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Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy is now available in a complete hardcover set.

All across America, readers are talking about Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novels, set in Sweden and featuring Lisbeth Salander—“one of the most original and memorable heroines to surface in a recent thriller” (The New York Times). The trilogy is an international sensation that will grab you a...more
Box Set, 1531 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (first published November 7th 2005)
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Ian Tregillis
One year when I was in grad school, a fellow student in my program sent a ranty, invective-laden email to the entire department. (This was notable, and sticks in my memory, because usually it was the tenured faculty who wrote these tirades.) His rant had been spurred by the announcement of a new scholarship program intended to encourage more women to pursue advanced degrees in technical disciplines. His argument (as near as I (a) could figure out at the time, and (b) can remember now, since it's...more
Anthony Roberts
Jan 16, 2012 Anthony Roberts rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like hard edged thrillers and crime dramas
Recommended to Anthony by: media
I'm giving the Millennium Trilogy four stars with a caveat: I'm positive I would have enjoyed these books even more if I could have read the originals in Swedish, and if I had a firm grasp of Swedish politics and economic policy. That I read all three books is a testament to their overall strength and that of the story. If it wasn't interesting I wouldn't have invested the effort. And it's not all about politics, wealth and privilege. These books are hard-boiled, crime dramas wrapped in a journa...more
Traci Slatton
I finished the last book with a sharp pang: I had read them all. There were no more to read. I felt a sense of loss.

Stieg Larrson simply wrote three of the most compulsively readable, engaging books I've read in decades. The characters were fantastic, complex and multi-dimensional and intriguing, flawed but heroic. I cared about Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. I liked them and I was rooting for them.

When I discussed the books with my mother, who reads continually, she said, "When Lisbeth...more
Anna Serra i Vidal
I have to say I liked it, because it sucked me and I read the three books in little more than two weeks. And they are long books.
But as some agents did say on Twitter some time ago, if this book was first published in the States, it would have been trimmed and it'd be better. The three of them are too long.
On the other hand, Lisbeth Salander character is one of the best characters I've read lately. You become instantly attached to her and want her to succeed.
In general, Larsson treats better w...more
Lynn Romaine
I started The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo back in February of this year, and for the first time in years, I read right through this and the other two books in the Trilogy (The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest). So I must give these books my highest recommendation. Why? Mainly because Stieg Larsson has created the most unforgettable character in fiction since who knows when. For me, probably since Elizabeth Bennett. Will you like these books? If you like very co...more
Bill
I began Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with the goal of understanding what there was about this book that made it so popular. I was gritting my teeth, convinced that getting through the book would be a most unpleasant labor. But then I found myself turning pages, not able to put it down, suprised, pleased, impressed.

And so I soldiered on to the second and third books of the series, and I loved them. But to answer my original question: what is it about these books that makes them so popular? Well, I...more
Ankit Agrawal
I don't know what to say about this Triology or not a triology but an incompleted series. I have loved this all in all but at the same time I have regretted reading it as well. It has kept me awake at nights but at the same time bored me. It has left me wanting to read more but at the same time left a bad taste in my mouth. There are so many contradicting emotions this series has left me with.
This has to be the most weird series or the most weird set of books anyone can read. Its so filled up wi...more
Greg Lang
These books were so popular that I just had to read them. I found them gripping but also frustrating and, at times, over the top. Too many characters, too many far fetched plots and crazy confrontations. But the stories set a mood that I found addictive. I could not put the books down until I finished them. I can definitely understand their appeal.
Steven Peterson
Sets like this have several purposes. One is simply putting a set of related works together, for people who want to acquire all parts, for instance, of a set of books. Another is "value added" by putting together a set.

For those who have not read the Millennium trilogy, this is a nice way of "one stop shopping." Begin with a "murder mystery," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Here, we begin with journalist Mikael Blomkvist losing credibility and being humiliated for lack of journalistic integ...more
Jean
I loved these books! I read them on my Nook, and I couldn't click "next page" fast enough, through all three. Lisbeth Salander is a quirky, brilliant girl of about 25 who gets involved with a series of adventures with Mikael Blomqvist, a journalist. In the first book, she helps him investigate the mysterious disappearance of a girl from her wealthy family more than 30 years ago. In the second, they get involved with trying to find a Soviet spy who just happens to be Lisbeth's father. And in the...more
Tammy
Books were very hard to get into at first, I'll admit. The books drag a lot in the beginning. In the first novel, I nearly put it down until I got the part where he introduced Lisbeth. Then it got interesting. In the second book, it started out the same way as the first; slow pacing and lots of unneeded detail to the personal lives of the characters, like Lisbeth apartment-searching, shopping, etc. I actually put the book down for a couple of weeks before picking it up again. Then BAM - I hit th...more
Beth
The first of three books in the Millennium Series, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, has a slow beginning. The first half presents two separate lives in Sweden: Mikael Blomkvist, a 40-something journalist convicted of libel, and Lisbeth Salander, a 24-year-old eccentric computer hacker working for a security firm. The first half was boring.

Eventually, the book gets better when Blomkvist and Salander join forces to find a murderer of a member of the Vanger family who disappeared 40 years ago. The...more
Virginia
Sorry, but I don't get it. Sorry. Blomkvist was boring and I didn't like him very much. I didn't care much about Millenium. Larsson was the MOST pedestrian writer. I know, I know ... it was translated. But that's not all that was wrong with the writing. If I had to read one more time what color t-shirt someone was wearing, I was going to lose it. And by the way, does anyone in this series ever make a commitment to anyone else, or is that just too conventional and 20th century for these oh-so-enl...more
Shirley
I had always wondered about all the hype over Larsson's books and thought what would be so great about it. When my sister bought the trilogy, i decided to read to quench my curiosity. I must say that i was overtly surprised. These books are fantastic. The rock solid storyline keeps you captivated and always on the edge. Every step the characters take, fills you with anticipation and anxiety. It's difficult to put down the book. I finished all the three one after the other, within two weeks and i...more
ruzmarì
I realize this is a lukewarm review at best for a series of novels that has become an international bestseller, and inspired both Stockholm and Hollywood to adapt the story for the silver screen. I blame Stieg Larsson, who had the gall to pound out a hundred thousand pages about a brilliant maladjusted hacker and her difficult friend the brilliant risk-taking investigative journalist, and then die before his editor could say, "Stieg, I get it, it's a vast technological conspiracy with child-mole...more
MaryAnn
It's not often that I read a book or book series and am sad when I finish because I just don't want the journey to end. I was really sad at the end of the Millennium series. Larsson wove such an intriguing tale of Lisbeth Salander's life with a mix of political intrigue and conspiracy. I became completely engrossed in the story. The books are long but savory. It's difficult to imagine that Larsson just wrote these three books for fun and relaxation with no intent to publish. I think the thing th...more
Ayde
Even though the thriller is not my favorite genre I liked all the books of the trilogy. The author created a quite different kind of heroine.

She is somebody who is supposed mentally incompetent by law, and in spite of disgraceful family background, she is able to use her intelligence to carry on every part in the puzzles to solve.

There are more interesting characters, some of them really evil and some full of courage but she is the center of attention as well as the plot.

Recommended for those w...more
Dahiana Acosta
La Trilogía Millenium fue mi introducción al mundo de la novela negra de Suecia. Después de ahí, los autores suecos y yo hemos desarrollado una gran amistad.

Su autor, Stieg Larrson, nos presenta esta historia que tiene mucho de él y mucho más de Suecia. En Mikael Blomkvist, refleja su actividad profesional, ya que el pasó por una experiencia similar a su personaje, un escándalo por la no verificación de un dato suministrado por una fuente. Y a través de Blomkvist expone el ejercicio del periodi...more
Kate
Jul 19, 2012 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anybody who likes crime/thriller fiction.
Recommended to Kate by: The 2009 film version.
I read these around the same time as I read the Fifty Shades trilogy and you couldn't ask for two sets of books that are such polar opposites of each other.

I hadn't particularly planned on reading them but happened to see the 2009 film adaptation on TV, late one night, and really enjoyed it. The next day I went out and bought the books.

The first book, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, was my favourite of the three, I found the murder mystery plot more interesting than the political themes of the...more
Dingus
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Rocky41-7
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. A juicy story about the trials and tribulations of Mikael Blomkvist as he struggles to solve the mystery of Harriet Vanger's disappearance forty years ago. An impossible crime; a disgraced journalist and a girl with some very interesting tattoos.
Lisbeth Salander, the troubled, genius hacker who aides Mikael in his attempt to solve the decades old crime. First off, I LOVE Lisbeth. She is a girl who has suffered a lot, and she has come out fighting. She takes no cr...more
KarenC
Jan 19, 2011 KarenC rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Crime fiction
Recommended to KarenC by: NYT Bestseller; buzz about the series

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo read quickly and really liked it! Some reviewers have critcized the amount of backstory provided at the beginning of this book, but I thought it was all relevant and ultimately added to the whole story. This book was a good introduction to those who would become the central characters of the series.

The Girl Who Played with Fire was a little slower getting started. Of the three titles this was the one I liked the least. It is important for character development an

...more
Pat
Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy was a fantastic set of books. I happened to read it partly while living in Sweden, which was a nice bonus, since I could actually walk down the streets and visit the places Stieg Larsson actually uses throughout the stories.

The primary reason that these books are worth reading, are:
1. The series is gritty and dark.
2. The characters are complex and interesting. (Two examples are the criminal Ronald Neidermann who is a hulking assassinn who cannot feel pain, but...more
Lourdes Encinas
Confieso que había dejado pasar estos libros porque por el título del primero (Los hombres que no amaban a a las mujeres) creí que abordaban una temática feminista y no me detuve a investigar más.

Pero este año vi la película y wow ¡cómo no los había leído antes!

Mi amiga Chalita me regaló el primero y superó mis expectativas. El segundo lo compré yo y, bueno, tiene un giro sorprendente. El tercero me lo regaló mi amiga Walkiria y es un digno desenlace. De esos que no te dejan deseando más porque...more
Kathryn
I have already reviewed the individual books, but I feel I have to do the series as a whole. I will try to keep this brief.

The stories which unfold in this trilogy are probably unlike anything you will ever read. You will learn of the evil people can do, and how evil some of these people can really be.

Larsson was a mastery storyteller. It is a shame he passed when he did. I would have loved to read more of his work. It's raw, truthful, vivid, and powerful in unexpected ways.

Do yourself a favo...more
Bookworm
I read all three over the course of a couple years, and finally finished the last one in May '13! It had been a while since I read the first two, so it took me a little while to get into it, remember what was happening and who was who. In the end, though, I ended up enjoying this one maybe best of all. Plot-wise it was strong, maybe even more so than the others.

But what got me was that I think I am old enough now that the theme of the series really struck a chord with me. The books have always...more
Meira Eliot
A quirky soul, I don`t generally go for authors on the bestseller list. There are two exceptions now, John le Carre and Stieg Larsson. In both cases for the same reasons. They both portray flawed, complex, maddeningly human three-dimensional characters who stay believable even when they are walking way, way on the wild side, just as much as when they are grocery shopping or vacuuming their living rooms. And they both have immensely satisfying, thrilling, onion-layered plots - part political thri...more
Ruqayya
When it comes to best-sellers I tend to avoid those books. They are always over-rated and have the best reviews. When you actually read the book there is nothing amazing about it. You should always read those reviews under 3 stars!

I brought the trilogy only because they were going cheap on kindle and have heard great things about the books. After reading the first book I was left very disappointed.

I read in many reviews that the book took some chapters to get into the story. It actually took abo...more
Pamela
I’m going against my better judgement here and reviewing a trilogy as a whole, rather than as individual books. I just didn't truly find enough difference between the stories to promote an in depth look at each, and so here I sit, reviewing the series that took the literary world by storm.

I think I will annoy a great many people when I say that not only did I not love these books, but I didn't even particularly like them. The stories were certainly gripping, but overall I found them shallow. The...more
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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...more
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