Millenium-trilogy, review of Stieg Larssons books
Make sure you got plenty of time before you start reading one of these books! because you vill not stop reading until you are done!
The Millennium - trilogy is one of the best thrillers I have ever read. All three books are so thrilling and consist of many twists and turns. You can´t even imagine the end, and the books give you clue by clue through the story but the answer is only revealed at the end. I was totally captured and couldn´t stop reading, until I was done. I neglecting my family and friends and read until late at night. Because of the lack of sleep, my work suffered to. So, an advice, make sure you have plenty of time before you start to read the first book.
The story is absolutely great and intriguing, the characters are very well described and the environments in Stockholm, described in the books, are on the dot. Today, "Millennium Walks" are arranged in South of Stockholm, and attracts many people. Stieg Larsson is an expert on violence against women and know about the driving force behind the violence. But these books do not picture women as victims, on the contrary, the female character is strong, independent and very able to take care of her self. I totally fell for the female character; Lisbeth Salander.
The author of this bestseller, Stieg Larsson, was a Swedish journalist and writer, and he sadly died in a heart attack in 2004 at the age of 50 year in Stockholm. Before he died there was three books completed, the so called Millennium-Trilogy, and they were published posthumously. The first "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" was released in Sweden in August 2005, the second "The Girl Who Plays with Fire" was released in June 2006 and the third "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets´ Nest" was released in May 2007. In March 2010, the three books in the Millennium- trilogy together been sold in 27 millions ex, in over 40 countries. Stieg Larsson wrote on a fourth book in the series but the book wasn´t completed when he died. If the fourth book will be published or not is still unclear.
Before this Trilogy, I have never read anything of Stieg Larsson, for me he was known mostly as a political journalist and political writer, but with Millennium he entered a new genre, the thrillers.
The books were released as movies 2009 and they can also be seen on DVD. In August 2009 the movie "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" had been seen of more than sex millions people over the world, so maybe I beat on open doors, but if you don´t know about these thrillers yet, you have many hour of great reading ahead of you! And you must also see the movie! When I saw the movie I altered between holding my breath, grip my hands, stared with my eyes wide open, and close my eyes! I added a trailer for the movie from YouTube so you can get the mood and sense of the feeling in the movie, which is the same you get from reading the trilogy. The main actors in the movie in Sweden, is played by Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist, and they certainly catches the character from the book well.
Characters and contents
"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"
The journalist, Mikael Blomqvist, loses a libel case against a Swedish corrupt industrialist, Hans -Erik Vennerström, and is convicted of libel. He is a middle-age, investigating journalist and writes for the magazine Millennium. He gets an assignment from Henrik Vanger, a Swedish industrialist, to write the family history of the Vanger family. The mission is really an excuse, because Henrik Vangers real intention is to know more of the disappearance of his nice, Harriet Vanger. Eventually Mikael Blomqvist investigates the disappearance.
Unknown to him, Mikael is under surveillance by Lisbeth Salander, the strong female with the dragon tattoo, who is a 24 year old hacker and works for a client. She does as she is paid and gives detailed record of Mikael Blomqvist to her client. Lisbeth Salander is a troubled and very mysterious women. You only get glints of her motives and thoughts, just enough to understand the story for the moment and then the story moves on to the next character. But I liked her character right from the beginning. In a way she reminded me as a grown up "Pippi Longstocking", in this case as an unusual and asocial strong woman who survives even in a brutal world with abusive men. Lisbeth Salander has been victimized by authorities her whole life and fights back with intelligence, violence and strength.
Even though her research had been completed, Lisbeth´s interest in Mikael continues, and she breaks into his computer over and over again to follow his work. She in interested in his work and sends him clues under the nick name "WASP", and they start communicating with each other.
Eventually, Lisbeth and Mikael end up working together. In their continued digging into the past of the Vanger family they end up in a more bloodier and darker story than they could ever imagine. Together they solve a 40 year old murder mystery.
"The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who kicked the Hornets´Nest"
Each book has its own story, in parallel with the story of Lisbeth´s past that continues through the trilogy. That is why you get hooked and continue to read the other two books, but every single book in the trilogy is worth reading. I almost felt emptiness after I had finished reading the third book, I so wanted to continue following these persons. One can only hope that Stieg Larsson wrote enough on the fourth book, so it is possible for someone else to finish the book. In, that case, I will be among the first to get a copy.