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~ Iben
Bibliotekar, bogblogger & boganmelder


The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Review of the first book in the Millennium trilogy can be found here
Original title (Swedish) :  
Flickan som lekte med elden.
I read it in Danish (Pigen der legede med ilden). The direct translation is The girl who played with fire.

Mikael Blomkvist is working on a groundbreaking case. The journatlist Dag Svensson and his girlfriend, Mia Bergman, have found incriminating information concerning an extensive sex-trade business between Eastern Europe and Sweden, and many of those involved in the trafficking hold important positions in the Swedish society.
Lisbeth Salander's past is rearing its ugly head and when a brutal murder takes place, she's the prime suspect. It's time for her to settle matters once and for all, and Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander's paths cross once again.

The story, the crime, has become a personal matter for both Blomkvist and Salander. They and several other characters try to figure out what really happened and Lisbeth can give up any hope of ever living a quiet unnoticed life. It is a very well written book and the characters are well portrayed. Lisbeth Salander seems more human and natural, possible, in this book than in the first, if that's a improvement in her nature or in Larsson's writing I cannot say.

The book is 639 pages long and the actual story, the crime, the main plot doesn't start till page 250 or so, and I found those first 250 pages a bit of a slow read as they were more just additional information about what goes on in the characters' lifes and what not. It is interesting enough and well written, it just didn't really seem to be going anywhere. HOWEVER - like the first book it redeems itself and it got progressively better and faster paced. From page 500 to the end I found it impossible to put the book down, despite having already seen the film and knowing what would happen!

Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2010
Review of the third book in the Millennium trilogy can be found here


New Books

Today 3 new books arrived for me in the mail. Ordered them a week ago from my favourite online bookstore.
They are:
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Fallen by Lauren Kate
  • The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett
Can't wait to get started on them, once I'm done with the Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Original title (Swedish) :  
Män som hatar kvinnor.
I read it in Danish (Mænd der hader kvinder). The direct translation is Men that hate women.

Mikael Blomkvist has been convicted for damaging allegations against a billionaire industrialist and sentenced to 3 months of prison. The future looks bleak, not least for the magazine Millennium that he's the co-director off. Unexpectedly he gets a job offer from Henrik Vanger, the elderly former CEO of Vanger Enterprise, who wants him to investigate the disappearance and believed murder of his beloved great-niece Harriet which took place over 40 years ago.
 As Blomkvist investigates the case he enlists the help of the anti-social hacker and investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a background she refuses to share with anyone and problems of her own.

I'm very fascinated with the character Lisbeth Salander, who's just not like anything ever before. Her moral code, her mind, her actions - she is one of a kind and she is so well written.
Mikael Blomkvist is the actual main character, he's a dedicated reporter and a very warm person. He's a very likeable character and very easy to relate to.

It takes a while for the book to get started, some 200 pages are spent on mainly building up the characters, the background story and the plot to come - but once that's taken care of the pace quickens and the last 100 pages or so I could barely put the book down (despite having seen the film and knowing what would happen!)

It's a very well written book, the story is fascinating and despite a bit of tangle as Blomkvist tries to get the whole Vanger-family mapped out, it's a very good read and I recommend it to everyone who likes a crime story with a good pinch of brutal realism. The book is not for minors, though not drawn out, there are explicit scenes of various forms of abuse in it.

Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2010

Review of the second book in the Millennium trilogy can be found here
Note: I've seen the films, all 3, and they are absolutely brilliant. Why on earth Hollywood is re-filming them is beyond me. I think it's a true shame that people around the world can't watch the original performance by Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander, just because they don't like listening to a language different from English. Do yourself the favour and watch them. Before or after the books, it doesn't really matter, but seriously - watch the original Swedish films. Nothing Hollywood makes can top them.


Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Under the streets of London there's a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.
Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city; neverwhere.

Poor Richard grows to fulfil his destiny, and he handles the adventures and people, it brings him, well. The girl, Door, is something special, the villains are wonderful and Neverwhere itself is a place of wonders.

Neverwhere is probably my favourite of Neil Gaiman's books. It's mad and amazing. He handles the bizarre and the abnormal phenomenally, and there is never a slow moment.

If you haven't read any of Gaiman's books before, Neverwhere is great place to start. If you have, but just not this one, I can heartily recommend it.

372 pages / published in 1996
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2010


The Versatile Blogger

The lovely Fiction Spark has awarded me with The Versatile Blogger Award (I'm on a roll here!)

I looked up what versatile actually means and Merriam-Webster said this,

1 : changing or fluctuating readily - variable <a versatile disposition>
2 : embracing a variety of subjects, fields, or skills; also - turning with ease from one thing to another 

 So a big huzzah! for being versatile and a big thank you to Fiction Spark.

Now according to the rules, besides thanking and linking to the person who gave me the award, I have to write 7 things about myself, and pass the award along to 15 bloggers who I've recently discovered and who I think are fantastic, and then let them know they've received the award.
Well, here's 10 versatile blogs at least:

7 things can be found beneath the cut