Book Talk: The Girl Who Takes and Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz (Millenium #5)

Hey guys!
It’s book review time. I finally managed to get hold of the latest part in the Millenium series at the library. Let’s how David Lagercrantz worked with Stieg Larsson legacy!

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye (Cover from Goodreads)

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye (Cover from Goodreads)

 

The Plot:
After all that happened in the last book, Lisbeth is in jail. In a high security prison to be more precise. However, not everybody is safe there either…
Meanwhile, Mikael Blomkvist investigates the strange changes about Leo Mannheimer…

 

The Rating:
First of all, let me talk about Stieg Larsson’s legacy. When David Lagercrantz continued the Millenium series I had second thoughts but he surprised me with The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Lagercrantz is not Larrson, his writing style is somewhat different and the reading experience is not 100 % the same despite Lagercrantz working with the familiar characters. However, he did a very good job picking up where Larrson had left off, despite a lot of pressure coming with the task.
I enjoyed the last book quite a lot, so I was excited to get my hands on more from Lagercrantz. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye is fascinating. The novel was impossible to put but I still have some critical remarks. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

Hey guys!
It’s book review time! Today I have something a little paradox: it is the fourth part of the Millenium trilogy. A book that technically shouldn’t exist. As some of you may know, Stieg Larsson, writer of the Millenium trilogy, passed away. So The Girl in the Spider’s Web continues the story, but with a new guy holding the pen…

Goodreads Cover - The Girl in the Spider's Web

Goodreads Cover – The Girl in the Spider’s Web

 

The Plot:
The famous computer scientist Frans Balder returns home to Sweden after burning all the bridges in US. He is back to take care of his autistic son, August. Well, the perfect picture doesn’t last long. Balder is shot, August the only witness.
So, how did Lisbeth know this guy? And why is Mikael Blomkvist at the crime scene?

 

The Rating:
I had rather mixed feelings about picking this book up. Stieg Larsson’s novels had been intense, impossible to put down, simply fascinating thrillers. Would The Girl in the Spider’s Web live up to this legacy? Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

Hello, hello!
As you know, I devoured Stieg Larssons Millenium trilogy in December. I wrote Book vs. Movie posts on the first two novels and their adaptations but I completely escaped my notice, that I forgot to write on the last book!
So here’s my belated post on “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”:

 

The Plot:
We’re making a seamless transition from the last book. Lisbeth is still in hospital after she was shot with three bullets. Her lawyer is preparing for trial while Blomkvist is getting more and more endangered due to his investigation. They’re digging up stuff, people most certainly do not want out in the open…

 

Book vs. Movie:
After the last novel left me longing for more, I immediately went to the library to get the third installment of the Millenium series. As always, it was impossible to put down. Larsson has a way of writing that sucks you right into the story. On several occasions throughout the book I was holding breathe, excited to find out what happens next. All the revelations made during the investigation were fascinating. Of course, the book is a work of fiction but many aspects are based on real facts. However, the most impressive and certainly intense part was the trial. This part could not have been written any better.
Well, for the movie I encountered a familiar problem. Some bits always have to be changed or left out in order to give the film a reasonable length. But unfortunately some of the changes for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest simply created logical errors in the plot or left out explanations. While Larsson’s novel was almost flawless in terms of giving logical explanations for everything, the movie screwed up a bit. What annoyed me most was the sub-plot about Erika Berger. While reading the book I felt like it’s not an absolutely essential part of the story, the way it was altered and presented in the movie made it completely dispensable. Not only did it not make any contribution to the actual plot, it also made Erika Berger appear rather differently than she did in the books.
Unfortunately the trial also didn’t come across as intense. In the novel it really got under my skin and gave me goosebumps. The movie version was done pretty well but just didn’t do the same job. I guess this problem also arose because of the first aspect I mentioned, altering and leaving out stuff.
Anyways, I’d like to point out that Noomi Rapace gave a strong interpretation of Lisbeth Salander. For me, it was her who kept the movie alive.

Summing up I have to say that the film looks rather pale in comparison with the novel. It is a decent adaptation but can in no way live up the very high standard the book has.

 

Did you read the book? Watch the movie? Let me know in the comments what you think!

Top 5 Books I read in 2015

Hello folks! We’re one week into 2016. If some of you are still looking for some great books to fill your shelves for this year, check out my 5 favourite novels I read in 2015. I’m sure you’ll love them!

 

#5 – Straight White Male by John Niven:
It’s safe to say I’m a John Niven fan. I read almost all of his books and although Straight White Male only is the #3 of my most beloved Niven books, I still was one of the best novels I came across in 2015. At first the story reminded me a bit of Hank Moody from Californication, but SWM is far more intense. Somehow Niven manages to stay away from all big clichés and to create something that’s emotional, witty and original.

 

#4 – A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin:
I took my about one year to finish his A Song of Ice and Fire series. All of them are simply brilliant. So far A Dance With Dragons is the last book in the series (damn it Georg, hurry up with Winds of Winter!) and I really, really can’t wait for the next part to be released. Martin has a way of composing his stories that is unique. He has so many different plot lines going on, all them would suffice for a book of their own. Still he intertwines them perfectly and once you begin to understand what’s going on, the story simply sucks you in and you are hooked. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: The Girl who played with Fire

First of all I want to apologize for the reduction of posts. As some of you may have noticed, I switched to one post per week as I have so much stuff going on right now.

However, let’s get down to today’s post! Last week I wrote on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first installment of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy. I couldn’t wait to read the second the second part and immediately watched the Swedish adaptation. Here’s my opinion on that:

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Book vs. Movie: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009+2011)

Both book and movies are pretty famous by now. But somehow I never managed to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. At least not until a few weeks ago when I stumbled through the library in desperate need for a good read for the weekend. By now I’m almost finished with the last book in the Millenium series! And I caught up on the movies as well 😉

 


(2011 adaptation)

 

The Plot:
The journalist Mikael Blomkvist hit rock bottom. After his magazine Millenium published an investigative report on Wennerström, Blomkvist was sentenced to prison as his allegations turned out to be wrong. While he takes a break, he gets an unexpected proposal. Mikael Blomkvist is asked to investigate an 40-year-old murder case. With the help of the super investigator and social nightmare Lisbeth Salander he discovers some interesting findings… Continue reading