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Of course, I had to order this from the UK the minute that it became available, and it was definitely worth the money spent to read it months before its US publication. It was pure pleasure, and a fitting conclusion to the Salander/Blomkvist saga. Another intelligently written roller coaster ride with an unending cast of characters, but none as electrifying as Lisbeth Salander. The trilogy begs rereading and is definitely a keeper. The author's untimely death is a tragedy. Sadly, there will be no more books from this unbelievably talented writer. Very, very highly recommend.
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An amazing ending to the Millennium trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest leaves readers feeling like Larsson hit his mark. Although it's saddening that there won't be other adventures with Blomkvist, Larsson intended the trilogy to be just that, a trilogy. It was a great read, couldn't put it down, in fact, and I found that I didn't need to refer to the other two books to remember what happened to lead up to the finale. Larsson reiterated the sequence of events in a creative way, weaving the plot through new eyes in Hornet's Nest. It didn't feel like a recap, more like an unveiling of past events in a new light.
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Sorry, but first and foremost: The last book seemed to go a lot slower than the first two. All-in-all still glad that I read it and finished the series. When finishing the series two phrases come to mind as an overall theme for the trilogy:
1. "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" - Lord Acton (http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/absolute-power-corrupts-absolutely.html); and
2. One must do a little evil to do greater good.
- Sybilla (paraphrased; Kingdom of Heaven).
The first phrase is obvious whether one deals with a corporation or a government entity. The second phrase is less prominent, but still fitting since hacking has changed the lives of both Blomkovist, Berger, and Salander for the better.
Other random thoughts...one can suppose that the way Stieg Larsson truly immortalized himself is by (perhaps) subconsciously writing himself into the books. Does anyone else think that Blomkovist could have been Larsson's alter ego? Blomkovist...the man no one can resist falling in love with. Yea, by the end of the book I fell in love with him too - gotta' luv a guy that can laugh at himself and has no fear of letting a woman take the reigns.