Monday, March 12, 2012

Book Review(s) - The Girl Who Played With Fire & The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest

Title: The Girl Who Played With Fire & The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest.
Author: Stieg Larsson.
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard.
Format: Paperback & Hardcover respectively.
Pages: 752 & 672 respectively.
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller.
Blurb: Here & Here.

 ****Mild Spoilers****

Since I was up to my ears with the third part of the series, 'The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest' , I thought it would be choicest if I reviewed both the books in the same post. In that way less hassle for me. :O

This is how I'll be addressing the names of the book.It's pain to write out the whole name.

Tattoo -The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Fire -The Girl Who Played With Fire
Nest - The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest

My Thoughts:

Ever since I finished reading Tattoo, I was more curious than ever. I wanted to know what lay in store in the next two books. For those who have read the second book, it's a known fact that there is no other way than to get the third book.
By now we are quite aware of the two key characters, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. Fire takes us on a roller coaster ride into Salander's childhood. The book starts with Salander on a vacation in Caribbean with the money she obtains at the end of Tattoo, while Blomkvist is back in Millennium and is on the crusade to expose the sex trafficking trade. Salander,as we know is a world class hacker, hacks into Blomkvist's computer to find the project that he has been working on and stumbles across a familiar name, Zala and all hell breaks loose. On the eve of the publication, one of Millennium's free lancers and his girlfriend is found brutally murdered. To make things worse,the prime suspect is none other than our protagonist, Salander. She is wanted by the police and the ghosts from her past have decided to haunt her.
Blomkvist convinced of Salander's innocence decides to run an investigation on his own to prove Salander's innocence. With the help of Blomkvist,Salander comes face to face with her past. More characters unravel as the book progresses, more twists and turns leaving the readers breathless! And we thought we knew Salander by now. :|| A powerful, yet another unputdownable, pulse throbbing ride. Unlike Tattoo, the plot in Fire is not over, it is just the beginning and which continues in the third book Nest.

      ***By the time I finished Fire, all I could think was,"What happens now?". The reason being, the author leaves the readers by the straw by portraying Lisbeth at her vulnerable most. She is shot!
God I died a little inside.***


As mentioned above, Salander is shot and it is Blomkvist who finds her near death. This fact made me feel quite uneasy. Instead of an action packed adventure like Tattoo and Fire, we find ourselves reading a strategically planned, slower paced, court room crime fiction. The plot starts with Salander being charged with 3 murders and she being hospitalized with gunshots to her shoulder, hip and brain.What we thought began as case against Salander becomes a case against Swedish Government and legal glitches. Again, a number of new characters were brought about and nothing seemed out of place, except for Berger's stalker. I found it unnecessary. The plot would have gone well even without that scenario.
The courtroom scene was commendable. The other factor which I felt was, the most secure & secretive 'Section' was quite easily fooled by Blomkvist and his gang. Maybe the author was trying portray a picture that the 'Section' has deteriorated in its quality of work as the years passed. Another loose end was Camilla Salander, twin of Lisbeth Salander. Even though she is mentioned in all the 3 books, the readers don't get to witness her, I was anticipating Camilla's arrival somewhere in the story.
Overall a gripping series. I absolutely loved Salander. She has made, being weird the new sexy!
Now that the series is over, I cannot help but feel remorse, for the author of such talent and imagination. Hats off to you Mr Steig Larsson.

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