The Girl With the Millennium Trilogy Sequel?

Apparently, the longtime companion of the late Stieg Larsson (he’s the author of the wildly selling “Millennium Trilogy” – in case you’ve been living under a bookshelf) wants to finish off a fourth volume he had planned (and allegedly written about 200 pages of). There is an article at the NY Times about this, but not much more detail is provided. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. So much money is potentially at stake that I wouldn’t be surprised if we haven’t seen the last of Lisbeth and Mikael…

Are you one of the millions and millions of people who have read these books? Why do YOU think they’re so popular?

Reading Update

So, lately I’ve done a lot of reading, but not too much blogging.  I’ll try to do better next month.  I have finished a few books that I’d like to report, however:

Early last week I finished Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  This was a very long fantasy/historical novel/romance novel blend which was recommended to me by one of my nephew’s former teachers.  It’s the first in a whole series of books with the same characters.  I don’t know if I’ll continue on with them or not, as this is outside my normal reading zone.  I hope to write in more detail about this book later.  It is set in Scotland, which is a plus for me as that country is my new ‘obsession’ it seems.

On Thursday, I finished Always Looking Up – The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox.  This was my book club’s reading selection for May.  Our meeting was well attended (almost 100%!) and everyone seemed to like it.  More on my thoughts later as well.

Saturday, I finished the second of the “Millenium” series of books by Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played with Fire.  Liked this one a lot too.  Glad I read this just as the third book (The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) was coming out, as things are a tangle of loose ends (is that possible? A ‘tangle’ of loose ends?  Who cares, I’m leaving it in here.) at the second book’s conclusion.  Yes, I already downloaded the third book and am about 20% into it already as well.

Also, I’m “almost finished” with the non-fiction book, The House Divides, a historical work about the years leading up to the Civil War.  Learning a lot, but it’s a bit slow going.  Became reacquainted with the life and deeds of Andrew Jackson as well while reading this. In fact, I almost picked up the biographical, American Lion while at Borders today, but held back.  “Old Hickory” was a total badass…

One funny thing I noted was that in the biographies – on the shelves in alphabetical order by subject – here was this single (though great) book about Andrew Jackson, followed by maybe ten books about Michael Jackson.  What does this say about the readers in America…?

“The Afterlife of Stieg Larsson”

Yet Another Article about Stieg Larsson’s books

New York Times writer-at-large Charles McGrath has a lengthy article this week on the author of “The Millenium Series” of books, Stieg Larsson.  The article can be found here.

This article also compares the title character to Pippi Longstocking, “the strong-willed character in Astrid Lindgren’s children’s books” and is not the first I’ve seen to do so.  I’ve never read any Pippi Longstocking, but now I’m intrigued…

Also, there is a lot of speculation (here we go again) about whether or not Larsson is the true author of the books, as apparently they represent a great leap forward in his writing skill.

His early demise at 50 years old has led to some ‘conspiracy theories’ that maybe there was something more to his death than the official story, but McGrath dismisses this with “But the evidence is close to overwhelming that Larsson died of a massive heart attack. Everyone agrees that he took terrible care of himself. He didn’t exercise, he smoked a lot and if he ever ate a green vegetable, no one has reported it.”

Lots of biographical info about Larsson and very interesting reading.

Newsweek Article about Stieg Larsson

More “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” stuff…

With the release of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest eminent (maybe it’s already available? – I think I saw it when shopping on my nook (R) reader), there was an article about the author in Newsweek.  It points out some of his ‘shortcomings’ as an author, but also acknowledges how he rises above them.  I too found some of the points the article makes (e.g. convenient coincidences and product “name-checks” to name a couple) mildly annoying during reading, but not enough so to not recommend the book.

My favorite quote from the article is “All three novels trudge along until she appears, and then an almost magical transformation occurs,” which I’d have to agree with wholeheartedly.

Also tantalizing is the mention that “Larsson was at work on a fourth when he died and had outlined two more”…