I enjoyed the Millenium series immensely. I read them in the summer of 2011 and all I remember of that summer is the entirety of those books and reading them at various places battling the Delhi heat. So when I heard that there was going to be a fourth book, I was surprised that it had almost next to none publicity. I mean, when Mockingbird‘s sequel released in July, the world practically drove themselves into a frenzy!
Anyway, the original author is dead, so this is controversially written by David Lagercrantz,who has continued on from where Larsson left off. I will not tell you about the controversy here because you can Google it. What I will tell you is that the way he has done it is impressive. The book is very well written and reads seamlessly like the previous ones (although I am mindful that I have read them all in translation).
Lizbeth, one of the most striking and unforgettable characters in modern fiction is portrayed with class and finesse, something that readers have admired bout her. Our journalist Blomkvist and his business partner Berger are just the same, like old friends to the reader. And the plot too, is well thought out and well researched. As usual, Nordic noir is set in the backdrop of a cold frigid winter and that always heightens the excitement. But the action spans across various locations and the inclusion of a child with special needs just ties up everything brilliantly.
What I will say is though that the pace seemed a little slow as compared to the previous books. Those ones were thicker and more complex plot-wise. But I suppose that is where the difference of the actual author comes out. For what it’s worth, Lagercrantz has done a fine job and I really hope that he continues to rite more novels with the same beloved characters. Especially if Craig and Mara are around to act in the movies!
Elegy for Edinburgh
On this night in February,
I watch pinprick starlight
faintly disturb darkness.
The moon, sublime,
not quite round yet,
not quite white, hangs low
and you weave your black magic
O city of sights
and gothic architecture!
O city of the 56th North!
You fill me with the memories
of days lost and lyrics
on the sidewalk…
When the haar* rolls in
from the Firth
and covers all of your
the stars, the moon –
all snuffed out candles,
I feel as though
a curtain has been pulled over
the eyes of my mind.
Rest now, good night.
*Scots word referring to a cold sea fog on the east coast of Scotland.
I am going to be participating in a blog tour and hosting a few things this upcoming week. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I hope to see you readers around this space. Other bloggers are participating as well, and if you are interested, here is a list:
Jan. 12 – Bobbie @ Nurture Your BOOKS™
Jan. 13 – A.E. @ A.E. Albert: A Writer’s Blog
Jan. 14 – Jaidis @ Juniper Grove
Jan. 16 – Mathias @ Mathias B. Freese: A Writer’s Blog
Jan. 20 – Fran @ Just Reviews
Jan. 21 – Bobbie @ Nurture Your BOOKS™
Jan. 23 – Mathias @ Mathias B. Freese: A Writer’s Blog
Feb. 3 – Rachel @ Leather Bound Pounds
I’m sure they will all be good reads.
Link to the Author’s website: http://www.mathiasbfreese.com/
See you around! And here’s a gorgeous picture from just now
Taken today at Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Taken somewhere near King’s Buildings, Edinburgh, Scotland
Taken in Cramond Village, outskirts of Edinburgh, Scotland
Today is a rainy day
(Picture courtesy: schlitzohren)
I remember reading ‘Of Love and other Demons’ on a platform. The Indian monsoon rains were being blown around into the sheltered bits and the edges of most pages of my copy were wet. No wonder I love Marquez!
What books do you remember reading in the rain?
What book do you want to read on a rainy day?