The Girl in the Spider's Web

The Girl in the Spider's Web

She is the girl with the dragon tattoo—a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hack...

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Title:The Girl in the Spider's Web
Author:David Lagercrantz
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The Girl in the Spider's Web Reviews

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

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    I thought this book was wonderful! I have missed Lisbeth and Blomkvist for so long. I think the new author did a great job carrying on Stieg Larsson's series.

    Lisbeth is one of the coolest women out there. I love her character, I love how smart she is, oh if I could be as smart as her. I do hate her past, but I am glad that she is a character that was written to rise above all of the horrible things that happened to her.

    In this new book th

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    I thought this book was wonderful! I have missed Lisbeth and Blomkvist for so long. I think the new author did a great job carrying on Stieg Larsson's series.

    Lisbeth is one of the coolest women out there. I love her character, I love how smart she is, oh if I could be as smart as her. I do hate her past, but I am glad that she is a character that was written to rise above all of the horrible things that happened to her.

    In this new book there is another scandal of sorts going on within a huge community of people. A lot of things going on in the hacker community, people stealing other people's work, killings, blackmail, a little boy with Autism, evilness and goodness. And of course Lisbeth is right in the middle of it all and she does her job as hard core as she always does.

    In the beginning of the book the author does have Blomkvist thinking back on things that happened in the other three books, nothing real extensive but I thought it was a nice little add to the book.

    I was very much intrigued and on the edge of my seat between the interactions with the little boy (August) and Lisbeth. She was so good with him and she did things that needed to be done and in her own wonderful way. I wanted to get up and cheer her on! I can't really say anything because there is no way I'm giving out any kind of spoiler for this book!

    The ending was good and set up to possibly have more books, I hope there will be.

    I personally loved the book, as I have mentioned. I know there are people that hate it or love it because it is Stieg's original characters. But for myself.. I think the family did a good job in choosing this man to start a continuation of what is a wonderful character.

  • Beatriz

    Comencé el libro con muchos reparos porque no sabía si este nuevo autor lograría mantener la impronta de los personajes y, debo reconocer que lo ha hecho muy, pero que muy bien. Sin ningún problema pude evocar esos momentos, hace muchos años, cuando la historia de Lisbeth, su padre y todo el aparataje de espionaje y corrupción me tenía agarrada de un puño.

    Sentí el estilo de Lagercrantz bastante más fluido, a pesar que el contexto en que se desarro

    Comencé el libro con muchos reparos porque no sabía si este nuevo autor lograría mantener la impronta de los personajes y, debo reconocer que lo ha hecho muy, pero que muy bien. Sin ningún problema pude evocar esos momentos, hace muchos años, cuando la historia de Lisbeth, su padre y todo el aparataje de espionaje y corrupción me tenía agarrada de un puño.

    Sentí el estilo de Lagercrantz bastante más fluido, a pesar que el contexto en que se desarrolla la acción podía preverse muy árido: espionaje industrial, informática, matemáticas avanzadas, mecánica cuántica, inteligencia artificial… pero aun así, todo en su justa medida, logrando una trama buenísima y muy ágil. Me gustó mucho la forma en que evoluciona la historia para, acercándonos al final, todo cerrara perfectamente y sin cabos sueltos, aunque deja más que dado el puntapié para seguir con el hilo argumental de esta entrega en el próximo libro.

    Porque ahí reside otra sorpresa: siempre pensé que en el tercer libro había quedado resuelto el pasado de Lisbeth y que en la trama de éste sólo intervendrían nuestros conocidos personajes para dejar al descubierto algún hecho criminal o de corrupción, e incluso así parece hasta bien avanzada la historia, pero poco a poco se descubre que todo está nuevamente relacionado con el pasado de Lisbeth y debo decir que lo encontré un gran acierto.

    En fin, ahora estoy muy expectante del quinto libro, el que no haré esperar como hice con éste. Lo recomiendo mucho, aunque debo reconocer que Lisbeth y Mikael son mi debilidad y, sólo quizá, de no ser por ellos, me hubiera quedado en las 4 estrellas.

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    David Lagercrantz, a novelist and journalist, was asked to assume responsibility for the continuation of a trilogy of novels that frankly took the publishing industry by storm. The books left readers stunned with the marvelous insanity of the writing. More importantly Stieg Larsson created a char

    David Lagercrantz, a novelist and journalist, was asked to assume responsibility for the continuation of a trilogy of novels that frankly took the publishing industry by storm. The books left readers stunned with the marvelous insanity of the writing. More importantly Stieg Larsson created a character who is forever immortalized as one of the greatest anti-heroes to ever step out of the pages of a book.

    It doesn’t surprise me that Lagercrantz is a little afraid of her. Who isn’t? His fear might be reflected in the fact that she is a shadowy figure in the book until about halfway through when she answers a call from Mikael Blomkvist.

    Ahhh, yes, that’s my girl.

    She doesn’t look like much, just an androgynous girl? with piercings, tattoos, and strange hair. She is undersized, but bristles with attitude. The outward appearance is not just for show...it is bone deep. She is blessed/cursed with a photographic memory. She doesn’t have the patience or sympathy for stupidity. She has no time for social niceties. If you were her “friend,” you would see her only when she wanted to be seen. If you are involved with her sexually, you will find that you are not really “involved” with her at all.

    But the sex...well...is by all accounts...fantastic.

    If you are someone who gets aroused by beating up women or children, you better pray to all that is holy that Salander doesn’t find out who you are because you will find yourself with her boot on your throat wondering how this diminutive creature incapacitated you so quickly. You’ll want to hurt her, but she is capable of not only hurting you physically, but also taking your whole identity away from you.

    Because...

    she is also a hacker. A vengeful hacker, but also a prideful hacker. When she gets the chance to hack the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C., she goes through their system like buttered bread.

    Lagercrantz might have underestimated just how much America would overreact to such a breach of security. In reality, Sweden might have found themselves invaded by Marines, tanks, and Apache helicopters as the Americans turned over every stone looking for someone with the hacker handle

    .

    For the first part of the book, Lagercrantz puts Mikael Blomkvist center stage. It would make sense that he identifies with him since they share a similar profession. Not that I mind spending time with Mikael Blomkvist, if he were a real person, would give me hope for journalism. He is a person obsessed with the truth. Other journalists either revere him or hate him. He is a target for those that loath him.

    Millennium, the magazine he founded, is in trouble. They had to sell out a portion of their ownership to keep the publication afloat, but now those same corporate people who bought them to add some integrity to their own list of titles suddenly want to compromise the integrity of Millennium by adding more human interest material.

    For me, now that I’m one of the owners of the publication I work for, the trials and tribulations of a magazine to keep up subscription levels hit home. Any softening of the economy turns subscription renewals into luxuries, not to mention all the competition from free publications online that also erode print subscriptions.

    So Blomkvist is in a funk; more is going wrong than is going right. He is spending most of his time, even the time he is supposed to be sleeping, reading Elizabeth George novels one after another. I can relate to that for there is nothing like escaping into the pages of a good book when life becomes

    A call from Frans Balder finally gets Mikael reinvigorated. Balder is a leading expert on Artificial General Intelligence or

    The plot explodes.

    It doesn’t take long for Salander and Blomkvist to realize they are working the same problem from different ends of the stick. With her behind the scenes, beyond the law approach to finding out the truth and his unflinching, uncompromising need to expose hypocrisy, the duo form a team that scares everyone from criminal elements, to large corporations, to governments. Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between those elements.

    There is techno jargon, but Lagercrantz does a great job of explaining everything. He also does a fantastic job talking about autism and savant tendencies in socially compromised children. I thought it was cool that an autistic child becomes an important plotting device. Lagercrantz did not have access to the notes left by Stieg Larsson for continuing the story. This probably was more of a blessing than a curse. Larsson’s, long time girlfriend ( that term seems so out dating and doesn’t quite explain the situation), has been in a legal battle to obtain ownership or rights to Larsson’s unpublished works. It seems the Swedes, so advanced in so many ways, might be lagging behind in the common law aspect of inheritance. I believe that Lagercrantz by using the first three novels as his only source documentation kept himself from being hampered by Larsson in making this novel his own creation.

    I read this book in two days. I thought the plot was great. I thought the writing was very good, even if it did lack some of the flair that was such a Larsson trademark. It is hard to wear a dead man’s suit, but I have to say Lagercrantz, even if the jacket was too big in the shoulders or too short in the arms, still managed to make me believe that even as he left the funeral he was leading me back to a new beginning and creating a new life for characters that were relegated to retirement much too early.

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  • Elyse

    The Millennium Series Book 5 came out this month....so I finally finished Book 4....which has been on my shelf since 2015. I started and stopped a couple of times....It’s not a book that immediately grabs your attention... but once it gets going — it’s a full speed fast spinning ride. Hacker girl, Lisbeth, inscrutable, who is scheming follows her own timetable. She is chasing a web of spies, cyber criminals, and governments around the world. Blomkvist happens to be doing the same thing - and ( o

    The Millennium Series Book 5 came out this month....so I finally finished Book 4....which has been on my shelf since 2015. I started and stopped a couple of times....It’s not a book that immediately grabs your attention... but once it gets going — it’s a full speed fast spinning ride. Hacker girl, Lisbeth, inscrutable, who is scheming follows her own timetable. She is chasing a web of spies, cyber criminals, and governments around the world. Blomkvist happens to be doing the same thing - and ( of course ) needs Lisbeth’s help.

    I’m not sure what the mixed reviews are about ( the fuss?) with book 5...but in book 4....

    ......”The Girl in the Spider’s Web”.....Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist still have that robustness toughness team vitality— often at arms length ( agony for me - as I love it when they are in the same room)—but by the end of this novel, I easily accepted that Steig Larson’s characters are in good hands with author David Lagercrantz.

    A little dialogue sample of what I love when Lisbeth and Blomkvist are together:

    “Are you angry with me?” he said

    “Quite”

    “Why is that?”

    “Salander took a step forward, her face shining and pale, and he remembered her gunshot wound”.

    “Because I come to visit, and there’s no one at home,” she said. He walked towards her”.

    “That’s a bit of a scandal, isn’t it?”, he said

    “I’d say so.”

    “What if I ask you in now?”

    “Then I suppose I’ll have to accept”.

    “In that case, welcome”, he said, and for the first time in ages a broad smile spread across his face”.

    “A star fell outside in the night sky”.

    It was a joy to be back in Lisbeth-land!!!

  • Esra

    Look! I respect for the exertion, but ... man!

    This is not the lisbeth as we know. It's the lighter version of her. very light. She is just a babysitter for august, some brat hacker who hacks american government.

    But I enjoyed to read it anyway. I'll always read lisbeth's stories no matter what. I love her , I2ll always support the effort :D

    Lagercrantz sanki kendi lisbeth'ini yeniden yaratmış gibiydi. Bizim tanıdığımız lisbeth'den geriye pek birşey kalmamıştı. arada bir insanlara fırlattığı o k

    Look! I respect for the exertion, but ... man!

    This is not the lisbeth as we know. It's the lighter version of her. very light. She is just a babysitter for august, some brat hacker who hacks american government.

    But I enjoyed to read it anyway. I'll always read lisbeth's stories no matter what. I love her , I2ll always support the effort :D

    Lagercrantz sanki kendi lisbeth'ini yeniden yaratmış gibiydi. Bizim tanıdığımız lisbeth'den geriye pek birşey kalmamıştı. arada bir insanlara fırlattığı o korkutucu bakışlar ve hackerlıkta olan ustalığı dışında. Kitap sanki sıradan bir suç romanı gibiydi ama ondan bile eksikti. Serinin doğasında olan seks, şiddet azaltılmış ve yokedilmişti. Hatta kitapta lisbeth sanki yan rol gibiydi. Asıl konu balder ve buluşu, oğlunun zekası ile yapabildikleri, lisbeth'in kötü kız kardeşinin ortaya çıkışı ve yine görüşürüz kaltak diye çıkıp gidişi. millennium'un yeniden dirilişi falandı. Lisbeth arada gelip giden günü kurtaran karakterdi.

    Yinede emeğe saygı , okuması akıcı can sıkmayan , su gbi hafif bir polisiye olmuş ama lisbeth mirasına yakıştıramadım açıkçası. Ben yinede yıldızı rahmetlinin hatrına ve salander'ime kıyamadığımdan veriyorum.

  • Brandon

    The whole story behind the creation and release of The Girl in the Spider’s Web is actually somewhat disgusting. Series’ creator Stieg Larsson unexpectedly died from a heart attack in 2004, a year before the first novel in the Millennium trilogy was to be published. In the years that followed, the books enjoyed tremendous, widespread success as Larsson’s characters would grow a rabid fan base. Unfortunately for readers, the series would end after the publication of the third and final novel. Or

    The whole story behind the creation and release of The Girl in the Spider’s Web is actually somewhat disgusting. Series’ creator Stieg Larsson unexpectedly died from a heart attack in 2004, a year before the first novel in the Millennium trilogy was to be published. In the years that followed, the books enjoyed tremendous, widespread success as Larsson’s characters would grow a rabid fan base. Unfortunately for readers, the series would end after the publication of the third and final novel. Or would it?

    Despite having written a will years prior to his untimely death, it was not witnessed and having not married his long-time partner, his estate wound up in the hands of his estranged father and brother. Despite his partner claiming that Stieg would not want his work continued by another author, Larsson’s family hired David Lagercrantz, a Swedish journalist and crime writer in his own right, to pick up where Larsson left off.

    On one hand, it’s gross. This new novel appears as nothing more than an attempt to capitalize on the success of Steig’s work by his alienated family. However on the other hand, the duo of Blomkvist and Salander probably do have a lot left in the tank as well as an audience eager to gobble down new stories. The only question being, is Lagercrantz the right choice to take on these iconic characters or is The Girl in the Spider’s Web nothing more than glorified fan fiction?

    While I certainly wouldn’t label it fan fiction, I also wouldn’t put it on the same level as Larsson’s work (although, I did enjoy it more than Hornet’s Nest). Lagercrantz can appear to write a solid crime novel, but he’s missing that meandering style of writing that made the original trilogy special. I mean, come on – Blomkvist only made three sandwiches! I expected more from him.

    My biggest issue is in the lack of Lisbeth. It isn’t until after the first 100 pages that she’s really woven into the storyline and even then, she’s mostly used sporadically. While she’s integral to the central plot, she’s mostly spoken of by peripheral characters rather than having her own voice. The same issue arose when I was reading The Girl Who Played With Fire, where Lisbeth is “off-screen” for a good chunk of the story, but there ain’t no way I’m going to compare the explosiveness of her actions in that novel to this one, they’re not even in the same league.

    The incredible success of this novel in terms of sales (two hundred thousand copies moved in the first week alone) and positive critical reception should surely lead to a follow-up, although nothing is currently planned, however money is a powerful motivator.

  • Lyn

    Stieg Larrson is dead, alas.

    David Lagercrantz was granted a blessing and a curse. A blessing in the sense that he gets to write another Lisbeth and Mikael novel, a series with a worldwide following that will certainly sell and most definitely get a lot of attention.

    A curse because he takes the stage after a phenomenal opening act, a lamentable position. Rumor has it that Larrson’s partner was far from pleased about his selection by the literary executor as the writer to take over. Readers who di

    Stieg Larrson is dead, alas.

    David Lagercrantz was granted a blessing and a curse. A blessing in the sense that he gets to write another Lisbeth and Mikael novel, a series with a worldwide following that will certainly sell and most definitely get a lot of attention.

    A curse because he takes the stage after a phenomenal opening act, a lamentable position. Rumor has it that Larrson’s partner was far from pleased about his selection by the literary executor as the writer to take over. Readers who dislike the book, and some will be relentlessly critical, will blame this new author. Those who just don’t like the book have an easy excuse.

    Lagercrantz’ unenviable task, or golden opportunity, is to craft a new novel that stays true to the vision of Larrson the creator, revisits two of the most compelling characters in modern fiction, spins a crisp, intelligent thriller that will draw in fans and capture the attention of new readers, and does so with a fresh voice, paying homage to Larrson’s talent while putting ink on a work that is his.

    For the most part, he succeeds admirably.

    The Girl in the Spider's Web, the 2015 novel that takes up where the

    (2007) left off, brings back Sweden’s most famous journalist and the world’s most iconic hacker for another thrilling adventure of exposed crime and wrongs righted.

    Though it lacks the edgy chill of Larrson’s methodical delivery, Spider’s Web moves forward with verve and style.

  • Hayat

    I read the

    in anticipation of

    and as soon as it was out I began reading it with a lot of excitement and a little apprehension, just in case the new author doesn't live up to or come close to the writing talents of

    Well, clearly David Lagercrantz is no Stieg Larsson and everything I loved about

    was missing here. The plot was slow and tedious,

    I read the

    in anticipation of

    and as soon as it was out I began reading it with a lot of excitement and a little apprehension, just in case the new author doesn't live up to or come close to the writing talents of

    Well, clearly David Lagercrantz is no Stieg Larsson and everything I loved about

    was missing here. The plot was slow and tedious, Lisbeth Salander was absent from a good portion of the book and when she turned up her character was different and not as well thought out or intriguing.

    is my favourite character, the driving force of the series and the reason I love the trilogy so much but in

    she lost that unique element that made her Lisbeth Salander. Her narrative was different, her actions didn't make sense and there were lots of little things that didn't add up about her reactions. She was a caricature of her former self.

    I found myself Skimming due to boredom until things picked up near the end but by then I was ready for it to end. I actually got the audiobook too but nothing changed. I'm a huge fan of

    and I've read it several times but this book didn't feel like a continuation of Stieg Larsson's trilogy. Everything was out of sync. I guess this shows that you can't rope in another writer to continue a deceased authors work. You can't replicate the original authors style, experience, knowledge and all the complexities that went into developing and writing The Millennium Trilogy. I'll probably reread this book sometime in the future just to see if my opinion of it changes but I doubt it will. Still, I'm willing to give it a second chance just to be fair to David Lagercrantz and in appreciation of the effort it took to write

    .

    OMG!!! I just found out my favourite series

    by Stieg Larssonis is being continued by a

    I'm so happy and so bloody scared it is all going to go wrong! I both hate and love this!!

    Oh who am I kidding! I need

    right now!! September is too faraway.

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    Despite concerns over whether Stieg Larsson's wishes were being honored by the publication of this book (based on reading

    ), I decided to go ahead and try it. I loved the character of Lisbeth Salander and thought if it was done well, it might be worth it. You don't encounter many characters like her.

    Unfortunately, I was supremely disappointed, so much so that I can't face going back to the book after making it halfway through the au

    Despite concerns over whether Stieg Larsson's wishes were being honored by the publication of this book (based on reading

    ), I decided to go ahead and try it. I loved the character of Lisbeth Salander and thought if it was done well, it might be worth it. You don't encounter many characters like her.

    Unfortunately, I was supremely disappointed, so much so that I can't face going back to the book after making it halfway through the audio. First of all, these are not the same characters of Lisbeth and Mikael that I know from the trilogy. Lisbeth seems to have reverted to one of two modes - sloppy hacker or hungover boxer - no depth, no motivation, nothing interesting. It could be that we reached the end of her story in the trilogy. Mikael is unmotivated too, can't stand to be at work and arriving late to the scene of an important crime that finally happens midway through the book.

    The author spends TOO much time describing things that don't matter - an hour (I listened to the audio) on the current status of Millennium, the news publication that Mikael has worked on; the storms, frequent descriptions; and Mikael's white fur coat. He hasn't bothered to explore the characters themselves. He touches on the subjects of autism and the singularity in halfhearted ways that the characters and the reader end up feeling less than inspired. (And really? Artificial intelligence? It isn't written about intelligently enough to feel like high stakes. This is set in the present day. If I wanted a thrilling read about AI and the singularity I would look for it in science fiction, where it is handled with interesting variations and frightening possibilities, NOT in a Swedish crime novel. It makes no sense.)

    I would be happy if someone came along who convinced me that this book turned a huge corner and I should have kept reading... but I doubt that will happen.

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