Like the first book, this was a complete investigation kind of book But unlike the first one, this has nothing to do with third parties, and everything to do with Lisbeth It s a personal book, and it cements the core of this series, which is Lisbeth There are lots of new information about Lisbeth, and she becomes somewhat less enigmatic as we begin to get a glimpse at the troublesome, dark past Sex trafficking, Russian hitman, murders What else does a book need to be freaking thrilling Salander in this book becomes obsessed with math, she takes it up as a hobby, and up until the last moments when her life is hanging by a thread, she finds the solution to a mathematical problem Such a peculiar protagonist, I feel constantly intrigued by her and I always have to expect the unexpected from her.
Up until half of the book, nothing extraordinary really happens, it s just plot building up but there s lots of Salander, so it s interesting and gripping to read Then, at about halfway into the book everything changes A police hunt begins You ll have to guess who the hunted is And how the hell they ended up into this mess.
Surprisingly, there s less Blomkvist in this than the first book Although, he s still a prime character to the story, he takes the role of the secondary character rather than the first one, as we saw him in the first book In the entirety of the book, Blomkvist and Salander hardly ever meet So, summing everything up, I ll admit that I liked this better than the first because of the personal storyline the author followed I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS I am confident that Stieg Larsson has a reason for this, but Lisbeth Salander is not much of a heroine Let s list her transgressions from The Girl Who Played With Fire and these will be deliberately out of context 1 She forces herself on a 16 year old boy in Granada.
2 She kills a man on the beach during a hurricane.
3 She shuts out Blomkvist for a very long time for a perceived slight, giving him no explanation.
4 She fails to take or show the necessary care with her ex guardian after his stroke.
5 She alienates everyone else who cares about her.
6 She lives off billions that she stole.
7 She invades the apartment of her guardian and threatens his life in the middle of the night.
8 She endangers the lives of friends and innocents.
9 She very nearly burned her father to death when she was a teenager.
10 She pulls a gun on the owner of a car rental agency and shuts him in a broom closet to control him.
11 She commits multiple computer violations, including the hacking of government computers.
12 She carries and uses illegal weapons.
13 She is genuinely ultraviolent.
14 She shoots a man in the foot after macing his eyes, and she tasers another in the testicles.
15 She steals a motorcycle.
16 She chops her father s knee and skull with an axe.
17 She is vengeful in a way that makes Edmond Dant s look like a sissy.
Let s face it, Lisbeth is than a little bit nasty And taken a step further, it is safe to say that she is not particularly likable She is cold, calculating, emotionally irrational, mean, detached, abrasive, unapproachable, unfriendly, selfish, mercenary, vengeful, and than a few other things most of us would classify as unlikable.
Out of context, Lisbeth Salander is the kind of person who most people would be than happy to see locked up forever And if all we had to go on were the reports of newspapers and descriptions of trials, we d all see it as a failure of the justice system if she went free.
Yet we cheer for her in the Millenium Trilogy we can t seem to help ourselves And therein lies what Stieg Larsson is trying to tell us with his challenging protagonist context is everything.
Larsson isn t simply writing a compelling series of thrillers and I haven t been so locked into a book, as I was with GWPWF, for a very long time He isn t simply fishing for a film deal He isn t just sitting down to write a vapid bestseller I d even go so far as to say that Stieg Larsson is not a hack Nowhere near He is criticizing the very efficacy of what we so proudly call the rule of law Larsson is suggesting that the rule of law fails because it has no room for context It deals in absolutes unless you re one of the super rich or super influential , and it doesn t give a damn whether you perceived a threat before you lit someone on fire it doesn t care whether the sixteen year old you re having sex with is mature, in love with you and is totally willing it doesn t care that you stole the car or killed someone to save a life it doesn t care that you withheld evidence from the police to protect yourself or someone you love it doesn t care that you hacked into computers for altruistic reasons it doesn t care that you were bred to ultraviolence through nature and nurture it doesn t care about you and it doesn t care about context It just doesn t care, and because it doesn t care Larsson suggests that we should have a healthy disdain for the rule of law and recognize its terrible shortcomings because it is the structure we have to live with whether we like it or not.
Yet with all this, The Girl Who Played With Fire is most importantly a cracking read It is fast paced, cinematic in its noirishness, full of suspense, has a genuine twist or two one of which actually took me by surprise , a cast of characters it is almost impossible not to love and hate as the mood takes you even thought they are all rather static and it ends with a cliff hanger of the first order I am guessing this is a problem for some readers, but I am a fan of the cliff hanger.
What a shame Stieg Larsson passed from us so soon I could have read his books for the rest of my life.
The first book was for the most part plot driven The 40 year old mystery took a while to unfold, but was interesting when it did So was Lisbeth, although she wasn t the main focus Enter, The Girl Who Played With Fire The story has now turned character driven with Lisbeth as the protagonist But instead of having much of a plot of any character revelations about her early on, we read about her buying a new apartment, grocery shopping, and what furniture she picked out at IKEA in great detail Seriously, you could go down to the store and decorate the same way if you wanted, that s the level of description he gave I was bored out of my mind This goes on for a staggering 172 pages.
Mystery thriller Surely you jest This book wasn t a mystery whatsoever for me The fact that the police and everyone else working to solve the case chose to ignore it was pitiful.
The turning point didn t happen until page 172, which was about 100 pages too late to hold the interest of any reader who s not a masochist The quick pace and interest it generates rapidly disappears until 375.
Really It was bloated than a rotting whale.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was a better book I wanted to throw this one against the wall a few times.
Stieg Larsson doesn t really do subtle If he thinks an issue is important, he will shout it from the rooftops With a megaphone But since he is condemning misogyny and violence towards women, I m ok with thatSalander was the woman who hated men who hate womenThis book, much than its predecessor, focuses on the tiny but tough Lisbeth Salander We learn quite a bit about the fascinating and horrific backstory that led to Salander developing her unique, defensive, prickly personalityDon t ever fight with Lisbeth Salander Her attitude towards the rest of the world is that if someone threatens her with a gun, she ll get a bigger gun.
But don t let the focus on Lisbeth fool you essentially, this book should have been simply titled Men Who Hate Women, Part II Men Who Hate Women was the original title of the first Swedish book, before it was changed to include a marketable dragon tattoo as its main theme remains the same as its predecessor s, repeated and restated countless times And that s why I liked this otherwise far from perfect book.
Yet again, Larsson determinedly exposes the unlikable aspects of society misogyny and adherence to judgmental standards and gender norms that are ever present even in the European paradise of Sweden The surface mystery is just that a plot device, an excuse to get a new angle on Larsson s favorite topic We see the various shades and sides of hatred towards women, especially if they try to get out of the bounds that society neatly places for them This is reflected first and foremost in the awful treatment that Salander receives, but also in the treatment of Lisbeth s mother, Sonia Bodig, and the helpless and easily ignored by the society victims of sex traffickingWhen all the media assertions were put together, the police appeared to be hunting for a psychotic lesbian who had joined a cult of Satanists that propagandized for SM sex and hated society in general and men in particularI loved the no compromise and no subtlety message that this book delivers on the subjects that are indeed not subtle and should not be compromised on However, I could not help but sigh and eyeroll at Larsson s less than perfect prose His books could have really benefited from the generous use of editor s red penBut I do understand that these books were published posthumously and therefore probably not much was cut out out of respect to the dead authorMy gripes are similar to those of many other readers the tediousness of every minute detail, the never ending parade of brand names reading like an ad at times, and what feels like the entire Ikea catalog making a special appearance This diary like filler could have been easily cut out, leaving a much shorter and much sharper book I also giggled at the author s self insertion and clear wish fulfillment in the memorable figure of incorruptible and irresistible journalist Blomkvist And how can I forget a grating pet peeve of not getting a medical condition right view spoiler A person who does not feel pain is destined for a rather disabled existence rather than becoming an indestructible superhero Really You can Google that hide spoiler He had come.
He smelled of aftershave She hated the smell of him.
Heobserved her for a long time She hated his silence.
Then he spoke to her He had a dark, clear voice that stressed, pedantically, each word She hated his voice.
He laid the back of a moist hand on her forehead and ran his fingers along her hairline in a gesture that was probably intended to be friendly She hated his touch.
Lisbeth Salander is simply unforgettable I read the first book in this trilogy the year it was published in English and I remember the book so vividly that even five years later I transitioned into this book as if I d just finished reading Dragon last week Salander is 4 11 , but she walks across the literary landscape with such giant strides it is impossible to ignore her People who have never read the books or seen the movies have a vague idea of who she is People who have watched the movies or read the books may eventually forget her name decades from now, but they will not forget her persona her verve her courage.
Now before we start feeling all warm and fuzzy about Salander there are few problems with knowing her If you cross her she might throw a Molotov cocktail through your window She is unreliable, unrelenting, and if you own a computer she will know everything about you She is a hacker extraordinaire and even though she is extremely private, almost maniacal about her own personal information, she has no problem hacking into your personal affairs after all YOU should have been careful with it Despite her bristly exterior and her tendency to answer questions with a stare or a monosyllabic response you might find yourself attracted to her She has a lesbian friend Mimmi who tries to explain Salander s relationship with sexApart from the fact that you re not a dyke You re probably bisexual But most of all you re sexual you like sex and you don t care about what gender, You re an entropic chaos factor ENTROPIC CHAOS FACTOR, sounds mathematical and math does play a role in this novel, but my version of what Mimmi meant by that statement is that Salander is a person who will parachute in out of the blue, shag you until your nucleus becomes a comet, and then leave before you ve had time to light your first coitus jointA root of an equation is a number which substituted into the equation instead of an unknown convertsthe equation into an identity The root is said to satisfythe equation Solving an equation implies findingall of its roots An equation that is always satisfied,no matter the choice of values for its unknowns,is called an identity Salander solves complex math equations for relaxation purposes Throughout the novel she is pursuing the answer to Fermat s last theorem Now in the 1990s Andrew Wiles solved the problem using the world s most advanced computer programme which sounds like cheating to me When she does figure out Fermat s intention it is the only time I can remember Stieg Larsson recording his literary heroinegiggling Stieg Larsson is an interesting story He delivered three novels to his publisher and shortly thereafter died from a heart attack, attributed to walking up seven flights of stairs This unexpected demise helped launch the books onto the bestseller lists We are morbid aren t we He was an investigative reporter by trade and there was an inquiry into whether foul play was involved It seems he was just a 50 year old man that fate placed a situation in front of him, an out of service elevator, that provided the proper strain to his heart to kill him What endears these novels to me, even , is that he wrote them in the evenings as an escape from regular life Now, there are issues with these books, the use of name brands over and over You will tire of hearing Powerbook, IKEA and Billy s Pan Pizza If Larsson ate as many Billy s Pan Pizza as Salander does in the book that might be the doughy rope that squeezed his heart Billy s Pan Pizza is YUMMY Click the link to check out the Billy s Pan Pizza television commercial It is a hoot.
be LZ9nUvg5yhkDespite any issues I had with the writing, and sometimes it was clunky, the raw power of the writing and a compelling plot made those issues irrelevant Salander gets along just fine with the majority of the population, but she hates men who hate women She ran into several of those in the first book and one in particular is seared into my memory, Nils Bjurman He is the lawyer that has been assigned to her competency case She was declared incompetent by the courts and assigned Bjurman to take care of her affairs Salander is a confident person sometimes too confident and in book one she underestimates her ability to control a situation with Bjurman He turns the tables on her and brutally raped her With a presence of mind that is beyond most of the rest of us she recorded the rape and even as he is doing the most sadistic things to her she is going over and over in her head where she made the mistake and what she was going to do to him if he allowed her to live Interesting enough she lets him live, but holds the video over his head like the sword of Damocles Besides the video she does administer her own form of brutal vengeance, but there is a practicality to her decision not to kill him The courts would simply assign her another mentor that she doesn t have control of and of course she would have to weather an investigation into his murder In this book she makes a similar mistake in her pursuit for the man responsible for inspiring the rage and the violence that swirls around her Mikael Blomkvist is back and when his team of writers unearth a white slavery ring he finds himself battling a controversial issue that may impact the highest levels of society Underage girls are being brought from Russia and forced into prostitution It would be an easy assumption to make that every member of society would want to eliminate a situation that allows young girls to be exploited against their will One of the problems is that men in government, in positions of power, enjoy the availability of such young, beautiful girls for their own sexual perversions Despite the fact that Salander is not talking to Blomkvist, he is baffled as to why, she is drawn into the investigation because of the use of the name of one man Zalachenko As she becomes the main focus of the investigation she is forced to go underground, a skill she is particularly adept at, and as the rocket fueled plot comes to a conclusion this reader couldn t have put this book down even if the building was burning down around my ears because Salander always puts out a fire with gasoline See these tears so blueAn ageless heart that can never mendThese tears can never dryA judgement madecan never bendSee these eyes so greenI can stare for a thousand yearsJust be still with meYou wouldn t believe what I ve been thruYou ve been so longWell, it s been so longAnd I ve been putting out firewith gasolineputting out fire with gasolineDavid Bowie
Very short review due to the glitches on GR This is the second book in the trilogy I loved it and I loved the movie The book bogs down a little but it s all good Lisbeth is back and doing her own thing Lisbeth has been away from Mikael for some time But, they come back together when Lisbeth is accused of killing that jerk rapist of hers Spoiler Lisbeth looks into a sex trafficking ring that Mikael is involved in and finds out some things about her past she didn t want to know Her evil arse father is alive and she has a brother and they need to be taken out But this almost gets her killed Thank God Mikael was able to find her I ll always consider the Millennium series as a trilogy, this is due to all three original novels being adapted into movies in 2009.
It s only taken me 10 years to finally read the books It s true that the second volume isn t as strong as the first, but the character of Lisbeth is so strong and fascinating that it s hard to not get hooked by her exploits.
The trilogy is so good because this second volume explores her backstory and the reader gets a better sense of what makes her tick.
This part is crucial to enjoying the third outing in the series.
It s testament to Larsson s writing that I was instantly drawn into the story way before the main plot of Lisbeth being accused of three murders and subsequently on the run takes shape.
It probably helps that it s been a decade since I d watched Noomi Rapace s portrayal of Lisbeth, it helped to give enough distance for me to really enjoy these novels a fresh.
That s why I have to give this volume the same rating, as they are a complete set.
Flickan som lekte med elden The Girl Who Played with Fire Millennium, 2 , Stieg Larsson The Girl Who Played with Fire Swedish Flickan som lekte med elden is the second novel in the best selling Millennium series by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson It was published posthumously in Swedish in 2006 and in English in January 2009 The book features many of the characters who appeared in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2005 , among them the title character, Lisbeth Salander, a brilliant computer hacker and social misfit, and Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist and publisher of Millennium magazine The novel is formally divided into a prologue followed by four parts Part 1 Irregular Equations Part 2 From Russia with Love Part 3 Absurd Equations Part 4 Terminator Mode 2014 1389 558 9786005883282 21 1393 747 9786001194610 1393 670 9789648957402 2009.
Part Blistering Espionage Thriller, Part Riveting Police Procedural, And Part Piercing Expos On Social Injustice, The Girl Who Played With Fire Is A Masterful, Endlessly Satisfying Novel Mikael Blomkvist, Crusading Publisher Of The Magazine Millennium, Has Decided To Run A Story That Will Expose An Extensive Sex Trafficking Operation On The Eve Of Its Publication, The Two Reporters Responsible For The Article Are Murdered, And The Fingerprints Found On The Murder Weapon Belong To His Friend, The Troubled Genius Hacker Lisbeth Salander Blomkvist, Convinced Of Salander S Innocence, Plunges Into An Investigation Meanwhile, Salander Herself Is Drawn Into A Murderous Game Of Cat And Mouse, Which Forces Her To Face Her Dark Past From The Trade Paperback Edition