Perhaps its my Swedish heritage (there is even a Nordman character in one of these books) , and my predilection to mystery novels - but I really liked these books. Good thing Canada Day was cloudy - I burnt through these guys over a three day period. You need to read them in sequence and read all of them- it is a well planned out trilogy. The most modern heroine, Lisbeth Salander - is the antithesis of a cuddly girl - which makes for lots of steamy plotlines and twists. The hero Mikael Blomkvist, sleeps his way through his relationships as he plies his unique method of investigative journalism. Most of the locations are in Sweden, and I recognized a few from when I was there. The reflections on Swedish culture - which has been called very liberal are quite interesting. It does make North Americans look quite uptight all the time! Too bad the author passed away after writing these, they do make you want for more. Each book will keep you going on a four hour plane ride! Plus this should make for good movies.
Compared to past decades, strong female characters turn up rather often in popular fiction these days. Even so, it's still difficult to find a novel that presents a truly iconic female in a lead role. That's one big reason why I loved Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy and why I am recommending these three books to all of my friends. Lisbeth Salander is a one-in-a-million personality and, as others have said, it's remarkable that Larsson was able to write her in such … more
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Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy is now available in a complete hardcover set. All across America, readers are talking about Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novels, set in Sweden and featuring Lisbeth Salander—“one of the most original and memorable heroines to surface in a recent thriller”(The New York Times).The trilogy isan international sensation that will grab you and keep you “reading with eyes wide open”(San Francisco Chronicle). “[It] is intricately plotted, lavishly detailed but written with a breakneck pace and verve”(The Independent,U.K.), but “be warned: the trilogy is seriously addictive.”(The Guardian,U.K.).
“Believe the hype . . . It’s gripping stuff.” —People
“Stieg Larsson clearly loved his brave misfit Lisbeth. And so will you.” —USA Today “Larsson has bottled lightning.” —Los Angeles Times
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared without a trace more than forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to try to discover what happened to her. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist recently sidelined by a libel conviction, to investigate. Blomkvist is aided by the pierced and tattooed computer prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption on their way to discovering the truth of Harriet ...