Monday, September 14, 2015

Review: The Girl in the Spider's Web

The Girl in the Spider's Web The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first heard this was happeneing, I was overjoyed. Never mind the fact that this was based on a new manuscript, not linked to the partials left on Larsson's laptop - more Lisbeth Salander? More Mikael Blomkvist? More Lisbeth Effing Salander? This felt like just what the doctor ordered.

It's not as good as any of the three original Millennium books, largely because it feels like this one has much less of our (anti)heroes' involvement in the story. It's like, did Lagercrantz come up with an original thriller idea and later decide to add Lisbeth and Blomkvist as an afterthought? That's the impression I'm getting.

However, even with the limited use of Larsson's characters, it's a pretty good story on its own. Like many recent James Patterson books, this one gets a little deeper into sci-fi territory with its allusions to AIs, I, Robot, and Marvel Comics (including the secret origin of Lisbeth's hacker handle, Wasp.) Speaking of secret origins, Lisbeth's personally connected to one of the Big Bads in this story, in a way you probably won't see coming until halfway through this book, and even then only if you're lucky.

Because of that connection, I really hope that Lagercrantz comes back to write another Lisbeth Salander story. There's definitely room to expand on this new story thread, and it better happen.

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