Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Book: Stieg Larsson's "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest"

My latest read is Stieg Larsson's "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" the third book in the Lisbeth Salander story.  We learn quite a bit more about the girl introduced in "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo".  The story builds on the events that took place in the second book, "The Girl Who Played With Fire", which left the protagonist being taken to the hospital after being shot in the head.

I liked the book but it had the same flaws as the second book - It started off way to slow.  Another flaw was the introduction of superfluous drama and action that really didn't connect with the main story line.  It was like the author thought the main story line didn't have enough action and suspense so he threw in a few more story lines to beef it up a bit.

I would rate this one on par of the second book, namely good but not as good as the first book.  This is usually true for many series.  In the first book everything is fresh and new.  The sequels then struggle to introduce new, fresh material that is consistent with the original and they rarely succeed one hundred percent.

The book ends with all major loose ends, including many from the second book, nicely tied up.  I liked this book enough to want more.  You can tell that there are more stories around Lisbeth Salander.  Sadly, Stieg Larsson is not with us to give us those stories.

Recommended if you liked the the other two books.

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