

4. Muscular, one meter eighty-four tall Latina policewomen who can out-wrestle a ma
Shayantani Das
Dearest Steig Larsson,

I absolutely hate you! But,I think I love you too. While every author has some characteristic quality, yours seem to be to make readers pissed at you. Ever since I picked up the 1st book of this Millennium saga, I have regretted my decision countless times. You have forced me to bang my head on the wall, pull my hair, throw your books at the end of the room, and then pick it up again and read it like a mad woman, totally forgetting the outside world. You have left me with s
Edited to include link to Nora Ephron's very funny piece ("The Girl Who Fixed the Umlaut") from The New Yorker:

  D E P R E S S I O N…

You’re probably depressed when, in the space of 3 or 4 weeks, you leave the house only when absolutely necessary, and read about 30 books – 90% of which are crap, including 15 books by Harlan Coben, a grade Z mystery writer. Even worse, you read Coben’s entire Myron Bolitar series, which is the equivalent of reading the same b
Lisbeth Salander, we hardly knew ye.

It seems like a particularly cruel joke that Steig Larsson died shortly after getting a deal to publish his Millennium Trilogy. Would he have continued on with these tales of Salander and journalist Mikeal Blomkvist if he would have lived? Unless the rumors are true about Larsson’s long-time girlfriend having a laptop with a fourth book saved on it stuck in a safety deposit box somewhere as she fights with his family over the cash cow this series has become, w
Jeffrey Keeten
”Salander was afraid of no-one and nothing. She realized that she lacked the necessary imagination--and that was evidence enough that there was something wrong with her brain.”

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Noomi Rapace plays Lisbeth Salander in the excellent Swedish trilogy. She takes the bad girl goth look farther than even Joan Jett.

Even if Lisbeth Salander had been raised in a “normal” environment of a white picket fence, with a swing in the backyard, a dad flipping burgers in a haze of barbecue smoke, and a smiling, sun
It seems to be unfair to rate the two first Millenium-novels by five stars and then give only three stars for the last one. On the other hand it is not fair to write two brilliant books and then publish a 600 pages long epilogue without much of a new story, either.

600 pages look like a long story, but if you skip the 300 cups of coffees Micke and his friends make, stir and drink, if you skip the complete index of the Stockholm city-map and if you skip the subplot of Erika and her stalker (which
I loved the Millennium trilogy. I hate that I've now read every novel written by Steig Larsson.
I didn't like the second volume of the trilogy as much as the first, so I was initially wary about this book. But after the first few chapters, I was reassured. Despite some obviously implausible elements (even in Sweden, would you really keep two people who had tried to kill each other on the same corridor at a hospital?) it is extremely gripping and well-written.

Having now finished the book, I can confirm that, although it's not quite as good as the first one, it is indeed a fine end to the se
Thom Dunn

Mr. Larsson, wherever you are, thank you for your magnificent story telling which, like your life, ended too abruptly and much too soon.
Sarah Null
Sarah Null woke up at 8:00. She showered, dressed, and went into the kitchen. She made some coffee and sandwiches, then she went into the living room and sat in the armchair. She opened up her Sony Vaio laptop and checked her email. There were several emails from Meghan Fang and a few from the girls in her book club. The rest were mainly junk: email coupons and the like. It wasn't until after reading her email that she logged into She took a sip of her coffee and began to write he ...more
Dan Porter
This is the third book in Larsson's Millennium series. About halfway through this one, I started viewing it less as a stand-alone book in a series and more as Part II of a single book that might be titled The Dysfunctional Family Meets Robert Ludlum. Part I of that book would be The Girl Who Played with Fire and the prologue would be The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in the way that The Hobbit is prologue to The Lord of the Rings or The Winds of War is prologue to War and Remembrance. While it wou ...more
Apr 14, 2010 K rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: die-hard Milennium series fans -- just read the last 150 pages or so
I really enjoyed “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” which not only succeeded as an exciting thriller but contained elements of interesting characterization and relationship intrigue. Unfortunately, the Millennium series does not appear to be one which improves upon further acquaintance. “The Girl who Played with Fire” was an adequate thriller but not great, and “The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” was just plain disappointing, not to mention way too long. 743 pages?!? I wanted to put it down ...more
The Writer
This is the third book in the Millenium trilogy, and - thankfully - the last, because my hands were starting to feel a bit shaky after supporting these five centimeter thick book whenever I went around in a quest to find the most comfortable spot in the apartment without being bugged by my too enthusiastic budgies.

Sadly, I couldn't say the same praise toward this one as I did to the previous two books. To begin with, I'd say this book is a must read, well if you want to know the ending of the wh
This is the first time I've been glad to be sick (for a WEEK now) because otherwise I may have really had to play hooky from work to read this book. I've been waiting for it for what seems like forever (but is not actually that bad, George R.R. Martin) and it was worth the wait. The great translations make this mystery series even better reads. It's like normal English but not quite, in the best possible way, and that's what I look for in a translation. What we used to call in India "same same b ...more
I find this entire series very unenjoyable, but I appreciated what I felt were academic analyses of consent and power in the first two books. Because this third installment failed to present any academic point, there was really nothing for me here. The attempt was clearly to say something about how, traditionally, women have actually fought in wars, not stayed on the sidelines fainting and tending to wounds like, I don't know, some people expect, but really the story was more about how cool wome ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Jul 10, 2010 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon (Giraffe Days) by: Maria M. Elmvang
Contains spoilers for the end of book 2

I have to thank my friend Maria (of Bogormen) again for sending me the UK edition of the third book, which arrived on about the same day as it was released in hefty and expensive hardcover here - I love the book-blogging community; we're all so keen for each other to read our favourite books we'll happily supply the drugs books for each others' habit! This edition doesn't match the elongated mass market paperbacks of the previous two that I have, but that's
Claude Bertout
J'ai regardé rapidement les différentes critiques de Millénium postées sur le site ; on y trouve tout et son contraire sur cette saga de deux mille pages. Alors, disons-le clairement : cette trilogie est incontestablement un chef-d’œuvre romanesque. L’histoire nous emmène dans les vies très compliquées d'une fille apparemment autiste et d'un reporter séduisant, brillant et buté qui se trouvent confrontés de manière parfois violente à un certain nombre d’hommes qui n'aiment pas les femmes. Si vou ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This is an excellent book. It isn't among my favorites and I can't say it's even among the best of what I rate at four stars but it's still a fantastic read and highly recommended. I would say there is the proviso that you should read the Millennium series in order. This book is very much what I'd call the "second half" of The Girl Who Played With Fire.

Stieg Larsson's books are frankly adult reads and while it may be that in Sweden standards are different than here in the U.S. I think readers mi
I knew the end was coming. I knew it couldn't last forever. I had braced myself for it (or so I thought), and now that it's here I don't know what to say. That's probably a good thing because there's not a lot you can say about The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest without giving away spoilers or saying something new.

The book opens with Lisbeth Salander in the hospital and recovering from the gunshot wounds she received in The Girl Who Played with Fire. Under perpetual guard and severely injure
Patrick O'Neil
Stieg Larsson's Millennium books are like crack. I gotta jones for the gaddamn things. I pick them up, I don't put them down. I don't sleep, I don't bathe, I eat junk food while I read. I ignore the phone, emails, my friends. It's so bad that when the second book, The Girl Who Played With Fire ended and shit all had been resolved, I got on the internet to see when the third book was to be released - the damn thing wasn't getting released in the US until the end of May 2010. Nope, that just would ...more
Dear Mr. Larsson,

What happened, buddy?

You and I were on such great terms! I loved the first two parts of Millennium series, especially the second installment.. and although some people found it annoying, your style of writing about every single thing everyone did in the run of a day was enjoyable.

Brandon woke up, turned off the alarm clock. He stepped out of bed and walked to the kitchen. He took out a loaf of bread and put two slices in the toaster. He waited until the bread was browned nicel
Bobbi Woods
Finishing this book was like finishing the last book in the Harry Potter series--I was devastated knowing there will be no more!

Stieg Larsson did such an incredible job of wrapping up the first two books in the series with this one. It was 602 pages of incredible "can't get enough of these great characters" good stuff. The first two books each had their own journalism adventure/theme. This book takes all the loose ends in the first two books, continuing where the second book left off (quite a cl
مصطفي سليمان
مفيش أي كلمات تقدر توفي أحساسي
مع آخر
صفحة ف الرواية
في آخر جزء

هو ازاي كتبها؟
هو ازاي قدر علي لم تفاصيل مبعثرة بالمهارة دي؟

انا مش بتكلم علي اسلوب حكي استثنائئ
ولا علي كمية معلومات بسيطة
او بناء شخصيات غير مسبوق بالنسبة ليا
ولا علي تفاصيل كثير ما بين الثلاث اجزاء

انا بتكلم علي ثلاثية ساحرة
تجمع ما بين حاجات كتيره
أثارة وتشويق ودراما وكوميديا وحب
قانون وعنف وكل شئ

الجزء الثالث هو الاخير نظرا لوفاة الرائغ

Stieg Larsson

اللي كان يطمح الي كونها عشرة اجزاء
الله يرحمه
ثلاثية مبهرة
تخطت كل توقعاتي
بكل ما
Okay, I've read this now and I really don't have anything to add. It's a nicely done story, I read 400 pages of it yesterday and I'm in hospital and feel like shit, so I guess that is a compliment. The good guys win and you sense fairly early on that they are going to, so it's tense without being worrying. I quite liked that.

Excuse me. I'm going back to do that drugged dozing that Salander spends the first half of the book doing and in which regard I seem to be following in her footsteps.

It was worth the wait. (I know you were all dying to know, so I started with that first. You're welcome.)

Fair warning: It's 2:46am and I am up way past my bedtime because I could not leave this book unfinished. Therefore, this review will probably be very random and disorganized.

Here we go. The final installment of the series was, as per the norm, super intense and unstoplistenable. That, of course, is a perfectly valid word that will be found in all modern dictionaries. Just trust me. You don'
Larsson found his stride with this, the last number of the Millenium Trilogy. When I reached the middle of the book, I couldn't put it down and finished it at 3:00 a.m. It is sad that Larsson died before seeing any of the trilogy in print and sad too that we will have no more novels from him. Nevertheless, the Millenium Trilogy stands as a fine memorial. Lisbeth Salander, his unique creation, is less an active agent in the final novel and more of a fulcrum on which the action turns, driven by th ...more
Jun 23, 2010 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the first 2 books
I have no idea why I ended up giving this book 4 stars. For 2/3 of it I kept thinking it didn't deserve more than 3, but then once again Larsson added some kick-ass Salander magic and I was pleased.

"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" is definitely the weakest book in the Millenium trilogy.

First, it's not really an independent story, but an extension of the previous book - "The Girl Who Played with Fire" - and almost exclusively deals with the aftermath of it. Lisbeth is in a hospital, reco
Mar 29, 2013 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Millennium series
When I finished The Girl Who Played with Fire, I wrote the following paragraph in my Goodreads review:
The book ends directly after the climax, without any resolution. What about Salander's health? What about the book to expose the sex traffickers? What about Berger leaving Millennium? What happens to Zalachenko, Niedermann, Bjorck, and Telebroian?
Silly me. I had no idea those questions would be the entire subject of the third book. And wow, what a book it was. Larsson stayed true to the style he
Janet Richards
I don't want this book to end - I love this series so much. I'm finding other things to read to drag it out as long as possible :)

My will power didn't last long - After reading for most of yesterday evening and today I couldn't stop during the last half of the book it was so exciting watching to see if the Knights of the Idiotic Table could out wit the Section.

It was a fitting end to the trilogy -but I'm very, very sad there will be no more Lisbeth and Mikel stories. Lisbeth has to be one of my
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Stieg Larsson (born as Karl Stig-Erland Larsson) was a Swedish journalist and writer who passed away in 2004.

As a journalist and editor of the magazine Expo , Larsson was active in documenting and exposing Swedish extreme right and racist organisations. When he died at the age of 50, Larsson left three unpublished thrillers and unfinished manuscripts for more. The first three books ( The Girl With
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Millennium (4 books)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
  • That Which Does Not Kill
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2) The Millennium Trilogy La ragazza che giocava con il fuoco 1 (Millennium, #2-1) 밀레니엄 1 상: 여자를 증오한 남자들 (Millennium 1: Phase Millennium: The men hate women)

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