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

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Very satisfying wrap up to the trials and tribulations of Lisbeth Salandar.
  PerpetualRevision | Oct 25, 2015 |
@girl_kicked +girl_played ( )
  Lorem | Sep 28, 2015 |
Lisbeth Salander I przyznaję się, lecę też na Blomkvista:P

Ach, pomyśleć, jaka ta książka (cała trylogia) byłaby dobra, gdyby miała kontakt z betą z ostrymi nożyczkami! ( )
  InezGard | Sep 15, 2015 |
I personally think this was the best book out of the series ( )
  amcbeat87 | Sep 8, 2015 |
“I don't know how much you understand about what is happening outside your locked room, but strangely enough (despite your personality), you have a number of loyal idiots working on your behalf. I have already established an elite body called The Knights of the Idiotic Table. We will be holding an annual dinner at which we'll have fun talking crap about you. (No, you're not invited).”

As Lisbeth Salander fights for her life in a Swedish hospital, the man who tried to kill her – her father, a psychopath named Alexander Zalachenko – lays just two rooms away. But he is only the beginning of Salander’s problems. The state wants her to stand trial for three murders she didn’t commit, corrupt politicians want her to be sent to a psychiatric facility for the rest of her life and a shadowy government agency dubbed “The Section” just wants the whole thing – including Salander – to disappear. Only her friends, can save her from her fate. But Salander doesn’t want to be saved…she wants revenge.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – the final installment of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy – picks up right where The Girl Who Played with Fire (4.0 stars, Recommended) left off. Lisbeth Salander has survived the attack by her father and half-brother, but her father survived and still wants her dead and her brother is the focus of a manhunt in Sweden. Larsson does with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest what he did so successfully in the first two installments. He takes a simple survival premise, immerses it in a complex pool of competing interests, but never lets the story become overly complex to where it loses its momentum.

The key to the success of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is once again the strength of the main characters – Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. One of the best parts of the Salander character is that she doesn’t make the kinds of decisions that most of the rest of us would. She is so different – but the magic of her character is that her decisions make sense from her perspective and her way of thinking. That is the essence of what makes this such a strong series. It puts us in the shoes of someone who is much different and lets us see life through her eyes – and does it so well.

However, there are many other storylines and characters that really takes The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest from just being good to becoming a great piece of storytelling. Larsson never wavers in his commitment to shine a powerful spotlight on the way the rights of women and – even more specifically, the rights of people who we perceive as different – are sometimes trampled upon in the name of what is good for the whole of society. It is not heavy-handed preaching – it is capturing the essence of a social problem inside of a well told story. But The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest expands the landscape to a Robert Ludlum level of intrigue not scene in the earlier volumes. At first, I was concerned that Larsson had pushed it too far. Fortunately, I was wrong and the pieces fell nicely into place as the story wound up.

Once again, Larsson delivers a wonderful story of action, intelligence and intrigue, even taken on its own. However, if you couple it to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (4.5 stars, Recommended) and The Girl Who Played with Fire (4.0 stars, Recommended) Larsson comes through with a mesmerizing conclusion to what I feel is one of the finest thriller trilogies written. I highly recommend the entire series. If you haven’t read any of these books, I suggest you do yourself a favor and pick them all up. You won’t be disappointed. ( )
  csayban | Aug 30, 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, MartinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ortega Román, Juan JoséTranslatorsecondary 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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