Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Short Book Review: The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Played With Fire (Millennium, #2)The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was even better than the first book. Now that the reader is familiar with the character, the story was able to delve into Salander's background and reveal why she is the way she is. It also tell's us more about Erica Berger's life as well as Blomqvist, with the human-trafficking murder plot serving as a driving backdrop. It revisits many of the characters from the first volume and throws in a few twists. It's another hefty volume, but compelling enough that the reader is left longing to read the concluding part.

I had seen the Swedish movie adaptation, but this felt completely different. It felt as if I didn't know what was going to happen further down the line and was still pleasantly surprised along the way.

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Sunday, 12 February 2012


I've posted a new story on the Flash Fiction Shorts page today.  It's called 'The Memories that don't fade' and it was inspired by Robert Shaw's speech as Quint in Jaws. It's still as captivating a piece of acting as it has ever been.  Aboard the Orca at night, Quint vividly recounts his experience as a survivor of the USS Indianapolis disaster in 1945.  It's a wonderful monologue, excellently performed.  I'm not comparing my story to the relay of events, but it is where I drew inspiration from in setting out my short story.  You must know which bit I mean, but in case you don't...