Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The End

Despite having mixed feelings about the first two books in the series, I stuck with Stieg Larsson's trilogy and finished The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. In the end, I'm glad I read all three, if only to be part of the Harry Potter-for-adults-craze that's going on with these books. Let's just hope they never turn these into a theme park.

It's not that these are terrible books. The characters are interesting and the story is really engaging at times. The biggest downfall is that the author tends to write in excruciating detail, and you have to slog through all of that before you get to the parts where the story really picks up. I could have done without the pages and pages that describe the history of the Swedish secret police. And for that matter, I really don't need a clothing description for every single character that passes across the page, especially when they're all in fairly generic "black trousers and light sweaters". These are okay books that could potentially be really, really good if they were edited down a little.

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