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The Millennium Trilogy (2010)

by Stieg Larsson

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I rather like the suspense, and the characters, there seems to be but a few exagerations but only for details.
You come to like lisbeth and mickael, interested also with the feminism, th defense of human rights... ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 1, 2016 |
I had originally planned on posting each book as a separate entry, however whenever I finished one book, I couldn't seem to take the time to write a post before starting the next one. So I guess I will talk about them as a set. This series consists of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest. From what I understand these were the first three in a series the author had intended to be 10 books, but sadly his death limited the vision. His own life and death seem to be as full of intrigue as his books, I have already gotten lost in the articles surrounding the controversy of who has the rights to his work, his family or his long time lover.
These books are about Lisabeth Salander, a girl with a photographic memory and major trust issues that have lead to poor social skills. At first you don't realize Salander is the main character, you think it is the journalist she has been hired to do research for, Mikael Blomkvist. And yes the first book does revolve around him a lot, but he isn't it, Salander is the first book is just a set up, and introduction so to speak to the meat of the story, to Salander and her amazing detective skills, and her amazingly complicated and in many ways tragic life.
During my book club for The Girls with the Dragon Tattoo, one of the members stated that she was annoyed about Lisabeth falling in love with Blomkvist, since he was such and obvious player and so much older. I never saw this as a love story at all, it feels the exact opposite of a love story, it is a mystery thriller with some sex thrown in. Lisabeth falling for Blomkvist isn't really a love story, it is about a socially awkward and walled off individual finally letting some of her walls down and trusting someone besides herself, I think it is sad that she feels so betrayed by Blomkvist, because who she really is betrayed by is herself. She knew going in what he was like and she is mad at herself for falling for him anyways. And because she has never had to deal with those types of feelings she is projecting her hurt and anger at him, rather than herself, I know I have projected bad decisions not the person I made the decision with rather than myself for making that decision too. I think the love angle was thrown in at the end to give a lead in to the next book. And Blomkvist is not bad looking, but he has the personality that puts women at ease and allows them to let their guards down, again why Lisabeth is so mad at him.
This story was about the crimes, the murders, the corruption. I really do think Larsson was trying to make a statement about the corporations in Sweden and the corruption in government. If you read between the lines he really does not like the big companies and he seems to have little faith that the Swedish Government is doing anything to regulate or correct. These books have much more social commentary than I expected, and the next book goes into a similar but new issue. I don't know much about Sweden and how the country is run or its laws, but I can see the same issues being present in the US. This book came out in 2008, right in the middle of the "recession," so I can see how a lot of people could relate because of what was happening at the time. There was so much loss of trust in traders, the stock market and banks, and I think this was published at a great time to ride that wave. At the same time I think it was more than the timing that made this book so good, we are 6 years past and it still grabbed me. Maybe it is because I work with business that are now always not the up and up, and I can see this in action. But I was way more enthralled with the mystery and the uncovering of the corruption, the love story that wasn't was a side bar for me.
In the next two books we really get into Salander's life and why she is the way she is. It makes so much in the first book clearer, and explains why she acts the way she does. By the end of the third book Salander is not healed or whole, but she has started down the path, I would have really loved to see where Larsson had her end up.
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  Serinde24 | Sep 5, 2015 |
Exciting triology with a interesting friendship between an eager journalist with justice as a compass and a young woman, strong as an ox due to a past where she's been abused by everyone.
  MartinaHogberg | Sep 14, 2014 |
It's been a long time since I truly fell in love with a character in a novel, but the main character in these books, Lisbeth Salander, not only took my breath away, I felt a kinship with her that I have never felt before or since. Steig Larsson wrote an amazing blend of history and mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading these three books. Each time I have read them since, I find more connections, and a deeper love and appreciation of the individual characters. A part of me would love to read a fourth volume and see the outcome of both Lisbeth and Mickael's lives, but I was satisfied with how "Hornet's Nest" concluded knowing that the author had passed on without leaving a further work. These are amazing books, but not for the faint of heart or for young readers. There is brutality, and could be very triggering for those who have experienced rape, sexual assault, or abuse. ( )
  oceanmcintyre | Jun 9, 2013 |
Excellent 5* first installment introduces the magnetic characters of Salander and Blomkvist as they uncover the disturbing past of one of Sweden's industrial families. As the focus of the trilogy shifts to Blomkvist's attempts to discover more about Salander's past (The Girl Who Played With Fire - 4*) the pace and the ante are upped further, but the wheels come off in the over-long, under-edited final installment (3*), resulting in the reader just trying to get to the end for closure. ( )
  imyril | Mar 28, 2013 |
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This work represents all three works of the Millennium Trilogy cataloged as a single entry. Whether it is in the form of three volumes in a box set, a single volume, or an unabridged audio recording of all three stories doesn't matter, it's the same work.
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The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism--and a surprising connection between themselves--From publisher description.… (more)

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