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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

The girl who kicked the hornet's nest book coverThe third book in the Millennium series begins with Lisbeth Salander in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to the head as she prepares for her upcoming trial with the help of her computer-savvy friends and the oversexed journalist Blomkvist (seriously, there weren’t many characters he didn’t sleep with).  In The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Lisbeth again nails it to those who have done her wrong, particularly the men who hate women.

From the Publisher:

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—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 more 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 her friend, journalist 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. And, on her own, she will plot revenge—against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.   Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.

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For more book club party ideas and recipes, see the book post on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Blomkvist made the observation that Salander, in her spiky clothes, looked like she was saying “Don’t try to touch me -it will hurt.”  He got that right.  Some of the weapons used by Salander include her computer skills, a Molotov cocktail, a crow bar, boxing gloves, taser, mace, spade, pistol, ax and the infamous nail gun.

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest

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More Billy Pan Pizzas and coffee were consumed.  And after that, they had some more.

I loved how Larsson set similar scenes in the first and last meeting between Blomkvist and Salander.   The first time Blomkvist meets Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,  he knocks on her door with filled bagels in hand (roast beef, turkey with Dijon mustard and vegetarian with avocado).   He then goes in to make coffee.  In the closing scene of The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, Blomkvist again arrives at Salander’s apartment with bagels, but this time he brings the coffee with him.

Bagels, the girl who kicked the hornets nest.

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Book Reviews

  • My rating:  4.5 stars.  Stieg Larsson does it again with this one.  Another book I could not put down.  I loved the courtroom scenes where again the strong female characters prevail.
  • “A thoroughly gripping read . . . Lisbeth Salander, Stieg Larsson’s fierce pixie of a heroine, is one of the most original characters in a thriller to come along in a while—a gamin, Audrey Hepburn look-alike but with tattoos and piercings, the take-no-prisoners attitude of Lara Croft and the cool, unsentimental intellect of Mr. Spock . . . Owes less to the Silence of the Lambs horror genre than to something by John le Carré.”
    —Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
  • “A heart-stopping showdown showcases one of crime fiction’s most unforgettable characters—and cements Larsson’s rep as one of its most passionate and original voices.”—People
  • “The concluding volume of the Millennium trilogy is as unpredictable and magnificent as the previous two volumes!” – Nordic Book Blog

About the Author

Now that you have finished the Millenium trilogy, you are probably wondering about all the locations Stieg Larsson wrote about.  Well, you can see them for yourself by taking The Millennium Tour of Stockholm.

This concludes an enthralling and often disturbing trilogy by the late Stieg Larsson….RIP.

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  1. That bagel sandwich looks amazing!!

    Comment by Leigh2002

  2. Just watched this film and really liked it.

    Comment by 3m.michelle