Jun 05, 10
Recommended to Amy by:
Anyone who has read the first two books.
Read from May 25 to June 05, 2010, read count: 1
The 3rd book in the Millenium series was quite good. I did not enjoy it as much as I had the second, The Girl Who Played with Fire
, but it was still a very compelling read. I wish I could give this book 3.5 stars. I don't think it rises to the level of four or even five stars because there were some strange points where the writing seemed to depart from what I had expected of Larsson after reading the first two novels. I wonder if this third book had been not entirely
completed as of the date of his death, requiring a ghostwriter to rewrite or even initially write some parts of the story. I know (the internet told me) that there was supposed to be a 4th book in the works that was abandoned because Larsson died and his family did not want to hire a ghostwriter to finish it.
I think the thing I liked least about the novel were the one page history tales about strong women throughout antiquity and the early modern era. While I understand what Larsson (or his editors) were going for I felt that the recaps were unnecessary and didn't lend anything to the story. In fact, when I was nearing the trial at the end of the novel and hit one of these section breaks, I was a little annoyed that my incessant page turning was interrupted by a non-sequitur. I had a similar problem when I was younger and read The Lost World
and Michael Crichton
continually interposed expositions on the Chaos Theory. For me, it distracted from the telling of the story.