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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (original 2007; edition 2010)

by Stieg Larsson

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Title:The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Authors:Stieg Larsson
Info:Knopf (2010), Edition: First Edition/First Printing, Hardcover, 576 pages
Collections:Read in 2010
Rating:****
Tags:READ >2011

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson (2007)

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Very good & fun ending. This shouldn't really be considered a trilogy, because the first stands alone well & the last 2 books are a duology, which probably accounts for how much time the author spent getting us back up to speed on what happened in the previous book. That's one of the failings of the writing - a lot of rehashing of events as if the reader can't remember something that happened one or two parts earlier.

The story itself didn't hold any surprises, but was quite good for all that. It started out rather slow, but I was well hooked by the halfway point & hated turning it off from the 3/4 point on. I thought I knew what would happen & it turned out I did, but the way it played out was glorious, but too predictable. All the false tensions between the good guys was easily resolved & all the bad guys got their just desserts.

The narrator was excellent, as usual. He did the voices perfectly. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
'E' book ( )
  Carole-Ann | Aug 9, 2014 |
Another fabulous read! a great book to 'conclude' the trilogy that could have been more had we not lost Mr Larsson... :-(

i really mourned the loss of Mr. Larsson again while reading & finishing this last book because all the time that I was reading ... i could see the character development & side stories that Mr. Larsson would have probably expounded on in the other 7 that he had originally intended to write... what a shame to have lost that...

however, i will take great pleasure in re-reading the ones that he did leave us with & undoubtedly find something new in them each time i do re-read... ( )
  SpiritedTruthSeeker | Aug 5, 2014 |
good ( )
  jsopcich | May 19, 2014 |
The 2nd and 3rd books (this is the 3rd) in this trilogy are essentially one long book which breaks part way through. They are pretty good and I got through them fast enough, but could probably bear some editing. ( )
1 vote AlisonSakai | May 8, 2014 |
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The tension builds relentlessly as backstories morph into intriguing subplots, threats to the very core of Swedish democracy are uncovered, men in positions of authority continue to abuse their power, and Salander and Blomkvist continue to fight for justice in their different, inimitable styles
added by 4leschats | editBookPage, Sukey Howard (Jun 1, 2010)
 
Larsson was a cerebral, high-minded activist and self-proclaimed feminist who happened to have a God-given gift for pulse-racing narrative. It’s this offbeat combination of attributes — imagine if John Grisham had prefaced his writing career not by practicing law in Mississippi but by heading up the Stockholm office of Amnesty International — that has made the series such a sui generis smash.
 
Still—bad writing is hardly a barrier to success in this genre. A good plot can run right over pages and pages of bad writing. And if there is a bad plot, or an incomprehensible one, great writing can always go around it. By these standards, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is a failure. No one should read this book for its plot or its prose.
added by Shortride | editSlate, Michael Newman (May 24, 2010)
 
The best features of Larsson's books are lively, intricately improbable plots. These, however, are set forth in a banal style that demonstrates no more than minimal skills when it comes to most of his characterizations and descriptive writing. It sometimes seems that Larsson's interest in novelistic detail begins and ends with the contents of a sandwich that one of his characters makes before dashing out on some potentially dangerous errand.
 
Cutting nimbly from one story line to another, Larsson does an expert job of pumping up suspense while credibly evoking the disparate worlds his characters inhabit, from the coldblooded bureaucracy of the Security Police to the underground slacker-hacker world of Salander and her friends, from the financially stressed newsroom Erika inherits to the intensive care unit of the hospital where Salander and Zalachenko are recuperating.
 

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Stieg Larssonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bjørnson, ElisabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keeland, RegTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kyrö, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Uppskattningsvis sex hundra kvinnor tjänstgjorde i amerikanska inbördeskriget.
An estimated 600 women served during the American Civil War.
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Luftslottet som sprängdes ("The Aircastle that Blew Up"), 2007, known in French translation as "La Reine dans le Palais des Courants d'Air" and in English as "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest."
"Purustatud õhuloss" is the Estonian translation of "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest", Book 3 of the Millennium Trilogy.
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This is the last book in the Millenium series of novels by Stieg Larsson, concerning Lisbeth Salanders fight to stay away from an asylum.

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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If and when Lisbeth Salander recovers, she'll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge--against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.… (more)

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