On some level I just WISH Lisbeth Salander would do things the "normal" way... when her legal guardian raped her, she didn't ca...moreBjurman had it coming.
On some level I just WISH Lisbeth Salander would do things the "normal" way... when her legal guardian raped her, she didn't call the police (WHAT! Call the police!)
Change scene. When you come back to her, and she takes her revenge on him, you are seriously cheering for this unlikely heroine who does not do things in the traditionally accepted way.
That was in the first book.
In this book (spoiler, but it's early in the book), Bjurman dies. Furthermore, on page one you find that he is not the first person to abuse her. No wonder she's "the woman who hates men who hate women." And in her own way she crusades for justice. Some might call it vengeance.
Obviously, her unconventional ways of dealing with crises get her into trouble --- big, big trouble in this book.
I find Larsson's writing a little draggy at times. Blomkvist goes to the deli, and this is what he ate, and then he read his newspaper, and then he pets the cat (again, that's from Dragon Tattoo). I found that to be less the case in book 2. I'm not sure how much of that had to do with the fact that I was listening to the first book on audio, and reading this one paperback... I tend to have more patience for written words. I had a bit of a hard time getting into the first book, because of all the financial stuff (yawn), but once you're hooked here, you are hooked, and you are hooked into book 2 and beyond.
Therein lies my only complaint with this book.... book 1 felt like it ended and was a complete story, and if you didn't want to go on, it was fine. Book 2 does not wrap up the story but leads right into book 3. I have no problem with cliffhangers, but this ending felt incomplete.
That's okay, I have the eBook for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Which means I'll have read this trilogy in three different formats.
I love Lisbeth as a heroine. Strong heroines are kind of rare, and when they're out there, they're often too shiny, too perfect. She is anything but. She is more than a little rough around the edges. She is socially dysfunctional, but she is a genius. (Her first legal guardian suggests maybe she has Asperger's). And, she kicks ass.
Recommended? Oh yes. Don't plan on getting roped into these instantly, but once you're halfway through you can plan an allnighter.(less)
I am a huge Timothy Zahn fan (Disney, please have him write your screenplay!). I think I've read every book of his set in the Star Wars universe, and...moreI am a huge Timothy Zahn fan (Disney, please have him write your screenplay!). I think I've read every book of his set in the Star Wars universe, and many more besides. This one is a sort of Star Wars Oceans Eleven - Han Solo and a team of scoundrels plan a safe cracking. I enjoyed the story all the way through, and I'd have given it for stars.. but the ending was beyond awesome. No spoilers :)
This was the audio book, and although I enjoyed Marc Thompson's other Star Wars audio book performances, he has absolutely out done himself here. The performance is nothing short of amazing. At one point our 11 heroes are in a room planning the heist, and he voices each character -4 of them female - differently, and you know exactly who is talking by the accent and inflection he gives them, absolutely seamlessly in that difficult scene. with the sound effects Random House provided, you really feel like you're in the story. five stars for Marc, too.(less)
This was the audiobook version, which is decently read but no Vincent Price. Includes The Dunwich Horror & Call of Cthulhu. Interesting stuff but...moreThis was the audiobook version, which is decently read but no Vincent Price. Includes The Dunwich Horror & Call of Cthulhu. Interesting stuff but Lovecraft's obvious abhorrence of anything not white, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant bothers me. (less)
If you're already a Timothy Zahn fan, I'll tell you right now - this is not his best work. The amazing characterization is missing and it takes a LONG...moreIf you're already a Timothy Zahn fan, I'll tell you right now - this is not his best work. The amazing characterization is missing and it takes a LONG time to get really fascinating.
But it is worth a read. I'm likely not going to buy the rest of the books in this series unless I come across a really good deal.(less)
Such an odd book. It divides its narrative chapter by chapter between a human sent on a cryoship to begin a new colony, and a powerful being of light...moreSuch an odd book. It divides its narrative chapter by chapter between a human sent on a cryoship to begin a new colony, and a powerful being of light whose kind manipulate great energies. In places (especially the Wan-To chapters) it drags for me... A little too much science in my science fiction.
But, I really enjoyed the characterization of Viktor and the bizarre saga of what happens to him, and to the human race. All in all, an enjoyable read. (less)