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June 4, 2010 | Fan Girl Friday

By the time you read this Stieg Larsson’s final installment in his thriller trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked A Hornet’s Nest will be available.

Mr. Larsson’s prose is far from pretty–translation was probably a bitch and I have the feeling he didn’t get a chance to polish his work as much as he’d have liked.

All through the first two installments, I wanted to throttle his hero for being a clueless jerk. In general Mr. Larsson, or his translator, used way too many words to describe things that I didn’t want or need to know about. And yet, I’m dying to read the final episode.

Why? His heroine, Lisbeth.

Quoting an Amazon reviewer, here’s quick sketch of the fascinating Ms. Salander: A 24-year-old computer hacker sporting an assortment of tattoos and body piercings and afflicted with Asperger Syndrome or something of the like has been under state guardianship in her native Sweden since she was thirteen. She supports herself by doing deep background investigations for Dragan Armansky, who, in turn, worries the anorexic-looking Lisbeth Salander is “the perfect victim for anyone who wished her ill.” Salander may look fourteen and stubbornly shun social norms, but she possesses the inner strength of a determined survivor. She sees more than her word processor page in black and white and despises the users and abusers of this world. She won’t hesitate to exact her own unique brand of retribution against small-potatoes bullies, sick predators, and corrupt magnates alike.

Gotta love a spunky underdog. :heart:

So what title(s) have kept you reading way too late?

Posted by Evanne @ 4:00 am  

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