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I do find myself wondering whether Scandinavian thriller writers find themselves getting up every morning and offering thanks to the memory of Stieg Larsson. In the wake of the success of the Millennium trilogy, it seems that every other thriller on the shelves has a Nordic origin, usually with some comparison to Larsson appearing on either the cover or the poster.

So, having finished the trilogy with The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest, what are my thoughts? Full of spoilers, for one, so don’t click on the read more link if you wish to remain unspoiled.

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I read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo last year, before I started doing this chronicling of the books I’ve read, so there’s no review of that here. However, as I’m now trying to chronicle all the books I read, here’s what I thought of the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire – and as I’m reading the sequel, you can probably extrapolate my basic opinion of the first book. Spoilers follow, so if you’ve not read it yet, don’t click for more.

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Some more things from the interwebnets that have caught my attention:

Mail gets it wrong on US broadcast of ‘Downton Abbey’ – Tabloid Watch reports on how Downton Abbey isn’t being dumbed-down for American audiences. I’m shocked – shocked! – that there’s inaccurate and badly researched reporting going on in the Daily Mail.
A Con-LibDem merger? I will not be a member of such a mongrel party – Oh, so many reasons to link to this angrily mad piece (with some even more bonkers comments) by Roger Helmer MEP on Conservative Home, not least the author’s picture which looks as though it should be illustrating ‘harrumph’ in the dictionary. It’s like someone distilled the essence of Conservative Home into a single page.
Man of Mystery – Interesting article from the New Yorker on why Steig Larsson’s novels have such an appeal.
Tilting Towards Israel – A guest post on Media Lens about the subtle biases in the reporting of Israel and Palestine in the British media.
Quite contrary: Inside the Battle of Ideas – For New Humanist, Richard Wilson looks at the Institute of Ideas, and some of the other groups and organisations connected to the old RCP

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