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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
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May 27, 2012

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bookshelves: ebooks, fiction-other, kindle, 2012
Read from April 28 to May 27, 2012

One from my Magnus Magnusson ("I've started so I'll finish") collection - I still have to read "Bella's Fourth Big Book of Moping" by Stephenie Meyer...

I'm not sure I ever expected to finish all three books in the series, especially during the horrific slog through the world of financial journalism which constituted the first part of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo". More surprisingly, I actually enjoyed it. That's probably not the right word: the story in "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" was quite engrossing.

That's despite the insane amount of detail - by the end of the series we know exactly what every character likes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, exactly how much milk they like in their coffee (a double espresso with a teaspoon of milk for Armansky) and what brand of phone and computer they use. Oh, and a blow-by-blow* account of their sex lives: essentially, every Swedish woman has had sex with Blomkvist at least 17 times. Except the She reporter woman, apparently - "Imagine, a woman who can resist the famous Blomkvist charm" as Berger puts it. Supposedly this series would have gone on to 10 novels had Stieg Larsson lived, presumably detailing Blomkvist's exploits abroad with all the billions of women who had the misfortune to be born outside of Sweden and who until then had been unable to experience the unmissable joys of sexy times with Kalle Blomkvist...

There's a good (if crazy and preposterous) story in the series once you get through the minutiae of the characters' lives and some of the horrible writing - but I suppose part of the 'charm' lies in the clunkiness of the writing - and it ends quite satisfactorily with the courtroom drama: (view spoiler).

I'm glad I finished the trilogy, but I think that's enough for me. The loose ends are all pretty much tied up at the end of Hornets' Nest and if a fourth manuscript does turn up I'm not sure I'd rush out and buy a copy.

*No pun intended. Seriously. I was probably too busy dreaming of Blomkvist when I wrote this to notice how that might be interpreted by those of you with dirty minds...

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