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

by Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland (Translator)

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Title:The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Authors:Stieg Larsson
Other authors:Reg Keeland (Translator)
Info:Knopf (2010), Hardcover, 576 pages
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Rating:****1/2
Tags:Mystery

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A very satisfying end to the tale. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
Knowing that Larsson died of a heart attack after climbing a set of stairs adds a disturbingly strange authenticity to this story that alludes time and again to the consumption of caffeine and the general unfitness of the secondary character of this considerable novel. I've keep picking this up (and the companion books of the trilogy) and re-reading it. It's still revealing after five times through, although that says something about the way I read as much as it does to the immense density of the story line and characters.

If I was younger, or smarter, or both, I'd learn Swedish to read this in the original. That's not to say that I suspect the translator of having sanitised or distorted the story to the extent that the Swedish film version chose to do (and let's not even mention the other film adaption...) but there's something about the original Swedish title 'Men Who Hate Women' that hints at the author's intent that is somewhat lost in hoopla. or that might be jaded cynicism coming to the fore.

What I would recommend, though,is having a look at some of the antecedents to this novel in the tradition of Scandinavian crime fiction tackling social questions, such as in the writing of van Wettering and Sjowall and Wahloo. A google search on 'Scandinavian Crime Fiction' will turn up some very interesting leads... ( )
  nandadevi | Jul 22, 2015 |
While there was a time gap between the end of Dragon Tattoo and the beginning of Played with Fire (both in the story and in my reading) the first sentence of this book draws the reader right back into the story. The last two books could very well have been one very long complete book. By the end of this book most of the loose ends are satisfyingly resolved, but not without taking the reader through an interesting maze to get there.

Although the book was every bit as good as the previous two my one negative comment on this last one would have to be that is was too heavily populated. So many players were introduced in this book coupled with their Swedish names, that I found myself, from time to time, loosing track of who was who. A very minor complaint for an otherwise brilliant trio of books.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
The ending and the beginning of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is what made the book good and have a satisfying ending to the series. I didn't like this book as much as the 2nd one but it was still very interesting. What I did dislike about it was the set up of it, the beginning basically tells you everything and then the rest of the book is seeing how Blomkvist and the other figure this out. This made it hard to keep track of what they already know and how they found out, as well as what they have left to figure out. It got a little repetitive and since the reader already knows this information it was getting a bit old and just wanted it to speed up. What compensates for this is the random drama with Berger that has nothing to do with the overall plot. The last part of the book is perfect and is very suspension despite taking place in a courtroom. The actual ending was very well done and not over the top at all.

I was a bit disappointed that Salader's tattoos were never explained nor was anything really done with her sister, but I later discovered the series was planned to be 10 books and that the 4th book went more into her background. It's unfortunate the author passed away and we are left with a incomplete series but I think if it had to be cut short the 3rd book wasn't a bad place to stop. ( )
  GrlIntrrptdRdng | Jun 28, 2015 |
The ending and the beginning of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is what made the book good and have a satisfying ending to the series. I didn't like this book as much as the 2nd one but it was still very interesting. What I did dislike about it was the set up of it, the beginning basically tells you everything and then the rest of the book is seeing how Blomkvist and the other figure this out. This made it hard to keep track of what they already know and how they found out, as well as what they have left to figure out. It got a little repetitive and since the reader already knows this information it was getting a bit old and just wanted it to speed up. What compensates for this is the random drama with Berger that has nothing to do with the overall plot. The last part of the book is perfect and is very suspension despite taking place in a courtroom. The actual ending was very well done and not over the top at all.

I was a bit disappointed that Salader's tattoos were never explained nor was anything really done with her sister, but I later discovered the series was planned to be 10 books and that the 4th book went more into her background. It's unfortunate the author passed away and we are left with a incomplete series but I think if it had to be cut short the 3rd book wasn't a bad place to stop. ( )
  GrlIntrrptdRdng | Jun 28, 2015 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Larsson, StiegAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bjørnson, ElisabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keeland, RegTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kyrö, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lexell, MarinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lexell, MartinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ortega Ramón, Juan JoséTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ortega Ramón, Juan JoséTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ortega Román, Juan JoséTranslatorsecondary 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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