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Stieg Larsson's Millennium series books
Stieg Larsson books
I have just finished reading the first 3 books of the Millennium series which were meant to be at completion a total of 10 books to the series in all.
It appears that his life partner Eva Gabrielsson may have helped him to write these books. This isn’t unusual as many of the best male writers have a female writer helping them to get the reactions of their women characters correct and realistic. Let’s face it ~ if as women we read a book that doesn’t get these reactions correct we stop reading the book and throw it into the pile to go out with the trash.
Sadly this gifted writer died having only completed three books and having a forth nearly complete. Although his life partner has stated she can easily complete this book it appears that 2 things are stopping this ...
Firstly it appears that Steigs father and brother refuse to allow it to be published. ...
Secondly it seems that Eva won't complete the book unless she gets to administer the literary estate.
I guess this basically means that the book won't be written anytime in the near future. Perhaps in many years to come someone will buy Stiegs unfinished book and all the other writings stating directions for the rest of the books. Once this person has insight he or she may be able to pick up the mantle completing the vision of these amazing books. Only time will tell.
So what are the names of these fabulous books?
So the first book which was published in Sweden in 2005 was called ~ Män som hatar kvinnor (Men who hate women).
I am glad that the name was changed when it was published in English to ~ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
It recieved the Glass Key award as the best Nordic crime novel in 2005. If you read the book you will agree that this award was definately warranted.
His second novel was called ~ Flickan som lekte med elden ~ (The Girl Who Played with Fire),
It received the Best Swedish Crime Novel Award in 2006. Again this award was definately given to the right book.
The third novel was called ~ Luftslottet som sprängdes (The air castle that was blown up). I am again pleased that the name was changed when it was published in English to ~ The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
What are the books about ~
These books have three main characters ~ Michael Blomkvist, Lisbeth Salander and Erika Berger.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ~
The beginning of the book is a bit too technical for some people however I found it interesting. This book deals with conspiracies and corruption in governmental departments and more, that span several continents. The scary thing about this book is that as you read it you know this sort of thing has happened and will happen again. Most of us realise that there are times whether right or wrong that we can be considered to be acceptable casualties to the powers that be.
One thing to be aware of is that these books deal with rape and child abuse. There are some graphic parts to this book as it delves into these areas to open people’s eyes to what does happen at times in society and how this can affect a person’s psyche.
It also is a mystery come detective story that delves into a wealthy family’s roots as Mikael and Salander try to solve a 40 year old disappearance.
Let’s not forget that Mikael is trying to clear his name after losing a law suit brought against him due to an article he wrote.
The characters are imperfect and very realistic. In fact I believe I have met most of them in my life. Some are still friends. I like trying to figure everything out before I am told and there were some definate twists that I didn't see coming. In my humble opinion this is a book that belongs in everyones bookshelf.
The Girl who played with Fire ~
This is set about a year after the first book finishes.
This book starts with the team at Millenium getting close to being able to publicise a story about high ranking officials who are involved with sex trafficking from parts of Eastern Europe and Russia.
Two of Blomkvist’s investigative reporters are found murdered and all the evidence appears to point to Lisbeth being their executioner.
This book traverses Lisbeth’s past giving you insights into what makes her tick. In saying this much of her psyche is still left veiled and you feel like you get to peek through the veil only when the wind blows it hard enough to give you a glimpse. Well that’s what it felt like to me anyways.
This is definitely a fast moving book which spins you about into some interesting and surprising ways a few times.
The only thing I would suggest is that you have book three sitting ready for you as you are left almost literally hanging in mid-air.
Again and always with any of these books please be aware of the graphic content which include sex trafficking and murder among other things.
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest
This book thankfully follows on from where the last book finishes.
After taking a bullet to the head Lisbeth is in hospital under police guard.
The police are waiting for her to be well enough to be released into their custody so they can charge her. She is in grave danger of being recommitted for life to the institution that held her under guardianship.
There are both family and governmental enemies closing in that wish her dead.
Lisbeth has to learn to trust her lawyer who is also Bloomkavists sister and find a way to get the proof she needs of her innocents with the help of her friends.
If she finds the evidence she needs she then has to share with the court the details of her past.
The last time Lisbeth tried to tell her story no one believed her and she ended up being put into an institution for a few years.
Her enemies will happily take out anyone who tries to help Lisbeth and this puts all Lisbeths friends in grave danger.
Buy the books
Stieg’s belief system is right here for everyone to see, he was a journalist and therefore he has used these books to give voice to all the things he wasn’t able to voice in his journalistic career due to stories being quashed. The scary thing is that as you read the book you are well aware that this happens all over the world.
According to his life partner … “Everything he has put to paper at some stage has happened to someone in his country.”
He also mentioned to a friend that he wanted to write a book about what pippylongstockings or someone similar who due to childhood trauma had withdrawn from society due to not being able to trust any adults or anyone in authority would be like as an adult. He has done this and more in my humble opinion.
The books have been turned into movies and if you don’t mind sub titles you can watch all three now.
The girl with the dragon tattoo has recently been released in English and I for one will add all three of them to my video collection. We already own the three books.