Friday, February 22, 2013

The End of the Millennium

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson
I can't believe I put off reading this books for so long thinking I wouldn't like them. Yet now, here I am finished, wishing for more.

I did enjoy this one, but I think it's probably my least favorite of the trilogy. I think the the first two you had to keep reading because you had to know how things worked out. But while there are a few smaller mysteries, the majority of the book deals with the consequences of what happened in the last book. It did still hold my interest, and I read through it very quickly considering the length. But still, don't think it was nearly as suspenseful as the first two.

I'm also not a huge fan of the title. With the first two, the titles are literal. Lisbeth does have a dragon tattoo. Her playing with fire, is what brought on a lot of the actions in the second. But while Lisbeth may have kicked a hornet's nest figuratively, unless I'm missing something, she doesn't kick one literally. And given how literal the first two titles were, I wish this one was too.

I was happy with the ending, even though it wasn't necessarily what I expected. I wouldn't say it ends on a cliffhanger, but you could easily see more could be told. And while Steig Larsson is no longer living, he has written something for I believe 4 more books in the Millennium series. So I'm hopefully that at some point, maybe in several years, but eventually we will see his other books.

If you're like I used to be, and think these books are too gruesome for you, I really would give them a chance. I wound up being pleasantly surprised by the entire trilogy, and have a feeling you're likely to feel the same.


Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!


  1. i started reading girl with the dragon tattoo but couldn't get into it because i know what happens since i saw the movie. maybe i should start with the second book...

  2. I loved this entire series, and was so sad when it was over! But I thought this left a lot of ends that weren't tied up. So happy I read them though! Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. So glad that I read your review but I am definitely in the boat that you were in before you started them. I always think about picking up the series and have heard great things but I figure I won't like it.
    I think someone in my family has them so I'll to do some research and figure out who to borrow them from!

    Happy Monday

  4. I really need to read these ones!