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The Girl Who Played with Fire (original 2006; edition 2009)

by Stieg Larsson

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Title:The Girl Who Played with Fire
Authors:Stieg Larsson
Info:Knopf (2009), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 503 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:violence, suspense, murder, female oppression, Sweden, bisexuality, Autism Spectrum

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The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson (2006)

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If you liked the first one, then you'll like the second book in Stieg Larsson's trilogy about Lisbeth Salander.

And first, my favorite similie: "Salander felt like a bag of bananas that had been left too long in the sun." That made me laugh when I first read it.

In terms of characters, we are given some additional cast members to take into consideration, as well as some familiar faces who reveal more about themselves. If you didn't know already, a main thematic element to this trilogy is a critique on how society treats women. Perhaps some of the attitudes and actions taken by certain characters might be a little exaggerated, but I wouldn't be surprised if I met someone who is as much of a chauvinistic creep as some of the people here. Many of the male characters come off as either sadistic perverts who breed off of torturing women, or as reluctant do-gooders when faced with a choice. Obviously, our male hero arrives just in the nick of time to save a zombiefied Salander from imminent death.

The female characters, on the other hand, are all people who have been oppressed by society, whether is be on the basis of their gender, sexual identity, position, or professionalism. They're there to show the reader that no matter how we as a society may grow, there is always some form of discrimination lurking just around the corner. As Salander progresses through the story, she gives us her thoughts on the situation at hand: "Nobody was innocent. There were only varying degrees of responsibility." That line pretty much sums up the mess of problems that seems to be plaguing our characters, not to mention our own selves.

If the characterization weren't enough, Larsson pulls a double whammy on us and pretty much just throws this theme of violence to women out there at us. The sequence of events starts when two people are murdered just before they are about to publish their tell-all revelation on sex trafficking and just how much those in power in society are a part of it. Maybe it's living in the 21st century that has made society more lax in terms of social justice. The fight for women's suffrage was so last century. Correct? Technically, it was only 91 years ago in America (as of this writing). So does that mean that all is well in the world?

Larsson really wants to emphasize the ongoing discrimination and violence that still occurs in our society today. Not just to women, but to people of all minority groups. Some of us might thing that in this technologically advanced society, we are all equal. But not necessarily so: "They were twins, born within twenty minutes of each other. Lisbeth was first. Camilla was beautiful." From her own perspective, Salander is just a number while her twin sister, the same in every regard (figuratively speaking), was identified as 'beautiful.' When we're not treated equally, we may begin to believe that we're not equal.

Thoughts?

Moving on to a more technical standpoint of the story, I would like to mention Larsson's introduction to this part of the story. The first part basically depicts Lisbeth as a heroic figure, someon who saves a life, who is still capable of killing another in the process. Cut to the second part, and we are given a scenario where she murdered three people in cold blood. The stark contrast between both parts seems to be meant to make the reader question their own assumptions about Lisbeth, and thus about what we know about those close to us versus what others may say about them. For most of the book, we are presented with two possibilities: either she killed them, or she didn't. It is up to us to decide which side we are on. Furthermore, Bloomkvist mentions this a number of times, asking other characters to pick a side on what they think about Salander. This choice is also given to us.

I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. Luckily with my Kindle, I can jump right into the next book without fear of wasting time. Mwahahaha. ( )
  jms001 | Jun 14, 2015 |
Despite the continuing annoyance of this author feeling he must name every street even though it has nothing to do with the plot, and add to that the fact the streets are all in Sweden with impossible-to-pronounce and forgettable names, this book is a killer. The plot and the characters force you to overlook the author's fixation on providing a street atlas of Stockholm each time a character travels. This book is unlike any book I have read, and I have read many. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I suppose i am being petty in knocking it down a half star for the street naming, but hey, it's my review. There are plenty of twists and turns, and some hard to accept, but it just moves right along and keeps you engaged throughout. The last page sets up the next book and fails to provide a good ending to this one. I am very sorry the book ended, I enjoyed it so much, and also sorry the life of the author ended and no more exploits of the unforgettable Lisbeth will be forthcoming by Larsson. ( )
  brucemmoyer | Jun 12, 2015 |
Absolutely amazing. Best one of the three. Unputdownable. Totally in love with Lisbeth Salander. :-) ( )
  bbbart | May 30, 2015 |
The Girl Who Played with Fire took me by surprise. Going into this book I thought the series was going to be like most mystery series where the main characters come together to solve a new mystery in each book with some minor personal drama. It started off that way I kept expecting it to go that way but it took a sharp turn and it's because of that is what made this book my favorite of the series. You get to know a little bit about Salader's background and come to understand her personality a bit. There are lots of characters again but easier to keep up with than it was in the first book. The characters still hold onto their personalities that made them so likable in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but they become deeper. The ending is crazy and makes you want to start the next book right away. ( )
  GrlIntrrptdRdng | May 14, 2015 |
Well I have just put this book down and immediatly want to start on the final one but I can't as I am still waiting for it to be in at the library:( This story had me gripped from the very beginning again and if I had been able to read it in one sitting I would have. It had me on the edge of my seat and as the last book obviously takes up where this one left off I am itching to read it NOW. ( )
  WWDG | May 6, 2015 |
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When a novel moves or affects me deeply, I think about it when I’m walking around. I don’t find myself thinking about The Girl Who Played With Fire, but while I was reading it, I was useless until I got to the end. In retrospect, my experience of the book, like it’s characters, seems unreal. As, of course, it was.
 
When Larsson gets down to the business of telling a story, he tells a nerve-tingling tale.
 
For all the complications of the melodramatic story, which advances at a brisk, violently cinematic clip in Reg Keeland’s translation, it’s clear where Larsson’s strongest interests lie — in his heroine and the ill-concealed attitudes she brings out in men.
 
Mr. Larsson’s two central characters, Salander and Blomkvist, transcend their genre and insinuate themselves in the reader’s mind through their oddball individuality, their professional competence and, surprisingly, their emotional vulnerability.
 
What follows is a combination of urgent, multilayered thriller, traditional police procedural and articulate examination of the way a supposedly open-minded country like Sweden treats both its vulnerable women and children in care.
 

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Hon låg fastspänd med läderremmar på en smal brits med en ram i härdat stål.
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Flickan som lekte med elden, 2006. English translation by Reg Keeland under the title "The Girl who Played with Fire," January 2009.
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Lisbeth Salander is wanted for a triple murder. All three victims are connected to a trafficking exposé about to be published in Mikael Blomqvist’s magazine Millenium, and Lisbeth’s fingerprints are on the weapon.
Lisbeth vanishes to avoid capture by the justice. Mikael, not believing the police, is despairingly trying to clear her name, using all his resources and the staff of his magazine. During this process, Mikael discovers Lisbeth’s past, a terrible story of abuse and traumatizing experiences growing up in the Swedish care system.

When he eventually finds her, it’s only to discover that she is far more entangled in his initial investigation of the sex industry than he could ever imagine.

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On the eve of publisher Mikael Blomkvist's story about sex trafficking between Eastern Europe and Sweden, two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Mikael Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander--the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who came to his aid years before.… (more)

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