The horror in this book has nothing to do with imaginary monsters, but with the horror of what humans are able to do to one another. It is fascinating
#5 Vicomte de Valmont from Les Liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos Not only does Valmont “valentines” every woman he sets out to get (as well as use them as a writing desk), he also convinces their husbands that he has been the one that was wronged. (Image from http://www.art.co.uk/products/p13410874-sa-i2660954/manuel-orazi-le-vicomte-de-valmont-uses-his-mistress-opera-as-a-writing-desk-whilst-writing-to-the-virtuous-mme.htm) #4 Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo Quasimodo loves Esmeralda so much, that he carries the little bitch’s body, lays down next to her and happily dies. While I love my wife dearly, necrophilia is where I draw the line… #3 Mikael Blomkvist from The Millennium series by Stieg Larsson In the immortal words uttered by Carl Weathers in Predator “sexual tricerisaurus”. Some say that Stieg Larsson will describe Blomkvist in one word “me”. However you want to categorize Mikael Blomkvist, his nonchalant way of getting almost every fictional woman in the trilogy into his bed is uncanny, predictable and awe (or is it oh?) inspiring. #2 Superman Don’t you sometimes wish you could be a fly on the wall. I’m not talking about super powers, but simply change your hair, put on a pair of fake glasses and suddenly no one knows who you are. How Clark Kent does it is still an unsolved mystery but…
The third book of the series if finely crafted much like the first. Larsson does a skillful job at interlacing between the good and the bad, the intelligence agencies, the police and the media. While the first book was about corporate takedowns, the second about the sex traffickers this one is more of a courtroom drama. .There are still many elements which the first two books incorporate: Salander and Blomkovist punish their enemies, strong female characters, relaxed attitude toward sex and, as mentioned, strong opinions about government, corporations and sleazeballs in general..
However, this is a fun book; the book can be ridiculous at times and riveting at others. The character of Salander, who was somewhat believable in the first novel is taken to extremes in this one, but is still great fun even though the “chance encounter” plot twist is a bit overplayed.
In “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, Mikael Blomkvist, a financial journalist, is hired by multi-millionaire to investigate the disappearance of his niece