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Book review: The Girl Who Played With Fire 
23rd-May-2010 08:47 pm
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With a lot of long train journeys this month I needed a long book to keep me busy, and The Girl Who Played With Fire fitted the bill exactly - I started it on the way to Stratford Upon Avon a couple of weeks ago, and finished it on the way back from Séan & Ian's Civil Partnership today (which was nice, but as pretinama blogs on LJ himself and it was his big day, I'll leave it to him to give details. Although I will say, I got the feeling he'd told the best man to keep me busy, presumably out of a fear that if I got bored there might be showtunes. Silly Séan! I only do that when Evil Alex is around.)

Where was I? Book review: Well it's the follow-up to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and second in Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy (named after the fictional magazine for which one of the main characters writes) and again it's very enjoyable, but like the first one somewhat eccentrically paced. Sometimes this is a hindrance (it takes a very long time for the main storyline to get going, which is why I enjoyed it slightly less than the first book) sometimes it's a real asset, as when some story arcs get resolved at unexpected points. The story this time centres around a prositution ring, and Larsson sometimes makes his feminist points a bit too heavily - by the time you've got through two books' worth it's clear that men abusing power over women is the overarching theme of the series, at some point you've got to trust that the reader has figured this out - but overall it's another exciting thriller that nicely keeps you guessing.
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