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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
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Jul 02, 2012

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Read from July 02 to 15, 2012

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is the final thrilling instalment in the Millennium trilogy – this book does not disappoint. After reading all three books in the space of a month, I will be very sad to say goodbye to the protagonist of Lisbeth Salander who is intelligent, tattooed, and incredibly resourceful. It is ultimately refreshing to encounter a heroine who is so unique, and gives a good name to feminists everywhere. Sadly the same cannot be said of a majority of Larsson’s characters, especially the men of the novel, who appear to be motivated by highly perverted and misogynist motivations. This was especially evident in a section of the novel concerning Berger and her ‘stalker’ who repeatedly taunts her with the mantra ‘WHORE’.

The finial novel is concerned with the impending trial of the criminal Lisbeth Salander and the government plot to declare her permanently incompetent. Once again Blomkvist smells a story and works overtime to discover a covert plot to cover up the government’s involvement with the disgraced secret agent Zalchenko and his connection to Lisbeth. The plot is thrilling and Larsson spends a significant amount of time to character development throughout the novel.

It is refreshing to see Lisbeth back in her role as a supremely gifted hacker as she seeks revenge on a small faction of Sapo who devoted their careers to concealing the existence of Zalchenko. Like all good thrillers, Larsson ties off most of the loose ends concerning Lisbeth’s criminal and legal difficulties, whilst leaving a number of relationships unresolved and ambiguous. I will be sad to see the back of Lisbeth Salander.

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07/10/2012 page 172

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