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The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest- Stieg Larsson



This book was read as part of the Wishlist Challenge

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is the third book in the Millenium Trilogy. You can read my reviews of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire. I’ve also reviewed The Psychology of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Synopsis (from amazon)

Salander is plotting her revenge – against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Once a victim herself, Salander is now ready to fight back.

Review

I really do think this series has got better as it’s gone along. I enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo well enough, but I didn’t really see what the fuss was about. I didn’t think it was anything that special when it came to the genre. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest however, is more than a crime story.

There has always been a feminist element to The Millennium Trilogy, but in the Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest it seemed to come more into it’s own. The story generally speaking was less about a crime being committed than a who state of secrets, lies, and tricks. It was political, it was a fight.

I like how there was an element of truth to parts of the story too. It made the rest seem more realistic, and you felt the same way you might when a government scandal is unearthed- despite it being fiction.

I really was behind Salander in this one too. I always admired her as a strong character, but I didn’t like her. I felt I really came to understand her in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest however, and seeing everything in the light of what happened to her makes her attitude more understandable. I think she developed a lot in this book too. She was almost too independent before. She got in trouble because of her sense of vigilante justice, understandable, but not always the best way to get what she needed to.

I’m glad I finally got around to finishing these books. I think it’s worth it for the last one, but it wouldn’t work as a stand alone novel.

4.5/5

Buy it:

Paperback (£3.86)

Kindle (£2.43)

Hardback (£15.49)

Other reviews:

Reading with Tea

Reading is the Ultimate Aphrodisiac

Silly Little Mischief

Sam Still Reading

There were lots of reviews on Goodreads from bloggers I follow, but I couldn’t find them on everyone’s blog. The blogger search widgit seemed to be down however so if I misssed you please leave me a link in comments.

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Children’s Hour: Bing- Paint Day


Children’s Hour is a feature posted every Thursday here at Lucybird’s Book Blog. Children’s Hour is my time for reviewing children’s picture books. In my job in a nursery I encounter lots of children’s books, and these are the books I use for Children’s Hour.

You can find links to past Children’s Hour posts here.

I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.

The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.

Bing Paint Day  is very similar in style to Painter Bear, in that both are stories based around colours, and don’t really have a plot.  In Bing paint day it is asked which colours Bing is using for his painting, and then, uh-oh, he knows his water pot over, all over his painting. The kids like naming the colours, but it doesn’t really have the character of Painter Bear, so they prefer that one.

Buy Bing- Paint Day new and used:

Hardback-new (from £3.49)

Hardback- used (from £0.01)

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Children’s Hour: Handa’s Surprise


Children’s Hour is a feature posted every Thursday here at Lucybird’s Book Blog. Children’s Hour is my time for reviewing children’s picture books. In my job in a nursery I encounter lots of children’s books, and these are the books I use for Children’s Hour.

You can find links to past Children’s Hour posts here.

I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.

The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.
Handa’s Surprise is a simple story in which Handa takes a surprise present of fruits to her friend Akeyo. As Handa walks along the road different animals take the fruit from her basket, but eventually they are replaced, and Handa ends up with a surprise too!

What really makes this story is the pictures. It means that the children can more or less tell the story themselves. The words show the story as Handa sees it but from the pictures we can see that things are not going as Handa expects. It makes it a pretty good story for speaking and understanding as the children caan explain what it happening.

The pictures themselves are very bright and sort of African in colour and style.

The children are interested to name the animals, although they struggle a little to name beyond your standard zoo animals. In a way that’s a good thing because it means they can learn about other animals.

A lot of the fruits are ones which they wouldn’t normally encounter too, so it’s interesting to show them, and can lead to lots of activities if you’re in the education business.

Buy Handa’s Surprise:

Paperback (£4.49)

-with DVD (£5.99)

Big Book (£12.24)

Kindle (£4.11)

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