Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Millennium Trilogy : Captivating read

I read the three books of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy over the last month. All three books are well written, were un-put-down-able, and had me captivated for hours.

Finished the first book - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - in little over a day of continuous reading. The third book - The Girl who kicked the Hornet's nest - was finished in three straight late night readings. Only the second book - The Girl who played with fire - took over a week to finish as I had to focus on other things.

Steig Larsson is a terrific story-teller. Just reading the three books will have anyone be impressed by his writing skills. To know more about his life - that he died after delivering the manuscripts of these three books, and that he had planned to write 10 books in total - makes it totally surreal.

Among the three, the third one is arguably the best, in my opinion. The author sets out the various players and components of a quasi-governmental conspiracy against one person - Lisbeth Salander, the main character in all three books, and slowly builds up the story with different players contributing to it from their perspective, to a thrilling conclusion when the conspiracy is blown to pieces, and the main character emerges victorious & unscathed.

I am glad I got to read this awesome collection of books; it rekindled the magic of fiction books that had been lost for a while. (The only other fiction book that I seem to have read in the last year is another terrific book : Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner.)

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