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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
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Nov 17, 2010

it was amazing
Read from October 17 to November 16, 2010

There's not much I can add to a book that's been reviewed so heavily as this one has, but I can truly say I haven't enjoyed a popular fiction trilogy as much as this one in quite some time. It touches on so many different genres (crime/suspense/spy-caper novel sprinkled with social commentary?) that Larsson never truly let his work become easily pigeon-holed into any one type of formula. I'll definitely miss his characterization the most. His protagonists feel very real in their actions and in their inner dialogue. It's not hard to convince one's self that Blomkvist and Salander might actually be walking about Stockholm at this very minute.

I won't give much of anything away about the ending of this very satisfying book (it really should be thought of, when combined with The Girl Who Played With Fire, as one epic sequel to Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) but I can say that I felt a small, nearly insignificant part of this last novel really resonated with me in a haunting way. There's a small bit of text where a character is in deep thought about the prospect of their new role as editor-in-chief of a major newspaper in Sweden, and how the stress of the job can wreak a physical toll on the person trying to manage it. In fact, they had just watched the job take their predecessor's life a short time before. Knowing that Mr. Larsson was also an editor, you really wonder if he was speaking from firsthand experience through the filter of this character; and if so, it struck me as a bit of ominous foreshadowing of possibly one of the potential causes of the untimely death of a truly gifted author who had so many, many more books he should have had the opportunity to write.
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