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Rick Anderson

Edmonds, WA
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stupid plot devices

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-18

odd narration - almost cartoon like. Really stupid plot devices. I stopped at an absurd combination of fast pass and dust smudges in the back of a pickup.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Girl in the Spider's Web
  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance

Not quite Stieg Larsson - but great nevertheless

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-15

What did you love best about The Girl in the Spider's Web?

I am delighted to have a continuing story of Mikael and Lisbeth. And it is clearly a Lisbeth "like" story. A story of power and abuse and a violent response to both.

So I was happy with the story and look forward to another.

Any additional comments?

However, it definitely doesn't have the Stieg Larsson touch or narrative style.

It lacks character development. The main characters come to us fully formed and don't appear to evolve. The closest thing to character growth is when Mikael begins to wonder about the effect of his ongoing love affair with Erica on her husband. Otherwise the characters get their dimensions from the other books.

It lacks the edge of your seat moments. The moment of the most violent conflict is told to us dispassionately - after the fact - in the 3rd person by some bystander. You know Lisbeth survived it but you experience and feel none of the action.

In that same vein we get way too much of the story told to us by the narrator. Generally in the voice of one of the characters who seems to have special knowledge of the situation. Most notably the narration about the origins and motivations of the arch evil bad girl. I found that whole segment to be disappointing - and not particularly realistic. We should have learned all that the same way we learned about Lisbeth's past (and her mother's, father's and brother's past)

The crisis that Mikael finds himself in seems contrived. In the real world news is almost never about news writers. Gossip about news writers doesn't seem either news worthy or crisis inducing.

So in my opinion the way to make the next book better is to make all action happen in direct view of the reader, to develop the characters as they are affected and changed by the story and to keep the dialog realistic.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely outstanding and unique story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-12

Would you listen to The Windup Girl again? Why?

The story is entirely unique. The characters are nuanced and grow in the midst of their circumstances. The reader does a remarkable job telling the story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not nearly as good as others

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-12

What was most disappointing about Stephen Leather’s story?

Way too black and white. Shepard is the only smart guy on the team. His moral opinions are without nuance and contradictory. He is furious with the fact than osama is killed but later berates the Americans for risking soldiers lives by not simply bombing the place.

In other books his treatment of terrorism and the English/Irish conflict is substantially more nuanced. If I'd wanted superman, I'd have bought a comic book.