Reviewing The Girl Who Played with Fire for Translated Tuesday feels a little bit like cheating. The goal is to highlight current translated works, which this book is, but it isn’t as if it’s a relatively unknown work, people have been waiting to read about the Wasp and Kalle Blomkvist for months. But, it was so much fun, I decided not to resist. (A link to a giveaway is below.)
How can they sleep?
The first thing that strikes me about Larsson books has nothing to do the with the writing, the plot, the sex, or the suspense–it’s the fact that these Swedes can drink coffee. A lot of coffee, at any time of day or night, over and over again. In fact, I wondered if my insomnia last week resulted from reading about characters having espresso in the middle of the night. In all likelihood, my inability to relax had everything to with the book, Larsson conveys an edginess I felt from the first to the last page.
Character Novel on Speed
In The Girl Who Played with Fire, Larsson flips the focus to Lisbeth while Blomkvist plays the secondary role. The combination of both books gives the reader a full picture of both characters. We met Lisbeth in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the reader learns much more about her than the other characters. It is in this second installment of the Millennium trilogy that we start to understand her actions. Almost halfway into the book, all of the characters catch up with the reader and everyone is on equal ground Read the rest of this entry »