The Millennium trilogy of books was completed just prior to the death of the author who was himself an investigative journalist. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest,  were originally going to be part of a series of 10 books and the untimely death of the author leaves several plot holes at the end of the third book imo. For example the main character Lisbeth has a twin sister who is constantly referenced in flashback but we never get to find out why she acted as she did.

Overall the books – and presumably the films – move along at a rattling pace and Larsson’s admiration of women comes across quite strongly. He rather annoyingly introduces things like Fermat’s Theorum  to show that the central character is brilliant but these sidetracks have no other purpose that I could see. Lisbeth is clearly on the ASC spectrum and finds it very hard to make social connections but can hack computers and memorise anything she sees only once. I’m fairly convinced that the author wrote the series with an eye on film/tv sales. The frail appearance of the character belies her strength and fighting capabilities which would suit the cinematic version of the stories but I haven’t seen any of them yet.

By the third book I was rather bored of all the plot details about computer hacking and what a good bunch of people these nerds are really. That had all already been covered in the earlier books and it began to seem repetitive. There was also an attempt to make the page look like a computer screen which was a bit ho hum as far as I’m concerned.

I read the first two as actual books and the third one as a Kindle book as I wanted to take it on holiday and as an aside you can make notes and highlight as you do along on the Kindle which can be quite useful but as you read on the Kindle you see what other people have highlighted if you have that turned on and for some of the highlighting I wondered why on earth they had bothered to highlight certain passages as they were of little consequence as far as I could see.

I suspect that Stieg Larsson saw himself in the journalist character Mikael Blomkvist. He’s interesting but how he has time to bed so many women – who know he is bedding all the others and mostly accept it – while writing his books and magazine articles and coming to the rescue of Lisbeth again and again beggars belief.

Don’t let me put you off though, it’s a yarn worth reading, especially if you have lots of time to spare.

Advertisements