Saturday, June 4, 2011

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52 {Books} in 52: TThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

Note: This is the one of the six book posts for today. For my thoughts on all the books I've read go here.

If I thought the second book of Steig Larsson's trilogy was good then I was not prepared for how great his last book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, would be. Book three picks up right where book two ends and is filled with more intrigue, surprise, and scandal. Larsson has a true gift when it comes to telling a compelling story; so many layers are penetrated and even more secrets are exposed. Almost all the questions you had from book two are answered.  Simply put, the book is an intellectual thriller that will constantly keep you on your toes and make you exclaim "oh no he didn't!" over and over again.

The story of Lisbeth and Mikael continues but this time it is Mikael who comes to the rescue. Lisbeth is locked away but still able to put her talents to use. Even though the book is about the deprivation of her most fundamental rights you never quite feel sorry for Lisbeth. You know she is a fighter and will not go out without leaving some kind of impression. You do, however, get to see Lisbeth transform into a person better capable of handling friendships. As with the other two books there are side stories but the end result is that you know who trusts who and what debts have been payed off.

This book is a fantastic read for the conspiracy theorist in all of us. It is so well written and thought out that it truly makes one feel sorry for the end of the Salander-Blomvkist story because Larsson is not around to discuss or continue the story.

Here's what I've read for my 52 {Books} in 52 challenge:

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
4. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
5. Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace by Ayelet Waldman
6. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
7. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
8.  Misery Loves Cabernet by Kim Gruenenfelder
9.  The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
10. Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
11. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
12. Best Day of Someone Else's Life by Kerry Reichs
13. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
14. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson

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