Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Millenium Trilogy by Steig Larsson

We are pleased to present a guest review by voracious reader and dedicated library patron Lynn Richardson. Thanks, Lynn!

This is the first book review I've written in many,many years. So,here goes. Usually I don't read a book after watching the movie, but The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was an exception. We were trying to find something interesting to watch on t.v. and in spite of access to a great many channels there was nothing. We have Dish Network so went to the Dish on Demand site and chose this movie. It was so good we watched it twice. My husband and I rarely like the same kind of movie, he likes James Bond and I don't and don't like "chick flicks" either. Usually prefer reading. After watching this movie, I checked out all three of "The Millennium Trilogy" as they are called. We both read them and they are what is known as "page turners". The first introduced the main character,Lisbeth Salander, and a publisher, Mickael Blomquist. The setting is Sweden and not a country I've visited or even thought much about. I did know they have a cradle to grave socialist medical system. Lisbeth is a ward of the state and it takes the second book to really find out why. Meanwhile, Mickael is asked to write a biography of a wealthy tycoon and his family but in reality to solve the mystery of what happened to his niece Harriet. The Vangers give new meaning to the term dysfunctional family. Lisbeth is a computer hacker and really one of the best. She is hired as a researcher by Mickael and things go from there. Be warned that there are some very, very graphic scenes in the movie and the book. There are some red herrings (sorry, it is a Swedish story, after all and I could not resist). Any mystery reader knows what that means. After they solve this problem(Harriet), the movie ends. There are two other films we haven't seen, Swedish with subtitles. We probably wait for the English version.

The second book, The Girl Who Played With Fire, explains how Lisbeth became a ward of the state and spent some years in mental institutions.

The ending of this makes quite sure you will read The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. This book ties up lots of loose ends and is the end of the trilogy. The fascinating thing about the author Steig Larsson, is that he died of a heart attack at age fifty after climbing seven flights of stairs to keep an appointment. He had delivered all the manuscripts to the publisher and did not live to realize how successful the would be. There is a fourth manuscript but since his female companion of thirty years and he were not married, his father and brother inherit the money. No one seems to know where the fourth manuscript is. My guess is that it will not be found until the lawsuits are settled. I really do think you would have a lot of trouble putting these books down. Happy reading, Lynn Richardson.

If anyone else is interested in contributing a short book review, please let me know. You can email me at hledet@llf.lib.ms.us.

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