Friday, March 16, 2012
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest by Stieg Larrson .
Lisbeth Salander has been arrested for attempted murder and she is closely guarded in hospital, having taken a bullet to her head. Some people within Sapo, the state security police, want to cover up her story and lock her away in a mental institution. Mikael Blomkvisk and others help to set her free.
This is the 3rd book in the Millennium Trilogy , it has 743 pages, was published in 2007 and translated by Reg Keeland in 2009. This book continues on from The Girl Who Played With Fire .
Had I not purchased a copy, I would have stopped reading within the first 20 pages. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest is the worst conspiracy novel I have ever read. Stieg Larrson drones on for pages and pages about irrelevant details. I have never read so many descriptions of going into a cafe for a coffee. To get the feel of this book, look at the parody written by Nora Ephron and you will get an accurate reflection of Larrson's writing content and style.
Don't bother to read the Millennium Trilogy, if you must read one, then read The Girl Who Played With Fire which I voted 3 stars on Good Reads , whereas The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo I only voted 2 stars. I think The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest should be re-titled The Girl who dragged a bad story into 3 Books.
Because of the large number of characters and the bitty nature of this novel, I did not develop an empathy for any character. There is no central character despite the title of this story. This book is clearly second rate and there is nothing to recommend it. There is nothing original and it is very drab. Don't bother reading this very long story which as a Kindle eBook would weigh in at a huge 2654 KB.
The ending is poor and not original. There is nothing to offend anyone and this book lacks humour. I took absolutely nothing away from this novel. I will vote this book the 1 star minimum on Good Reads because it is rubbish. I feel this book never deserved any of the hype or the tremendous sales figures it generated. Just because a book sells shed loads does not mean it is any good. It was never worth the 11 reviews of praise from leading newspapers quoted at the beginning.
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