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PostSubject: The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson   Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:06 pm

This is the second book of the "Millenium" trilogy, and the sequel to "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo".

This book reads more like an action novel rather than a mystery novel, though a mystery is a major part of the plot. Once again we have Lisbeth Salander (one of the most interesting female characters I have read in a long, long time) and Mikael Blomkvist (misspelled I know) thrown, if not together, at least within shouting distance of one another as Lisbeth is suspected of three murders. Lisbeth goes into hiding and starts investigating while Blomkvist does his own investigation, convinced that Salander is innocent.

Salander's dark past is delved into, and we find out what "All That Evil", referred to but never explained in the first novel, is all about. There is also a "twist" which, I am ashamed to admit, took me by surprise. I should have seen it coming from a mile off. It is one of the most-used literary tricks in the book. And I missed it. Embarassed

All in all, this was a satisfying read, mostly because of the character of Lisbeth Salander. Sometimes it seems that the other characters (except for the villains), including Blomkvist, aren't really necessary at all. It makes me wonder if Larsson fell in love with his own creation. I have heard that can sometimes happen.

Looking forward to "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest"!

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