The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millenium, Bk 3)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Millenium, Bk 3 Author:Stieg Larsson Salander is plotting her revenge - against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one a... more »ttempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Once a victim herself, Salander is now ready to fight back.« less
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.
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.
I absolutely loved this series and an beyond sad that it is over. Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist are amazing characters. Though most of their actions are implausible as hell, still entertaining and great fun to read about. Though I liked Erika Berger in the first two novels, she and her situation with SMP had absolutely nothing to do with the story line in this installment. It seemed like filler but with a book of this size, who the hell needs filler. It should definitely have been completely edited out. I also thought the in depth information on the Swedish government and Sapo were unnecessary to the plot. Simply mentioning that a secret section of the government without oversight (think black ops) was in charge of the Zalachenko affair would have been sufficient to explain the situation and easily cut 100 pages from this novel.
There were several factions for and against Salander doing this and that to prove or disprove her guilt or innocence. I loved the way everything came together at the end. Of course, you knew up front that Mikael's plan would be successful but I was dying to know exactly how they were going to strike and I loved Giannini's attack on Teleborian. These pricks had it coming to them and I laughed out loud at their shock when naive Giannini pulled out the big guns and kicked their asses.
I can understand the negative reviews I've seen since Salander didn't really shine in this installment as she did in the previous two. But I must say that the supporting characters, Mikael, Holger Palmgren and Dragan Armansky really came through for Salander. She may be a socially inept genius but her friends are rather loyal and had her back. I hear there might be a fourth book and I would certainly not be upset about that. Maybe we'll finally get some information on Camilla though I'm sure she'll be gunning for Salander.
This book rocked! I was hooked from the first page till the last and was so sad that this wild ride and story had come to an end. Excellent characters, out of this world plot and lots of payback. Very sad that this author is gone. What a loss for those who love a great read!
Though detail ridden with names and places that sound foreign to my ears, and riddled with the baddest of "bad guys", this book did not disappoint! Mr. Larsson has created another brilliant story about the continuing tales of our impossibly hard to kill heroine Lisbeth. I roared through this aware that once I was done, I would be saying goodbye to characters I have grown so close to over the three books in this series. I am added to the list of people who await the eventual relinquish of his final novel.
This review covers this whole trilogy, just finished only moments ago. The first 2 books The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire were literally glued to my hands, I simply could not put them down.
I did not like Lisbeth in the beginning, but I do believe its what the author intended as we did not know anything about her past. Maybe it was not so much of a dislike as her being a complete and utter mystery. As her past unfolded I felt a compassion for her which grew to complete and total respect by the end of the 3rd book. I do not think I will ever hold in my hands a series as compelling as this trilogy, (by all means if you know of something please pm me)
The first 2 books were so well organized and the text just flowed. I did not find the 3rd to be quite as organized as the first 2 but it did not alter my opinion of the book, I just had to delve a little deeper and sometimes backtrack and reread portions. As one reviewer said, it was a little slower than the first 2. The author also tied up all loose ends.except for one..the sister, was expecting a storyline to develop about her.
It is so sad that death has robbed us of this master storyteller, that there will be no further adventures with Lisbeth and Mikael. The author succeeded in bringing all of the characters to life, especially these 2 main characters.
Loved the 3rd book in the trilogy series. Definitely a page-turner. Makes me sad that we will get no other books from Steig Larsson. He really was a great writer. If you enjoyed the first two, you certainly can't miss The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest!