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Friday, January 18, 2013
The First Girl with Fire
Like the first one in the series, I really got caught up in the mystery in the book, and couldn't stop reading it. I definitely devoted a few late nights to this because I just couldn't fall asleep till I got just one more clue of the mystery. It's funny because I really didn't think I'd like these books based on all the brutality I heard they included, and while it is there, I didn't really mind it, since I was so caught up in everything else.
A lot has been said on this book, so rather than repeat the same things as everyone else, I wanted to mention a few minor plot lines that I really appreciate. First a someone big part of the plot (and somewhat of a spoiler), is that an author dies before his book is published leaving others to decide what to do with his work. I think it's a bit of eerie foreshadowing since Steig Larsson died before he could publish all of his books. Supposedly he had written, or at least outlined, 3 or 4 more Millennium books, but if I remember correctly his family and girlfriend have been arguing over what to do with them. I do think based on some of the actions in this book, you have to speculate what Larsson own belief would be.
A second aspect I really loved was the cameo of Fermat's Last Theorem. Having a Masters degree of Mathematics it's something I am familiar with, and while I don't know the intricate outlines of the proof, I do know basic idea of what it involves. So the fact that Lisbeth supposedly solves the theorem by hand really bugs me. And I wasn't a fan of how they somewhat "dumb-ed down" the problem. But I still loved the fact that they choose a real problem for Lisbeth to be fascinated by.
I think a lot of people have read this by now. But if you're avoiding it because you think you won't like it, know that I felt that way too, and instead I'm loving the time I'm spending reading them.
Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!