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  1. This, the third part of Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy was published in hardback last week and I whizzed out to buy a copy. I was delighted to find that it picks up from the exact point where the second book ended. However, despite reading book two only a couple of months ago, I found that I'd forgotten many of the names of the main characters (they're all Swedish names and I always find 'foreign' names don't register in my head as well as 'British' ones) so I started making a list. I'm currently up to 26 characters, not including the ones that I can easily remember! That said, don't be put off, so far it's fantastic. The plot is thickening and deepening in a very pleasing way. I may have to phone into work sick for a day or two this week...
  2. Second volume in Larsson's celebrated Millenium Trilogy. Mikael Blomkvist is still riding on the success of his Wennerstrom book and Millenium magazine is doing very well, most importantly both are well-respected. But the interviews are wearing him down, answering the same questions over and over again. Worse still, Lisbeth Salander is no longer in contact with him. But every so often he visits her flat and knocks on her door. While Mikael is knocking, Lisbeth is off around the world spending a little of the money she stole. The couple in the room next to her though are spoiling her relaxation. Well, rather the husband is and soon Lisbeth is involved in more drama. Lisbeth returns to Sweden and continues to avoid Mikael. But she continues to keep tabs on him and others via their computers. She finds out the latest article and book that Millenium is working on and a name in their research springs out at her. It causes her to make contact. And very quickly she finds herself the prime suspect for a triple murder. Friends rally around and fight to clear her name, while she hides in the shadows and only comes out through cryptic computer messages. But Lisbeth has a lot more than a triple murder charge to worry about and her friends have more than the fight for her life to worry about. Fire is a solid, gripping sequel to Dragon. I very much liked the Vanger family mystery of the first book and worried that I wouldn't enjoy this book as much, but Larsson continues to weave a deep and many layered story around his central characters Blomkvist and Salander. There were so many plots and sub-plots and new characters that with every page-turn, I felt that the story was just expanding and becoming more detailed. Larsson's skill was to keep you hooked and on top of these plots - not once did I feel confused or weary. The bad guys, the police, her friends - every is chasing Lisbeth. Her friends are chasing the truth and the bad guys. The police are chasing everyone. People are leaking information, people are keeping secrets - recent and antique. Most importantly, we find out alot more about Lisbeth's past and why all these people are being flung together in the present. The book ends on a cliffhanger, unlike the first volume, that demands you pick up the third immediately and that's what I'll be doing tonight.
  3. FROM BN.COM Biography Stieg Larsson, who lived in Sweden, was the editor-in-chief of the magazine Expo and a leading expert on antidemocratic right-wing extremist and Nazi organizations. He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for his Millennium novels, a trilogy of thrillers that became international bestsellers. Now the English speaking world is privileged to have access to book one of his work: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. This is a mystery as tightly crafted and intellectually stimulating I could not put it down ... yet didn't want it to end. An very rich old man is dying and he wants to take a one last shot at finding out what happened to his granddaughter, Harriet. She disappeared about forty years ago and no one knows if she if dead or "out there" somewhere in the ether. He hires magazine publisher who has just gotten out of prison after serving a few months for slander. He moves to the other side of nowhere for one year to investigate. Through a series of coincidences and connections he ends up working with a very strange and secretive anorexic young woman with a brilliant mind. She is also a champion PC hacker. A plethora of characters move in and out of the story making for many surprises around many corners. I think most readers will enjoy the atmosphere which is hot and cold ... drawing from rich metaphors. Certainly worth the read. GERBAM
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