Books: The Millennium series by Stieg Larsson

There really is nothing better, I think, than discovering an incredible writer who not only has a great way with words and a unique way of creating intriguing characters, but is also very, very smart. A lot of the books I’ve read (and loved) have not necessarily been intelligent works of fiction; more just very entertaining reads. But having just read Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series I can happily say they’re the smartest novels I’ve read in years. 

I rarely finish a book and a) feel absolutely gutted that there aren’t more and b) start researching the author, but that’s what I did after finishing The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest. It’s not that the ending isn’t final enough – the books could easily stop there, it had a great finale – but that I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to those characters just yet. Looking up the author and his history, I’m now even more saddened by it as the man behind the books sounds a lot like Blomkvist, the lead male character.

Plots like this one don’t come around often; Larsson was an absolute genius and if it’s true that there are two more possible books (it seems he’d intended to write ten before he died – all for fun, too) then I can only hope that his widow (though they never married) manages to fill in the blanks in a way he would have wanted and gets them published. If not, then I’ll be satisfied with re-reading the trilogy over and over. Lisbeth Salander is one hell of a heroine and even when you know how it ends, the story still grips you every step of the way. 

The man has been labelled an extremist and a feminist; all I can say is he’s one of the best writers I’ve ever come across. 

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