Wednesday, June 15

Book: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, Stieg Larsson Click for more info

And once again I am disappointed by a Millennium book.

I think the biggest issue for me with this, the third and final instalment of the trilogy (see here and here for the first two) is the total and utter lack of drama and suspense. Everything is handed to the reader on a plate, and the only people who don't know what's going on are the bad guys. Hardly fair. In the meantime we have a bit of filler and fluff, perhaps offered as compensation for the rest of the non-happenings.

Ironically this god-like ability for the reader to know everything about what was going on made me lose interest in the main characters and it was now the bad guys who were the underdogs, and I found myself becoming desperate for a twist - or even a simple plot development - to get me through to the end of the book.

In many ways my impression of the book is no surprise, seeing as it precisely falls on the same downward gradient the previous two books had set up. Nevertheless with the heavy disappointment I can't really recommend it, unless like me you feel an obsessive need to complete the trilogy.

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