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Subject: Stieg Larrson "Girl" series
Date Posted: 8/15/2009 1:33 PM ET
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I loved the first book, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  I loved the interweaving of different mysteries and Salander is an awesome character.  How's the second book, Girl who Played With Fire?  And isn't there a third and maybe fourth coming out? Any other opinions on the series?

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Date Posted: 8/15/2009 6:02 PM ET
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I have read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and I really liked it - enough so that I went to B&N and got the second one: The Girl Who Played With Fire. Unfortunately, I think that the third one will be the last , since the author is deceased. I haven't read the second one yet and even though the first one was a little predictable in the outcome, I thought that the writing was great and the plot was enticing!

Date Posted: 8/15/2009 6:58 PM ET
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This is what I found when I googled him - The third one will come out in late Autumn 2009, released in the UK.  The working title is The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.  Before he died in 2004 of a heart attack, he told a friend that he had 320 pages of a 440 page book done.  It was to the the 4th in the series, but it hasn't been decided on what to do with it.  Finish it or drop it.

Date Posted: 8/15/2009 11:02 PM ET
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I just finished the "Dragon Tattoo" one yesterday and while I liked it, I thought it had several problems (very boring beginning and ending, I figured out the plot twist well in advance, and the writing definitely needed tightening up, it meandered all over the place) and was rather underwhelmed after all the hype. I received The Girl Who Played With Fire as an ARC to review, so I figured I'd better get to that fairly soon, but I'm not excited about it now as I was BEFORE I read the first one. LOL

He apparently had planned this to be a 10-book series and had written part of the fourth and had outlines for several others, but it sounds like they are going to stop with three, unless his heirs change their minds about getting someone to finish the fourth one at a later date.


Date Posted: 8/16/2009 9:44 AM ET
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Reading the second one now. It takes quite a while to get somewhere but then the action picks up and it takes off.

I was disappointed in the ending of the first book for two reasons: 1) Felt he dragged out the ending. What took 50 pages could have been done in 10-15, tops. 2) The very end of the book was a little too Lifetime TV for my taste.



Date Posted: 9/10/2009 11:28 AM ET
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I am reading the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo now, about 160 pages into it.  I am enjoying it, but trying to figure out the plot twists in my mind, and wondering if I am right.  I enjoy the style and the story telling, so I have already put The Girl that Played with Fire on my wish list - although I'll probably buy it before my turn is up if I really enjoy the rest of the book.

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 12:32 PM ET
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I read Dragon Tattoo earlier this year and liked it alot.  I read Fire last week and really liked that one. Fire really goes into how Lysette Sellander (spell?) became how she is now.