Chase Blackwood weaves an intricate tale that hints at so much more. And that may be its greatest challenge. Tears of a Heart, the first book in the series, was beautifully written, and interesting. It shows us an amazing world filled with detail and depth, but for a portion of it, just a touch slow. The writing, such beautiful writing, overshadows this, as does the ending. Tower of the Arkein , the next book in the series, is where the story truly begins to unfold, and where Chase Blackwood shines as an author.
It is fast paced, full of action, adventure, and love. A very strong entry in the fantasy genre, and if the next book is equally as good, expect it to make quite a splash. You can buy on Amazon now. This first entry into the Red Queen's War trilogy is about a layabout, womanizing, alcoholic prince. He's also just funny enough not to think he's an utter bastard. Okay, he's quite funny. He's torn away from his life of being thrown from women's windows by their enraged and surprised husbands when he's magically bound to an honourable Viking warrior on a quest to save his family from the undead.
So, so many undead. While this trilogy and the Broken Empire trilogy are set concurrently in the same world, the protagonist of this book, Prince Jalan, lacks the ruthless competence of the Broken Empire 's Jorg, and as such, the true horror of the undead that run rampant in the world are revealed. Beyond ravenous zombies and recently reanimated corpses, far more personal and monstrous creatures appear to plague Jalan, and it becomes genuinely upsetting and emotional for reasons deeper than mere horror. Mark Lawrence is a master at drawing you inside the heads of his characters, and at times, Jalan's mind is a genuinely unsettling place to be.
The prose is superb, and Lawrence has no equal when it comes to intimately personal, first-person fantasy. The Night Angel trilogy is the story of a young, abused street-thief's transformation into a badass, magically-enhanced assassin. As one might expect from a story about learning to kill people for a living, it's more than a little dark. Beyond the grit, moral ambiguity and violence, the Night Angel books have gut-wrenchingly horrifying sections, such as a gigantic magical monstrosity that incorporates the flesh of its victims into itself, or a cannibal with a noose made from the tendons of his victims who drags people into a stinking pit.
These things aren't the exception in these books. They're the norm. Somehow, Weeks also manages to make the books fun and action-packed, and some of the scenes feel like they would belong in a Hollywood action movie. The action is exquisitely written, and the stealth scenes are particularly tense.
The book opens on the protagonist rooting around through mud, afraid from his ife and well, somehow, things manage to go downhill. Or if you like reading sweet action scenes, I guess. Manifest Delusions. In a world where belief defines reality, the world could be a paradise, right? Not in Fletcher's world of Manifest Delusions, where corpses line the streets and narcissists spawn false gods from the beliefs of the gullible masses.
Beyond Redemption is dripping with filthy darkness, as evidenced by the fact that its main protagonists are a brutally violent warrior with a killer sinus infection, a horribly ugly kleptomaniac, and a self-absorbed swordsman. And those are the 'good guys', if such a term even means anything in this context. In Fletcher's world, where belief defines reality, the insane are the magic-users, since they believe falsehoods so strongly that they become true.
If someone genuinely believes that that everyone loves them, those around them have no choice but to do so. The monsters between these pages are all human, or at least they once were, and they include walking corpses, a dude who turns into a swarm of scorpions, a morbidly obese mind-controller, and more.
The violence is constant and unrelenting, and I think that technically reading this book counts as a war-crime. The despair and cynical attitude towards humanity are almost too much to bear. But you're not here to find light and fluffy books, are you? This one is an odd, deeply philosophical tale about gods who walk among normal Americans, stripped of most of their powers because of their lack of worship, and their conflict with the new avatars of idolization, like technology and television.
It's a weird concept, but oh man does Gaiman make it work. There's plenty of darkness, violence and sex in this novel, but it never feels as if it's placed there for shock value, or to make the book edgy. Rather, these things are inextricable aspects of humankind and the gods they worship. The writing is beautiful and complex, weaving in age-old tales of myth into a modern narrative about an ex-con being swept into this world of blood and worship. The characters of the gods are decidedly human, and when the supernatural occurs, Gaiman makes it feel natural.
The darkness is less pronounced than in something like Prince of Thorns, but the content and tone still firmly places it within the dark fantasy genre. American Gods is currently being made into a TV show on Starz, and the adaptation is great. They are the "Others," an ancient race of supernatural beingsmagicians, shape-shifters, vampires, and healerswho live among us. Human born, they must choose a side to swear allegiance tothe Dark or the Lightwhen they come of age. For a millennium, these opponents have coexisted in an uneasy peace, enforced by defenders like the Night Watch, forces of the Light who guard against the Dark.
But prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will arise to spark a cataclysmic war. Anton Gorodetsky, an untested mid-level Light magician with the Night Watch, discovers a cursed young womanan Other of tremendous potential unallied with either sidewho can shift the balance of power. With the battle lines between Light and Dark drawn, the magician must move carefully, for one wrong step could mean the beginning of annihilation.
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. Lord Foul's Bane begins the epic Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever , a series in which a leprosy-stricken man in the real world is transported to a stereotypical fantasy world. However, what ensues isn't a cutesy Narnia -like adventure, but something far less cutesy. To say the least. The darkness in this book isn't primarily in the world, or the action, but in what an utter son of a bitch the protagonist it.
Thomas Covenant isn't like other anti-heroes in that he's a bastard with a heart of gold. He's a bastard through and through, and utterly unlikeable. Despite this, he's a well-drawn character grappling with the crippling disease of leprosy, refusing to believe that the fantasy world he's found himself in is even real. Covenant is so despicable at times, that on my first read of the book, I found myself doing something that I haven't done before or since; putting the book down because I was too appalled to continue. Offsetting this is the flowery, poetic, old-fashioned way in which the book is written.
Lord Foul's Bane isn't fun to read, nor will it probably be your favourite book, but it's an experience important to fantasy as a genre. Or even protagonists that aren't complete assholes. This book is about the titular vagrant, who is a mute, and his journey across a desolate, demon-ravaged world with a baby and a goat. It sounds pretty weird and it is, but in a good way. As you might imagine, a world overrun by demons is more than a little dark.
Demons have swept into the world and are basically fucking everything up, and seeing the journey of such interesting, yet opaque protagonist play out is interesting. We're not given access to the Vagrant's direct point of view, so it's a slow reveal of character, backstory and purpose.
The Vagrant literally never speaks, which gives him a 'Man With No Name' cool-factor, and while this would be annoying if every book did it, it works as something different. The book is certainly unique, and odd, but it's actually quite a quick read, and the weird elements all come together well to create something greater than the sum of its parts. The setting is very unique and compellingly dark, and beyond the monstrous creatures, even normal people are generally corrupted.
Low Town titled the Straight-Razor Cure in the UK , is the first instalment in the Low Town series, and is a gritty noir crime story that just happens to be set in a fantasy world. The fact that the word 'noir' is French for 'dark' is, alone, a compelling argument for Low Town 's place on this list. It's the tale of a drug-dealer in the slums of a fantasy city, and his journey to solve a murder that the police can't be bothered with. The darkness of Low Town is integral in the setting, the characters, and the underlying nihilistic view of humanity.
The horrors and monsters here are the people, and Polansky proves that people can be far more terrifying than any zombie, werewolf or vampire. The characterization of 'the Warden', the drug-addicted, world-weary investigator protagonist is one of the highlights of the book, and is enhanced by the close first-person narration. You can almost taste the puke, drugs and shit on the streets of Low Town , yet somehow Polansky turns that into a pleasurable experience. The titular 'witcher' mutated, sorcerously-powered professional monster hunter cool, I know is Geralt of Rivia, the White Wolf, lover of women, slayer of monsters, and kicker of asses.
He's just about the coolest protagonist a reader could ask for, and the stories he finds himself in are as horrifying as you'd expect from books based on eastern European fairytales and monster legends. The monsters Geralt hunts are the real deal. These are the sorts of nightmare-fuel that could only be generated from hundreds of years of stories told by the fire in Sapkowski's native Eastern Europe. Forget Sleeping Beauty, the princess Geralt encounters turns into a flesh-eating horror every night. Despite this, the true monsters Geralt encounters are always human ones, and he considers his mission of 'killing monsters' to include the all-too human variation.
He fights with a combination of swords, potions and sorcery, and he's just plain cool. I feel like I'm gushing, am I gushing? I'll stop now. This book and the rest of the Wardstone Chronicles genuinely scared the absolute shit out of me when I first read it. It's a YA book, but still worth reading for anyone older. It's such a small-scale, folksy story. There's no 'fate of the kingdom' battle, and the protagonist remains a young, terrified boy, and that's the charm of the book.
It's like a fairy tale gone wrong, and a single witch provides enough scares to keep a dozen kids under their covers for a year. Rather than relying on violence and gore, Delaney succeeds in getting inside your head and reminding you why you were once afraid of the dark. I think that letting younger teenagers read this technically qualifies as child abuse in seven states. Spooks Apprentice leans more towards horror than a lot of other entries on this list, and it features staples of that genre like a haunted house.
Nevertheless, it's still definitely a coming of age fantasy tale. Or read it yourself if you like fast-paced YA dark fantasy. Either way. Gaiman's work is perfect for anyone who's after stories with 'mundane' protagonists from the real world who are pulled into worlds of unsettling dark fantasy. His stories have worth not only as entertainment, but as deeply contemplative and philosophical works. Neverwhere is about a Londoner who finds himself, due to an act of kindness, drawn into an unsettling magical world beneath London.
It's like Alice in Wonderland ramped up for adults, but still with all the charm. Somehow Gaiman manages to blend the darkness of adult urban fantasy with the charm and whimsy of an old-fashioned fairytale, and his villains dress like gentlemen, his protagonist is bumbling and well-meaning and the denizens of his magical world are ancient and dark.
His writing is an absolute pleasure to read, and things are described in such clever and witty ways that it's easy to imagine Gaiman sipping on some piping hot tea in his office and chortling as he clacks away on his keyboard. That doesn't mean, however, that nobody ever says fuck and that sex is never mentioned. This is dark fantasy, after all. This is the opening to a book series for young adults, and holy shit is it heavy for something supposedly aimed at young people.
It's urban dark fantasy rather than being set in a secondary world, but there's plenty of portal-hopping, and not every book is set primarily in the world we know. In Lord Loss , a teenager finds himself confronted with the existence of horrifying, blood-soaked demonic monstrosities from another world, and their age-old battle with humanity.
The violence is shocking, and I suspect that any school librarians who have it in their collection haven't actually read it. When reading, there were a few moments that I genuinely uttered 'what the fuck? Cosmic horror, body horror, werewolves, and a particularly mean demon with snakes where his heart should be all make an appearance. While the protagonists are teenaged, the thematic depth, darkness and levels of cynicism mean that adult readers could enjoy it too, and its pace is super-fast.
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Comments Read this book if: you think zombie apocalypses aren't quite dark enough, and you need something a bit more intense to sate your depraved appetites. Read this book if: you want to read the most disgusting demon-dog to grace the printed page. Comments 0 Awards Won: LocusF. Read this book if: you haven't already. Tears of a Heart Chase Blackwood. Read this book if: you want to see a pampered prince get chased halfway up a continent by zombies, and think you might enjoy the quips he makes along the way. Comments 2. Read this book if: you want to hold back vomit with one hand while turning the page with the other.
Read this book if: you hate happiness. Read this book if: you want to delve into the deep, dark corners of humanity's myths. Comments 2 Award Nominations: LocusF. Award Nominations: WFA. Read this book if: you like classic fantasy but hate goody-two-shoes protagonists. View all 6 comments. I have to say I liked it, because it sucked me and I read the three books in little more than two weeks. And they are long books. But as some agents did say on Twitter some time ago, if this book was first published in the States, it would have been trimmed and it'd be better.
The three of them are too long. On the other hand, Lisbeth Salander character is one of the best characters I've read lately. You become instantly attached to her and want her to succeed. In general, Larsson treats better w I have to say I liked it, because it sucked me and I read the three books in little more than two weeks. In general, Larsson treats better women than men. Lots of women are great characters in the trilogy. Didn't root for male first character though. It lacked strengh or something. Dec 11, Lynn Romaine rated it it was amazing. So I must give these books my highest recommendation.
Mainly because Stieg Larsson has created the most unforgettable character in fiction since who knows when. For me, probably since Elizabeth Bennett.
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Will you like these books? If you like very complicated, detailed characters and many many of them , a complicated espionage story, and fairly good writing that is both plot and character driven, I think you will. Rowling books, Nicholas Sparks or Dan Brown, if you liked these books, you may not particularly like these books, but who knows? You might. And don't miss the films - the undubbed Swedish versions, not the soon to be completed US version which I am expecting to be typically zipped up American movies without the subtle deliberate context of European films.
View 1 comment. Dec 27, Virginia rated it it was ok. Sorry, but I don't get it. Blomkvist was boring and I didn't like him very much. I didn't care much about Millenium. Larsson was the MOST pedestrian writer. I know, I know But that's not all that was wrong with the writing. If I had to read one more time what color t-shirt someone was wearing, I was going to lose it. And by the way, does anyone in this series ever make a commitment to anyone else, or is that just too conventional and 20th century for these oh-so-enl Sorry, but I don't get it.
And by the way, does anyone in this series ever make a commitment to anyone else, or is that just too conventional and 20th century for these oh-so-enlightened people? I certainly appreciated Salander - great heroine, and any stars I give the series are for her. But the rest was boring, the political message heavy-handed, the characters flat. The first book gave me a feel for Sweden, but the rest didn't even offer much of that, except a lot of hard to pronounce names.
I wanted to love it -- people I love loved it. But I very nearly hated it and wonder what made me get through. I began Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with the goal of understanding what there was about this book that made it so popular. I was gritting my teeth, convinced that getting through the book would be a most unpleasant labor. But then I found myself turning pages, not able to put it down, suprised, pleased, impressed.
And so I soldiered on to the second and third books of the series, and I loved them. But to answer my original question: what is it about these books that makes them so popular? Well, I I began Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with the goal of understanding what there was about this book that made it so popular. Well, I can at least say why I like them so much. In a word, it's characters. Lisbeth is one of the all-time best fictional characters I've ever encountered and it is her story that carries everything through.
By the third book there is no doubt that the whole series is really about her. She's unique, well-thought-through, mysterious, yet consistent and totally believable. Almost every other character with a few notable exceptions is similarly well-constructed. There are a few stick figures - minor villians mostly. As for the plots, you could make a case that books two and three are just one long story, but Dragon Tattoo is a distinct story, though it ties closely into the next book.
I liked the Dragon Tattoo plot the best, the other story is a bit far-fetched at times, but often engrossing and believable. Two other things that make these books great are the attention to detail and the incredible sense of place. Larson paints vivid pictures of all the locales, including the Caribbean island Lisbeth spends some time on. The plot details are just that - details that sell the story, that make you believe it's happening as you read it.
If you are one of the eight people in the world who haven't read these books yet, I do recommend that you get right on it! You won't be sorry. All I can say is, if I am ever in a bad situation I would hope I could call on this young lady. View 2 comments. Nov 09, Ankit Agrawal rated it it was amazing Shelves: crime , favorites , thriller , scandinavia , series. I don't know what to say about this Triology or not a triology but an incompleted series.
I have loved this all in all but at the same time I have regretted reading it as well. It has kept me awake at nights but at the same time bored me.
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It has left me wanting to read more but at the same time left a bad taste in my mouth. There are so many contradicting emotions this series has left me with. This has to be the most weird series or the most weird set of books anyone can read. Its so filled up wi I don't know what to say about this Triology or not a triology but an incompleted series. Its so filled up with flaws that at the start you can't understand what the hype is about but the more you read the more you can't resist giving it 5 stars as well.
The Hype and Introduction The hype that surrounds these books is probably understandable. Especially in Sweden where these things abusing women really happen. Swedish people can feel all the concept brought around in these books. Let me tell you that this is a series and it would be totally wrong for anybody to rate each book differently or to make a certain good or bad opinion just after reading 1 book. Every book is incomplete at the end and continues into its next part.
The 1st book is just a start. It by no means a great sensation. It just leads into the introduction of characters through a sub-plot of the actual series. The plot is irrelevant of the whole series but it is very interesting mystery and a good development of the characters for the rest of the series to follow.
Many might say just after reading this book that it is over-hyped, I also had the same feeling when I read further into the series the opinions started to change and I realized that this is actually a proper series and not individual threads. The second book is where this series actually starts. The story gradually morphs into a tale of sexual prejudice, abuse of power, and governmental conspiracy. This book starts to thrill, get into your nerves, forces you to stay awake at night. The same thing continues into the third with much more excitement and thrill. The third book is also incomplete as Larsson had planned a 10 book series and could only finish 3.
Why you love it? The character development is the essence of this book and is the most striking thing about these books. Larsson make you dwell so much deep into the characters that you can feel each and every character's each and every emotion and activity. You can have sympathy for Lisbeth, like Blomkvist's friendly and smart behavior, hate Sapo's secret force and so on with every character not matter how small or big roles they played.
I have never seen a better character development and feel for the characters in any other book. Besides Character Development there are many other lovable things as well. The Thrill - It takes some time in every book to get into. The first can be very boring. But once you get into it there's no stopping. You will be forced to stay awake at nights, turn page after page until you complete it. The more you read the more you will like it. The Plot - Larsson has done an exceptional work in this department. Not only is the plot very believable but he mixes up so many characters and so many things into a single plot that it becomes impossible to keep a proper track of things.
Lisbeth the heroine, Blomkvist the hero, Erika the supporter, Different levels of police, millennium staff, murder, mystery, thrill, suspense etc That makes it a must read. I am utmost sure that Larsson has created memorable characters and plot which I even if I try my hardest would not be able to forget. Why you regret it? What went wrong? What messed it up all? As I mentioned above the book is most weird one could ever read. It had a great, great characters, overall a mesmerizing series. Then what it was that messed it all up that some people talk about it being over-hyped and what it was that made you feel regret reading it.
I guess there are two separate answers to these questions and both are equally important. Firstly I want to talk about what went wrong or what messed it up all. I have never seen a 5 Star book with so many flaws and I am pretty sure that I won't see any 5 start with more flaws than this. The publishers and the marketers are the sole ones to ruined these books.
Just to make some good, quick money they have damaged this heavily. This book is a perfect example of it. It was originally written in Swedish and then converted into English worldwide. Now let me tell you that Reg Keeland is no mug of a translator. He has done translation for years and most of the books english versions have been quite successful.
So the reason for bad translation are again the marketers and publishers. The same thing has happened in this case. Editing if it has been done at all has been really really poor. If it hasn't been done then its even more to feel sorry for Larsson. There are parts in the series where you feel the story just goes on passively without any interest.
Those parts feel a little bit stretch and take the original excitement of the book to some extent. All this is down to editing. Larsson was a journalist not a writer so these books needed a very good editor but the marketers have again not allowed this to happen. Bit parts and pieces in the series are rather quite awkward. And that's a shame, because there's a really good story here, and some terrific characters.
Again a editorial mistake not allowed to rectify by the marketers There were many other reasons which have messed it up all, I won't go into much details about that since all is down to Commercialism. They have done a perfect to fuck this more than a 5 star worth book down to a lot less degree. So the people who complain about the hype are not totally wrong. For the first book it was "Men Who Hate Women" and I think the original Swedish titles would have suited all the books rather much better even though it would not have been that catchy.
The stories are rather surrounded around the Swedish titles than the English ones. This thing was discussed when Larsson was alive and despite serious protests he wasn't allowed The Swedish Titles. Why do you regret reading it One reason you regret these books is it was actually planned out to be a 10 book series and Larsson had wanted it to write in that way. But since he died midway he could only finish 3 of them. Because of just 3 books planned out of 10 the triology doesn't fit well into parts. After reading the end of every book it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Each book got better than the previous one.
The first was good, the second was lovable and the third set a different level for crime books and the 4th never came. You could just wonder how good all would have been had all 10 books been published. Also another thing happened since only 3 books were published is that many things were left unsaid or incomplete, that upsets a to quite an extent. The main reason for the regret is if you feel so sorry for Larsson after reading it. I have never ever seen any book in which one can get so realistically involved.
I felt so sorry for Larsson at the end that I was almost brought to tears. And adding salt to injury the marketers fucked it off even more. I wish Larsson had completed all 10, I am not content with 3 moreover I feel regret that I read this because I was so deeply involved in this that I couldn't read 7 more sensations This was clearly not how Larsson had planned to end the series. The ending left so much scope for other stories to come after it. Conclusions These are not just normal books, they are thought provoking , burning your chest, making you feel raged.
The memorable characters Larsson created will forever be etched into the mind of us readers. I am sure that I will never forget you as long as I live. I don't have words to describe how good the writing was, all i can do is bow down to Mr. I am also pretty sure that after reading this I won't be able to give any other crime fiction book 5 stars because then this book would also fall into the same category as the others.
This series has set a different category, a different bar for everything else to come. It's first Millennium, then 5 stars, then 4 and so on. I wish I could grab hold of them kill them badly if I was allowed to do that. To be updated View all 4 comments. I loved these books! I read them on my Nook, and I couldn't click "next page" fast enough, through all three. Lisbeth Salander is a quirky, brilliant girl of about 25 who gets involved with a series of adventures with Mikael Blomqvist, a journalist.
In the first book, she helps him investigate the mysterious disappearance of a girl from her wealthy family more than 30 years ago. In the second, they get involved with trying to find a Soviet spy who just happens to be Lisbeth's father. And in the I loved these books! And in the 3rd book Mikael and others try to find a killer for murders for which Lisbeth is blamed.
The translation is sometimes forced "hooligans"? Also, reading the three together in series means you have to sit through some "this is what happened previously" in the prior books. But it's all worth it. These books are great "reads. Stieg Larsson died after delivering the manuscripts, so there will be no more "Girl Who" books.
I am sad but also I think it would be difficult to keep the story going. I'm sure with the success of these books there will be copycats. It remains to be seen whether the copies are as good as the original. Oct 08, Greg Lang rated it really liked it. These books were so popular that I just had to read them. I found them gripping but also frustrating and, at times, over the top. Too many characters, too many far fetched plots and crazy confrontations. But the stories set a mood that I found addictive. I could not put the books down until I finished them.
I can definitely understand their appeal. Mar 15, Beth rated it liked it. The first half presents two separate lives in Sweden: Mikael Blomkvist, a something journalist convicted of libel, and Lisbeth Salander, a year-old eccentric computer hacker working for a security firm. The first half was boring. Eventually, the book gets better when Blomkvist and Salander join forces to find a murderer of a member of the Vanger family who disappeared 40 years ago.
The Vangers, including husbands, wives, adult children, cousins, aunts, and uncles, are all very rich and very strange. Together they own a worldwide corporation, and they mostly hate each other. Blomkvist and Salanlder uncover their deep, dark secrets, discovering secrets much worse than they bargained for, much worse with every page. Again, that is near the end of the book. And too often the mystery is tedious as Blomkvist and Salander search and research old news clippings, picture archives, old snapshots, others' writeups, etc.
However, this book is also, I feel, a bore in its first half. Frankly, the extra detail made me like her less. I saw her as nothing but a caricature, not someone I could care about. This interests Salander. Salander is accused of murdering them and, within a short time, she is all but convicted of the crime in the eyes of the public and the police in Stockholm. I can easily imagine them in a Saturday-morning cartoon, especially the giant who feels no pain and is afraid of the dark and the ponytailed, pot bellied bad guy who's no match for Salander.
In this book, Blomkvist is a tramp, taken to bed by, seemingly, every attractive female who comes along. The police are guarding her room because they think she is a murderer. When she recovers, she goes to jail. When they get to the bottom of this, Salander will be free. Of course, Salander helps by illegally hacking into the computers of any high-level official. And she does so from her guarded hospital room. Not surprisingly, Salander helps her, too, as she illegally hacks into the computers of newspaper reporters and managers, again, from her guarded hospital room.
But the series as a whole does not deserve all the attention it is getting. But the Millennium Series is not classic. Mar 06, Jenny Jo Weir rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-suspense , really-good-book , best-of , unforgettable-read. One of the best series I've read thus far. With such strong characters and great plots its not a wonder why this is one of the most popular series around. I can't imagine anyone being let down by these. I highly recommend. Sets like this have several purposes. One is simply putting a set of related works together, for people who want to acquire all parts, for instance, of a set of books.
Another is "value added" by putting together a set. For those who have not read the Millennium trilogy, this is a nice way of "one stop shopping. We get introduced to Lisbeth Salander, a victim of many kinds of abuse, but independent, extraordinarily talented, and a keen researcher. She partners with Blomkvist to solve a series of murders.
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Salander has separated herself from Blomkvist and others. She ends up, in essence, being framed for three murders although by accident. Blomkvist tries to solve the question as to what happened; Salander does her own research to find out what actually happened. We see the dynamic story that results from her relationship to her father, a vicious Soviet defector, Zalachenko. At the end of the novel, in trying to get her revenge against her father, she is grievously wounded.
Salander has surgery for her multiple wounds, rehabilitates, and is subject to a government effort to put her back in a mental institution--to protect a rogue element within the Swedish security establishment. The book, which is drearily slow and detailed in the middle, ends with a dramatic albeit not totally believable courtroom scene, a confrontation between Salander and her murderous half-brother, and a quiet reconciliation perhaps with Blomkvist. The other aspect of a set like this is "value added. Many will know that Larsson died of a heart attack before the trilogy was published, thus never experiencing the success of his creation.
So, this set works pretty well on two separate levels. Jun 03, Tammy rated it liked it. Books were very hard to get into at first, I'll admit. The books drag a lot in the beginning. In the first novel, I nearly put it down until I got the part where he introduced Lisbeth. Then it got interesting. In the second book, it started out the same way as the first; slow pacing and lots of unneeded detail to the personal lives of the characters, like Lisbeth apartment-searching, shopping, etc.
I actually put the book down for a couple of weeks before picking it up again. Then BAM - I hit the middle and then it starts to get interesting, via the twist. I actually haven't finished reading the third, but overall, Lisbeth Salander has to be one of the most interesting female characters I've ever read.
She doesn't take mess from anyone and if any one of the characters screw her over - which happens a multitude of times over the duration of the series, hence the first book's original title in Swedish, 'Men Who Hate Women' - watch out. There's also a ton of violence and sexual content. The writing leaves much to be desired which is understandable, considering the author handed the books over to the publisher before dying, leaving the books unedited , but if you're up for a fluffy, twisting thriller, these books are it.
Apr 23, Shirley rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. I had always wondered about all the hype over Larsson's books and thought what would be so great about it. When my sister bought the trilogy, i decided to read to quench my curiosity. I must say that i was overtly surprised. These books are fantastic. The rock solid storyline keeps you captivated and always on the edge. Every step the characters take, fills you with anticipation and anxiety.
It's difficult to put down the book. I finished all the three one after the other, within two weeks and i I had always wondered about all the hype over Larsson's books and thought what would be so great about it. I finished all the three one after the other, within two weeks and i would advice everyone to do the same not read within two weeks but take up the books together.
There is no other way round it. I do not have enough words to comment on Salander. She is truly an icon and leaves her mark on the reader. Larsson made history by creating her and we should all be grateful for that. Salander would be remembered for her sheer strength, intelligence and attitude. She is an enigma who will haunt us for many years to come.
I realize this is a lukewarm review at best for a series of novels that has become an international bestseller, and inspired both Stockholm and Hollywood to adapt the story for the silver screen. I blame Stieg Larsson, who had the gall to pound out a hundred thousand pages about a brilliant maladjusted hacker and her difficult friend the brilliant risk-taking investigative journalist, and then die before his editor could say, "Stieg, I get it, it's a vast technological conspiracy with child-mole I realize this is a lukewarm review at best for a series of novels that has become an international bestseller, and inspired both Stockholm and Hollywood to adapt the story for the silver screen.
I blame Stieg Larsson, who had the gall to pound out a hundred thousand pages about a brilliant maladjusted hacker and her difficult friend the brilliant risk-taking investigative journalist, and then die before his editor could say, "Stieg, I get it, it's a vast technological conspiracy with child-molesting Russian mafia at the core. Now let's get rid of chapters 13 through , ja? Bonus, though : after you turn the pages in a furious frenzy to find out whose email that kooky Lisbeth Salander will read next, you can use them as kindling. It's a cold winter. Thank you, Stieg. It's not often that I read a book or book series and am sad when I finish because I just don't want the journey to end.
I was really sad at the end of the Millennium series. Larsson wove such an intriguing tale of Lisbeth Salander's life with a mix of political intrigue and conspiracy. I became completely engrossed in the story. The books are long but savory. It's difficult to imagine that Larsson just wrote these three books for fun and relaxation with no intent to publish. I think the thing th It's not often that I read a book or book series and am sad when I finish because I just don't want the journey to end. I think the thing that saddens me most is his untimely death and knowing he is no longer around to craft the continuing saga of Lisbeth and Michael when I'm still craving for more.
Feb 22, Ayde rated it it was amazing. Even though the thriller is not my favorite genre I liked all the books of the trilogy.
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The author created a quite different kind of heroine. She is somebody who is supposed mentally incompetent by law, and in spite of disgraceful family background, she is able to use her intelligence to carry on every part in the puzzles to solve. There are more interesting characters, some of them really evil and some full of courage but she is the center of attention as well as the plot. Recommended for those w Even though the thriller is not my favorite genre I liked all the books of the trilogy.
Recommended for those who love this genre. One of my favorite series! I just didn't truly find enough difference between the stories to promote an in depth look at each, and so here I sit, reviewing the series that took the literary world by storm. I think I will annoy a great many people when I say that not only did I not love these books, but I didn't even particularly like them.
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The stories were certainly gripping, but overall I found them shallow. They profess to tackle big issues regarding sexual violence, especially violence against women, but I feel they tackled them in a way that was just as exploitative as the actions Stieg Larsson so professes to hate. The books are pure voyeurism, and the characters were essentially un-likeable and completely two dimensional. We never got to know them as people, simply as the concepts they were to represent.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo introduces us to characters who will play a role throughout the series. Blomkvist has recently been tried and charged with libel, and with his career on the rocks takes the opportunity to work on the case of the supposed murder of the niece of business mogul, Henrik Vanger in return for the opportunity to clear his name. Naturally the case brings him in to contact with Lisbeth, they work together and inexplicably sleep together to not only solve the case, but to uncover a great many other family secrets, only to ultimately in my opinion destroy their own integrity.
The suspense unfortunately is really all the books have going for them. The true tragedies which occur in the novels, the violence, rape, sex trafficking etc.
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The victims of these horrible, dehumanizing crimes, are lost and hardly mentioned, then replaced instead with descriptions of shallow characters, with shallow lives who have shallow sex and write shallow articles. The fate of a young Eastern European girl, who has been kidnapped and forced in to the sex trade is deemed far less important to the plot than the relationship between a man writing an article on sex trafficking, and his thesis writing girlfriend. Again, the stories of countless women murdered, and tortured in the first book are deemed far less important to the plot than the fact that one woman doesn't want her secrets told.
There is no way this can be redeemed in my eyes. The victims are given no character, and instead we have to sit through pages of incidental detail about the tiniest moments in the lives of these superficial protagonists and their sex lives. He allegedly never forgave himself for failing to help the girl, who's name was Lisbeth. While this sentiment is admirable, in my opinion the books fail in their objective of absolution. Perhaps these books were meant to be homage to a woman to whom an injustice had been done, but the injustice is simply furthered by sensationalizing something which affects the lives of a great many people, men as well as women.
Misogyny, sexism, sexual violence are all real things. The book doesn't glorify them, but it gives the reader exactly what the author thinks they want; more of it. These books are some of the most graphically, sexual violent books you will ever read and that constitutes a bit of sex? For me this is raping your characters all over again. If the sex was put in there only to please readers, and what readers want is sexual violence, then the writing thereof is nothing short of exploitative.
The character of Lisbeth herself is interesting, in that she metes out her own forms of vigilante justice. She is meant to be a role model, but she is just as typecast and stereotyped as anyone else in the books.
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The way she dresses, her penchant for fetish style clothes, her genius level mind, all serve to give an image of a woman who is out of the ordinary; a social outsider. The men in her life judge her, become sexually attracted to her, and in some cases sexually abuse her. Of course a sexual relationship has to begin between Blomkvist and Salander, which serves absolutely no narrative purpose, and peters out after the end of the first novel as he embarks on a number of other sexual exploits which in turn serve no narrative purpose.
The only man who is her friend and who does not seem to want her sexually is Poison, a fellow computer hacker. But he is described as a fat, socially inept computer geek, with some form of implied agoraphobia who lacks personal hygiene and basic human cleanliness. Therefore, he too fills a stereotype. Salander is often described as violent, but with her own internal moral compass with its own version of North, as if that is meant to make us excuse her behaviour and actions. She is a social outcast because she has made herself one.
While Salander has been through a lot, she is not above the law, she cannot do whatever she wishes, and she cannot treat people however she wishes to treat them. While she understandably has issues with authority, these issues were exacerbated by her actions to the point of psychopathic. She is described as sociopathic, and socially incompetent, and I am inclined to agree with those sentiments.
She is encouraged at every turn, and her illegal activities are hushed up because they prove useful to the journalist protagonists. It is true that most judicial systems fail to adequately punish the perpetrators of heinous crimes, but ultimately the true victory is not the punishment, but the way that the victim can personally come through the encounter.