Pigen Der Legede Med Ilden (2006)
Pigen der legede med ilden (2006)
4.19 of 5 Votes: 2
8770530149 (ISBN13: 9788770530149)
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Sadly, I have read them out of order, and now I'm done with the series. I might go back and read the third one again, since this one definitely led into it. I'm sorry that this author has passed on. He was excellent writing these adventure/mysteries, he made the characters live for me, and he wasn't repetitive as many authors are (assuming it's been months between reading chapters, so that you need to be caught up again). I had never heard of Billy's Pan Pizza before I read this series, but I think I'm definitely going to have to try some now. I gotta wonder if Stieg Larsson got any promotional advances for how many times he mentioned it. I didn't think things could get more intense after the 1st book, but the 2nd book proved me wrong. I don't think I liked it quite as much as I liked the 1st one, but it still had all the same elements of suspense and great storytelling. There are a lot more characters in this book than the previous one. There isn't a nice family tree at the beginning to help you keep track, either. You just have to do your best to remember who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. Plus everybody is Swedish, so it can be easy to mix up the names. I personally kept getting Hedstrom and Holmberg confused. Niedermann and Nieminen, too. Names are important, though. I noticed there was an uncanny similarity between Salander and Zala about halfway through the book. Never expected him to be her father, though!I do have to admit that I felt like this book was more plot-driven and less character-driven than the previous book. I just felt more like an outsider this time around, almost as if I were like any other citizen reading the headlines and getting the news from the media. I don't know if it was because there were too many different perspectives to filter through, but I missed the focused emphasis on Mikael Blomkvist and his singular purpose to solve a mystery. Officer Bubble didn't have the same appeal to me, and the more people who got involved (i.e. Faste, Eriksson, Armansky, Hedstrom, Modig, etc) the less I felt I could personally connect to the unraveling of the mystery. Salander is conspicuously absent for big sections of the book - and I'm sure Larsson did that intentionally to maintain the suspense. All you know at first is that 2 people are dead and Lisbeth's prints are on the gun that killed them, so it would make logical sense that she is the killer. When Mikael finally gets in contact with her via computer, she doesn't exactly declare her innocence. But that's typical for Salander. One of the things that strangely disappointed me was the fact that Salander got breast implants. It seemed like such a random and meaningless addition to the story. Sure, it was mentioned once or twice before that she thought she was kind of twiggy, but I never got the impression (at least from the previous book) that she was so self-conscious that she needed a lift (literally). I have to believe this is because that Larsson, even if he self-identifies as a feminist and prides himself on his lady characters like Salander & Modig, still is a dude and can suffer from some male privilege in his storytelling.I forgive him (so far). His work has successfully exhibited different shades of sexism, from Faste's workplace homophobia, to "nice guy" Hedstrom's secret grudge, to Zalachenko's flat-out misogyny. He also seems to acknowledge that Mikael's got a hero/cowboy complex. I think the real question is how everything will end in the third book. I am terrified that it will be infuriating and disappointing, but I'm too hooked now not to finish. Just keeping my fingers crossed it will all come to a satisfying end. UPDATE: So, I noticed another reviewer said this book was more character-driven and less plot-driven than the first book, which made me rethink my statement that it's vice versa. I think the reason why I thought the book was more "plot-driven" was because the story's biggest developments were based on facts or evidence that came to surface in the murder investigation rather than about how the characters were feeling. For example, the Millennium staff's horror at the deaths of Mia & Dag were skimmed over in a brief 4-5 pages. For such a liberal group, you'd think they'd have expressed more outrage then, "Oh shit. I knew those guys. Uh, are we gonna publish their book?" So even though, yes, there was a lot more exploration of Salander's back history as a character, I still felt like the story was proportionally more a concrete progression of events and less of a psychological profiling of its characters. UPDATE 2: So, I'm 100 pages into the 3rd one... and I have to wonder about a couple things from this 2nd book. What happened to the little 13 yo girl at the beginning who was strapped down? And wasn't there some monster thing crawling around the woods around Bjurman's cabin? I don't remember either of those 2 mysteries being resolved. And what about the fact that Salander actually DID kill that abusive husband during the hurricane while she was travelling internationally? Wondering if these things will pop up again in the 3rd book...
These are actually 5-star in their category, I think.
An amazing book that I couldn't put down.
Holy shit that was good.
Pretty enjoyable!
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