Stieg Larsson [free Read] Män som hatar kvinnor Flickan som lekte med elden Luftslottet som sprängdes

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Rty years ago All these years later her aged uncle continues to try to discover what happened to her He hires Mikael Blomkvist a journalist recently sidelined by a libel conviction to investigate Blomkvist is aided by the pierced and tattooed computer prodigy Lisbeth Salander Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniuity and astonishing corruption on their way to discovering the truth of Harriet Vanger’s fate The Girl Who Played with Fire Mikael Blomkvist now the 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 Lisbeth Salander Blomkvist convinced of Salander’s innocence plunges into an investigation of the murders Meanwhile Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse whic. I have to say I liked it because it sucked me and I read the three books in little 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 longOn 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 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

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H forces her to face her dark past The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition a bullet wound to her head in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital She’s fighting for her life in ways than one if and when she recovers she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders With the help of Mikael Blomkvist she will not only have to prove her innocence but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable like herself to suffer abuse and violence On her own she will plot revenge against the man who tried to kill her and against the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life “Uniue and fascinating Like a blast of cold fresh air” Chicago Tribune“Wildly suspenseful Intelligent ingeniously plotted utterly engrossing” The Washington Post“A gripping stay up all night read” Entertainment Weekly “Dynamite” Variet. I m going against my better judgement here and reviewing a trilogy as a whole rather than as individual books I 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 stormI 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 The stories were undoubtedly gripping but overall I found them shallow They profess to tackle significant issues regarding sexual violence especially violence against women Still I feel they addressed 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 fundamentally unlikeable and completely two dimensional We never got to know them as people simply as the concepts they were meant to represent The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo introduces us to characters who will play a role throughout the series It tells the story of Journalist Mikhael Blomkvist and computer hacker Lisbeth Salander 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 murdered of the niece of business mogul Henrik Vanger In return he will be offered the chance to clear his name The case brings him in to contact with Lisbeth Salander 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 integrity The next two books The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet s Nest follow the same story arc It is essentially a story revolving around clearing Lisbeth Salander of murder charges while they research the case of sex trafficking and political intrigue in Sweden Naturally there is to the stories than this but I can t go into too much detail without ruining the suspense of the booksThe suspense unfortunately is all the books have going for them The real tragedies that occur in the novels the violence rape sex trafficking etc are lost entirely in pages of pointless rambling about the sexuality and sexual exploits of the series protagonists 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 into the sex trade is deemed far less critical to the plot than the relationship between a man writing an article on sex trafficking and his thesis writing girlfriend They are after all the good guys 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 livesLarsson s disgust of sexual violence purportedly inspired the series after he witnessed the gang rape of a young girl when he was 15 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 an homage to a woman who was a victim of a terrible crime but the injustice is furthered by sensationalizing something that affects the lives of so many Misogyny sexism sexual violence they are all real things The book doesn t glorify them but it gives the reader exactly what the author thinks they want of it Instead of writing sympathetically he taken from his own website knew what ingredients a good detective story should have and Larsson even reluctantly decided to spice it up with a bit of sex as it would probably please his readers A bit of sex These books are some of the most graphically sexually violent books you will ever read and that constitutes a bit of sex Put in there only to please the readers 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 exploitativeThe character of Lisbeth herself is interesting in that she metes out her own form 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 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 There is not a single man in the books who is a friend who is not inexplicably sexually attracted to her for no other reason than that she is different Of course a sexual relationship has to begin between Blomkvist and Salander which serves no narrative purpose and peters out after the end of the first novel as he embarks on several 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 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 Her moral compass points to Nietzsche s Superman Theory all over again 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 wants While she understandably has issues with authority these issues are 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 She is not likeable she is not a role model and I don t think she serves as a good illustration of the power that women can hold especially in combating sexual violence Most judicial systems do fail to punish the perpetrators of heinous crimes adeuately but ultimately the real victory goes beyond just punishment Victims often lack support so a colossal personal win is how they carve a place for themselves in a world that betrayed them Some things can never be forgotten forgiven and excused but the triumph lies in not letting it ruin and control your life In Salander s case this is precisely what has happened Her entire personality and all her actions are driven by her inability to combat her demons and come through her experiences personally victoriousThe plots of the three novels are odd Each follows the formula of a simple case turning in to something bigger These novels are different in the cases they pursue but they become overshadowed by the personal lives of the protagonists Research into sex trafficking is dominated by the double murder of a journalist and his academic girlfriend as well as the pickle Lisbeth Salander finds herself in regarding her supposed role in the killings While eventually the stories tie in to be part of the one big whole this is just another case where things turn out just a little too conveniently Everything is one big coincidence after another and ultimately the fate of an unnamed Eastern European victim of sex trafficking is deemed less important than Salander s ultimate revenge and pardon or Millennium Magazines annual salesI could continue and complain about the rambling detailed completely unnecessary descriptions of almost every detail mainly of her gear I am not kidding when we find out that she owns an Apple iBook 600 with a 25GB hard drive and 420MB of RAM outdated as most of the technology is from 2002 an Apple iMac G3 and the long incredibly detailed description of her Apple PowerBook G4 which we re told has an aluminium casing and PowerPC 7451 processor with an AltiVec Velocity Engine 960 MB RAM and a 60 GB hard drive The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo page 216 I m a techie but even I think that these descriptions are unnecessary They don t serve the plot in any way the specs were already outdated by the time the books were released and so failed to impress on any permanent level If you re interested in some detailed descriptions of gadgets or even just a trip down electronics memory lane check out this website The Girl With The Insanely Long Gear List This doesn t even begin to mention the significant number of times that IKEA is mentioned Apparently no other furniture stores exist in Sweden because we are subjected to a long product list of IKEA furniture with which the characters furnish their homes and offices They even using IKEA to give directions ie turn left when you get to the IKEA Also I have the feeling that a company called Billy s was possibly paying Larsson to plug their Pan Pizza s as every time Lisbeth Salander makes herself a meal instead of just stating that she ate a frozen pizza it is mentioned every time that is was Billy s Pan Pizza Unnecessary One day I will go through these books and count ever time those words are mentioned every time coffee is mentioned and every time someone talksabout someone that they ve slept with especially Blomkvist I have a feeling I d reach the word count of one whole novelAll in all the books are gripping the plot drives you forward you re interested in what happens but I still can t like them They fly in the face of everything they re trying to achieve using sexual violence to increase sales rather than to raise awareness These books have been described as feminist finally giving women several strong female literary role models but I disagree All I see is a man who chose to exploit women in his own way to gain literary fame in the guise of writing strong female characters Characters who like so many others eventually do come to rely on the men in their lives Perhaps that s the real tragedy the idea of the us and them mentality It doesn t need to be Women don t need to be fine without men the same way that men don t need to be fine without women We can need each other not as gendered beings but as people Our survival and sanity depend on it

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Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy is now available in a complete hardcover set All across America readers are talking about Stieg Larsson’s best selling novels set in Sweden and featuring Lisbeth Salander “one of the most original and memorable heroines to surface in a recent thriller” The New York Times The trilogy is an international sensation that will grab you and keep you “reading with eyes wide open” San Francisco Chronicle “It is intricately plotted lavishly detailed but written with a breakneck pace and verve” The Independent UK but “be warned the trilogy is seriously addictive” The Guardian UK“Believe the hype It’s gripping stuff” People“Stieg Larsson clearly loved his brave misfit Lisbeth And so will you” USA Today“Larsson has bottled lightning” Los Angeles Times The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Harriet Vanger a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared without a trace than fo. One year when I was in grad school a fellow student in my program sent a ranty invective laden email to the entire department This was notable and sticks in my memory because usually it was the tenured faculty who wrote these tirades His rant had been spurred by the announcement of a new scholarship program intended to encourage women to pursue advanced degrees in technical disciplines His argument as near as I a could figure out at the time and b can remember now since it s been a few years wasn t simply that he felt gender based scholarships were a form of affirmative action and that he opposed this His argument sent to the entire department was that this sort of program was part of a secret agenda directed against all men everywhere and that by letting this kind of thing stand the department was tacitly supporting the complete emasculation and disempowerment of males in general And so forthI had a private exchange with him because I really couldn t believe that he meant what he d said Because I m naive I pointed out that his claims were insane and offensive and did he realize he sounded like a kook The details of our entire exchange are unimportant but suffice it to say that I didn t come away feeling differently about his kookiness Especially after he tried to help me see that I d been brainwashed about gender issues Huh So I disregarded him from then on But his email signature noted that he was at the time the Executive Vice President of the National Coalition of Free Men A bit of digging led me to find some of his online essays including one gem wherein he tossed around references to our culture s headlong flight into Nazi like gendercide which are verbatim uotes so yes he Godwined himself He also compared his spiritual and political war against masculophobia to the cause of Mahatma GandhiSo yeah this dude had some issues I don t know anything about the NCFM and can t draw opinions about its overall membership but do I feel confident based on several exchanges with him that this particular guy hated women This past June a news brief in the Santa Fe Reporter noted that a member of New Mexico s congressional delegation came under fire from men s rights groups for supporting the Violence Against Women Act According to the Reporter this Act was proposed by Amnesty International and aims to increase aid for women abroad and to establish State Department offices dedicated to their protection Among the groups attacking Representative Lujan s position on the VAWA was Abusegate which has anonymous backers and which is closely affiliated with Men s News Daily Another Abusegate affiliate maintains lists of companies guilty of male bashing Such as KFC s pink bucket campaign against breast cancer I assume Yoplait s similar Save Lids to Save Lives program has also landed them on the dreaded listAnyway the piece in the Reporter ran under the title Abuser s Lobby Demands Apology Which you know Yeah Kinda trueI mention all this as a loooong and discursive means of pointing out that the original Swedish title of Stieg Larsson s first novel is Men Who Hate Women To English audiences this book is of course The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo which is fine but loses the whole point of the first book I prefer the original title because it sets a tone for the entire trilogy I also prefer the original title because in some places the trilogy struck me as a meditation on gender relationships On the other hand I think all three English titles taken together make for a better collective at the price of perhaps overemphasizing Lisbeth Salander s role in the first book She s the centerpiece of the second and third novels but not the first That long and discursive introduction is also my way of skating around the fact that it s been a few months since I read these books so I ve already forgotten some of the plot details Which is why I m taking the easy way out by writing up my thoughts of the trilogy as a whole rather than each individual bookThe thing that immediately struck me when I started Dragon Tattoo was that the book especially the first hundred pages or so read very much like a first draft from somebody who didn t have much previous experience writing fiction novels I can say this because I recognize many of the same infelicities of language and techniue from early drafts of my own novels And maybe the final drafts too In other words it s clunky Not fatally so but a few sharp eyed beta readers could have done wonders for ironing out these books The style improves steadily through the trilogy but not without hiccups And that s a shame because there s a really good story here and some terrific characters but they re hobbled by the presentation Larsson had important and entertaining things to say but he just didn t say them as clearly as he might have These books completely ignore the usual rules of thumb pertaining to the proper use of point of view and blatantly disregard the standard wisdom about starting with backstory namely don t The plotting particularly in Fire and Hornet s Nest relies upon coincidence than it should And the vast majority of the protagonists character development is told rather than shown or demonstratedI find that last point particularly interesting because the thing most people point to when raving about these books are the characters Particularly Lisbeth Salander the emotionally borderline supersmart punk pixie computer hacker And yeah she s a very interesting character Thing of it is Larsson spends page after page in Dragon Tattoo telling us how interesting she is before we ever actually see her you know be interesting It nearly turned me off further reading Which would have been a shame because I would have missed out on a good storyDragon Tattoo is a self contained story hinging on the investigation of a forty year old cold case I found the mystery fascinating I don t read many mysteries and I thought Larsson introduced the central mystery to absolutely terrific effect in a brief four page prologue But it takes a while to get back to what s presented in the prologue because the next hundred or so pages wander all over the place before settling down All three of the Millenium books are considerably longer than they needed to be As I said they read like first drafts And pretty damn good first drafts for all that but damn how I wish they could have been tighterBut On the other hand these books are huge international megabestsellers So what does that mean I think it means one doesn t have to write to please other writers in order to become mind bogglingly successful And in fact when you get right down to it who cares what other writers think It s the readers who want to fall inside a good story who feel connections with the characters who ll make a writer s career So who cares if the first half of Dragon Tattoo reads like Larsson couldn t settle on his PoV characters Who cares if Fire and Hornet s Nest are hobbled by a completely unnecessary subplot that only serves to bloat the books And which might never have been part of the story if in fact the books had exhibited control over PoV in the first place These are fiction novels and they did what they were supposed to do They entertained me and they made me think and they made me uncomfortable in placesOnce I got past my initial snobbery I found the stories damn interesting and the characters compelling I like Lisbeth Salander because she s smart tough as coffin nails and doesn t mess around I like Mikael Blomkvist because he s dogged and determined I like it when they team up to take down people who seriously deserve it And because I d grown attached to them I was pulled right along when Salander dances on a frying pan in Fire and dives headfirst into the furnace in Hornet s Nest And because I didn t start reading the trilogy until just before the third novel was published here in America I wasn t put out by the fact that Fire is not a self contained story like Dragon Tattoo Also people had warned me about this The second Millennium book ends on a painful cliffhanger and I m glad I didn t have to wait for the resolution These books made my commute considerably shorter And if they ever do finish that fragment of the fourth Millennium book Larsson started before his death I ll buy it Because even if the writing isn t terrific the story is bound to hook my interest


10 thoughts on “Män som hatar kvinnor Flickan som lekte med elden Luftslottet som sprängdes

  1. says:

    One year when I was in grad school a fellow student in my program sent a ranty invective laden email to the entire department This was notable and sticks in my memory because usually it was the tenured faculty who wrote these tirades His rant had been spurred by the announcement of a new scholarship program intended to encourage women to pursue advanced degrees in technical disciplines His argument as near as I a could figure out

  2. says:

    I'm giving the Millennium Trilogy four stars with a caveat I'm positive I would have enjoyed these books even if I could have read the originals in Swedish and if I had a firm grasp of Swedish politics and economic policy That I read all three books is a testament to their overall strength and that of the story If it wasn't inter

  3. says:

    I finished the last book with a sharp pang I had read them all There were no to read I felt a sense of lossStieg Larrson simply wrote three of the most compulsively readable engaging books I've read in decades The characters were fantastic complex and multi dimensional and intriguing flawed but heroic I cared about Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist I liked them and I was rooting for themWhen I discussed the books with my mother who re

  4. says:

    This is one of the best crime thriller trilogies ever written and such a sad twist that Stieg Larsson didn't get to see the success his books ha

  5. says:

    I have to say I liked it because it sucked me and I read the three books in little than two weeks And they are long books But as so

  6. says:

    I started The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo back in February of this year and for the first time in years I read right throug

  7. says:

    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 impressedAnd so I soldiered on to the second and third books of the series and I loved them But to answer my original uestion what is

  8. says:

    I’m going against my better judgement here and reviewing a trilogy as a whole rather than as individual books

  9. says:

    All I can say is if I am ever in a bad situationI would hope I could call on this young ladyDON'T MESS WITH THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

  10. says:

    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