Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Girl Who Played With Fire








Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Pub. Date: July 2009
ISBN-13: 9780307269980
Sales Rank: 85
512pp
Series: Millennium Trilogy Series

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government.But he has no idea just how explosive the story will be until, on the eve of publication, the two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander—the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who came to his aid in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and who now becomes the focus and fierce heart of The Girl Who Played with Fire.As Blomkvist, alone in his belief in Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation of the slayings, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous hunt in which she is the prey, and which compels her to revisit her dark past in an effort to settle with it once and for all.
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Where do I begin... reading Stieg Larsson's books is bittersweet... I loved his first book The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and also, The Girl Who Played With Fire; however, knowing that there will only be one more .... makes me sad, makes me want more even though there will be no more...

I really enjoyed this book... I held off reading it knowing that it would be a very good read, knowing that the author died and there will only be one more book in the series, knowing that I could lose myself in the story and tag along on an adventure...

After reading the first in the series of three books, this book answered more questions concerning one of the main characters, Lisbeth Salender, and what a character she is... you can almost picture this precocious little person and her little quirks and tics. I can see where Lisbeth came from, what formed her into the person she is and what makes her tick. As with the first book.. Lisbeth is still the unique, off beat, follow your own drummer kind of person and you have to admire her tenacity even if she doesn't always follow the laws of the land and instead has her own set of laws that she lives by.

Then you have Mikael Blomkvist, what a man... do I like him or do I not... he is true to his profession; but, his personal life is a little wild. He seems to be a man who has many partners; but, is able to come across as still being a caring, kind hearted, moral man. Does that confuse you... read the book and let me know if you think he is a very complex character. I actually love the character he is even though his personal life and his business life seem to clash.

The remaining supporting cast, as always, intrigues me, kept me entertained and was totally convincing in the story line. I will be anxious to see where the next book leads, where and who the characters are and how the final story plays out. I hope that the publishers don't continue the series with another author... I feel when they do this the original authors true voice is lost in the telling.

As I was reading this book... I could picture this as a movie... now, I usually don't like movies that are based on books... something is always missing, the movies lack the connection that the books give you, or the actors don't come across true to the books characters. Given the chance, I would love to see this as a movie... as for the actors... who knows who could bring these characters to life?? would the story line play true with the book?? would I enjoy the movie as well as I have the books??

So, if you would like to escape with a good book and like mystery, suspense and thrillers, this book is for you. Enjoy the characters and don't forget to leave a post and let me know if you have read the book and what you thought.
Also, the winner of the book by Pat Conroy, South of Broad was won by Andrea... I only had two responses so it was a little sad; but, I am hoping to have another giveaway again, soon. Hopefully, with more comments.

1 comment:

Brenda said...

Well, I just found you through a comment you left. I love to read what others think about books, and review them. And I would love to have had a chance to win Pat Conroy's newest book. I have signed up to review and host a book for TLC. A way, I hope, for me to get off the computer long enough to actually read a book longer than my weekly Newsweek and Time magazines!
Brenda