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Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy is now available in a complete hardcover set.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared without a trace more than forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to try to discover what happened to her. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist recently s
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Hardcover, Box Set, 1531 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (first published November 7th 2005)
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Ian Tregillis
Aug 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One year when I was in grad school, a fellow student in my program sent a ranty, invective-laden email to the entire department. (This was notable, and sticks in my memory, because usually it was the tenured faculty who wrote these tirades.) His rant had been spurred by the announcement of a new scholarship program intended to encourage more women to pursue advanced degrees in technical disciplines. His argument (as near as I (a) could figure out at the time, and (b) can remember now, since it's ...more
Anthony Roberts
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like hard edged thrillers and crime dramas
Recommended to Anthony by: media
I'm giving the Millennium Trilogy four stars with a caveat: I'm positive I would have enjoyed these books even more if I could have read the originals in Swedish, and if I had a firm grasp of Swedish politics and economic policy. That I read all three books is a testament to their overall strength and that of the story. If it wasn't interesting I wouldn't have invested the effort. And it's not all about politics, wealth and privilege. These books are hard-boiled, crime dramas wrapped in a journa ...more
Traci Slatton
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I finished the last book with a sharp pang: I had read them all. There were no more to read. I felt a sense of loss.

Stieg Larrson simply wrote three of the most compulsively readable, engaging books I've read in decades. The characters were fantastic, complex and multi-dimensional and intriguing, flawed but heroic. I cared about Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. I liked them and I was rooting for them.

When I discussed the books with my mother, who reads continually, she said, "When Lisbeth
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Peter
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
This is one of the best crime thriller trilogies ever written and such a sad twist that Stieg Larsson didn't get to see the success his books had.

A lot of people have seen the movies and understand the storyline but I would recommend reading the books as they offer much more depth to the characters with their personal demons and principles, particularly experienced by Lisbeth Salander. The plot is excellent and while each book can more or less stand on its own, there is the real expansive plot a
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Lynn Romaine
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I started The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo back in February of this year, and for the first time in years, I read right through this and the other two books in the Trilogy (The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest). So I must give these books my highest recommendation. Why? Mainly because Stieg Larsson has created the most unforgettable character in fiction since who knows when. For me, probably since Elizabeth Bennett. Will you like these books? If you like very co ...more
Anna Serra i Vidal
I have to say I liked it, because it sucked me and I read the three books in little more than two weeks. And they are long books.
But as some agents did say on Twitter some time ago, if this book was first published in the States, it would have been trimmed and it'd be better. The three of them are too long.
On the other hand, Lisbeth Salander character is one of the best characters I've read lately. You become instantly attached to her and want her to succeed.
In general, Larsson treats better w
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Ankit Agrawal
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what to say about this Triology or not a triology but an incompleted series. I have loved this all in all but at the same time I have regretted reading it as well. It has kept me awake at nights but at the same time bored me. It has left me wanting to read more but at the same time left a bad taste in my mouth. There are so many contradicting emotions this series has left me with.
This has to be the most weird series or the most weird set of books anyone can read. Its so filled up wi
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Bill
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I began Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with the goal of understanding what there was about this book that made it so popular. I was gritting my teeth, convinced that getting through the book would be a most unpleasant labor. But then I found myself turning pages, not able to put it down, suprised, pleased, impressed.

And so I soldiered on to the second and third books of the series, and I loved them. But to answer my original question: what is it about these books that makes them so popular? Well, I
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Greg Lang
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
These books were so popular that I just had to read them. I found them gripping but also frustrating and, at times, over the top. Too many characters, too many far fetched plots and crazy confrontations. But the stories set a mood that I found addictive. I could not put the books down until I finished them. I can definitely understand their appeal.
Geri
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Geri by: ggnorman@aol.com
All I can say is, if I am ever in a bad situation
I would hope I could call on this young lady.

DON'T MESS WITH THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
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Pamela  (Here to Read Books and Chew Gum)
I’m going against my better judgement here and reviewing a trilogy as a whole, rather than as individual books. I didn’t truly find enough difference between the stories to promote an in-depth look at each, and so here I sit, reviewing the series that took the literary world by storm.

I think I will annoy a great many people when I say that not only did I not love these books, but I didn’t even particularly like them. The stories were undoubtedly gripping, but overall I found them shallow. They p
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Jean
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I loved these books! I read them on my Nook, and I couldn't click "next page" fast enough, through all three. Lisbeth Salander is a quirky, brilliant girl of about 25 who gets involved with a series of adventures with Mikael Blomqvist, a journalist. In the first book, she helps him investigate the mysterious disappearance of a girl from her wealthy family more than 30 years ago. In the second, they get involved with trying to find a Soviet spy who just happens to be Lisbeth's father. And in the ...more
MaryAnn
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not often that I read a book or book series and am sad when I finish because I just don't want the journey to end. I was really sad at the end of the Millennium series. Larsson wove such an intriguing tale of Lisbeth Salander's life with a mix of political intrigue and conspiracy. I became completely engrossed in the story. The books are long but savory. It's difficult to imagine that Larsson just wrote these three books for fun and relaxation with no intent to publish. I think the thing th ...more
Doroti
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Tanya
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I never reviewed the first two books, so I’ll remedy that by giving a more general review of the trilogy.

First off, I should point out that I resisted the hype for a long time, but finally caved after visiting Stockholm and seeing some incredible Lisbeth Salander street art. I'm glad I went into this with a) a good idea of the city's geography and b) an understanding of Swedish culture and the importance of "fika", otherwise I probably would've been annoyed that all they ever seem to do is make/
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Avery
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read the series over a couple weeks basically continuously, so I will review it as a whole.

I don't have a lot to say, because they're fairly straightforward, highly entertaining thriller novels, and that's ultimately why I admire them so much. The women characters have real depth and agency. While horrible violence against women is indeed depicted in graphic detail, and I understand why some criticize the series for this reason, I am glad that at least the books' message is firmly against miso
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Shirley
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I had always wondered about all the hype over Larsson's books and thought what would be so great about it. When my sister bought the trilogy, i decided to read to quench my curiosity. I must say that i was overtly surprised. These books are fantastic. The rock solid storyline keeps you captivated and always on the edge. Every step the characters take, fills you with anticipation and anxiety. It's difficult to put down the book. I finished all the three one after the other, within two weeks and i ...more
Ayde
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Even though the thriller is not my favorite genre I liked all the books of the trilogy. The author created a quite different kind of heroine.

She is somebody who is supposed mentally incompetent by law, and in spite of disgraceful family background, she is able to use her intelligence to carry on every part in the puzzles to solve.

There are more interesting characters, some of them really evil and some full of courage but she is the center of attention as well as the plot.

Recommended for those w
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Boadicea
Crime-busting with a social, moral and ethical conscience
Kate
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anybody who likes crime/thriller fiction.
Recommended to Kate by: The 2009 film version.
I read these around the same time as I read the Fifty Shades trilogy and you couldn't ask for two sets of books that are such polar opposites of each other.

I hadn't particularly planned on reading them but happened to see the 2009 film adaptation on TV, late one night, and really enjoyed it. The next day I went out and bought the books.

The first book, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, was my favourite of the three, I found the murder mystery plot more interesting than the political themes of the
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Steven Peterson
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sets like this have several purposes. One is simply putting a set of related works together, for people who want to acquire all parts, for instance, of a set of books. Another is "value added" by putting together a set.

For those who have not read the Millennium trilogy, this is a nice way of "one stop shopping." Begin with a "murder mystery," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Here, we begin with journalist Mikael Blomkvist losing credibility and being humiliated for lack of journalistic integ
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Tammy
Jun 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Books were very hard to get into at first, I'll admit. The books drag a lot in the beginning. In the first novel, I nearly put it down until I got the part where he introduced Lisbeth. Then it got interesting. In the second book, it started out the same way as the first; slow pacing and lots of unneeded detail to the personal lives of the characters, like Lisbeth apartment-searching, shopping, etc. I actually put the book down for a couple of weeks before picking it up again. Then BAM - I hit th ...more
ruzmarì
Jan 05, 2011 rated it liked it
I realize this is a lukewarm review at best for a series of novels that has become an international bestseller, and inspired both Stockholm and Hollywood to adapt the story for the silver screen. I blame Stieg Larsson, who had the gall to pound out a hundred thousand pages about a brilliant maladjusted hacker and her difficult friend the brilliant risk-taking investigative journalist, and then die before his editor could say, "Stieg, I get it, it's a vast technological conspiracy with child-mole ...more
Jenny Jo Weir
Genius. One of the best series I've read thus far. With such strong characters and great plots its not a wonder why this is one of the most popular series around. I can't imagine anyone being let down by these. I highly recommend. ...more
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
Check out my reviews on the main page of each individual book!
Beth
Mar 15, 2011 rated it liked it
The first of three books in the Millennium Series, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, has a slow beginning. The first half presents two separate lives in Sweden: Mikael Blomkvist, a 40-something journalist convicted of libel, and Lisbeth Salander, a 24-year-old eccentric computer hacker working for a security firm. The first half was boring.

Eventually, the book gets better when Blomkvist and Salander join forces to find a murderer of a member of the Vanger family who disappeared 40 years ago. The
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KarenC
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Crime fiction
Recommended to KarenC by: NYT Bestseller; buzz about the series

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo read quickly and really liked it! Some reviewers have critcized the amount of backstory provided at the beginning of this book, but I thought it was all relevant and ultimately added to the whole story. This book was a good introduction to those who would become the central characters of the series.

The Girl Who Played with Fire was a little slower getting started. Of the three titles this was the one I liked the least. It is important for character development an

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Gary
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Quite possibly the best series of books ever written in this genre.
I was hooked very quickly, so much that I read all 3 books within the week and they are quite long books.
How sad that Stieg Larsson died so young.

Synopsis:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared without a trace more than forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to try to discover what happened to her. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist
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Clemens
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, fiction
What a strange collection. So there are three books which I would divide into one and the second and third as one book together.

While the first was all together not that bad and interesting to read, it still was borderline stupid from time to time.

Sadly the other two books are just one cliché next to another one and I was glad once I was done.

Altogether I give it a three star rating, but it just barely reaches it. Not really highly recommended. And if, then just read the first book and don't bot
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Melissa
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite series!
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Stieg Larsson (born as Karl Stig-Erland Larsson) was a Swedish journalist and writer who passed away in 2004.

As a journalist and editor of the magazine Expo , Larsson was active in documenting and exposing Swedish extreme right and racist organisations. When he died at the age of 50, Larsson left three unpublished thrillers and unfinished manuscripts for more. The first three books ( The Girl
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