Sunday, April 3, 2011
"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" by Stieg Larsson
I had to do it. I had to review at least one of the Millennium trilogy novels, right? I will admit that it's strange and sad to review an author who has passed on, and therefore will not ever be able to provide us with another thrill after this. But the thought of not reviewing what some are calling the thriller genre's Lord of the Rings would be... well... criminal.
I'm not going to belabor the point for you thriller lovers. This is just one of those that you have to read. Is it possible you won't like it? Sure. It's translated from another language, and some of the cultural differences may not work for you. Sort of like the spaghetti westerns. You either love 'em or you don't, but if you're a lover of westerns, they're sort of required watching. Same deal here.
But those very differences are exactly what might intrigue you if you don't typically go for the thriller genre. The prose flows differently than most typical thrillers. The action is definitely tense and there is build upon build upon build, but there's something different here. Also, the amazing heroine is the new standard for a female thriller lead. There's plenty of meat here to sink your teeth into.
So, regardless of whether you're a thriller lover or not, this is one of those that you just have to pick up. So... go do it! You can get The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest here.