I’m probably one of the last people to read this series. I don’t normally like reading translations, ’cause I feel like something gets lost, but my mom sent me these two books (the third is not out in paperback yet, and I just got it today from the library), so I figured I should give them a try. Besides, the American version of the movie is coming out for Christmas with Daniel Craig, who’s totally yumtastic, so I have a good excuse.
The Millennium Trilogy is Larsson’s only novels, and they were published after he died.
These two books follow the relationship of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander who become intertwined by business. Blomkvist is a disgraced reporter and Salander is a genius anti-social (she’s also diagnosed as legally incompetent) hacker. Blomkvist is hired by an elderly multimillionaire to find out what happened to his niece who disappeared some 40 years ago. Salander is hired by Blomkvist to work on a clue that the niece left behind. That makes up Dragon, and Fire continues their somewhat odd relationship.
These aren’t exactly mysteries; I’d probably classify them as crime thrillers. They are very dark and graphic, especially when exploring Salander’s life. In fact, these are so graphic during one part, that I was shocked that my mom actually liked these books AND recommended them to me! And then later I found out my uncle, who’s even older ALSO read them and liked them. Yeah, yeah, I’m being ridiculous, but it’s still a weird feeling. It’s the same feeling as, “what do you mean, my grandparents had sex?”
ANYWAY, these are really good books. I’ll be extremely disappointed if The Girl who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest ends poorly. Or open-ended. I’m guessing that Lisbeth’s mysterious sister will make an appearance; she’s been mentioned several times, but hasn’t shown up yet. Lisbeth is a fascinating character: hard and tough, yet surprisingly fragile at times. She’s much more interesting than Blomkvist who seems very Gary Stu-ish (big giveaway is that he seems to be quite a hit with the ladies for no particular reason). At least the Hollywood version got Daniel Craig which makes his popularity MUCH more believable.