Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest — Read 2010.08.20

I finished The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest in two days. 

Larson, Stieg.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2009.06.23. ISBN 9780143170105. Book Three of the Millennium Trilogy.

Although TGWKTHN is separated out as book three in the millennium trilogy, it is more accurate that this is the balance of book two, The Girl Who Played with Fire. I was unable to put this down, hence the five stars, despite two or three slight detail failures, some of which others have enunciated in their reviews. Larson gave himself a serious writing challenge by having his action hero bedridden for much of the book, but manages to make it work, hence it getting five stars despite the number of times coffee drinking is enumerated. (Do Swedes drink as much coffee as written?) The manner in which Salander is lured/pushed into becoming a social being is beautifully written, hence five stars, despite a bit of waffling in the characterization of Blomkvist's partner and boss, Berger. The sub-plot of sexual harassment seems to have been hurried, and came across a bit clumsy, but the quality of the courtroom writing was top notch, and I enjoyed the character of Blomkvist's sister, hence five stars.

Reading the three books in six days was a delightful way to enjoy six days of my summer vacation, and so despite it not quite being perfect, it still gets
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆.

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