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The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest: Stieg Larsson [Aug. 25th, 2012|02:15 pm]
Tony Grist
A very big book in which very little happens. A not very interesting conspiracy is invesigated by a host of not very interesting policemen and PIs. Lisbeth Salander- Larsson's most (only?) interesting character spends about 500 pages in hospital. When she perks up so does the action. 

[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2012-08-25 02:02 pm (UTC)
I found these books bafflingly readable - baffling because they have all the faults you suggest, and then some. And yet...

In the context of this specific remark, bear in mind that the 'The Girl Who...' theme is the publisher / translaor's, not Larsson's. It appears in only one of the three original Swedish titles. Larsson, I suspect, thought he was writing about an irresistable crusading journalist, and had invented a rather good supporting character.
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[User Picture]From: xiphias
2012-08-25 02:31 pm (UTC)
Steig Larsson, a fortyish crusading journalist, wrote a character who was a fortyish crusading journalist who was oddly irresistible to women.

HE'S a fortyish crusading journalist who is irresistible women. SHE is an institutionalized violent crazy genius hacker.

They fight crime.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2012-08-25 03:17 pm (UTC)
Not that he's a Mary Sue or anything!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-08-25 06:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, I don't think Larsson realized quite how compelling Lisbeth Salander is.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2012-08-25 03:00 pm (UTC)

i listened to the audio book

I"m very glad i got the full version
I almost did the shortened one by mistake
what would they leaveout?
verses what i'd leave out could be interestign now
but not worth the effort.

i liked the history part,
I loved the old man,
i liked the girl, and journalist.
i did not like her guardian or the relatives.

It was interesting the first time if dry.

the 2nd book i found torturous
i did not get past the 2nd cd.

the books are the guys swan songs before rebirthing.

i've yet to try watching the movie
guessing they should be like la fem nikita-
where i loved the european version
and the america was meh.

wonder if there;s more written about sweden out there..
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-08-25 06:46 pm (UTC)

Re: i listened to the audio book

The first book is the best.

I'd like to see the movies. The Swedish originals by preference.

The Wallander books are supposed to be pretty good. I know them from the BBC film versions with Kenneth Branagh.
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[User Picture]From: red_girl_42
2012-08-26 12:44 am (UTC)

Re: i listened to the audio book

I actually liked the American version better than the Swedish, which surprised me. Usually I don't like American remakes of European movies.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2012-08-26 03:41 am (UTC)


i'd prefer to see the swedish version too.

I've only seen a bit of wallender
i do like kenneth Branagh
I'd like to try the books...
so much gets cut out for video-movies.

need to actively look for them

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[User Picture]From: red_girl_42
2012-08-26 12:45 am (UTC)

Re: i listened to the audio book

"meh" is too kind a description of the American version of La Femme Nikita!
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2012-08-26 03:44 am (UTC)

some how the original

had much more edge

in the american version i kept waiting
and it just never got it

and i missed the original nakita and Michael
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