The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

Book rating: 05 Paperback Millennium Trilogy

By (author) Stieg Larsson, Translated by Reg Keeland

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Paperback | 656 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 50mm | 500g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1849162743
  • ISBN 13: 9781849162746
  • Sales rank: 40

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Salander is plotting her revenge - against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Once a victim herself, Salander is now ready to fight back.

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Stieg Larsson was editor-in-chief of the anti-racist magazine Expo and a leading expert on right-wing extremist organisations. He died of a massive heart attack in 2004, soon after delivering the text of the novels that make up the Millennium Trilogy. Since then, these books have taken the bestseller charts by storm throughout the world.

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By eleniaggeliki 22 Jun 2011 4

I believe it is the best of the Millennium trilogy. Fast paced and intriguing it gives as a good notion of the Swedish society, laws and principles.
Only downside is the language. It sounds forced, as though the translator resorted to a dictionary in order to come up with the words he needed in English which quite often were not accurate. Also, the syntax was sometimes awkward and caused distractions. I suppose it happens when a piece of writing is translated into another language but still, I maintain that it could have been better.
Overall, a fun book to read.

By ian taylor 30 Aug 2010 5

It's all true what everyone says - these books are so very enjoyable! Whenever Lisbeth appears in the story it's like an electric shock - you just know something sensational is going to happen sooner or later! Blomkvist is the perfect foil and all the other characters add richness and depth to the myriad plots. An extremely satisfying read that lingers in the memory. Addictive stuff indeed!

PS Practically the only hole I can find in the plot so far is - why weren't police guards left in the hospital? Or haven't I got to that bit yet...

By Melissa Gearing 27 Aug 2010 5

The third book in the series is the best one and I simply could not put it down. For such a large book (and me not being teh fastest reader), I finished it in a fortnight. The size did put me off at first put once I started every page I turned was a saddness as I did not want the book to end. I loved it so much I read it twice and then read all about the author and his life and the fact that there is a fourth manuscript he started which may never be public due to the tragic situation of his should be defacto. Each book had it's own unique twist and irony as I thought to myself, who would beleive this dead beat of a girl over a prominant lawyer or the police? But the depth and tangles of the third book were unsurmounted by any other book I have read. I love to read and finish a small novel every other week but this book has stuck in my mind as the story of all people caught up in a system which does not care about them but exists so society thinks the government is looking after them. I think about it often and actually have a line up of people waiting to borrow each book in order as I have spoken about it so often. To me, this is the untold story of so many people who have had freedom and self sufficiency ripped away from them for unjustified reasons. The irony of the authors life examples his endless efforts to tell these stories. It was a bitter sweet tale, ripe with current issues and truth.

By R.D-Diaz 07 Jul 2010 5

The Third and the final book of the Millennium Series, an excellent ending to the trilogy. I loved how it was written in full details but still the author manages to tie them all together in a very clever manner. The book started precisely where it ended in the second book. I love the part wherein father and daughter/archenemies- Lisbeth and Zalachenko stayed in the same hospital recuperating from their injuries after their encounter with only a room between to serve as a shield to protect them from each other! I actually felt helpless as what Lisbeth felt.

More characters to deal with though but just keep glued to it and don't even attempt to jump or skim pages or you'll regret it. The book is not perfect; I noticed a lot of repetition (during the trial scene) that might make some readers feel impatient. I think that I will miss Lisbeth, Mikael, Berger, Palmgreen and the rest of Millennium staff.

For I know I won't be reading anymore of their characters in books to come. I finished this book with some sadness, sadness at Larsson's early death which means that there won't be any further instalments in this series.

A story of corruption, friendship, love and relationships, murder, espionage. An excellent read highly recommended!

By Patricia O'Connor 06 Apr 2010 5

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest is the third book in the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. It picks up the same day the previous book, The Girl Who Played With Fire, leaves off, it therefore should be read only after The Girl Who Played With Fire, and ideally after the first book, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

The fast-pace continues and the book draws together the stories and conspiracies set in motion over thirty years earlier. The conclusion is a satisfying one and I found myself rooting for the heroine, Lisbeth Salander, even though previously I had found her refusal to help herself and her situation irritating.

Overall this is a very good read, all three books are deserving of the time and money investment. It is hard to believe these are the only three novels by the author, the quality of the writing is excellent, it is a real tragedy Stieg Larsson did not live to see his work published and become a global success. Highly recommended.

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'With the spiky and sassy Lisbeth Salander - punkish wild child, traumatised survivor of the 'care' system, sexual adventurer and computer hacker of genius - Larsson created the most original heroine to emerge in crime fiction for many years' Independent. 'To be read in great hungry chunks' Louise France, Observer.