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Millennium Trilogy is a really good read

January 12, 2012 - Pam Rodgers
Earlier I blogged about going to see "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." In that blog, I mentioned that I had just finished the book about a week before I saw it in theaters. I took quite a liking to the story and its characters; so, I decided to read the rest of the trilogy, "The Girl who Played with Fire" and "The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest."

They were so addicting I couldn't put them down. Ultimately, "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is my favorite of the three, but the other two were excellent. The story line of "Dragon Tattoo" was compelling and kept you guessing until the end. The lead character, Lisabeth Salander has to be one of the most intriguing characters ever created. She is so frustrating at times but you find yourself rooting for her all the same.

Before I can rank the other two books, I have to mention that the second and third books have to be read together. There is a fairly large cliffhanger at the end of "Girl who Played with Fire" that has you reaching for "Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" immediately. These two books are essentially all about Lisabeth and her back story. The secondary plot lines just aren't as interesting as Lisabeth, in my opinion.

Now to the ranking. I would say that I like "Hornet's Nest" a little better than "Fire." It has something to do with dislike of "set-up" books which "Fire" is. It was like the opening act you have to sit through before the headliner takes the stage. It is very entertaining but not necessarily why you bought the ticket. But it's worth it. "Hornet's Nest" brings everything to a close in a very fascinating way. The climax is such an "in your face" moment that it makes it impossible to put down (even if it's 2:30 in the morning as it was in my case).

All-in-all the series is very compelling. It makes me sad that author died before he got to tell more stories about these characters. My brother told me there is most of a fourth book but there are legal disputes between Larsson’s family that has kept it from being completed/released. I'm torn about this. I would love to read more about these characters but at the same time I would wonder if that was what the author had intended. There is a relatively satisfying conclusion at the end of "Hornet's Nest" so I guess it's better to leave it at that.

The Millennium Trilogy is a very interesting story with really good characters. I'm sure there are better reviews out there that would far more convincing than I am. But take my word for it and check it out if you're interested.

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P.S. More can be read about the potential of a fourth novel and what Larsson had planned for the series here: www.stieglarsson.com/the-4th-book

 
 

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