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

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Salander is plotting her revenge - against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her event ...more
Paperback, 746 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Quercus Books (first published May 2007)
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Isa For me the third book was the worst. It has too many unnecessary details, that bored me to death. It had good bits too, but it doesn't make up for the…moreFor me the third book was the worst. It has too many unnecessary details, that bored me to death. It had good bits too, but it doesn't make up for the unbearable pages throughout the whole book. The story may be good(ish)..but I can't stand the writer style.

The second is slightly better, but same problem, too much information that doesn't lead to anything. eg, the boxing combat with Paolo was endless..

In the first part , although the style is similar , the story is a lot more interesting, so it's easier to ignore the tiring parts....

And if you found the second book too long, this third one is the never ending story. :)(less)

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j
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
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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
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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
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Kemper
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
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Jeffrey Keeten
Feb 09, 2015 Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic-noir
”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
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Ellen
Jul 07, 2010 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Edited to include link to Nora Ephron's very funny piece ("The Girl Who Fixed the Umlaut") from The New Yorker:
http://www.newyorker.com/humor/2010/0...

 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
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Will Byrnes
Mar 09, 2016 Will Byrnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third (completed) novel of what Stieg had hoped would be a ten-volume opus. At the end of the last book, Lisbeth Salander had been shot by her evil and well-toasted natural father, a former Soviet spy who had been granted immunity in Sweden in return for handing over information. We pick up the story here as she arrives at an ER with several wounds, including a bullet wound to the head, with the bullets still inside.

Don’t even try reading this if you have not read volumes 1 and 2. T
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Georg
Jan 03, 2010 Georg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, crime
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
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David
May 02, 2010 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Millennium trilogy. I hate that I've now read every novel written by Steig Larsson.
Lyn
May 19, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After finishing The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the last of the Millennium Trilogy by the late Stieg Larsson, I have a great desire to order a tray of sandwiches and coffee, fire up my 13 inch MacBook Pro, and order some Ikea furniture online.

Larsson’s crisp, journalistic, almost report-like prose is endearing rather than tedious and just as after finishing the first two, I greatly lament his passing for the selfish reason of not being able to look forward to more of his work.

This summe
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Manny
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
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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
Jun 16, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, whodunnit, kindle
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 Goodreads.com. She took a sip of her coffee and began to write he ...more
Councillor
Goodbye, Stieg Larsson. I have only gotten to know your books more than eleven years after your untimely death, but they will continue to have a thought-provoking impact on me and my reading experiences.

The "Millennium" series is one of the most famous Scandinavian thriller books, but only attained its status after the author's early death. While dealing with the disentanglement of a complex mystery, it can also be described as three novels full of social criticism, full of character studies and
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
4.5 stars, 5 stars for the trilogy as a whole

And once again, as soon as I've finished a series I want to go back and reread it to see what I missed. Probably won't happen for a good number of years at this point, but I'm so glad I had the option of the audiobook for all of these. Larsson's writing definitely took some getting used to. All three of these books fit together to form one brilliant story and I can really appreciate his commitment to it, to all of the different characters, to the inev
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The Writer
Dec 17, 2008 The Writer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sparrow
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
K
Apr 14, 2010 K rated it it was ok  ·  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
Charlotte
Oct 07, 2009 Charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Claude Bertout
Jan 24, 2010 Claude Bertout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Jul 10, 2010 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon (Giraffe Days) by: Maria 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
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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
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Bobbi Woods
Nov 20, 2009 Bobbi Woods rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amanda
Apr 16, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kick-ass, blog
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
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Brandon
Feb 01, 2013 Brandon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2011
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
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Patrick O'Neil
Feb 08, 2010 Patrick O'Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Diane
PERFECTION. PERFECTION. PERFECTION.

I loved the masterful technique of Stieg Larsson in creating characters with such depth. I may not like some characters but I understood where they were coming from; however convoluted it was, I understood what their motivations were and why they thought they had to do what they did.

We're the ones who don't exist.
We're the ones nobody will ever thank.
We're the ones who have to make decisions
that nobody else wants to make.
Least of all the politicians.


I'm on
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Laura
May 23, 2016 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fiction, kindle
So many cups of coffee and sandwiches were consumed while I read this book and NOT by me..These seem to be the main food groups that all the characters enjoy...If you were able to scrap that out I'm sure you'd be making the novel slightly thinner...This is a huge book...600pages is not for the light hearted. I really enjoyed the second book but this one was well...boring...It did have its moments but alot of it felt like it was just droning on and on..There was one bit where I thought I was near ...more
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
بس
ولا علي كمية معلومات بسيطة
بس
او بناء شخصيات غير مسبوق بالنسبة ليا
بس
ولا علي تفاصيل كثير ما بين الثلاث اجزاء
بس

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
بقي
ثلاثية مبهرة
ساحرة
تخطت كل توقعاتي
بكل ما
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Becky
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'
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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 Wit
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Other Books in the Series

Millennium Trilogy (4 books)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
  • The Girl in the Spider's Web (Millennium, #4)

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