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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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Lisbeth Salander is lying in a hospital, at the end of the last book she was shot in the head. If she recovers she faces a trial where she could end up in a psychiatric hospital for the rest of her life. Two doors away from her is Alexander Zalachenko the man who tried to kill her is two doors down from her. Mikael Blomkvist is still around still working to get Lisbeth free.

It is hard for me to write this without spoilers, it is the last book in the Millennium Trilogy. I enjoyed this book as much if not more then the first two. The main thrust of the story is injustice, the injustice done to Lisbeth by people in authority. There is on other main story and while not exactly sidelines, there are many threads to the story. Despite this it never devolved into a tangles mess, storylines stayed on track and characters stayed true.

There is a lot of narrative explaining the political climate of the time, how certain laws worked, while tedious it did help with understanding the why of certain characters, although at times I felt it was a little excessive.

While I saw the end coming I didn't see it from far off, as the story kept going I was wondering why then remembered, oh we don't know what happened to ____, and then the light went on. ( )
  BellaFoxx | Feb 14, 2015 |
Great wrap-up. One of the most entertaining trilogies I've read in a long time. ( )
  sharoncville3579 | Jan 24, 2015 |
Loved it!
The build-up was intense and the court scenes were incredible. The conclusion to Zalachenko's own story was wholly disappointing (meriting a half-star deduction from my rating), but over all, it was as fantastic as the rest of the series. ( )
  benuathanasia | Jan 2, 2015 |
I accidentally read the third book second. It didn't seem to matter though. In fact it could have been good that I didn't know much more than the characters. ( )
  Karyn_Ainsworth | Dec 29, 2014 |
How sad and depressing to know that this author is no longer with us. I held off finishing this book for a long time because I knew it was the last book. It was as good as the other books and did not disappoint in anyway. Finally, Lisbeth Salander had her day and was free. From the first book to the last, she was strong, independent and resilient in the face of what appeared to be almost insurmountable odds.

Blomqvist - intrepid boy reporter and gigolo, seemed to finally find a love interest in someone whose description seemed to be that of Swedish Amazonian secret policewoman. Of course, given his own amazing powers, he would need someone larger than life to test his resolve in a love match.

Berger could not make it in an old boys club newspaper business and returned to straighten out the shambles of Millennium as its reporters and editors refused to rise to the challenge of running the groundbreaking journal and controlling Blomqvist with her occasional trysts. In true wrap up fashion, her husband finally got pissed off after 20 years of off and on liaisons with Blomqvist and their open relationship.

I am sad to be leaving these characters behind. Especially Lisbeth Salander. She is a 21st century heroine of the first order. ( )
  ozzieslim | Dec 28, 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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