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The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
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Oct 17, 10

bookshelves: read-in-2010, mystery
Read from August 22 to October 17, 2010

Great story, very interesting characters.

I know the overwhelming majority of people reading this trilogy love it to bits. But I just think the writing style is very drawn out, there is so much detail and repetition. And do I really need to know every single street name of every spot that any of the characters moved past? The story is very good and when there is finally something going on, the suspense is very good. But large parts of the narrative just bored me to tears.

I skimmed over most of the second half of the book and could still easily keep up with the plot. The book would probably have kept my attention a lot better if it had been 100 pages shorter.

The ending of the book is open, so I will eventually get the third book, just to get some closure. But my expectations of how much I will enjoy reading it are fairly low.

Did anybody else think that the big, bad secret of Salander's past is a little forced and overly contrived?

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There are lots of skim-able parts in these books; I agree.

Re the big bad secret of her past -- I'm not sure, honestly. I mean, obviously the author had it in his brain from day one, right? So the book is forced to go there, whether it likes it or not :)

What I didn't like about her past? That you never find out about the sister. That made me crazy.

Cathy (cathepsut) SPOILER ALERT

Does she show up in the third book?

I did not like the whole espionage angle of her past. It just sounded so far fetched to me.

Antof9 ohmyword, I was thinking you were through the last book when I wrote that. I'm SO sorry :( I'll shut up now. And yeah, the espionage thing was ... hard to wrap the brain around.

Cathy (cathepsut) No Problem, I don't feel spoiled... ;-)
So, the sister never comes up? Hm, some closure missing there. To be honest, I don't even know when I will pick up the third book. I am so bad at reading at the moment that I'd rather go for something easy and brainless. Had Stieg Larrson actually planned this as a trilogy or did he have more in the works when he died, do you know?

Antof9 I feel like I had heard it was planned as a trilogy, but I honestly can't remember for sure. Yes, definitely some loose ends not tied up.

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