Book of the Week: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

“There is a wealth of legend about fearsome female warriors from ancient Greece. These tales speak of women who were trained in the art of war from childhood–in the use of weapons, and how to cope with physical privation. They lived apart from the men and went to war in their own regiments. The tales tell us that they conquered men on the field of battle,” according to Stieg Larsson in the third of the “Millenium” series.

In Larsson’s third book, “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest,” we connect with Lisbeth Salander as she undergoes brain surgery and rehabilitation immediately following her encounter with Zalachenko, a former Russian spy, and Ronald Niedermann, a German whose physique is no match for anyone he encounters.

All the while, Mikael Blomkvist continues to be a key player in the criminal investigation that occurred in “The Girl Who Played With Fire.” What’s more, strong forces are working against Blomkvist — no one’s safe. Cover ups are alive and well in this book at throughout every level of government.

Larsson has strategically placed strong females characters throughout this novel — Salander, Annika Giannini, Blomkvist’s sister and Salander’s lawyer, and Erika Berger, former editor-in-chief of Millenium — to name a few. The dynamic personalities of these women leads tells a tale of female strength and empowerment as secrets are forced into the light.

While the American film hasn’t been made yet, the Swedish and original version is alive and well. Here’s the trailer:

Once you’ve finished reading this lengthy but oh-so-worth-it novel, you can watch the movie on Netflix streaming.

Enjoy the final Salander-Blomkvist book — Happy reading!

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7 thoughts on “Book of the Week: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

    • The intricate detailing of these books is amazing, and I absolutely love the combination of crime/mystery and the journalistic process. However, I’d have to say the second two are my favorites compared to the first one. It isn’t bad but it’s different. I’m trying to take my time on the last one — I don’t know what series to read next. :-/

      • I think I took like a month off after reading the last one because I couldn’t find anything that would hold my attention in the same way! I’ve been slowly reading Mindy Kaling’s book…it’s really good, but I don’t know why it’s taking me so long!

      • That’s what I was afraid of! First The Hunger Games and then this series — Nothing will ever hold my attention again. That’s how I feel about TV and Castle at the moment. I’m slowly trying to get caught up on Smash. Please let me know how Mindy Kaling’s book is. I’ve wanted to read it. I really enjoy her character on The Office. Did you see Kristen Wiig is done on SNL? I’m heartbroken.

      • I will definitely let you know! And if you want to borrow it when I’m done, you are more than welcome to! I knew Kristen Wiig was leaving, but have been putting off watching that last episode! I saw a clip and I don’t think I can handle it!!!! I think it’s going to have to wait until this weekend.

      • I might have to take you up on that offer! 🙂 I heard news of it a while ago, but completely forgot until Kathie Lee and Hoda reminded me this morning. The clip I saw was super sad — must watch the entire episode too. Get the kleenex box ready. On a positive note, apparently Kristen has about six movie projects in the works. Thank God!

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