14 June 2010

The Girl Who Played with Fire

Yesterday afternoon i finished part two of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire. Very very good, if not quite as good as Dragon Tattoo. I have had this book since right after i finished the first one but i realized last weekend that i was only 13th on the library hold list for the new novel, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, and needed to get this one done soon.

It picks up several months after the events in the previous book. Salander is traveling the world while Blomqvist moves on with his life. His magazine, Millennium, is going to publish a huge expose on the sex trafficking industry in Sweden when the reporter and his girlfriend are brutally murdered. Salander becomes the prime suspect.

There are gobs of characters. In the first book we mainly follow Blomqvist, a bit of Salander, and then a few pages of other characters. In this book there are many more people to keep track of. Several detectives, Salander's old boss Armansky, a couple different bad guys. The story isn't as contained as the first book's; it's bigger in scope. I wish i knew some geography of Sweden as well.

Overall i give it a 6. The book, at 724 pages, counts for the Chunkster Challenge too. It ends with a bit of a cliffhanger so i can't wait for part 3! I'm only 9th on the list now.

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