You'll be clueless if you pick this up before the first two. I'm only partly into it, but it is essentially page 631 and on from "....played with Fire". If you haven't read (or better yet, listened to) the first two, do yourself a favor and do so. Really great reads. I'm already regretting the Salander saga is ending.
I so eagerly awaited the 3rd installment of the Millenium Triolgy that I purchased a copy of the UK book in December rather than wait until it's May arrival in the US. After reading two hundred pages in the first week I realized 2 things. While Larsson is a great writer, I dearly missed the way Vance brought everything to life. I put the book down and waited the 6 months for the audio release. I was not disapointed. The team of Larsson and Vance delivered another winner.
What a sorrowful loss to the readers of the world that Stieg Larsson has moved on from this planet. This book is at least as good, if not better in some ways than the first two. Intricate and brilliant. I highly recommend reading this one shortly after The Girl Who Played with Fire. They might as well have been one novel. Hornets Nest is a continuation of where he left off in Fire, not a whole new story as after Dragon Tattoo. If you haven't read the first two, go back and start at the beginning or you'll miss out on a great deal of nuance. Highly recommend.
Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving. Love the reviews.
Unlike most other reviewers, I thought this final tale was somewhat less gripping than the first two books in the trilogy. Given Larsson's brilliant plotting and the masterful way in which he develops characters, perhaps this is a quibble, but I missed the suspense which was so palpable in "Played With Fire" and the sense of helpless but fascinated confusion which he created in "Dragon." The Salander of this book is so convincingly impregnable in her powers and masterful in her maneuvers, even confined to a hospital bed, that we are reduced to the still-delectable pleasure of standing back and watching her work her will. The rare reversals in her fortunes never shake our confidence for more than a few moments. As a result we find ourselves following the exploits of a super hero rather than a threatened protagonist with whose fate we identify.
That said, the cast of supporting characters (and Blomkwist is almost reduced to that role in this book) still live convincingly on the page, as human and complex as in the previous books. Bringing them coherently to our ear in all their variety had to be an immense challenge, but Simon Vance accomplishes the task in bravura fashion. His understated but absolutely clear approach is the perfect match for Larsson's matter of fact and highly detailed narrative. Together they construct a maze of impressions and characters and move us through it without ever boring or allowing us to lose the thread of the plot's development.
I put off downloading and listening to "Hornet's Nest" for as long as I could stand it, not wanting the story to end. Despite my minor reservations about the book in comparison with what came before, the trilogy still ranks as one of the very best listening experiences I have had with Audible. I'm really sad that it's over.
What a wonderful trilogy ! Best books I ever read or listented to . Each book was I can't wait until the next one. I loved the characters and set up of the plot(s), but it was the combo of Bloomquist abd Salander that has me mesmerized.
I had the pleasure of meeting Lisbeth first hand in the movie of the same name.She was all that I expected and more . I will miss her trance she kept on me every day , which is a sign of a good book and author . Too bad its over .
It's always great when you can read an author's work and at the end go through a grieving period. Each book of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy did that for me. At the end, I wanted more and mourned the fact that there would be no more--until the next book was available. Now, with Larsson's passing, there will be no more books.
But these are novels that can be reread, or reheard, as the case may be. They are full of intrigue and surprise twists and turns. One might argue whether the main character is Lisbeth Salander or Mikael Blomkvist, but it doesn't matter in the end as they are equally compelling. I love it when things turn out well for the good guys and these books don't disappoint, although Book 2 (Fire), ends uncertainly and you have to wait for Book 3 (Nest) to regain that good feeling.
If anyone decides to pick up the story line and create a book to expand the trilogy, I'll be in line to purchase it.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.
I liked this book and thought Larsson did a particularly good job of developing the character of Erika Berger. Many subplots were drawn together into a well-conceived concept. I had a little trouble keeping track of all the Swedish names for a large cast of characters. Getting through the listen in less than a week helped. If the stories and characters in this trilogy weren't good, the challenges associated with so many Swedish names and places would have made these listens tedious. This wasn't the case. This final installment was every bit as good as the first one. The Girl Who Played With Fire didn't measure up, but you need to listen to all three for continuity. I'm sorry the serial has ended. Larsson created some truly memorable characters.
I'm really going to miss Elizabeth Salander!
Simon Vance really makes the characters come to life, plus you don't have to struggle with how you'd pronounce the Swedish names in your head!
If you can, be sure to read the triology in order: Dragon Tattoo, Plays with Fire, Hornets Nest.
I cannot express how captivating I found these novels. I consider them one cohesive story and as a series they are completely connected.
And, after finishing this third and last book, I Googled Stieg Larsson and found that he left an unfinished manuscript of a fourth book in the series, as well as plans for ten installments. What a tragedy of his untimely death, not only because he passed away so young, but because these books are so wonderful and so exciting, that it makes the loss even more profound.
There are so many things I loved about this involving and thrilling plot that I could just retell the entire series! But here are just a few observations. Mr. Larsson writes wonderfully strong, sexy, resilient female characters without turning them into "Mary Sue" characters (a term that denotes a female character who knows more than all the male experts combined and who ends up saving the day over any of the experts in whatever field) that very few authors do so successfully. And Lisbeth is a perfect example of a flawed, yet brilliant character who takes charge and still remains vulnerable.
I loved the details of the environment and the ambience because they made the world come alive. I loved how the characters always drank coffee and struggled with smoking! I loved Lisbeth and Mikael and wished and hoped fervently that they would get together. Rats. I loved/hated all the great villians in all their evilness.
And I especially loved Simon Vance's smooth and clear narration and was especially impressed with his ability to pronounce all the Swedish streets, towns and names!
I hope one of these days in the future that that fourth book is written and published. One can only dream... .
I loved the way Mr. Larsson pulled everything together. The first two books are very good but this one is by and far the best of the three. It really is EXCELLENT.