Comments: 9
Interesting ... I'd been in two minds about this one. Not quite as doubtful as about "Go Set a Watchman" or most Sherlock Holmes pastiches (but I also care about Holmes decidedly more than I do about Larsson's characters, fast and furious reads though his books were), but still. But, so what you're telling me is that it's worthwhile putting this one on my TBR after all!
JeffreyKeeten 4 years ago
Yes. It was a slow build, but once things got rolling it was definitely a thrilling ride. I didn't have any moments with Salander or Blomkvist where I thought to myself that doesn't ring right. This was a difficult task. I'm sure Lagercrantz is still holding his breath. I will certainly buy his next one. I felt the same way about Watchman. I'm not going to read it. I just don't have any interest in seeing Atticus Finch any other way than the way he has always been. Plus the rumors about taking advantage of Harper Lee, an ancient national treasure, bother me as well. When I was in the book business in the 1990s we knew this manuscript existed. Why publish it now?
Yes, precisely ... I'm not going to read it, either. I wouldn't have anyway, because the whole notion of it being published now at all (and with doubts about Harper Lee's consent not about to go away any time soon, either) bothers me enormously to begin with, but I also have seriously no desire to see Atticus (or Scout, for that matter) being turned inside out and made into something they're not in "Mockingbird".

It *is* good to hear about this one ("Girl in the Spider's Web"), though. Sounds like pastiche / sequel done right for once, especially in terms of character authenticity!
a reading life 4 years ago
Why, sir, did you do it?! I've pretty much decided I'm not going to read this because, well, he's not Larsson is he? And you had to put a wobble in my firm stance with this great review. I'll just go sulk in a corner now ... :-)

(Count me in as another one not at all interested in reading the Watchman book; I won't even read reviews, what I'm hearing here and there is enough of a turnoff.)
JeffreyKeeten 4 years ago
I have a good friend on goodreads whose wife works for Harper. He swears there is nothing fishy with the Watchman publication, but what bothers me is that Harper's long term friend who took care of her affairs died recently. A new friend started taking over her affairs. Suddenly a manuscript that has been buried for decades is now made ready for publication. It smells fishy. I fear that Harper was "talked into" publishing a book that obviously she had decided a long time ago was not to be published.

As you can tell from my review I was relieved/pleased that Lagercrantz pulled off this very difficult task. I'm glad I put a wobble in your firm stance. :-) He is not Larsson, but I felt he was reverential toward the original creator of these wonderful characters.
JeffreyKeeten 4 years ago
Yes, there is a case of an abused woman and her son, intricate to the plot, that Salander handles in her normal "delicate fashion" :-). Fighting abuse of any kind is so much a part of who Salander is that Lagercrantz couldn't possibly have ignored that part of her character. Misogyny has been a topic of discussion for me as well. I think racism, gay rights etc all get more attention than women who are experiencing all levels of abuse from discrimination to actually being battered. Even commercials on TV have not so subtle references to the inferiority of women for example there is one where a coach comes in to the locker room and says listen up ladies...of course the locker room is full of men. Not to get off track...big topic.
JeffreyKeeten 4 years ago
So much to do. Women out number men in this country. They have the ability to control the political direction of this country. I hope they will finally organize and help women and minorities to get elected to the senate. It is crazy that all the major issues of this country are still controlled by white men.