Sunday, 19 September 2010

The Girl who played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Everybody knows the content but in case you do not: This book is the second in the Millennium trilogy. Lisbeth Salander returns from her vacation after things cooled down a bit in Stockholm. She gets herself a new flat, a new car, possibly a new life. But Dag Svensson, a young journalist is going to uncover one of Sweden's biggest rings of white slavery and he works with Mikael Blomquvist, a journalist for whom Lisbeth did some research for a case Mikael worked on in the first part of the series. As Lisbeth gets to know this she pays a visit to Dag and Mia, his girl friend who writes her Ph thesis about the girl slavery. The very same evening they are found dead by Mikael Blomquvist. He now tries to find the murderer of his friends but also cannot believe that Salander is guilty.

For me it is the same as with the first part of the series. I found it to be incredibly exciting. Lisbeth Salander is one of the most peculiar characters I have ever read about. Her social life is nearly non-existent and she reacts with violence when somebody hurts her feelings. But she is clever and I like that she knows how to defend herself.

Actually I'm no big reader of books that come in a series. I too fast grow tired of the same characters and the familiar setting. The only way out seems to be reading the books with a little distance of time. I did not experience this with the Millennium trilogy. I'm going to pick up the third book after I have finished the two library books I still have.

Although this series is no high literature I very much appreciate it to be so entertaining. One single book has about 700 pages but when I started reading I could not put it down anymore. That is why I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series and I am a bit sad that it will be the last one.

I'm going with the masses.In my eyes the book deserves ★ ★ ★ ★ ★!


  1. I really loved all three books! I heard an interview with the publisher of the trilogy and she said Lisbeth is modeled after a grown up Pippi Longstockings! I thought that was fantastic.

  2. I loved this series but I absolutely enjoyed the first one the most! I didn't expect it at all, and loved it!