Review: The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

GirlWhoPlayedWithFireBook trilogies can really throw off my ability to read other books, even if they’re of completely different subjects.  For example, I borrowed a book from a friend on the history of anarchism while in the middle of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Played With Fire with the full intention of reading it (the book on anarchism) before the end of the year. At the time, I was about 1/3 of the way through TGWPWF.

Now that I’ve finished it, I HAVE to finish the series AND read The Hobbit before the movie comes out.  My life is SO HARD.

Seriously, though, TGWPWF is an excellent read.  I’ve said before about my own thorough enjoyment of Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series, how it takes a pretty standard genre (crime thriller) and spins it to talk about serious issues such as gender discrimination, sex trafficking, and violent crimes against women. TGWPWF is right there in the same boat.  We’re back again with Mikael Blomkvist, journalist for the now famous (and notorious) Swedish magazine Millenium, and this time he and his staff are working on a new expose on sex trafficking set to expose a whole mess of journalists, policemen, and government officials who’ve permitted or even participated in this illegal enterprise.  Everything goes wrong, however, when the two main researchers on the project are murdered, and Blomkvist’s friend and former lover, Lisbeth Salander, is fingered for the crime.

There were times where I felt the book was redundant.  At 724 pages, I began to feel that some details were relevant, but pretty unnecessary. Larsson was prone to describing every last action some characters would take in a particular scene, and it did begin to get a little annoying.  However, as these details were being drawn out, Larsson then drops a bomb on you when you least expect it, causing you to continue along in reading the story, looking around every corner for the next surprise.  It’s by no means classic fiction, but it’s definitely quality writing which isn’t afraid to talk about serious issues.

Up next, I’ve got The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the final installment in the trilogy, but not until I’ve read The Hobbit.  The movie’s release date is 12/14, and I want to finish it by then! Have to read the book before seeing the film!

Until Wednesday, folks!


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