Stieg Larsson and The Girl – Lisbeth Salander
NPR has a great article today about the late Stieg Larsson and the smash success his trilogy – largely because of the enigmatic and fierce character of Lisbeth Salander – has become. The Swedish author had barely completed the third and final book (The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, just released )and submitted it to his publisher, when he tragically died from a heart attack. He was only 50 years old, and never got to see the frenzy with which people devoured his books.
I’ve read the first two – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire, and couldn’t put them down. The characters are engaging, the story is well-paced and keeps the reader guessing, and the settings, scenarios and reactions in the story are authentic enough to make it completely believable and intriguing. I ordered the third one already (off this great little internet site I know…) and can’t wait for it to arrive.
For me personally, it’s all too rare that I find a book that I find incredibly engaging, impossible to put down, and pure fun to read – that I also find intelligent, thought-provoking and skillfully written. It’s a real pleasure when a book manages both. If you’re looking for quick, fun, exciting and well-written reads for the upcoming little while, consider checking out the trilogy – you won’t be sorry.